Hemp in the News – Hemp now a legal crop in Iowa

Iowa is the latest state to put Hemp in the News. On March 20, 2020, Iowa passed a law that has made hemp a legal crop in the state.

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This is good news for farmers. For the past few years, they’ve seen prices drop for row crops. Hemp legalisation brings new opportunities to the state’s agricultural community.

The 2014 and 2018 federal farm bills have made it all possible. The 2014 farm bill laid the groundwork by determining hemp as a potential crop, and creating hemp pilot programs. The 2018 farm bill made the distinction of hemp from marijuana, removing it from the list of controlled substances and establishing it as an agricultural commodity.

Although the federal farm bills paved the way for the new hemp industry, state governments are still required to pass their own laws to legalise hemp and put regulations in place. Iowa has now joined the majority of states to do so.

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Hemp Politics – Federal says yes but not all agree

Two years after the passage of the Farm bill, Hemp Politics is still making news as one of the two remaining hold-outs vote on hemp farming.

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In Idaho this week, a house committee voted down the legalization of industrial hemp farming in the state. Although many farmers and farm groups spoke up for the bill, anti-marijuana pressure groups and retired law enforcement professionals argued against it. They believe that the passage of the bill would only lead the way to making it easier for the “marijuana-hemp culture” to get a foothold in the state.

Rep. Caroline Nilsson-Troy, R-Genesee, who was lead sponsor of the bill closed her comments with, “I want to talk about the ‘marijuana-hemp culture’…. You can go to Albertsons, you can buy hemp hearts, hemp milk, hemp lip balm even hemp treats for your dog. Now tell me how that equals a marijuana culture.”

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Hemp Politics – Hemp bill sets Georgia hemp industry in motion

Hemp Politics in Georgia are on board with the burgeoning new industry. A bill that will set hemp agriculture in motion has been approved by the House. Next up is the Georgia Senate.

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The finalization of the bill comes after two years of work by the General Assembly. The rules surrounding licensing, permitting and testing the product, needed to be worked out. Farmers will be able to grow hemp with up to 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient.

With projections of the hemp industry in the billions, farmers in Georgia can now join the prosperous new industry.

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Hemp in the News – An unlucky South Carolina hemp farmer has brush with the law

A hemp farmer in Harleyville, South Carolina, had an unlucky brush with weather and the law, which put Hemp in the News this week.

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His bad luck began in September with Hurricane Dorian smashing his farm and damaging his hemp crop. He suffered huge financial loss as a result. In addition, he grew hemp on an undesignated field, due to water issues. Upon contacting the state agriculture department he received confirmation that use of this field was okay.

Within days, the farmer, John Trenton Pendarvis, was arrested for illegal hemp cultivation.

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Hemp Politics – The growing pains of the new hemp industry

The Hemp Politics in Maine, New England, are hindering the growth of the industry by implementing more stringent regulations.

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It is not just Maine struggling with these issues, but the whole nation. This is the result of state lawmakers trying to come into line with federal rules for hemp cultivation and production.

With the rise in popularity of CBD’s, the hemp industry has seen immense growth. However, along with this growth have come many growing pains, with regards to fees, regulations and THC testing.

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Hemp in the News – Wisconsin banks more receptive to hemp-based customers

Putting Hemp in the News once again this week, Wisconsin banks are beginning to be more receptive to hemp-based customers.

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As the legalities of the U.S. hemp industry become clearer, bankers are beginning to realize the opportunity in the thriving new industry.

A recent survey shows that almost half of the bankers in Wisconsin are now actively investigating new ways to help and get involved in this growing business.The same survey just two years ago had the interest at just over a third.

Scott Birrenkott, assistant director of legal for Wisconsin Bankers Association, said that’s a significant increase in the way banks are looking at the new hemp industry.

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Hemp in the News – Hemp will be skyrocketing in 2020, literally

An agricultural experiment that will take plant cultures to space, has Hemp in the News this week. Coffee and hemp are the chosen plants for the project.

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An agriculture technology company wants to study the effects of microgravity and space travel on plants. Studies have shown that plants begin to mutate in space. Scientists want to know if this continues once the plants are transported back to earth.

Front Range Biosciences co-founder and CEO Jonathan Vaught stated that such experiments on coffee and hemp cultures are relatively new.

The SpaceX CRS-20 cargo flight will be transporting several plant cultures to the International Space Station in the spring of 2020.

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Hemp Politics – Wisconsin’s hemp program is here to stay

In the U.S, Hemp Politics have made more progress as Wisconsin’s hemp program is set in stone. The hemp trials in 2018 received much interest and bipartisan support.

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Last year, Wisconsin started a hemp pilot program with 250 licenses. This number grew by almost a thousand with over 1200 hemp growers and more than 500 hemp processors in 2019.

With this clear growth of Wisconsin’s hemp industry, Gov. Evers was pleased to give the industry its final push by signing into law, a bill to make hemp a permanent part of the state’s agricultural sector.

The growing popularity of hemp in Wisconsin and all across the U.S., is ensuring hemp’s revival as an opportunistic and profitable crop.

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Hemp Politics – Federal THC limit makes hemp a high risk crop

Even though the 2018 Farm Bill legalised hemp, making it a regular agricultural commodity, Hemp Politics continue in the U.S. Last month, the USDA released information regarding temporary federal hemp regulations.

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The new rules stipulate that any hemp being grown must be tested for its THC levels. The allowed limit is 0.3 percent and anything over that will be deemed marijuana and, therefore, must be destroyed.

This low percentage can be a challenging target for farmers, making it a high risk crop. Wisconsin hemp farmers Sarah Kelley and Jamie Degenhardt had a crop that tested 0.4 percent THC, resulting in a significant financial loss.

Some suggest that 1 percent would be a more realistic THC limit.

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Hemp in the News – New hemp database provides insight into industry

Farm Journal, a U.S. farm magazine, brings Hemp in the News with its database tracking the hemp industry. It’s the first of its kind, and provides insight and practical information about the budding new industry.

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The database includes detailed information about hemp farmers, processors, transporters and other key players in the industry. The information provides a precise outlook on upcoming agricultural trends and prospects. This can benefit government agencies, agricultural businesses, investors and suppliers.

A key focus of Farm Journal is to support farmers and ranchers by providing insight into new agricultural opportunities.

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