USDA Extends U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program Interim Final Rule Comment Period To January 29, 2020

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the comment period for the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program interim final rule until Jan. 29, 2020, to allow stakeholders additional time to provide feedback. USDA published the interim final rule on Oct. 31, 2019, as authorized by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). Read the full article…

Congressman Riggleman Sends Letter To Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, On Hemp Production

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Congressman Denver Riggleman sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to discuss potential changes to the implementation of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.  The letter suggested improvements to benefit farmers and align the rules with the realities that hemp farmers face while growing. “Virginia and the 5th District are uniquely positioned Read the full article…

USDA Establishes Domestic Hemp Production Program

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. This program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill, creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the United States. “At USDA, we are always excited when there are new economic opportunities for our farmers, Read the full article…

Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center Receives $1M For Genetics Research

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OREGON: Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center has received a $1 million gift to explore hemp genomics, research that can grow understanding of how hemp may be used in health and nutrition products, textiles and construction materials. The gift to the OSU Foundation was provided by Oregon CBD, a hemp seed research and development company. Read the full article…

WSDA Reiterates Restrictions On The Use Of Hemp CBD As A Food Ingredient In Washington

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WASHINGTON: Recent federal and state legislative changes regarding hemp have generated many questions about cannabinoid extracts, like CBD, and whether or not they may be used as ingredients in food products. To be clear, CBD is not currently allowed as a food ingredient, under federal and state law.  These rules are specific to food processors and Read the full article…

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces 2019 Hemp For Victory Act

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) introduced H.R. 3652, the Hemp for Victory Act which lays the foundation for the emerging hemp industry in a manner that incentivizes family farmers and small businesses, protects against corporate monopolies, and studies the benefits of hemp cultivation and hemp-based products while ensuring safe agricultural practices, and environmental and labor Read the full article…

USDA Clarifies Industrial Hemp Production For Indian Tribes

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: On May 28, 2019 the USDA issued the following notice: This notice clarifies avenues for Tribal participation under authorities in the 2014 Farm Bill to grow industrial hemp for research purposes during the 2019 growing season. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, an Indian tribe can enter into a partnership or contract with Read the full article…

Washington Industrial Hemp Bill Signed Into Law 

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WASHINGTON: A bill from state Sen. Doug Ericksen that gets the state into the hemp business was signed into law Friday, raising the possibility that some Washington farmers may be able to plant a new cash crop during the current growing season. Senate Bill 5276 got final approval from the Legislature Wednesday, and became law Friday with Read the full article…

Ohio Senate Votes In Favor Of Establishing An Industrial Hemp Program

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OHIO: State Senators Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) and Brian Hill (R- Zanesville) announced the unanimous Senate passage of their legislation that would create an industrial hemp program in Ohio administered by the Department of Agriculture.  Senate Bill 57 clarifies that hemp and hemp derived products, including CBD oil may be sold legally in Ohio. “It is important to understand that hemp is not marijuana, it is Read the full article…

USDA Hosts Webinar On The Domestic Hemp Production Program & 2018 Farm Bill

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The USDA will host a free webinar explaining the 2018 Farm Bill and The Domestic Hemp Production Program. Event Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm The Specialty Crops Program is conducting a webinar to solicit public comments on the sections of the 2018 USDA Farm Bill relative to multiple sections dealing with Read the full article…