Despite Challenging Times, Searle Sees Reason For Idaho Farmers To Be Optimistic

The thoughts and emotions of the farming community are all over the map for 2021. Many growers and producers have said they are ecstatic to see 2020 behind them, allowing for a hopeful return to normal. But, at the same time, many are concerned about the Executive Orders coming from the Administration, which some say […]

U.S. Hemp Seed Production Increasing

Hemp cultivated for seed and grain comprised approximately 10% of 2020 total U.S. acreage. According to Hemp Benchmarks, that comes out to 14,000 acres nationwide. By comparison, Canadian cultivators grew more than five times that acreage, beyond 75,000 acres, the vast majority of which were exported to the United States. Exports to the U.S. have […]

USDA’s Final Rule On Hemp Now In Effect

The USDA’s final rule on hemp production is now in effect. “[It] includes provisions on licensing, on record keeping about the land where hemp is produced, sampling and testing requirements for the THC concentration levels, compliance, disposing or remediating plants that don’t comply, and procedures for handling violations,” noted USDA Deputy Undersecretary Mae Wu. “There […]

Researchers Still Working On Pest Management In Industrial Hemp

It has only been in recent years that researchers have been able to learn about pest threats to industrial hemp crops. And as Rod Bain found out, that means a lot of questions remain when it comes to the best ways to manage these insects and mites. If you have a story idea for the […]

What Does USDA Hemp Rule Mean For Washington Producers

The USDA published its final rule for the domestic production of hemp, replacing the interim final rule that established the Domestic Hemp Production Program in 2019. Washington Department of Agriculture Hemp Program Manager Trecia Ehrlich said the most notable modification is the requirement on how close to harvest a hemp sample must be taken in […]

OSU Hosting Hemp Symposium In Early February

Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center will host the first-ever National Hemp Symposium February 9th and 10th. Jay Noller, Director at the Global Hemp Innovation Center, said a major objective of the symposium is getting perspectives from representatives from each of the major economic sectors from the U.S. economy. “What would they expect to […]

USDA Issues Domestic Hemp Production Final Rule Notice

The flurry of last-minute regulations from the Trump administration includes a final rule concerning Domestic Hemp Production. The USDA published the final rule notice in the Federal Register Tuesday. The U.S. Hemp Growers Association said the final rule appears to address many of the concerns the organization expressed during a comment period. Changes include allowing […]

USDA Announces Expansion, Other Improvements to Hemp Crop Insurance

On Monday, the USDA announced the expansion of the pilot Multi-Peril Crop Insurance plan for hemp. The expansion and other improvements to the plan, will begin in the 2021 crop year. USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre said, “Hemp offers exciting economic opportunities for our nation’s farmers, and we are listening and responding to […]

USDA Continues To Review Hemp Program Comments

The USDA has approved the hemp plans for half of the states in the U.S. and nearly 40 tribes. However, the USDA is also in the process of reviewing public comments for the U.S. domestic hemp production program interim final rule. “We’re interested to hear feedback on topics like disposal under mediation of non-compliant plants, […]

First Hemp Organization Officially Recognized by USDA Foreign Ag Service

The National Industrial Hemp Council announced last week it had received $200,000 in funds from the USDA’s Market Access Program. Those funds will support export market development for industrial hemp. “We are grateful for the USDA confidence and the recognition of NIHC as the industry leader in industrial hemp trade and marketing,” says Kevin Latner, […]