Research on Hemp Compounds and COVID-19

Oregon State University researchers have identified hemp compounds that show an ability to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells. University researchers say a pair of cannabinoid acids bind to the COVID-19 spike protein, which stops the virus from infecting people. OSU said this “spike protein is the same drug target used […]

ODA Gets OK To Regulate Hemp Production

Last week, the USDA announced the approval of the Oregon Department of Ag’s plan to regulate hemp production statewide. This mean, through the ODA the state can continue to serve as the primary regulator of hemp production in Oregon. ODA previously operated its Hemp Program using the authorities provided by Oregon Revised Statutes and the […]

House Lawmakers Introduce CBD Product Safety and Standardization Act

Last week, a group of House lawmakers introduced the CBD Product Safety and Standardization Act. The legislation will establish federal standards for CBD food and beverage products to protect consumers and provide marketplace stability for farmers and retailers. New York Democrat Kathleen Rice led the effort. She said, “the lack of federal regulation surrounding CBD […]

USDA Improves Crop Insurance for Hemp Producers

Last week, the USDA announced changes and improvements to crop insurance for hemp. USDA’s Risk Management Agency is adding flexibilities around how producers work with processors as well as improving consistency with the most recent USDA hemp regulation. RMA Administrator Marcia Bunger said, “RMA has worked to expand and refine our offerings to be responsive […]

Hemp Growers Reminded To Participate In USDA Survey

If you are one of the estimated 20,500 producers growing hemp this year, hopefully got a survey form last month asking about acreage and other aspects of hemp production. It’s the first comprehensive hemp survey since the 1940’s, so it’s no wonder USDA officials are fervently asking producers: “Please, please, take the time and return […]

Hemp License Applications Now Open In Idaho

This was the first week growers in Idaho could apply for a license to grow hemp. The Gem State recently had its Hemp Plan approved by the USDA. While Idaho may have been one of the last states to come up with a Hemp Plan, Chanel Tewalt with the Idaho state Department of Agriculture said […]

Producers Still Have Time to Respond to USDA Hemp Survey

It is not too late to respond to the 2021 Hemp Acreage and Production Survey. The survey, conducted by NASS, collects information on the acreage, yield, production, price and value of hemp in the United States. USDA NASS said Monday, “Every response matters to ensure we have accurate data needed to inform decisions about the […]

ISDA Announces Approval Of State’s Hemp Plan

Hemp production will soon be a reality in Idaho. On Monday, the Idaho state Department of Agriculture announced that the USDA has approved the state’s Hemp Plan. Under this plan, ISDA will begin licensing hemp producers and handlers under Idaho Code and the 2018 Farm Bill. The ISDA will open online hemp license applications on […]

ODA Looking For Volunteers To Join the Hemp Commission

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is looking for volunteers to become temporary commissioners for the new state hemp Commission. ODA said the seven positions will be made up of: 5 growers/producers 1 processor/first purchaser, and 1 public member. The ODA notes those on the Commission will set the assessment rate and determine the methods for […]

USDA Rolling Out First Hemp Survey Since 1957

If you are one of the estimated 20,500 producers growing hemp nationwide, watch your mailbox over the next week or so, for the first comprehensive USDA survey of hemp growers and acreage since 1957. Gerald Tillman with NASS said the surveys are going to be mailed out in the coming days to all known hemp […]