Tag Archives: Commercial Hemp

Editorial: GOP walkout could leave hemp bills hanging

No one knows for certain if Oregon Senate Republicans will leave the state in the next few days, denying their Democratic colleagues the quorum they need to do business. If they do, some important pieces of legislation could be sidelined as a result. Among them are a pair of bills that would make changes to […]
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Government official presents talk on growing hemp in Oregon

The Down to Earth Home, Garden and Gift store hosted a talk Saturday about the new economic opportunities for growing hemp in Oregon. The store welcomed guest speaker Sunny Summers, the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture Hemp Program, to answer important questions for interested growers. Source: Government official presents talk on growing hemp […]
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Oregon hemp tracking proposal stirs opposition

Oregon’s county governments have backed off from a cannabis tracking proposal that met with opposition from the state’s hemp industry. Changes to Oregon’s hemp laws are being discussed during the 2020 legislative session in reaction to the USDA’s new nationwide regulations for the crop. Source: Oregon hemp tracking proposal stirs opposition | Oregon | capitalpress.com

Some who gambled on hemp lost all

A very old saying has it that farming is another form of gambling. The farmer plants a crop not knowing what the weather will be, what pests or diseases might appear or what the market price will be at harvest time. When the crop is brand-new, and closely related to another that remains illegal in […]
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Hemp: USDA benefits come with tradeoffs

Access to USDA benefits may prove a tough trade-off for hemp farmers whose crop will face stricter testing protocols under new federal regulations. Next year, hemp growers will be able to take advantage of crop insurance, farm loans and conservation programs offered by the USDA due to interim rules for the crop set to become […]
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USDA announces hemp production rule

USDA is releasing regulations and guidelines for domestic hemp production this week, giving producers a roadmap for the 2020 growing season. Officials with the agency said they’re hearing a lot of interest in growing the crop during a conference call with the media on Tuesday. Source: USDA announces hemp production rule | Agriculture | capitalpress.com

Oregon hemp farmer gets high crop at high altitude

In his third year of growing hemp in Wallowa County, Shane Kimball is getting high — a high yield, high profits with a high-elevation crop. But the crop doesn’t give the kind of high that its intoxicating cousin, marijuana, does. He is one of about 1,650 Oregon farmers who have pioneered production of hemp since […]
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Half-way hemp law puts shippers in a bind

When Congress does something half-way, it can cause more problems than it solves. That’s certainly true of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp nationwide as an agricultural crop. What Congress didn’t do was make sure farmers growing hemp could ship it to buyers across the country without fear that over-zealous police officers would seize […]
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HEMP APPEAL: Newly legal crop attracts new generation of farmers

Artist, sound engineer and adventure traveler Blu Fortner is adding “farmer” to his resume with his first commercial crop of hemp seed. The Idaho native moved across the state line to Oregon five years ago in his pursuit of growing medicinal hemp. His attraction was the plant’s potential to provide relief to people suffering from […]
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A hemp headache

For 38 years, Arnie Abrams has enjoyed his quiet country life outside of Ashland with idyllic views of the valley below him. That peace and quiet was upended over the past year when hemp grows began surrounding his house, and he fears that what remains of his rural lifestyle will be completely undermined if a […]
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