Tag Archives: Hemp Industry

Oregon farm regulators seek to hire new hemp investigators

Oregon farm regulators have won approval from a key legislative committee to hire two specialists focused on hemp inspections and enforcement. Source: Oregon farm regulators seek to hire new hemp investigators

Oregon DEQ clears hemp processor

Inspector ‘unable to validate complaint’ regarding hazardous waste. Following an on-site inspection of a local hemp processing plant on Dec. 10, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality found “no hazardous waste violations” of state or federal laws. Source: Oregon DEQ clears hemp processor | Breaking News | argusobserver.com

Hemp harvest swamps market

The surge of enthusiasm that spurred a five-fold expansion of Oregon’s hemp acreage this year has been dampened by numerous problems that prevented many farmers from cashing in on the crop. A shortage of equipment necessary to harvest, dry and process hemp has forced many growers to abandon fields they initially hoped would reap robust […]
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Editorial: USDA should rework its hemp testing rules

Farmers have been poring over the details of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s interim rules governing the production of hemp. They haven’t liked a lot of what they see. If nothing else, the rules have ended a lot of people’s dreams of quick, big money in the hemp business. Source: Editorial: USDA should rework its […]
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Not all Southern Oregon hemp farmers struck gold

Hemp’s ascendancy as Southern Oregon’s top crop came crashing down for some this season with at least four suicides, acres wiped out by mold and other catastrophes that turned fields of dreams into nightmares. “I think it’s a wakeup call, and that nothing is easy,” said Michael Monarch, a local pioneer in the industry who […]
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Hemp industry rallies in White City against proposed USDA changes

A crowd gathered inside an off-the-beaten-path White City warehouse in the hopes of stopping a national threat to Southern Oregon’s newest industry. Spurred by proposed U.S. Dept. of Agriculture changes that would drastically change the certification process for industrial hemp, nearly 100 individuals from throughout the industry rallied inside a Jefferson Hemp Exchange warehouse to […]
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Warm Springs hemp plan under review by USDA

Approval could help boost jobs following business closures on reservation. The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for approval to administer hemp production on its lands. If approved, the plan could help create jobs in the hemp business to fill employment gaps caused by the recent […]
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In pursuit of big profits, hemp growers blaze a perilous new path in Northwest agriculture

On a foggy November day, farm workers take clippers to a field of bushy green plants, snipping tops full of flower buds dotted with flecks of sticky resin. By the end of the day, the cuttings dry inside a southeast Portland warehouse, hanging from tall plastic trellises like aromatic curtains. Source: In pursuit of big […]
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Oregon OSHA fines owners of hemp operation $825K for egregious living and working conditions

State labor regulators have fined the owners of a hemp processing operation in southern Oregon $825,000 for housing and employing two dozen workers in a death trap building on a farm in Murphy, a community in unincorporated Josephine County. Source: Oregon OSHA fines owners of hemp operation $825K for egregious living and working conditions – […]
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Farmers Struggle as Hemp Harvest Winds Down

Ajit Singh strode across his 16-acre hemp field toward a broken-down harvester. He’d been hoping all day that the mechanic now crouched beside the machine could get it back up and running. It was late October and Singh still had thousands of stinky green and purple cannabis plants across 425 acres to pick, dry and […]
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