Tag Archives: Hemp Industry

Hemp goes to college: OSU experiments with hemp growing methods in Jackson County

Jackson County’s biggest cash crop is getting a boost from science this year as part of an experimental project by Oregon State University to find the best strains of hemp and the most environmentally friendly methods of growing the plant. “Can we understand how to grow in a way that does not create so much […]
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Washington does brisk business in hemp licenses

Interest in growing hemp doesn’t appear to be waning in Washington, according to the state Department of Agriculture. Since the beginning of the year, the department has issued 67 licenses to grow hemp. Last year in late May, the department had licensed 35 hemp farmers. The department hasn’t seen anything yet to suggest the state […]
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Hemp boom brings new assistant watermaster to Southern Oregon

Scott Prose was hired Feb. 1 as the new assistant watermaster for the Oregon Water Resources Department’s Southwest Region, focused specifically on hemp. Source: Hemp boom brings new assistant watermaster to Southern Oregon

Deadlock may derail expanded Oregon hemp authority

The legislative deadlock may derail upgrades to Oregon’s regulatory powers over hemp that are needed to meet federal requirements for the crop. Without the enhanced authority for Oregon farm regulators, the state’s hemp farmers may come under the direct oversight of the USDA as soon as this autumn. Source: Deadlock may derail expanded Oregon hemp […]
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New regulations could hamper CBD, hemp boom

New federal regulations would make it harder for hemp growers to prove their plants are not marijuana, in what could be a major setback to a promising industry legalized just two years ago, farmers and state officials say. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in October unveiled stricter standards for hemp testing than many states had […]
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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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Protection available for producers of hemp crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the availability of two programs that protect hemp producers’ crops from natural disasters. A pilot hemp insurance program through Multi-Peril Crop Insurance provides coverage against loss of yield because of insurable causes of loss for hemp grown for fiber, grain or cannabidiol oil. Source: Protection available for producers of […]
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Oregon hemp growers get a reality check

Some industry experts predict CBD sales in the U.S. could reach $20 billion by 2024, though others say it remains a perilous market for hemp growers. Source: Oregon hemp growers get a reality check

Hot Hemp Pits States Against Feds

New federal regulations would make it harder for hemp growers to prove their plants are not marijuana, in what could be a major setback to a promising industry legalized just two years ago, farmers and state officials say. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in October unveiled stricter standards for hemp testing than many states had […]
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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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