Hemp states running pilot programs in 2020 starting to ask for deadline extensions
Six state agriculture departments have opted to run their 2020 hemp production programs under the existing rules, and the number could grow as the spring planting season approaches and federal agriculture officials reject more state plans. Now those states want some assurances that their hemp farmers can harvest their... Read more
Despite submitting plan to USDA, Georgia budget crunch could stifle hemp goals
Georgia has authorized hemp farming and submitted its 2020 production plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). But to run a program, the state will first need funding. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is asking state lawmakers for $1.6 million – $800,000 per year over the next two... Read more
Committee Blog: Ending The Ban On Interstate Commerce
By Gabriel Cross, CEO of Odyssey DistributionMember of NCIA’s State Regulations Committee Oversupply and shortages, high prices and lack of choice for patients and consumers, illicit markets, tainted products, and the inability to access banking and capital all plague the burgeoning cannabis industry. While cannabis advocates and industry leaders... Read more
Drones top of mind for hemp producers considering artificial intelligence
Drones can give hemp farmers real-time information about their grows. (Photo courtesy of Parabug) (This is an abridged version of a story that appears in the January issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) As the hemp industry increasingly looks to artificial intelligence to cut costs and improve yields, drones are top of... Read more
Have a smart hemp idea? Share it at the 2020 Hemp Industry Daily Conference
Are you passionate about hemp and want to share your thoughts, advice and innovative ideas with an engaged and sophisticated audience? Applications are now available to become a speaker at the second Hemp Industry Daily Conference, June 3-4 in New Orleans. Brought to you by the editors of Hemp... Read more
USDA publishes directory for DEA-certified hemp testing laboratories
Facing confusion from hemp growers and testing companies, federal agriculture officials have published a list of laboratories authorized to test hemp THC concentration under the new interim final rule. The new hemp regulations require labs to be certified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to handle hemp crops... Read more
Congress ramping up pressure to ‘provide a pathway forward’ for hemp, CBD
New legislation introduced by the top-ranking member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee could require federal food and agriculture regulators to treat hemp-derived CBD as a dietary supplement. Agriculture Chair Collin Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat, suggests changing the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) to include the regulation... Read more
Oregon State University gets $2.5 million in federal funding for hemp research
Federal officials designated money for hemp research at Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center as part of the nearly $20 million earmarked for the hemp industry in the massive appropriations bill that passed both houses of the U.S. Congress at the end of 2019. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkeley,... Read more
Congress Holds First Cannabis Policy Reform Hearing of 2020 This Week
by Morgan Fox, NCIA’s Director of Media Relations This week, Congress will hit the ground running by holding the first cannabis policy reform hearing of 2020 only weeks into the new session. The hearing, entitled “Cannabis Policies for the New Decade,” will be held by the House Energy Subcommittee... Read more
Using artificial intelligence to cut expenses, improve plant quality and manage supply
(This is an abridged version of a story that appears in the January issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) Technology powered by artificial intelligence (AI) has quickly evolved in traditional indoor agricultural production in recent years, as companies use the vast amounts of data produced in their operations to make better... Read more



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