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  1. Ron Strider

    California's Cannabis Industry Moves Out Of The Shadows And Into The Flames

    The Northern California fires that collectively burned hundreds of thousands of acres, destroyed nearly 6,000 homes, and killed 43 people across eight counties in October are leaving a legacy from which it will take the state will take years to recover, with insurance claims at $9 billion and...
  2. Ron Strider

    WA: Marijuana Farmers Say Controls, Regulations & Low Prices Threaten Their Business

    David Taylor's business card carries the title "plant whisperer." "I talk to them every day," Taylor said earlier this month, outside the four greenhouses in rural Medical Lake where he operates his marijuana business, the Joint Venture. "I talk sweet to them. They're all females. I try to be...
  3. Ron Strider

    Huge South Carolina Demand For Hemp Applications

    Earlier this month we exclusively reported on the birth of the industrial hemp industry in South Carolina. Is this good news? Absolutely. Better late than never ... Unfortunately, the delayed launch of this cash crop — more than three years after it was legalized by the federal...
  4. Ron Strider

    Next Steps For Hemp In Wisconsin

    With Gov. Scott Walker signing a bill legalizing hemp production in Wisconsin last month, farmers wait for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to create hemp regulations and permitting processes before deciding if hemp is a crop they want to grow...
  5. Ron Strider

    Virginia Farmers Learn About Potential For Growing Hemp, Marijuana

    Virginia farmers attending a workshop on the regulation, production, processing and distribution of marijuana during the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Williamsburg were told there are three ways to create a legal market for growing marijuana. "Change the federal status...
  6. Ron Strider

    Hemp Has A Steep Climb Before It Can Overtake Kentucky's Other Top Crops

    A hemp revolution is underway, but the diverse plant is a long way from reigning supreme as Kentucky's top crop. Poultry and eggs still rule the roost – followed by cattle, soybeans and corn, which rake in the most money for state farmers. More than tobacco. And much more than hemp. But...
  7. Ron Strider

    Walker Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp Farming In Wisconsin

    Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that allows Wisconsin farmers to grow industrial hemp. Walker signed the bill Thursday. The bill passed the Legislature unanimously. The measure's sponsor, Republican Rep. Jesse Kremer, tweeted Thursday that the bill will make Wisconsin a...
  8. Ron Strider

    Jamaica Wants In On The Booming Marijuana Market. But Will Farmers Be Able To Cash In

    Most of the time farmers are proud of their crops and are happy to talk about them. But ask a certain kind of farmer what they grow and they might seem a little evasive. "I farm goats and cows and cabbage in the bush," says Baxter, a middle-aged farmer in Jamaica. Inquire further and he...
  9. Ron Strider

    Rural California Struggles With Pot Grows As Legalization Looms

    The four young men had just started their marijuana harvest in rural Northern California when a dozen sheriff's deputies swooped in with guns drawn, arrested them and spent the day chopping down 150 bushy plants with machetes. "I could do this every day if I had the personnel," Calaveras...
  10. Ron Strider

    State Senators: No Reason Governor Shouldn't Allow Wisconsin Farmers To Grow Hemp

    Two state senators say they see no reason why Gov. Scott Walker won't sign into law a bill that would make it legal for Wisconsin's farmers to grow industrial hemp. Both the state Senate and Assembly approved a bill earlier this month that would establish a pilot program to allow farmers to...
  11. Ron Strider

    WI: Hemp's Time Has Come

    Farmers in diverse states like Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine and Minnesota are researching a new crop: industrial hemp. Many states are changing laws to allow growing of hemp. Wisconsin is slow to get in the game. Hopefully, this is about to change. Lawmakers on the Senate Agriculture, Small...
  12. Ron Strider

    KY: High On Hemp - New Crop Slowly Makes Inroads With Local Farmers

    What Chad Elkins chose as a double crop for his northern Warren County farm this fall may be causing a few double takes because of its distinctive leaf structure. After his corn silage crop was harvested, Elkins opted to plant industrial hemp, a member of the cannabis family and a close...
  13. Ron Strider

    Hemp - Not Marijuana - Comes To Rural Vermont

    While lawmakers in Montpelier argue over marijuana legalization, Middlebury dairy farmers Joel Pomainville and Sam Berthiaume are readying a harvest of a cousin of marijuana – hemp – that promoters hope could be a new cash crop for Vermont farmers. "The potential is so huge on this stuff," said...
  14. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Farmers Hit Hard By California Wildfires

    The wildfires that have incinerated hundreds of thousands of acres in the Northern California in October have destroyed thousands of homes, acres of pristine vineyards and something else central to California life and culture – fields of marijuana. The wildfires, which have burned more than...
  15. Ron Strider

    CA: North Bay Marijuana Harvest Ravaged By Fire

    It's not just vines that grow in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties, and marijuana cultivators, like vintners and farmers, are reeling from the still-burning Tubbs and Atlas Peak Fires. According to the marijuana advocacy group the California Growers Association and industry leaders like Erich...
  16. Ron Strider

    WI: GOP Lawmakers Make Case For Industrial Hemp

    The Latest on a bill that would legalize industrial hemp in Wisconsin (all times local): 10:35 a.m. Two Republican lawmakers are making the case for their bill legalizing industrial hemp in Wisconsin. Rep. Jesse Kremer and Sen. Patrick Testin held a news conference Tuesday ahead of a...
  17. Ron Strider

    Fires Threaten California's First Legal Pot Crop

    As if there isn't enough uncertainty right now for Northern California weed farmers, this week's fires are threatening the 2017 harvest. That is for those farmers who are lucky enough to have a harvest. Fires are raging in 14 counties, according to the California Department of Forestry, and...
  18. Ron Strider

    India: Research In Industrial Use Of Hemp Fiber Is required - Governor

    The representatives of Bombay Hemp Company called on Governor Acharya Devvrat at Rajbhawan today and gave the presentation on utilizing Industrial Hemp as a strategic asset devoted to the reformation of agriculture & boosting its role in the economy along with uplifting socio-economic standards...
  19. Ron Strider

    Massachusetts Farmers Hope To Keep Marijuana Business Local

    Sheffield farmer Ted Dobson wants to grow pot -- and he doesn't believe he needs an indoor warehouse with a state-of-the-art security system to do it. "Having protected myself from wildlife for years and, if necessary, people, no farmer's going to allow any cash crop to get stolen," Dobson...
  20. Ron Strider

    Is Hemp Vermont's Next Big Crop? Middlebury Farm Plants Marijuana Cousin

    While lawmakers in Montpelier argue over marijuana legalization, Middlebury dairy farmers Joel Pomainville and Sam Berthiaume are readying harvest of a cousin of marijuana – hemp – that promoters hope could be a new cash crop for Vermont farmers. "The potential is so huge on this stuff," said...