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  1. Ron Strider

    Hemp Farming Is A Growing Industry In Vermont

    According to the Department of Agriculture, there are nearly 560 acres of hemp farm registered in Vermont. When the congressional farm bill passed in 2014, Vermont added its own twist to support a different kind of crop: hemp. This made the state marketable to the CEO and Founder of Vermont...
  2. Ron Strider

    Black Farmer Sues To Block Florida From Issuing Set-Aside Medical Marijuana License

    An African American farmer out of Panama City is suing the state to block the issuance of a medical marijuana license set aside for minorities on the grounds that a new law cut him out of the deal. Columbus Smith, 80, says he can't bid on the Florida Department of Health's cultivation license...
  3. Ron Strider

    CO: Going Into Fourth Harvest, Industrial Hemp Industry Still Facing Growing Pains

    The first hint that Damian Farris isn't your typical farmer is the nickname of his mud-splattered white pickup truck: "Smoked Tofu." Four years ago he was a hippie with no farming experience and a passion for weed. Now he's the co-founder of Colorado Cultivars, the self-proclaimed country's...
  4. Ron Strider

    Trump, Congress, Should Give Hemp Farmers A Break

    During his surprisingly successful bid for the presidency, Donald Trump famously sought out rural America and American farmers, and for good reasons beyond politics. For years, farmers in Colorado and other states have struggled against falling prices, global competition and a drain of talent...
  5. Ron Strider

    KY: Hemp Comes Home

    In a former tobacco warehouse in Kentucky's horse country, a silver-haired seventh-generation hemp farmer sits with his business partners. As Andrew Graves, the chairman of Atalo Holdings, leads a discussion of seed varietals and soil consistencies, the group snacks on hemp nuts, grabbed in...
  6. Ron Strider

    In Search Of Opportunity, Virginia Farmers Look To Hemp

    Thomas Jefferson thought it necessary to "the wealth and protection of the country." Native American tribes grew it for centuries. And the U.S. government encouraged farmers to grow it "for victory" during World War II. But today, a plot of hemp could land its owner in jail. Since 1970, hemp...
  7. Ron Strider

    CO: Hemp Farmers Look To Bipartisan Effort By Congress To Fix Water Rights Problem

    Though it's legal to grow industrial hemp in Colorado, many farmers are breaking the law if they try to water their crops. In western states, water rights are governed by complex laws that determine how farmers irrigate their crops. Even rainwater that falls on land owned by a farmer may be...
  8. Ron Strider

    ND: Farmers Expand Hemp Crops Across State

    Farmers across North Dakota could be growing some new green, as hemp crops expand across the state. Farmers trekked to Pembina County on Wednesday to learn more about the budding hemp business in the state. Most farms are growing hemp for the seeds as part of a pilot program. While it's...
  9. Ron Strider

    Growing Hemp Will Soon Be A Reality For Nearly Two Dozen Farmers In South Carolina

    Growing Hemp will soon be a reality for nearly two dozen farmers in South Carolina. Governor Henry McMaster signed the industrial hemp cultivation bill in early 2017 and since then, state lawmakers have been meeting with farmers to discuss how they can get involved with growing it. They...
  10. Ron Strider

    Hemp To Be Next Cash Crop In South Carolina

    Friday farmers interested in growing hemp met with the SC Department of Agriculture to learn how to get involved with a pilot program launching August 1. Governor Henry McMaster signed Bill 3559 into law in May, making it legal for industrial hemp to be grown for research purposes in South...
  11. Ron Strider

    Gillibrand To USDA: Give NY Hemp Farmers Crop Insurance Coverage

    During a swing through upstate New York, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to designate industrial hemp a specialty crop – a move that would allow farmers to obtain critical crop insurance coverage. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., visited JD Farms in Eaton, Madison...
  12. Ron Strider

    CO: Bill Aims To Clarify Law About Water For Hemp

    In a case of one hand not knowing what the other is doing, the 2014 Farm Bill authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture to license farmers to grow industrial hemp. At the same time, however, the federal Bureau of Reclamation prohibits water in lakes and other storage facilities that it...
  13. Ron Strider

    Utah Could Soon Allow Farmers To Start Growing Hemp

    The Utah Department of Agriculture & Food could soon start allowing farmers across the state to begin growing hemp for research purposes. The department's Agricultural Advisory Board on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a rule change that would allow farmers to grow marijuana in Utah, if...
  14. Ron Strider

    Could Legal Cannabis Transform Provincial New Zealand

    South Canterbury is a place of cool temperatures and conservative values. It produces sheep, tourism dollars and hydroelectric power. Why not cannabis? In March, Sir Richard Branson suggested New Zealand could use some of the land currently trodden by dairy cows to cultivate cannabis and...
  15. Ron Strider

    SC: It's The Law, Now. New Laws Take Effect Saturday

    Starting Saturday, gas in South Carolina will cost more, but a state employee's take home-pay will be less. Those are just two of the better-known changes to S.C. law passed by the Legislature this year. But lawmakers made other changes that soon will affect your life or already may have...
  16. Ron Strider

    CA: There's A Weed Farmers Market At This Cannabis Lifestyle Event In Malibu

    People browse through rows of vendors in the hills in Malibu, scoping out farmers' latest crops and companies' products. They discuss where products are from and how farmers grow. These people aren't picking up groceries — they're getting pot. Emerald Exchange brings Northern California...
  17. Ron Strider

    NC: Spring Hope Firm Bets On Hemp

    A Spring Hope hemp plant is continuing its efforts to make hemp the next cash crop for local farmers. Industrial Hemp Manufacturing on N.C. 581 in Spring Hope, a subsidiary of Hemp Inc, recently announced its farming associates, who are licensed by the N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission, have...
  18. Ron Strider

    Hemp Advocates Visit Southern Colorado

    A company that grows industrial hemp in La Junta for processing, packaging and distribution in Colorado Springs was featured during the recent statewide Colorado Hemp History Week promotional tour. During a stop on the multi-city tour, Folium Biosciences Vice President and Head of Global...
  19. Ron Strider

    SC: Officials Finalizing Application Process For Farmers To Grow Industrial Hemp

    Though South Carolina has cleared the way, when farmers can begin growing industrial hemp is still being worked out. State officials soon hope to enable farmers to apply to be part of a pilot program, in line with a 2014 federal farm bill, that allows them to grow, process and sell hemp...
  20. Ron Strider

    Illinois Lawmakers Consider Letting Farmers Grow Hemp

    A bill that would allow Illinois farmers to grow industrial hemp is heading to the House. It passed out of the Senate last month. Current state law lets universities with four-year agricultural science programs grow hemp. The new measure would expand that to include all farmers...
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