Australian researchers studying hemp nutrition for animal feed

Researchers in the Australian state of Tasmania are studying the nutritional value of hemp for animal feed as they look to expand opportunities for farmers.

A team from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) has embarked on a two-year project to explore industrial hemp exclusively as a forage crop for sheep or as a dual-purpose crop – for both grazing and seed production.

Hemp Farmers Face Tough Balancing Act

How are Pennsylvania hemp growers preparing for harvest season in 2020?

They’re keeping their fingers crossed.

Starting in 2017 — the first year industrial hemp was allowed to be grown in the state on a limited basis — Pennsylvania followed the regulations established in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Today, those regulations are history in Pennsylvania, and an interim rule issued by USDA in 2019 guides the state’s hemp industry. As a result, growers are engaged in a balancing act that they hope teeters in the right direction come harvest time.

Hemp Plastics: A Look at the Pros and Cons


Hemp plastics will be an improvement, but are there drawbacks?

For years, the human race has followed a non-sustainable pattern of development, and now, we face the repercussions. Accumulation of greenhouse gases – one of the many effects of man’s activities – has given rise to a large number of grave events: global warming, biodiversity loss, environmental pollution, and many more.

Legal cannabis sales in Colorado reach all-time high in May

Cannabis sales in Colorado set a new monthly record in May, reaching their highest level since broad legalization in 2014.

Dispensaries sold over $192 million worth of cannabis products that month, according to data from the state Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division compiled by The Denver Post. That figure is up about 29% from April and 32% from May 2019.

Penn State Extension Offers Budget Models for Hemp Growers

Regardless of where you are on your hemp farming journey, financial planning is as important as your cultivation strategy. Launching a new business comes with a significant degree of risk: About 20% of startups with employees fail within their first year and 50% fail within 5 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Business Employment Dynamics. The biggest risk factor? “Running out of money …,” according to Investopedia.

Hawai‘i House Passes Bill Legalizing Industrial Hemp

The Hawai‘i House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill legalizing the growing, processing, and sale of industrial hemp in Hawai‘i.

It passed the Senate on Wednesday unanimously, with Senators Les Ihara, Clarence K. Nishihara, and Laura H. Thielen expressing reservations. The legislation now goes to Governor David Ige to sign into law.

A New Era of Protection: The PVPO, Plant Patents and More


Hemp breeding is big business, and as such, companies who invest in breeding programs are also investing in protections.

With the hemp boom upon us, plant scientists have turned their attention to creating new and innovative hemp cultivars. The focus is on varieties for specific climates, special disease or environmental resistance, or unique cannabinoid profiles.

Will The Hemp Industry Revive New York's Economy?

One Upstate county welcomes the hemp industry as a way to reinvigorate its economy.

Nestled near the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers in Upstate New York, the city of Binghamton and the surrounding county, Broome, was always a hotbed of agriculture and manufacturing. From the rivers to railroads to highways, the area has been at the hub of transportation networks and grew steadily through the 20th century.

U.S. Hemp Acreage Declines Despite Increase In Licensing

While there are more U.S. farmers this year who are licensed to grow hemp, total hemp acreage is down 9% from 2019.

Hemp cultivation acreage in the U.S. has fallen 9 percent since 2019 but the number of entities and individuals licensed in their state to grow the crop rose 27 percent, according to a Hemp Industry Daily report. As of June 18, there were 465,787 total licensed hemp acres for the 2020 season, compared to 511,442 last year.

Why 2020 Looks Like a Ghost Year for New York Hemp

The state’s growers are sitting on a pile of surplus from the 2019 season, while they desperately wait for rules to guide the industry going forward.

For New York’s hemp industry, it’s almost as if 2020 is turning out to be the year that never was. 

In many ways, 2019 was a boon for New York’s hemp farmers. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp, or low-THC cannabis, and the market for hemp-derived products exploded across the state.