ADAI Now Accepting Applications for the 2020 Industrial Hemp Program

Dan Cooper Alabama, Hemp, Industry News Release

The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI) is now accepting hemp applications from eligible growers, processors/handlers and universities. The application period began Oct. 7, and the final day to apply is Nov. 14. In 2016, the Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama Industrial Hemp Research Program Act, Section 2-8-380 Code of Alabama 1975, tasking ADAI with the development of a …

HIAF Chairman Supports Moving Forward With Hemp Industry

Abbey Taylor Florida, Florida Ag Expo, Hemp, Top Posts

Last month, the News Service of Florida (NSF) sent out a report saying that Florida hemp leaders may follow other states when it comes to kick-starting an industrial hemp industry. The report states, “… (Holly) Bell (Florida’s cannabis director) said Florida could follow other states that have allowed farmers to proceed based on an assumption the federal government will approve …

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USDA Invests $11M In Research That Will Support Specialty Crop Farmers

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WASHINGTON (USDA-Oct. 3, 2019) — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins announced that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested $11 million in research that will support specialty crop farmers. “This collaborative public-private research effort will focus on applying innovative solutions to pest management problems that often are otherwise not available to specialty …

Updated Draft for Florida Hemp Rules

Karla Arboleda Farm Bill, Florida, Hemp, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) updated a draft on hemp rules for the state. FDACS is working with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to authorize hemp production in Florida as quickly as possible. Fred Harris, a Greenberg Traurig attorney representing the Hemp Industries Association …


South Carolina Industrial Hemp Updates

Karla Arboleda Farm Bill, Hemp, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda People in South Carolina looking forward to growing industrial hemp will be able to get research updates from Clemson University. While hemp pesticides have been approved in South Carolina, growers are still awaiting more regulations to be established by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA). David Dewitt, state coordinator for the Clemson Extension Hemp Program, talked …


Florida Association Works With Future Hemp Community

Karla Arboleda Business, Farm Bill, Hemp, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda This month, those preparing to enter the hemp industry in Florida received legislative updates and attended meetings that were part of a statewide hemp road tour led by the Hemp Industries Association of Florida (HIAF). HIAF Chairman David Hasenauer hosted the meetings, which included several speakers that provided information on how to get started with growing hemp. …


Florida Eyes Washington on Hemp Rules

Dan Cooper Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release, Legislative, Top Posts

Florida farmers might not be held back from planting hemp next year, even if the federal government has not signed off on long-awaited rule changes. Holly Bell, Florida’s director of cannabis, told the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday that, if all goes well, the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ permitting for hemp could be available to farmers by …

Invasion Risk of Hemp Under Research

Karla Arboleda Florida, Hemp, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda While the road to hemp production is still under way, University of Florida (UF) researchers are analyzing the risk it poses for invasion. Researchers began digging deeper into what future hemp growers and consumers can look forward to through the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. Susan Canavan, a post-doctoral agronomy researcher …