Hemp Industry Could Feel Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic

Clint Thompson Alabama, Hemp, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson A once promising commodity in the Southeast may be the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus that has impacted the globe and devastated the U.S. economy could impact how many Alabama producers follow through on growing hemp this year. “With everything that’s going on with this virus, I don’t know if everyone is going to …

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Hemp Advice: Start Small, Be Cautious

Tacy Callies Florida, Hemp, Top Posts

There are numerous challenges facing potential growers of industrial hemp in Florida, said Jerry Fankhauser at the recent Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference. Fankhauser is assistant director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station and lead oversight manager of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Industrial Hemp Pilot Project. Researchers involved in the project are looking …


Ask the Expert: A Hemp Crop Insurance Q & A

Dan Cooper Hemp, Industry News Release

(USDA) — Ask the Expert is a new series launching on In this Ask the Expert, Andrew Kowalski answers a few questions about how farmers can use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) hemp pilot program to insure their hemp crop. Kowalski is a risk management specialist with the Risk Management Agency (RMA) based in …

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State Hemp Plan Notice of Change for Florida

Dan Cooper Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release

(FDACS) — On March 6, 2020, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) published a Notice of Change for Rule 5B-57.014, F.A.C. – State Hemp Plan (hemp cultivation rule).  The Notice of Change includes updates and modifications to the proposed rule based on public comments and brings the proposed rule in alignment with the U.S. Department of Agriculture …

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Message to Potential Alabama Hemp Growers: Know What You’re Getting Into

Dan Cooper Alabama, Hemp, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Auburn University Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist Katelyn Kesheimer has a message for all farmers interested in growing hemp this year: Know what you’re getting into. During this year’s hemp meetings, which continue in March throughout Alabama, Kesheimer and other specialists are discussing economics, insects, weeds and diseases that are associated with hemp production. “We’re very clear …

Hemp Production Has Risks

Tacy Callies Florida, Hemp, Top Posts

There are risks and significant costs in growing hemp, Tyler Mark warned about 50 attendees at the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference 2020. The event, hosted by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Food and Resource Economics Department, took place Feb. 27 at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. Mark, a University of …

Hemp Diseases in Florida

Ashley Robinson Hemp, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Nicholas Dufault Diseases will be a major concern for Florida’s hemp production systems as they can limit profitable production of the plants. There are more than 40 known hemp diseases listed on the American Phytopathological Society’s educational resources page. These diseases are caused by viruses, fungi and bacteria. Some southeastern states, such as Kentucky and North Carolina, that produce …

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Hemp Industries Association of Florida Announces New Board

Dan Cooper Hemp, Industry News Release

Leaders from across Florida join the HIAF board to help shape the future of hemp. (HIAF) — Hemp Industries Association of Florida (HIAF), a non-profit trade association dedicated to supporting the commercialization of hemp in Florida, announced industry leaders from across the state to the organization’s board. HIAF partners with key stakeholders in the business community to educate Floridians on what is expected …