Agriculture Chairman Seeks State Hemp Program

Dan Cooper Hemp, Legislative

With officials seeing a potentially lucrative industry, Senate Agriculture Chairman Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, is proposing creation of a state hemp program. Albritton on Thursday filed a bill that would set up the program under the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The bill came after Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried last week named Holly Bell as the state’s first director …


Commissioner Nikki Fried Appoints Holly Bell as Director of Cannabis

Dan Cooper Hemp, Industry News Release, Top Posts

Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried announced her appointment of Holly Bell as the Director of Cannabis. Bell’s selection comes after a national search and interviews with multiple finalists for the position. In her role as Director of Cannabis, Bell will oversee the development of rules, work directly with scientific experts, and ensure Commissioner Fried’s vision for cannabis in Florida continues moving forward. Bell will work closely with the Department’s …

Cultivation of Hemp as Cattle Forage

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Alternative cropping approaches continue to be on the rise. Keily Stiff, president of Southern Hemp Strategies, and her team have taken an interesting approach to cattle feeding in Florida. After studying U.S. trends and knowing Florida’s strong agriculture ties, Stiff decided to investigate and coordinate a project researching the cultivation of hemp as a forage for cattle with interest in …