The hemp industry’s pivot from pilot-program experiment to national commodity kept entrepreneurs clicking to keep up with changes for the new industry.
And Texas’ entry into the national hemp-producing economy was a development not to be missed.
Those were among the most widely read stories for 2019 at Hemp Industry Daily, based on page views.
More than six months after hemp was legalized in the United States, federal drug authorities updated their guidance in August to remind law enforcement that hemp is no longer a controlled substance.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cited the 2018 Farm Bill in noting that “certain forms of cannabis no longer require DEA registration to grow or manufacture.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a hemp law in June that added the nation’s second-largest state to the list of more than 42 others that allow commercial hemp farming.
In October, Hemp Industry Daily was the first to report that White House Office of Management and Budget had approved the federal hemp production rule released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
In September, a federal judge threw out Indiana’s ban on smokable hemp, calling it unconstitutional for states to ban one type of hemp because they can’t easily distinguish it from marijuana.
This November story about the heartbreaking consequences of crop failure for struggling farmers hit a nerve with readers.
As planting season kicked into high gear in June, many farmers reported that they were still looking for high-quality feminized hempseeds and clones – and coming up short.
The U.S. Congress legalized hemp to bring a new crop to farmers hurting from depressed markets, low prices and crop tariffs.
But as this October story explained, many first-time hemp farmers who hurried to cash in after the crop became federally legal struggled to reap any benefits.
Some industry experts predicted 95% of 2019’s hemp farmers would exit the business.
Hemp farmers often look for strategic partnerships with other farmers and landowners to boost their production capabilities.
But those relationships can go awry if care isn’t taken in picking the right partners and creating solid contracts.
This May story looked at four Oregon farms facing production lawsuits and checked in with experts on how to avoid hemp litigation.
Federal agriculture authorities said in August that they were struggling to craft a nationwide THC testing standard so that state and local regulators can tell hemp from marijuana, complicating the release of a standardized production rule.
William Richmond, head of the Specialty Crops Program in the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, told a group of dietary-supplement and CBD business owners that coming up with reliable testing methods is “as complicated as you think it is.”
Hemp Industry Daily delivered this exclusive in September that federal agriculture authorities had finished a draft proposal for hemp production rules.