Southeast harvest preview: 98% of North Carolina and Virginia farmers planted hemp for CBD production

(This is part of an occasional series of regional reports looking at the 2019 hemp production season. To read the previous installment about the Mid-Atlantic region, click here.) Hemp producers in the South faced a dry, warm growing season, along with high disease and pest pressure. Most farmers growing hemp for CBD production and smokable flower […]

CBD firm trades shares for ads with media conglomerate in unconventional deal

A Canadian wellness company has entered into an equity partnership with an American consumer-media company to promote its hemp-derived CBD products in the United States. Neptune Wellness Solutions, based in Laval, Quebec, developed the deal with New York City-based American Media, a privately held publisher of consumer magazines such as Men’s Journal and Us Weekly. The media […]

Kentucky hemp processing plant held up by contractors’ liens

A Kentucky hemp producer and manufacturer says a new manufacturing facility is on track despite financing snags that have held up construction. Winchester-based GenCanna Global is building a new processing facility in Mayfield, a town of about 10,000 people in Western Kentucky. Building contractors have reportedly filed 19 liens on the property, saying GenCanna owed them more […]

Mid-Atlantic harvest preview: 75% of Pennsylvania CBD producers lack purchase contracts

(Editor’s Note: This is part of an occasional series of regional reports looking at the 2019 hemp production season leading up to harvest. To read an earlier harvest preview on the Midwest region, click here.) A soggy spring and humid summer have challenged hemp producers in the mid-Atlantic states, where cultivars bred for drier climates […]

Canopy Growth invests in sports nutrition company, lays groundwork for new CBD products

Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth Corp. has bought a majority stake in BioSteel Sports Nutrition, a Toronto-based producer of athletic nutrition and hydration products. The cash transaction gives the Smith Falls, Ontario-based cannabis producer a 72% stake in BioSteel on the path to 100% ownership. Terms were not disclosed. Canopy Growth says the acquisition is […]

Farming groups urge speedy pesticide approval for hemp

National hemp and farming associations are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hurry up and decide pesticide applications for hemp production. The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Industrial Hemp Council asked the EPA to promptly approve the 10 applications to add hemp to the labels of currently registered pesticide products. The groups also […]

CV Sciences expands distribution to Harris Teeter, The Vitamin Shoppe

CBD continues to mainstream as a grocery store chain in the South has picked up distribution of a hemp-derived extract and a national supplement retailer expanded its product range. Harris Teeter, based in Matthews, North Carolina, announced Tuesday it will distribute PlusCBD Oil, manufactured by San Diego-based hemp and CBD company CV Sciences, in 150 […]

Hemp processing bottleneck could mean losses for farmers, setback for industry

The hemp industry is lacking the processing infrastructure it needs to turn raw hemp plants into extracts and other products, a bottleneck that could cost farmers and hopeful hemp businesses millions this year. California-based extraction machine manufacturer Delta Separations estimates the industry could see $7.5 billion worth of hemp rot in the fields because of […]

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