For the 2020 growing season, Pennsylvania has 510 farms growing approximately 3,000 acres of hemp. Every hemp lot in Pennsylvania is required to be sampled and tested to show a THC level at or below 0.3%. Anything above that level is considered marijuana.
Beginning last month, West Virginia University professor Michael Gutensohn took up a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) project to study the terpene-cannabinoid metabolic network of industrial hemp.
Hemp and cannabis plants do not produce nectar, but their pollen can keep bee populations happy and well-fed. Specifically, the study found that bees not only love the pollen from cannabis and hemp plants — they also can benefit from the plants’ abundance of pollen as a subsistence resource during times when local flora diversity has been stripped due to modern farming practices or a natural occurrence, such as drought. Bees are especially drawn to larger crop plots and taller plants, meaning industrial hemp carries the most benefits as an industry for the bees.
Washington State, Wyomingm the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the Santee Sioux Nation each had their plans approved—the latest in a series of approvals USDA has made since hemp was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana started handing out its first licenses to farmers to grow industrial hemp this month, after lawmakers legalized the crop in a bid to start a new agricultural industry in the state.
Hemp is technically legal in Texas, but proving that hemp is not cannabis can be a hurdle, requiring testing in a licensed laboratory. So, when a truck carrying thousands of pounds of hemp was recently detained by law enforcement near Amarillo, the driver spent weeks in jail awaiting confirmation that the cargo was legal.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of a pilot hemp insurance programme through Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI), which is said to provide coverage against loss of yield because of insurable causes of loss for hemp grown for fibre, grain or Cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The USDA has also announced the availability of the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), which looks to protect against losses associated with lower yields, destroyed crops or prevented planting where no permanent federal crop insurance programme is available.
It’s pretty amazing and world-changing, and as Jack Herer said: “I don’t know if Hemp is going to save the world but it’s the only thing that can”. If you are a policymaker and leader of your people, then you need to learn everything you can about the Hemp plant because Hemp is Hope for the future of Alaska and the World.