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Hemp genetics companies have been actively pursuing patents to protect their intellectual property after years of work to develop novel genetics. But despite intellectual property protection that became available after the U.S. legalized hemp production in 2018, some companies are still opting for more expensive and more comprehensive plant utility patents for the highest level
A top official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture praised the agency’s work on hemp this week, putting into doubt any plans to make additional changes. Sonia Jimenez, deputy administrator for the Specialty Crops Program in the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, talked up the rules in a newsletter the agency sends to farmers. “The work
U.S. agriculture regulators are giving farmers more time to share criticism about the looming national framework for how the crop can be grown. The extension comes as states and industry associations are pressuring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to delay implementation of its new rules, set to take effect Nov. 1. The USDA is now
Missouri’s agriculture officials say the federal government has approved the state’s plan to regulate hemp. The state’s Department of Agriculture announced the approval Wednesday. The state will charge: $750 a year for permits to grow hemp, regardless of acreage. Undetermined fees for sampling and testing. Missouri was among the states that chose to operate the
Cuttings are taken from mother stock plants, then rooted into growing media to produce clones for the farmer network and indoor flower production. Farmers experimenting with hemp production in the U.S. may not want to hold out hope that legal THC  limits in looming national hemp rules are going to change to make it easier
Colorado Republican Cory Gardner is the latest U.S. senator calling for a delay on implementation of federal hemp regulations overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gardner, who represents the nation’s No. 1 hemp-producing state by licensed acreage, told USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue in a letter that the proposed rule “seriously undermines this burgeoning industry.”