Special Series: Hemp States

Hemp State Highlight: Kentucky invests in hemp but wonders if peak has passed

Kentucky checks all the boxes for nourishing a hemp revival.

Climate suited to the plant? Check. Friendly regulations from a state willing to experiment and invest in hemp? Check.
Lots of cheap land and a processing infrastructure that includes in-state decortication and CBD extractors? Check and check.
So why do some agronomists fear that Kentucky has reached its hemp zenith?

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Hemp State Highlight: Colorado’s market dominance threatened by falling prices, processing logjams

(This is the ninth installment in a series that examines hemp markets in U.S. states. Other installments: Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.) No hemp discussion goes far in the United States without a mention of Colorado, where more than half the nation’s 2017 hemp production occurred. Colorado has more acres in hemp, more farmers […]

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Hemp State Highlight: New York has a $5 million plan to become hemp processing hub

New York typically goes big, and when it comes to hemp, the Empire State is writing the nation’s fattest check yet to promote its new crop. After a late start authorizing hemp production and a program that is relatively small compared to bigger agricultural producers, New York hopped to the front of the nation’s hemp line in July, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo invited hemp entrepreneurs to compete for $5 million in development grants.

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Hemp State Highlight: North Dakota growing lots of hemp, but market potential is limited

Few states are growing more hemp than North Dakota. With more than 3,000 acres in active hemp production and an unparalleled system for getting viable, certified seeds to interested growers, North Dakota could one day be the hemp leader it is for other agricultural commodities from corn to flaxseed.

But North Dakota has natural enemies that can limit hemp’s ability to thrive, as well as manmade enemies that limit the plant’s potential uses.

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Hemp State Highlight: North Carolina puts out big welcome mat for hemp industry

By Kristen Nichols

Dozens of states are slowly experimenting with industrial hemp cultivation and processing, authorizing limited tests through land-grant universities. Not North Carolina.

North Carolina has gone all in on hemp, which state officials see as a natural fit for an economy once dominated by tobacco farming and textile manufacturing.

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