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USDA shows fiber hemp is top use in 2022

Hemp For Fiber and Hurd is Top Use in 2022

USDA released its first batch of 2022 planting data in August, revealing that —for the first time since the 2018 Farm Bill— hemp grown for fiber will represent the biggest portion of outdoor planted hemp nationally. The overall acreage is estimated to have declined by 42% to 20,496 outdoor planted acres. As a portion of the whole, hemp planted for flower dropped from 61% in 2021 to an estimated 34% of all outdoor planted hemp. Hemp for

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Renewing Members this Week

Thank You to this Week’s Renewing Members

The Hemp Industries Association this week welcomed three renewing members.  Now in their fifth year of membership is GrowSpan Greenhouse Structures out of North Windsor Connecticut. Founded in 1979, GrowSpan Greenhouse Structures has been designing and manufacturing the industry’s finest greenhouses, and for over a decade, GrowSpan has applied their expertise to the hemp industry. Named 2022’s Best CBD Purveyor by the Austin Chronicle, woman-owned RESTART is a fifth-year member offering a broad range of

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What if we are testing Delta 8 for compliance wrong

Delta 8 THC: Are we doing compliance testing wrong?

The primary method used to test Delta-8 THC product compliance can’t do the job. Hemp is the first cash crop to be (re)introduced to U.S. farming in decades, and the 2018 Farm Bill handed the industry a whole mess of unique challenges along with legalization. Farmers and manufacturers have been confronted by confusing and onerous regulations; there has been a lack of federal support in the form of subsidies and insurance for farmers, producers have

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Renewing HIA members

Thanks to Terry’s Health Products and Other Renewing Members

Sixth-year member Terry’s Health Products is a natural food store with a nearly 40-year tradition of providing the community of greater Bismarck, North Dakota with more than 5000 items to support a healthy lifestyle, including vitamins, supplements, chemical-free personal care products, essential oils, bulk, natural and healthy groceries, and—since 2018—Peace Garden Hemp’s unique selection of Full and Broad Spectrum CBD, CBG, and CBN products. The shop has won Bismarck’s Best of the Best Health and

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New and Renewing Members this Week

This week, the Hemp Industries Association welcomes renewing business members Abraham Paiss and Associates, Botany Farms, Hemp Benchmarks, and the Trusted Lab CBD, while welcoming new members Luxe Delta. members Mountain Zest CBD and Revolt CBD. Entering the eighth year as HIA members, Abraham Paiss and Associates is a woman-owned strategic communications and business development firm based in Boulder, Colorado. Founded in 1996 by Neshama Abraham and Zev Paiss, they are dedicated to sustainable solutions and provide consulting

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HIA welcomes new and renewing members

New and Renewing Members

This week, the Hemp Industries Association welcomes renewing business members Pet Releaf, Bish Enterprises, Native Networks Consulting, and new business members Mountain Zest CBD and Revolt CBD. Pet Releaf started as a small family-owned business with the sole mission of creating effective, natural alternatives to pet health and wellness supplements made with honesty and integrity and has grown into the national leader in hemp-derived pet care products. Since its founding Pet Releaf has helped more than 2.5

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DEA refuses to issue cannabis research licenses

Drug Enforcement Administration Continues to Stand in the Way of Progress

Tennessee member NuSachi, Inc. did everything right, but the DEA is blowing off its own deadlines—and Congressional mandates—to prevent research into cannabis The DEA doesn’t follow rules that it doesn’t like —even when the agency itself drafted the rules in question.  That lesson has been driven home time and again during the history of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is being emphatically underscored again today when it comes to producing marijuana* for clinical research. A

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Federal Court Confirms Delta 8 is Legal

Federal Court Confirms Delta 8 is Legal

Almost a year ago, the HIA issued a statement of support for the whole hemp plant and an accompanying legal opinion a clear reading of the 2018 Farm Bill showed that Delta-8 THC and other hemp cannabinoids were federally legal (as in: not a controlled substance). Our statement also emphasized the need for industry leadership in the form of strict safety and potency testing standards, responsible marketing, age limits, transparent labeling, and other self-regulatory measures

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HIA legal team preps for oral arguments in HIA v DEA IV

HIA v DEA IV Update

On April 19th, in cases with major ramifications for the hemp extracts industry, attorneys for the Hemp Industries Association and co-plaintiffs RE Botanicals will deliver oral arguments to a D. C. Circuit panel centering on DEA’s 2020 interim final rule that purports to regulate hemp manufacturing byproducts that go “hot” hemp during the production process. BACKGROUND: In August of 2020, the Drug Enforcement Administration published its Interim Final Rule (IFR) on the Implementation of the Agricultural

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Welcome new and renewing HIA members

HIA Welcomes New Members and Renewing Members

This week, the Hemp Industries Association welcomes renewing business member Mission Mountain Laboratories and new business member Hometown Hero. Mission Mountain Laboratories provides comprehensive Dietary Supplement, Food, Water, and Hemp/CBD product testing services worldwide from their ISO accredited facility in Ravalli, Montana. Utilizing a wide array of internationally accepted testing standards and analytical methods, Mission Mountain has built a sterling reputation by consistently exceptional service, extraordinary accuracy, competitive pricing, and rapid turnaround time. Hometown Hero

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HIA Members News and Updates

HIA welcomes new and renewing business members

In the first part of February, HIA was glad to welcome new business members Hot Springs Hemp Company, Weaver Farms, and Natural Emphasis, as well as new farming member South Mounttain MicroFarm. Renewing at the Premier Business level (and making the second 2022 commitmement to HIA’s Annual Fund) is CBD American Shaman. Hot Springs Hemp Company manufactures 100% Arkansas grown and processed CBD, CBG, Delta 8, and other hemp products wholesale and retail online. Hot

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HIA Members News and Updates

HIA Welcomes New Members and Renewing Members

  This week, the Hemp Industries Association welcomes renewing Business members One Farm and Pinnacle Hemp, along with two new Business members: Simply Crafted and Tennex CBD. Simply Crafted is a Minnesota manufacturer of premium hemp flower and hemp derived products available for retail (and wholesale) online or at their brick and mortar shop in Minneapolis. More info on Simply Crafted. Tennex CBD specializes in high quality, high volume extraction that wholesale, pharmaceutical-grade CBD oil

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Phase 1 Results of Australian Hemp Livestock Feed Study

Phase 1 Results of Australian Study of Hemp as Livestock Feed Announced

A Western Australian researcher with the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) this week announced the phase 1 results of a multi-year research project entitled Opening the gates to hemp-grazed livestock in Australia. The results, which are available online here, have significant implications for the potential utilization of hemp for the grazing of ruminants. Australia sets strict regulations that make it illegal to feed the following to food-producing animals: Any hemp plant that still has

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HIA Members News and Updates

HIA welcomes Illinois Hemp Growers Association and C-Side Biopharma

This week, we’re pleased to welcome to the HIA new members the Illinois Hemp Growers Association  and renewing members C-SIDE Biopharma. Founded in 2018, The Illinois Hemp Growers Association is a women-led benefit corporation supported by the sponsorship, donations, and dues of approximately 1,000 grassroots members. The IHGA educates producers and consumers while representing the industry’s best interests in Springfield and throughout the state of Illinois. More info on the Illinois Hemp Growers Association. C-Side Biopharma

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HIA Members News and Updates

HIA welcomes Hemp Mellow and AMFS Filtration as new Members

We’re pleased to welcome to the HIA new members this week: Hemp Mellow and Advanced Mobile Filtration Systems. Hemp Mellow offers sustainably sourced, full spectrum products formulated to provide a stress-relieving healthy alternative by optimizing the full spectrum entourage experience with the highest legal levels of ∆-9-THC plus CBD, CBC and CBG. More info on Hemp Mellow. AMFS Filtration offers mobile on-site waste water filtration services and remediation solutions using a patent-pending nanofiltration process that

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2021 HIA Election

HIA Election Results

The IRS describes an organization like the HIA as a “mutual benefit corporation with members,” a classification that comes with specific regulations about how we do business and the rights of members. And the cumulative effect of all of those rules is this: the HIA is the most democratic type of nonprofit there is. That is why elections are so fundamental to trade associations like the ours: When our members choose who among their ranks those

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SAFE Banking Act Dies in Senate

If SAFE Banking is the Low-hanging Fruit, Why is it Still Out of Reach?

STILL NO BANKING LEGISLATION? Why Even the Low-hanging Fruit Remains Out of Reach More than 2,300 bills have been signed into law in the eight years since Colorado Representative Ed Perlmutter first introduced what would eventually become the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2021. Even then, before the 2014 Farm Bill cracked the door for industrial hemp and only two states had yet legalized adult-use cannabis, Perlmutter’s bill was viewed as an uncontroversial solution

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DEA says Delta 8 from Hemp is Legal

DEA Says Delta 8 Is Not Illegal

Amidst the flurry of alarmist headlines and the chatter of an industry having a complicated discussion with itself, a critical piece of Delta-8 THC news managed to fly under nearly everyone’s radar: The Drug Enforcement Agency itself clarified in September that hemp-derived Delta-8 THC (∆8-THC) is not a controlled substance. In a letter dated September 15th of this year from the the DEA’s Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section states that only cannabinoids extracted from non-compliant

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