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Rapidly evolving industry attracts Virginia farmers to hemp summit

Rapidly evolving industry attracts Virginia farmers to hemp summit
The second Industrial Hemp Summit took place Feb. 25 and 26, on the heels of the 2018 Farm Bill’s passage in December. That legislation lifted restrictions on growing hemp in the U.S.



Farm Bureau on industrial hemp: ‘Comeback crop’ will benefit farmers

Farm Bureau on industrial hemp: ‘Comeback crop’ will benefit farmers
An expert panel outlined the politics, agronomics and economics of industrial hemp Jan. 13 at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th annual convention. Federally outlawed for more than 50 years, industrial hemp is making a comeback.



Industrial Hemp Field Day showcases crop, possibilities

Industrial Hemp Field Day showcases crop, possibilities
Industrial hemp cultivation was once common in Virginia but has been banned for the past 80 years. To discuss its potential, a first-of-its-kind Industrial Hemp Field Day was held Aug. 17 at Virginia State University.



Virginia farmers learn about potential for growing hemp, marijuana

Virginia farmers learn about potential for growing hemp, marijuana
Virginia farmers attending a workshop on the regulation, production, processing and distribution of marijuana during the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Williamsburg were told there are three ways to create a legal market for growing marijuana.



Research could lead to resurgence of industrial hemp in Va.

Research could lead to resurgence of industrial hemp in Va.
Industrial hemp may not be the next miracle crop for Virginia farmers, but it has potential for providing energy, feed and pharmaceutical ingredients. 



Bill allows farmers to tap into industrial hemp market

Bill allows farmers to tap into industrial hemp market
The American Farm Bureau Federation is backing a measure that would allow U.S farmers to tap into the hemp market—a potentially sizeable market for ingredients derived from industrial hemp.



New law opens door for hemp research in Virginia

A crop that was grown in the early years of the Virginia colony could be returning to farm fields in a few years.



State’s first hemp harvest for research complete

Once a mainstay of Colonial American agriculture, commercial cultivation of hemp in the U.S. ended after World War II under the federal 1937 Marijuana Tax Act. Nearly 80 years later, farmers and researchers in Virginia and other states are working to revive the versatile crop.



Industrial hemp event taking place at Virginia State University

Industrial hemp event taking place at Virginia State University
A first-of-its-kind public event on industrial hemp will be offered Aug. 17 at Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm. The field day will be open to potential growers, researchers, marketing experts and industrial hemp producers to discuss the future of the crop in Virginia and neighboring states.



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