USDA Reopens Comments on IFR, Vermont Hemp Farmer Reports Stolen Crop: Week in Review

Farmers and industry stakeholders now have until Oct. 8 to submit comments on new working regulations.

September 12, 2020

This week, in light of a hemp farmer in Vermont reporting his entire crop stolen, the state’s agriculture agency offered up tips for preventing theft. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reopened the comment period for the interim final rule until Oct. 8.

Here are this week’s headlines you might have missed.

  • National: Hemp growers once again can make their voices heard by the USDA, as the federal agency officially reopened its public comment period for its interim final rule. Read more

  • Canada: Aurora Cannabis recently announced that Miguel Martin has been appointed CEO, effective immediately. Martin, a 25-year consumer packaged goods industry veteran who joined Aurora in July 2020 as chief commercial officer, was previously CEO of Reliva. Read more 

  • California: As it seeks judicial relief from a run-in with the law last year in Kern County, hemp grower and researcher Apothio has decided to move its R&D operations to North Bay, Ontario, thousands of miles away. Read more

  • Kansas: Researchers at Kansas State University have recently earned a $200,000 grant from the USDA to study hemp in cattle feed. Read more

  • Missouri: The USDA recently gave the state the green light for its hemp plan, which makes no changes to existing regulations. Read more

  • Montana: A swarm of grasshoppers has invaded hemp farms in parts of Montana, resulting in nearly a complete crop loss for some farmers. Entomologists and growers shared insights on how to combat the hungry and damaging critters. Read more

  • Vermont: Fancy Plants, a hemp farm in the state, recently reported about $6,000 worth of hemp crops were stolen. The state agriculture agency provided tips on how to prevent hemp theft. Read more