Topic: Hemp

Ethics of hemp

Ethics are a big part of what hempsters talk about when they get together. Ethics of using plastic sheeting in hemp fields. Ethics of GMOs and synthetic chemicals. Ethics in business dealings. And many of those discussions were front and center in Ashland last September when 300 hemp growers, business people and others attended the third-annual Hemp University at Southern Oregon University’s Stevenson Union. There’s a lot of work to be done and money to be made in cannabis and hemp, but Misty Burris of the Grange and Oregon Institute for a Better Way emphasized that we mustn’t forget to

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Learn as you grow

Despite growing pains in 2019 that saw harvesting and production setbacks for many hemp growers, the industry in Oregon continues to soar in the number of operations registered for 2020 with the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the amount of farm acreage set aside for hemp crops. Meanwhile, hemp growers in Southern Oregon say they are applying lessons they learned last year to the upcoming growing season. As of early March, ODA had already processed more than four times the number of growers who had registered by the same time in 2019. “We’ve got about 1,200 people in the queue

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Farmer talks about his award-winning hemp flower

Alex Bizeau might have the perfect personality and work ethic for a hemp farmer. He strolls the fields of his smartly named Victory Banner Farm in Talent, looking over the cover crop of winter — vetch, rye, clover — talking about how he’s in the first generation of farmers of a newly legalized crop, and all the growers are basically laying down the rules and strategies for doing it right and making it pay. They’re still getting the bugs out of the system, literally. Cucumber beetles, russet mites and (the worst) aphids. They didn’t come the first couple years but,

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Boutique buds

Tetra Organics, a two-acre, organic, family hemp farm across the freeway from Ashland, won first place for Top CBD entry in the 2020 Golden Grow competition in January for its Lifter strain. Winning that honor in the contest — put on by Hemp Inc. and Hemp University’s New Leaf Symposium — will help Tetra gain consumer credibility, as will the “organically grown in Oregon” cachet, say Spencer and Morgan Pierce, a duo of late-20s brothers who grew up on the scenic family farm where they started some years ago by growing hops, using two vertical wind generators. Spencer describes their

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How green is your bud?

Organic certification can differentiate an agricultural commodity, bringing higher market prices and increased margins to the producer. When the 2018 Farm Bill designated hemp as a federally regulated commodity crop, savvy Oregon growers jumped at the opportunity to certify organic. The label means a lot in today’s consumer-driven, health-conscious market. Organic certification is regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture and cannot be applied to an agricultural product without registration and a lengthy, standards-based inspection. In fact, the word “organic” cannot be used with reference to an agricultural product without USDA organic certification. In Oregon, the Oregon Department of

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City of Medford considers hemp grow ban

Growing hemp within the city limits of Medford might soon be banned, adding to the current ban on growing recreational cannabis. Medford City Council on Thursday night reviewed possible code changes that address the city’s concerns over hemp, the cousin of cannabis that doesn’t get you high. The council also looked at where hemp processing facilities might be located, most likely in areas zoned industrial or heavy commercial. “We don’t want another situation like what’s happening at Oak Grove Elementary,” said Kevin Stine, Medford City Council president. The city currently doesn’t have any hemp grows inside city limits, though there

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Here are some of the weirdest products containing CBD

CBD is the latest wellness trend, and it is making appearances in the most unlikely products. The use of CBD in the health and wellness products has been shown to be helpful in relieving pain and inflammation, as well as functioning as a natural sleep aid. However, in order for CBD to be effective, it needs to be taken either orally or topically in a manner that allows the CBD to actually get absorbed into the body. As reported by Healthline, “The wellness industry is going to do what the wellness industry does best: try to make money. And CBD

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What the year ahead looks like for CBD

To say that 2019 was a boom year for the CBD industry would be a massive understatement, and 2020 is primed to top the record sales and product innovation that have come to characterize this surging market. On Dec. 20, 2018, President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law, which removed hemp from the government’s controlled drug category and spurred farmers across the country to repurpose agricultural land previously used to grow feed and food crops such as corn and alfalfa for hemp varieties with high CBD and low THC (.3% or less) content. Farmers experiencing demand and profit surges

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Family runs deep at Murphy Hemp and Wellness

When it comes to the fast-growing hemp industry, the Murphy-based Doyle family does it all. They farm, press seed, breed hemp strains, buy, sell and trade hemp seeds and crops, develop products, facilitate online sales — and sell CBD products from their three Murphy Hemp and Wellness stores in Josephine County. The family is also deeply committed to educating both producers and consumers about hemp cultivation and the myriad uses for CBD products. For the Doyles, hemp is a passion that’s personal. “We’ve seen a lot of our family members transformed by CBD hemp healing properties,” said 21-year-old Luke Doyle,

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Looking back at 5 years of legalization

Oregon’s road to marijuana legalization five years ago was anything but straight. Early attempts to sell medical marijuana ran afoul of local laws, and retailers struggled to gain a foothold in Medford and other cities that took a dim view of legalization. But there were pioneers who helped blaze a path to what has become Southern Oregon’s biggest agricultural crop, and an industry that now plays a significant role in the local economy. Brie Malarkey was the first to open a “legal” medical marijuana store in Jackson County, Breeze Botanicals, on June 14, 2014, in Gold Hill, and then it

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Spring 2020 TOC:

  • Rise of the Machines
  • Ethics of Hemp Growing
  • Cannabis Appellations 
  • Tips for Gauging CBD Effects
  • 2019 Harvest – Lessons Learned

 

Meet Your Farmers:

  • Victory Banner Farm in Talent
  • Tetra Organics in Ashland
  • 54 Green Acres in Cave Junction
  • OM Extract in White City

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Murphy Hemp and Wellness in Grants Pass is serving up an alternative form of medicine. Here they break down some variants in CBD – isolates, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum (also know as whole plant extract).