U.S. Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp After Decades-Long Ban Under Marijuana Prohibition

Tom Angell , ContributorThe non-psychoactive cannabis cousin of marijuana would finally become legal to grow in the United States under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Senate. The wide-ranging agriculture and food policy legislation known as the Farm Bill, passed by a vote of 86 - 11 on Thursday, contains provisions to legalize the cultivation, …

AppHarvest’s 2 million square-foot greenhouse will rank among the world’s largest,

02-23-2017 AppHarvest to locate high-tech greenhouse in Pikeville, creating 140 jobs on reclaimed mine site Kentucky Press News ServiceFRANKFORT - Agricultural startup AppHarvest plans to build a $50 million high-tech greenhouse, creating 140 full-time jobs in Pikeville at a former surface coal mine repurposed for new industry, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday.“AppHarvest’s project will bring …

Seminars to provide information on Kentucky’s hemp industry

  Below and attached you will find details for a series of hemp seminars to be held across the state.  The seminars are a collaborative effort of the UK Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation, Kentucky Hemp Industries Association and Kentucky Department of Agriculture.  I highly recommend that participants in our Industrial Hemp Research …

Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly

Link to video: https://youtu.be/rye7J6jnVeEProduced By Navdanya International and FINCADirection, footage and editing by FINCA and ESC The Monsanto Tribunal and the People’s Assembly were held in The Hague from 14th to 16th October 2016. Over the last century giant agribusiness interests which came out of the war industry have poisoned life, our ecosystems, destroyed our …

First new hemp strain bred for US farmers

By: Chris Conrad A new industrial hemp cultivar has passed the THC hemp trials managed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the first hemp seed variety bred for the US to pass a Department of Agriculture hemp trial in any state. Thomas Jefferson was a jealous hempseed breeder who allegedly brought Chinese seeds in from …

From Growing Tobacco to Growing Hemp

Jane Harrod, a farmer in Kentucky, talks about transitioning to a different crop after the U.S. soured on cigarettes. Bourree Lam   Since the 1960s, the number of Americans who smoke has decreased significantly; in 1965, more than 40 percent of adults reported smoking, compared to around 17 percent in 2014. During that same period, …

KY: Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program now taking applications for 2017

New measures set to enable sustained growth of the program FRANKFORT (October 11, 2016) — Kentuckians interested in participating in the industrial hemp research pilot program in 2017 are invited to submit an application with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. “The pilot research program will continue to build on the successes of the previous administration …

Bayer and Monsanto: a marriage made in hell

US agriculture giant Monsanto has agreed to a US$66 billion takeover by German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer. If the deal is approved by international regulators, Bayer-Monsanto will become the world’s biggest agribusiness, controlling 29 percent of the global seed market and 24 percent of pesticides. The companies have dismissed widespread concern about the deal …

On 23 Acres of hillside placed in the Appalachian Mountains…

      If I Never Farm Another Day: What 'Sometimes' Farming has Given Me. . . Maybe I am A 'Sometimes' Farmer, frankly. I love a fancy heeled shoe, flash and traveling around for food I didn't prepare. For six long and short years, I have dreaded drought and snow. I have carried milk …

Seed Freedom Call to Action 2016

Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly The Hague 14-16 October We are happy to inform you that Navdanya – along with multiple civil society organizations – is co-organizing a People’s Assembly for the future of food and the future of our planet at the Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague from 14th to 16th October 2016. The …

Mike Lewis and the Growing Warriors

By Andrew Baker  - Sep 20, 2016   One of the things I love most about our industry is that it’s constantly being shaken up. Everywhere you look, there’s an individual or a company taking things to a previously unprecedented level. What’s even more amazing is the pace at which things are moving; a pace …

Tobacco continues to green up Kentucky’s economy

        August 3, 2016 Tobacco continues to green up Kentucky’s economy It used to be nearly impossible to drive through Kentucky in August and not see tobacco growing in a field. In the summer of 1998, the leaf crop accounted for 25 percent of the state’s farm cash receipts and was grown …

KDA seeks applications for specialty crop projects

    For Immediate Release Thursday, March 3, 2016For more information contact: Angela Blank(502) 573-0450 FRANKFORT, Ky. – Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced that farmers and other eligible applicants in Kentucky may seek funding from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for producing and marketing “specialty crops.” Specialty crops are defined by the U.S. Department of …

Nearly 3,000 Indiana corn farmers claim in a lawsuit that the Swiss company Syngenta prematurely released a genetically modified seed to market, costing them millions in losses from plummeting corn prices and a Chinese import ban.

According to Keith Orebaugh, lead plaintiff who is seeking class-action status in the lawsuit, the price of corn has plummeted over the last two years since Syngenta introduced a genetically modified corn seed called Agrisure Viptera. Farmers claim the company sold the seed to US farmers and corporations without gaining approval from China, a key …