The Hemp Program could use some help in Washington

We are lucky to be in Oregon, where the laws and regulations for processing and marketing industrial hemp are progressive and driving a huge industry. In Washington, where we actually live (right across the Columbia River)…. not so much. The Washington State Industrial Hemp Pilot might be hanging by a string, but we’re hoping the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill will change things and inspire WA legislators to push for a progressive plan for the future of hemp in WA. Washington legislators…. let’s do this!

Capital Press did a great article on the struggles in Washington >

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First washington state seed harvested and brought to market by Hemp Northwest

How far things have come…..

We dreamed a year ago of harvesting hemp seed in Washington State and processing it in Oregon. That dream came to a reality this month when, after a year of working with Colville Confederated Tribes to grow seed for our hemp food products, those seeds were harvested, tested, and cold-pressed for hemp seed oil.

NPR and Northwest News Networks’ Tom Banse wrote about it here >.

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Washington-grown hemp farmers find buyer in Oregon.... that’s us!

The Capital Press, the western US publication of all things ag-related, did a great piece on our partnership with Colville Tribes and the status of the Washington State Industrial Hemp Pilot program, bringing light to the needs of opening up the program to allow seed to cross state lines while shutting down the 4-mile radius planting requirement from cannabis farms.

Read the full article here >.

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The Hemp Farming Act in the 2018 Farm Bill... FULLY EXPLAINED

We love the Hemp Roundtable. From their email newsletter, received today:

Late last night, the 2018 Farm Bill House/Senate conference committee released the final conference report.  You can read the 807 page, 6 inch tall report here.

Or if you prefer, our General Counsel, Jonathan Miller, got up early this morning to prepare a quick 2-page summary with references to page numbers of the actual text.

Here’s that well-broken down summary, in layman’s language!

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