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Newsletter Feb 13, 2020

Newsletter February 13, 2020


Newsletter Feb 13, 2020

Genetics, Not Field Conditions, Makes Hemp “Go Hot”By Krisy Gashler, Courtesy of The Cornell Chronicle

As the hemp industry grows, producers face the challenge of cultivating a crop that has received comparatively little scientific study, and that can become unusable – and illegal – if it develops too much of the psychoactive chemical THC.

In a new study, Cornell researchers have determined that a hemp plant’s propensity to “go hot” – become too high in THC – is determined by genetics, not as a stress response to growing conditions, contrary to popular belief.

“Often that issue of going hot has been blamed on environment,” said Larry Smart, Ph.D., senior author of the study and professor in the horticulture section of the School of Integrative Plant Science.

“[People thought] there was something about how the farmer grew the plant, something about the soil, the weather got too hot, his field was droughted, something went wrong with the growing conditions,” Smart said. “But evidence from this paper is that fields go hot because of genetics, not because of environmental conditions.”

The study, “Development and Validation of Genetic Markers for Sex and Cannabinoid Chemotype in Cannabis Sativa L” was published Jan. 10, 2020, in Global Change Biology-Bioenergy.

Read the full article here.

Horticulture professor Larry Smart, Ph.D., who leads Cornell University’s hemp research program, examines industrial hemp plants growing in a greenhouse laboratory at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, NY.

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News Briefs

Grocery Giant Kroger Is Lobbying Feds on Hemp
By Cannabis Wire

Museum Highlights Black History in Hemp, Feb. 16
By Kentucky Hempsters

Growing Nutrition-packed Hemp for Grain
By Successful Farming

Increase in Hemp Farms Helping Bees Across the U.S.

Headline News

Hemp Takes Center Stage at World Ag Expo, Tulare, CA
By KFSN TV ABC 30 Fresno, CA

Researchers Discover Two New Cannabinoids: THCP and CBDP
By Cannabis Life Network

Portable Laser Hemp Scanner Could Give Instant Testing Answers

Degree in Marijuana to Be Offered at Colorado University
By Newsweek

New Frontier Data Provides USDA Interim Final Rule Process Update
By New Frontier Data

Renowned Michigan Hemp, Cannabis Legalization Advocate Steven Sharpe Passes Away
By Michigan Live

Food, Beverage & Supplements

EcoGen Leads Hemp Growth in Grand Junction
By The Grand Junction Sentinel

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Raises THC Limits for Some Hemp Products
By The Register Guard, Eugene, OR

Kentucky CBD Producer GenCanna Files for Bankruptcy
By New Cannabis Ventures

Will Hemp CBD Help the Elderly?
By Hemp Supports Life

Colorado Company Partners with Swiss Firm to Develop CBG Strains
By Longmont Times-Call

Fashion, Fiber, and Construction

Levi’s Found a Way to Make Hemp Feel Like Cotton
By Intelligent Living

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Students to Host Hemp Fashion Show, March 6
By Industrial Hemp Alliance

Majority of Adults Consider Sustainability Practices When Buying Clothing, Survey Says
By The Hill

Montana State Undergrad Tests Hemp Crop Byproducts for Building Materials
By The Fairfield Sun Times

Farming and Agriculture

Despite Governor Noem’s Misgivings, South Dakota House Votes to Legalize Hemp

USDA Announces Details of Risk Management Programs for Hemp Producers

Vermont Regulators to Track 2020 Hemp Production with Blockchain Technology
By Vermont Department of Agriculture

Missouri’s Lincoln University Committed to Hemp Crop Research at “Ivy League” Levels
By The News Tribune, Jefferson City, MO

International News

Indian Clothing Brand Seeks to Make Hemp a Fashion Byword
By Telangana Today

Portugal’s Industrial Hemp Farmers Hurt by Medical Cannabis Regulations
By CBD Testers

European CBD: Checking the Currents in Continually Changing Markets
By New Frontier Data

Australian Company Develops Hemp Product for Horses
By Business News Australia


Black [Hemp] History, a Black History Month Program, Feb. 16, 2020, Paris, KY
By Hopewell Museum

Natural Products Expo West, March 3-7, 2020, Anaheim, CA
By New Hope Network

3rd Annual Indigenous Hemp Conference, March 4, 2020, Callaway, MN
By Winona’s Hemp & Heritage Farm

NoCo Hemp Expo Expands 2020 Show at National Western Complex in Denver, March 26-28, 2020
By NoCo Hemp Expo

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