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Update on Industrial Hemp for Texas—July 2020

Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension/TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, TX; (806) 723-8432, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu July 8, 2020   Texas Department of Agriculture Hemp Licensing   The TDA hemp page, https://www.texasagriculture.gov/RegulatoryPrograms/Hemp.aspx, has further new items of interest.  In a June 19, 2020 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension webinar TDA assistant commissioner Dan Hunter noted to date TDA had issued: 861 producer licenses 351 crop permits 84 handler/sampler licenses (but only 73 listed as of July 7 at https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Files/ACP/Hemp/Handler_Sampler_List.pdf 158 handler licenses 19 processor licenses (as of… Read More →

Update on Industrial Hemp for Texas—April/Early May 2020

Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy & State Extension Hemp Specialist TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, TX; (806) 723-8432, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu April 30, 2020   Texas Department of Agriculture Hemp Licensing   Texas Department of Agriculture opened their online portal for hemp license applications on March 16.   Applications number about 600.  Many applicants have received their licenses.  Several are awaiting their lot permits.  One grower last week noted that TDA suggested they list the full acreage of their farm (101 acres in this case) as the Facility rather than… Read More →

“June (late) planting and poor seed quality led to a thin stand for CBD hemp in this New Mexico field in 2019

Update on Industrial Hemp for Texas—March 2020 Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy, TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, TX (806) 723-8432, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu March 4, 2020 USDA & Texas Department of Agriculture Rules Updates Texas Department of Agriculture legal counsel Tim Kleinschmidt was a February 19 guest during a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension webinar. He noted final Texas hemp rules will be published in the Texas Register on March 6. TDA will seek to open the online portal for hemp license applications the second full week of March (March… Read More →

Update on Industrial Hemp for Texas—February 2020

  Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy, TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, TX (806) 723-8432, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu February 10, 2020 USDA & Texas Department of Agriculture Rules Updates In late January USDA approved the Texas Department of Agriculture state hemp plan. This is an important step in the move toward legal hemp in Texas in 2020. What is somewhat surprising is TDA’s public comment period is still open another two weeks to Feb. 10. Does this mean that TDA might make some changes in their approved rules? Possibly. Will… Read More →

Update on Industrial Hemp for Texas—January 2020

  Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy, TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, TX (806) 723-8432, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu January 23, 2020 USDA extended the public comment period by 30 days to conclude in late January. This likely delays final approval of state plans, like Texas, a similar amount. Additional Information from USDA There is additional information from USDA. The overall USDA hemp program information is at https://www.farmers.gov/manage/hemp Some topics will not be relevant for Texas in 2020 but will have potentially favorable implications for hemp in Texas in 2021. Additional… Read More →

Update on Industrial Hemp for Texas—December 2019

Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy, TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, TX (806) 723-8432, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu December 5, 2019 This is a summary of recent hemp information relevant to Texas in view of 2020 production. As noted in last month’s hemp Row Crops Newsletter update, USDA released final interim rules which Texas Department of Agriculture will use to develop proposed Texas rules. The overall USDA hemp program information is found at https://www.farmers.gov/manage/hemp then through several links there. These federal rules are currently in a 60-day public comment period. After… Read More →