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On this page, we maintain an up-to-date list of links that should be useful to growers who currently raise hemp, or growers who are looking to cultivate hemp as research partners with New York State’s hemp pilot program.
For information about New York State Regulation and the Pilot Program:
- NYS Department of Ag. and Markets – Plants and Natural Resources
- Department of Ag. and Markets Hemp Program – scroll down on this page to learn more about the hemp program as it applies to growers and processors, and to find documents for applying to join the NY hemp pilot program.
- Hemp Program Guidance
- NYS Hemp Research Initiative
Hemp production guides and extension resources:
- Beginning Hemp? Keys to Successful Production in New York State – Publication from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Please note: this resource is now out of date. An updated version is coming soon.
- Hemp factsheet from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
- Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance Hemp Production eGuide
- Growing Industrial Hemp in Ontario – The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ fact sheet on hemp production
- Colorado State University’s Hemp Insect website – a resource to help growers recognize and understand the insects, mites, and “bugs” associated with hemp production.
- Purdue Hemp Project
- North Carolina State Hemp Extension Program
- Oregon CBD Hemp Growers Guide and Farm Calculator
- Guide to Hemp Production Videos – A series of grower training videos from the University of Kentucky’s May 2020 Webinar titled, “A Grower’s Guide to Kentucky Hemp Production.” Links to YouTube videos of the individual talks are listed below:
- Introduction to Hemp Production Systems
- Kentucky Department of Agriculture 2020 Hemp Licensing Program
- Budgets, Risk Management, and Contracts
- Agronomic Management of Hemp: Part 1 – Site Selection and Soil Fertility
- Agronomic Management of Hemp: Part 2 – Cultivar Selection –
- Agronomic Management of Hemp: Part 3 – Planting Considerations
- Agronomic Management of Hemp: Part: 4 – Weed Management
- Hemp Pesticides in KY: Working through the Confusion
- Hemp Disease in Kentucky: Grasping the Reality of Yield Loss
- Laboratory Testing of Hemp
- Harvest Timing
Grain/Fiber Seed Sources:
- Hemp Genetics International in Saskatoon, SK
- International Hemp Solutions/Bija Hemp in Denver, CO
- Parkland Hemp Growers in Dauphin, MB
- Schiavi Seed in Lexington, KY
- Terramax in Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan; distributed in the U.S. through Original Green Distribution and Legacy Hemp
- UniSeeds Inc. in Cobden, Ontario
- Valley Bio in Cobden, Ontario
- Fiacre Enterprises, Inc in Charlottesville, VA: Contact Mike Timko ([email protected])
- New West Genetics in Fort Collins, CO
Soil and residue testing labs:
- DairyOne – Soil and tissue nutrient analysis:
730 Warren Road, Ithaca, New York 14850
- Cornell Soil Health Lab
- Cornell Nutrient Analysis Lab – Soil heavy metal testing
G01 Bradfield Hall, 306 Tower Rd., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
- Pacific Agricultural Lab (PAL)– Soil pesticide residue testing
21830 S.W. Alexander Ln., Sherwood, OR 97140
Hemp Genetic Testing Services:
- GenKit™ from Steep Hill – to identify male seedlings
- Phylos hemp plant sex test
- Medicinal Genomics gender detection screenings
Federally: In December 2019, the EPA began to approve pesticides for use on hemp. You can view a list of the approved pesticides at https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/pesticide-products-registered-use-hemp. More pesticides will be added as the EPA reviews applications to include hemp on product labels.
New York State: The New York State DEC has updated their pesticide information database to add a designation for hemp. To access the database and to see if a pesticide is approved for use on hemp, go to:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/nyspad/products?1. Click on Advanced Search to open up the search options. In the Use/Type box select HEMP (INDUSTRIAL) in the Pesticide Use dropdown box and then click search. (For guidance, see screenshot below:)
If people have asked regarding the use of a certain pesticide on hemp, NYSDEC includes its status in the database. For products that are not in the database, If anyone has a question regarding whether a product is approved on hemp and is not currently in the database, contact Jeanine Broughel ([email protected]) for a determination. If approved, NYSDEC will update their database.
Cannabinoid Testing Labs:
- East Coast Labs
172 Taunton Avenue, East Providence, Rhode Island 02914
Contact: Matthew Madison
420 Fortune Blvd, Milford, MA 01757
Contact: Chris Hudalla
- PCR Labs
2020 Downyflake Ln, #302, Allentown, PA 18103
- CDX Analytics
39 Norman St., Salem, MA 01907
Contact: Brian Strasnick
- Steep Hill
9691 Gerwig Lane, Suite A, Columbia, MD 21046
Contact: Michael Corrado
- Eurofins BioDiagnostics (3 locations)
507 Highland Drive, River Falls, WI 54022 – Phone: (715) 426-0246
1821 Vista View Drive, Longmont, CO 80504 – Phone: (303) 651-6417
7240 Holsclaw Road, Gilroy, CA 95020 – Phone: (408) 846-9964
- Biotrax Testing Laboratory, Inc.
3580 Harlem Road Suite 2 Cheektowaga, NY 14215 USA
Information on hemp diseases:
- The Cornell Plant Disease Clinic will test hemp tissues you submit and diagnose diseases that are present.
For information about hemp crop insurance, please read this document.
Hemp Exchange Board:*
The need to exchange information on buying and selling plant products is evident. If you are an interested buyer or seller, visit https://www.ads.nyhempexchange.org/. Click Post an Ad, and then create an account or log in. Once logged in, you can create your listing.
The exchange board is mostly for buying and selling plant matter but you’ll see that it could be used for equipment or other hemp-specific supplies.
*The NY Hemp Exchange Board is posted for your information and research purposes. Cornell Cooperative Extension does not endorse or recommend any product, service, individual, business, or other entity. All “Hemp Exchanges” are posted at the discretion of CCE. “Hemp Exchange” requests may be denied or removed at any time for any reason.
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NY extends hemp pilot program, giving cannabis industry legal ‘breathing room’
Beak & Skiff Hemp House
New York’s hemp and cannabis industry, facing a potential shutdown at the end of the month, has been given life for another year.
The state’s two-year-old hemp pilot program will be extended through the end of September 2021, giving the industry “some breathing room,” according to Allan Gandelman, president of the New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association.
The program had been scheduled to expire Oct. 31, potentially leaving the 700 hemp growers and 100 processors across the state in legal limbo, without valid operating permits.
The extension is welcome, but still leaves the cannabis industry in a “gray area,” said Gandelman, who is also owner of Head + Heal, a hemp grower and processor in Cortland. “At least now there’s some peace of mind, so hemp farmers can sleep at night.”
But the state’s cannabis industry, best known for helping supply CBD-infused products, is still looking for a permanent set of rules and regulations. The broad outline for the industry was included in a bill that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law late last year, but the specifics and permit process have not been defined.
“In this industry, I get used to living permanently in a gray area,” Gandelman said. Last month he joined in a statewide campaign asking Cuomo to issue the specific regulations.
That still hasn’t happened. Instead, the decision by the state Department of Agriculture & Markets extends the current rules, which came into effect after the approval 2018 federal farm bill. That bill legalized the production of industrial hemp. The state’s pilot program authorizes “research” in the growing of hemp and the processing of its components into consumer products.
Hemp is a species of cannabis, like marijuana, but does not produce as much THC, the compound that creates the marijuana ‘high.” CBD (cannabidiol) extracted from hemp is a non-psychoactive compound that is touted by its advocates for health benefits and is used in products like salves, tinctures and ointments. Under federal law, the extract used in those products must contain less than 0.3% THC.
At issue now is a lack of consensus between state regulators and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on how to proceed. Under the 2018 farm law, the state is required to submit a plan to the USDA in order to maintain authority over the hemp industry.
In a letter to the state’s hemp growers in August, New York Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball wrote, “It is the (state Ag & Markets) Department’s view that many of the (federal) requirements concerning the scope and timing of sampling and testing, the disposal of non-compliant plants, and reporting are unrealistic and impose unreasonable burdens on growers and any state interested in administering a compliant program.”
In his letter, Ball also said the state would ask the USDA to extend the existing program into 2021 if an agreement could not be reached.
Gandelman credited U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer with helping broker the extension and the Ag & Markets department for following through.
Now, Gandelman said, attention turns back to state’s existing Hemp Extracts law, and the regulations needed for growers and processors to operate under it.
That law sets out procedures for the licensing of industrial hemp growers and extract manufacturers and establishes what are likely the nation’s strictest testing and labeling requirements. The bill was approved by state lawmakers last year in the wake of their failure to approve a bill legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana.
The state’s hemp industry welcomed the strict requirements, arguing they could elevate New York’s cannabis products to a higher quality and bar inferior out-of-state products.
Don Cazentre writes for NYup.com, syracuse.com and The Post-Standard. Reach him at [email protected], or follow him at NYup.com, on Twitter or Facebook.
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NY extends hemp pilot program, giving cannabis industry legal ‘breathing room’ Beak & Skiff Hemp House New York’s hemp and cannabis industry, facing a potential shutdown at the end of the