Great pumpkin harvest expected for 2020

Families looking to hit the pumpkin patch ahead of Halloween and through the fall are in for a treat as 2020 look to be a bumper pumpkin crop. A good crop will be needed as strong demand is expected this fall as families look [...]

Thinking about fall & maple syrup

This week, we move out of the dog days of summer, although cooling trends may be hard to spot in the western half of the country. Let’s just imagine some invigorating chill in the air and maple syrup-scented fall root dishes…cookies would be good, too. [...]

Will hemp soon be a viable animal feed option?

Hemp could become a viable feed source for livestock operations in a few years. The Hemp Feed Coalition (HFC), a program of Friends of Hemp, is requesting that the Association of American Feed Control Officials and FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine approve the use [...]

Here is what we learned at the American CBD Expo

The American CBD Expo in San Jose, CA gave businesses and consumers the opportunity to learn about an industry in which daily growth is the expectation. The expo featured over two dozen vendors, including business insurers, CBD testing labs, hemp nurseries, and edible and [...]

Organic produce maintained its momentum in 2019

Organic produce sales in the U.S. rose 5 percent YOY in 2019 and represented almost 10 percent of overall produce sales, per the Organic Produce Network (OPN). OPN’s 2019 Organic Produce Performance report divided U.S. states into four regions, listing highest to lowest in [...]

CBD profitability wide-ranging due to more acreage

Back in October, an Illinois farmer told WSJ he expected to net $75,000 per acre in profit from selling his CBD hemp and only $1,000 per acre for his corn and soybeans. Fast forward two months, and a Kentucky farmer, just one state away, [...]

Sharp rise in August rice starch imports

The U.S. imported around 5,100 MT of rice starch in August, about 60 percent higher than the volume imported during August 2018. Buyers were likely playing a bit of catchup after imports slid notably during May-July. With August’s strong showing, cumulative rice starch imports, [...]

Protein & ethanol sourced from the air we breathe

Can carbon compounds harvested from the air itself be used to manufacture protein and ethanol? Some companies are claiming that such carbon-based products are an environmentally sustainable and economically viable solution to growing consumer needs. Amino-acid proteins can be created via a fermentation process [...]

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