Author Archives: Aaron Bouren

Lawmakers reach tentative farm bill deal after months-long impasse

A truck passes the Brooklyn Elevator before unloading in Brooklyn, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Key lawmakers said Wednesday they have reached a tentative deal on a massive farm bill, breaking a months-long impasse over legislation that doles out more than $400 billion in federal funds for farm subsidies, food stamps and conservation efforts. Lawmakers have been at odds over a House GOP proposal to boost work requirements for food […]

Enthusiasm over CBD helps fuel growing hemp market in Vermont

Enthusiasm over CBD helps fuel growing hemp market in Vermont

The number of farmers who registered with the state of Vermont to grow hemp rose more than 400 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to the state Agency of Agriculture. The amount of acreage reported to be under cultivation increased 450 percent, with growth spread fairly evenly around the state. Hemp cultivation has risen rapidly […]

5 Reasons CBD May Be the Perfect Workplace Supplement

CBD as workplace supplement

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of many organic compounds found in hemp known as cannabinoids. Being productive at work is not always easy. Different factors such as lack of sleep, stress, or simply boredom that can often keep us from being the best versions of ourselves at the office. Luckily, there is now a solution […]

Can Legal Hemp Save Agriculture?

Hemp Legal hemp plant

Last week, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell promised that the final version of the long-delayed Farm Bill would include the legalization of hemp. Congress’s top Republican, interestingly enough, has become a vocal champion of the versatile crop in the last five years, which is presently making a comeback in McConnell’s Kentucky—after the War on Drugs […]

U.S. House and Senate Could Agree On 2018 Farm Bill Today

The United States House and Senate could possibly agree on the 2018 Farm Bill as early as today. The 2018 Farm Bill will have broad-reaching implications for hemp extract consumers, including formally separating hemp from cannabis and removing hemp extracts from the Controlled Substances Act. Attorney Daniel Cameron of Frost Brown Todd, DC lobbyist for […]

New Study to Explore Benefits of CBD for Veterans with PTSD by Terpenes and Testing

CBD for disabled Veterans

A new clinical study has been launched by Alternative Health, Inc as announced in a press release from the company. The study will look into the effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) in the treatment of veterans suffering with PTSD. The charge will be led by Wes Clark Jr., a veteran who is passionate about providing safe […]

McConnell says farm bill to include provision legalizing hemp

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that lawmakers are still trying to iron out a deal on the farm bill, but that a provision legalizing hemp as an agricultural commodity will be in the legislation. “They will be,” McConnell told reporters in Kentucky on Friday, asked about the hemp provisions. “If there’s a […]


After decades of prohibition, the U.S. hemp industry has been reborn. Every day, more and more Americans adopt and come to rely on hemp-based products —for food, fabric, construction and hundreds of other applications. With this growth only set to increase, the time is now for the hemp industry to establish and embrace standards, best […]

Should Hemp be Certified Organic?


The organic certification of hemp has been a confusing and sometimes controversial topic. Certification of hemp is relatively new in the United States and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has changed their stance on hemp certification many times. The ambiguity of organic hemp has perplexed both hemp farmers and consumers for the past […]