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Old 07-14-2017, 02:18 PM #151
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Death of Oregon hemp bills considered “mystery”

Hemp legislation creating a research pilot program and a crop commission in Oregon has died despite strong support and no public objections.

SALEM — Bills that aimed to bring industrial hemp into the mainstream of Oregon agriculture have died despite lacking strong opposition or a hefty price tag.
Hemp seed could be tested for purity by Oregon State University under House Bill 2371, which would also have brought the crop under an official OSU research pilot program.
A new industrial hemp commission devoted to raising funds for research and promotion would have been created under House Bill 2372, similarly to several other Oregon agricultural products.
Both proposals unanimously passed the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in April but then languished in the Joint Ways and Means Committee until the end of the 2017 legislative session.
“It’s the biggest mystery I’ve ever bumped into in this building,” said Rep. Carl Wilson, R-Grants Pass, the bills’ chief sponsor.
The work of the Oregon Industrial Hemp Commission would have been paid by grower assessments, while the research and seed testing program would have “minimal impact” on OSU and an “indeterminate” cost for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, which could charge fees to hemp farmers.
“There was zero opposition and some pretty substantial reasons why they should pass,” said Matt Cyrus, a hemp grower from Deschutes County who lobbied for the legislation.
Oregon’s hemp industry finds itself in a “slight gray area” under federal law, but HB 2371 would have brought OSU research activities into alignment with federal language in the 2014 Farm Bill, which allows some hemp production, he said.
“It was more of a technical housekeeping bill,” Cyrus said. “It was a fairly important bill for the industry.”
Without the proposal’s approval, OSU will be constrained in communications and advice to hemp growers, said Jay Noller, head of the university’s crop and soil science department.
The university can still conduct research without the bill, but it’s not permitted to provide Extension services to hemp producers, he said.
“We’re kind of hamstrung here,” Noller said.
If HB 2371 had passed, ODA-registered hemp producers would have automatically become OSU research program participants, giving OSU greater leeway to work with them under federal law, he said.
“It means we’ll be waiting until things get cleaned up,” Noller said.
When asked about the hemp bills’ failure, the co-chair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee, Sen. Richard Devlin, D-Tualatin, said that fewer than “one-in-three bills were able to move through the committee and pass both chambers, due to time constraints and other factors.”
Wilson, the bills’ chief sponsor, said he met with leaders of the Ways and Means Committee, as well as Gov. Kate Brown, to explain the significance of the legislation.
“I am absolutely stunned by this development,” Wilson said. “Everybody in this place knew what this was about and what it would do. I can’t figure out who the enemy was.”
While the industrial hemp commission would have been “nice to have,” the statutory language changes in HB 2371 are imperative to bring Oregon’s hemp industry in line with federal requirements, he said.
Wilson said he never received any feedback about why the latter bill shouldn’t be passed and plans to re-introduce it in 2018.
“I plan to bring this one back,” he said.
Courtney Moran, attorney and lobbyist for the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association, said she was equally mystified by the bills’ demise.
Members of a natural resources subcommittee of the Joint Ways and Means Committee expected to consider the bill, and leaders of the full committee said they expected it to be reviewed, Moran said.
“We did everything we possibly could, I feel,” she said. “We’re disappointed in the failure of the co-chairs to recognize the importance of the bills.”


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Old 07-14-2017, 02:47 PM #152
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The failure of HB 2371 and HB 2372 this session is a low point for the year so far. That's the kind of bureaucratic bullshit that can sap an industry's growth potential...I think we'll be fine, but it's set us all back at least 8 months (both bills will be reintroduced in the short session next winter). Instead of having a certified seed system in place in time for 2018, it won't happen now until 2019.
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That's to bad, more red tape B.S.

I was wondering if you hand plant those fields or do you have a machine that plants into the plastic mulch? Also what is the spacing on those and have you played around with different spacing?
Love this thread, thanks so much for sharing.

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That's to bad, more red tape B.S.

I was wondering if you hand plant those fields or do you have a machine that plants into the plastic mulch? Also what is the spacing on those and have you played around with different spacing?
Love this thread, thanks so much for sharing.

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We hand planted last year on 8' centers. This year, our "early" finishing photoperiod lines were planted using a waterwheel planter on 4' centers in row (6' between rows). Our auto flowering hemp plants were planted on 2' centers. We have one wheel for the planter that is 4', and another wheel that is adjustable from 1' to 8' depending on the number and placement of spikes. It's a great approach and works well (near perfect plant survival), but is slow--each 1200 ft. row takes about 15 minutes to plant on 4' centers. That's about 1.3 hours per acre at our field. The planter is limited in its use by wet ground and the physical capacity of planters. It's exhausting: hard on the knees, back, and especially hands.

Our plan for next year is to direct seed using a custom built implement that will burn a hole in the plastic mulch, plant a seed, bury it, water it in, then gently compress the soil around the seed. Ours will plant 3 rows at a time, which (if I remember right) works out to about 9 acres per hour. Direct seeding will allow us to get in the ground much earlier in the year. Our plan for 2018 revolves around auto flowering plants on 2' centers in-row, which should give us at least 2 harvests if the weather cooperates.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:30 PM #155
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I sent out our letter to seed and start buyers yesterday with recommendations on THC sample timing with ODA. One of the bits I included was this chart on total daylight in Oregon:



Oregon ranges from 42N around Ashland to 46N in Astoria. The farther north you are, the more hours of daylight you will have and the longer your vegetative growth period will be. There is a full two-week difference between Ashland and Astoria with respect to hitting the 900 minute mark of daylight (which is when our "early" varieties trigger).

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Question, S. Do your plants require support late season?
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