New West Genetics Obtains Certified Seed Status for their ABOUND® Family

By |2021-02-25T20:54:07+06:00February 25th, 2021|Categories: press release|

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Feb. 25, 2021 New West Genetics announces that four of their varieties from their ABOUND family passed the THC hemp trials managed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, AOSCA’s National Hemp Variety Review Board for AOSCA certified seed, as well as approval from Colorado Seed Growers Association for Certified seed status. More on seed certification: The goal of seed certification is to maintain varietal purity to ensure that growers receive the pure, high quality seed they expect.  Hemp varieties that have successfully passed through the AOSCA variety review process are eligible for the production of Certified hemp seed following AOSCA Standards. The variety review is conducted by representatives of seed certifying agencies, academia, the seed industry, and USDA, following requirements established in the U.S Seed Act, to make certain new varieties are distinct, uniform, and stable.  After the review, seed certifying agencies work closely with seed producers, following AOSCA standards throughout the growing season.  Hemp seed that has successfully met AOSCA Standards may be labeled with the familiar “Blue Tag” that shows customers they are receiving the pure variety they purchased. “We’re excited to see more of our varieties comply with the standards set forth by AOSCA and CSGA” said Rich Fletcher, CTO for New West Genetics. “The certification standards give farmers the assurance that our seed will deliver on the claims; with an excellent germination rate, uniformity, and genetic purity. This is in addition to the CDA validation of a stable, federally compliant THC level, results in [...]

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Hemp Feed Coalition submits the first ingredient application in the United States for hemp to be federally approved as a feed ingredient for poultry

By |2021-02-05T22:18:24+06:00February 5th, 2021|Categories: news, press release|

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Feb. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hemp Feed Coalition (HFC) is proud to announce the first submission for hemp to become an approved animal feed ingredient has been put forward for consideration by the Association of American Feed Control Officials and the U.S. Food and Drug Association-Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM). Once approved, this ingredient application will allow hempseed meal and cake to be legally used as commercial feed for laying hens.  Led by Coalition leadership, hemp and feed industry experts, and researchers; the submission is a culmination of a two-year long effort, consisting of an ingredient investigation of hemp seedcake and meal and a clinical trial to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of hemp for laying hens. "The first one is always the hardest; and it was definitely a group effort to submit the first ever application in the US for hemp as an official feed ingredient," Hunter Buffington, Executive Director of the HFC, said of the first submission. To meet the FDA-CVM rigorous standards of safety and efficacy, the hemp industry shared Certificates of Analysis from across the United States to demonstrate hempseed cake and meal can be consistently grown and processed. This effort was combined with expertise from hemp and feed industry leaders, research from our principal investigators and the support of our Project Champion-IND HEMP to bring the submission to the FDA-CVM for scientific review. "The coalition has worked hard over the last two years and we are finally getting our [...]

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New West Genetics, Inc. High CBD Hemp Seed Soon to be Available in Canada

By |2020-07-24T20:54:45+06:00July 23rd, 2020|Categories: news, press release|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

(July 21, 2020, Fort Collins, Colorado) New West Genetics, Inc. and Tritium 3H, Inc. (T3H) are pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive license agreement for distribution of Certified NWG2730 ABOUND™ hemp seed in Canada. New West Genetics is a hemp genetics company founded in 2014 with unparalleled breeding experience. Its mission is to bring hemp producers a well-bred, stable rotational option to their operations. New West has spent the last seven years selecting the most promising, compliant hemp genetics to create NWG2730. Through stringent breeding methods, the Company produces dual and tri type varieties with various cannabinoid profiles, always coupled with rigorous agronomic traits that hemp producers expect. NWG2730 is the first high CBD grain variety to be available in Canada. It is suited for complete mechanical production that fits well with broad acre production methods and equipment - enabling growers to dramatically increase revenue due to ease of production and high flower and grain yields. Tritium 3H, Inc. is a Canadian hemp seed company and member of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, based in Lethbridge, Alberta. T3H specializes in hemp field testing, Certified seed production, commercialization and distribution of new industrial hemp varieties for the Canadian market. “New West Genetics is a clear leader in hemp genetics and breeding which is why we selected them as a partner and with excellent grain yield and high CBD, NWG2730 is set to deliver unparalleled returns for Canadian producers.” said T3H President Scott Horner. “We have partnered with T3H for two [...]

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New West Genetics Awarded High-Value Hemp Patent Claims

By |2019-06-24T22:20:35+06:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: news, press release|Tags: , , , , , , |

(June 25, 2019. Fort Collins, CO. ) Today New West Genetics (NWG) announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office has allowed the Company’s patent claims for novel hemp varieties.  This patent is the first to claim commercial hemp varieties that combine market valued traits with adaption for large-scale field production.  A snapshot of those traits includes enhanced cannabinoids and terpene compositions, coupled with stable low THC content to mitigate regulatory risk. Years of research are required to successfully demonstrate patentability of crop traits.  Yet with the historic hemp prohibition in the US, active commercial breeding by crop scientists did not occur prior to 2014.  As CEO Wendy Mosher explained, “We launched our research in 2014, and utilized intensive phenotyping and a very narrow selection filter over multiple generations.  That foundation enabled us to file a first-of-its-kind patent application. We have closely watched this patent progress through the examination pipeline; from provisional filing to published application, and from office action to the notice of allowable claims.  This milestone further cements NWG’s first-mover status and demonstrates our dedication to data-based improvements that move hemp into a viable commercial option for agriculture.” All of NWG’s crop varieties are bred traditionally and informed by whole-genome analysis; resulting in high yielding, precision bred products that are made without transgenic (GMO) technologies.  Rich Fletcher, the lead inventor on the patent and NWG’s Director of Breeding noted “More than ten generations of work and data were incorporated into this patent filing, which defines genetics that are novel [...]

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New West Genetics Files for First PVP Certificate for AOSCA Certified Hemp Seed

By |2019-05-14T15:21:11+06:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: news, press release|Tags: , , , , , |

Today, New West Genetics announced that NWG-ELITE®, its high-yielding hemp grain variety, has been submitted for approval under the newly authorized USDA Plant Variety Protection (PVP) program.   NWG-ELITE® is currently the only adapted and AOSCA-certified hemp seed variety produced in the U.S. The rapidly growing hemp industry passed another milestone on April 24, 2019, when the USDA announced that the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Office will begin accepting applications for seed propagated hemp varieties.  “PVP delivers an important form of protection commonly granted to other crops. This is a significant step forward for the hemp industry.,” said Heidi Nebel, Managing Member and Chair of the Chemical and Biotechnology Practice Group at McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC.  “Our firm was pleased to work with New West Genetics as one of the first companies to take advantage of this protection.” The U.S. Plant Variety Protection Act, passed in 1970, encourages breeders to invest their effort into the developments of new varieties that are novel, uniform, and stable. If a breeder suspects an infringement on their IP rights, they can bring the case to a civil court and seek compensation under the PVP Act.  These rights are also recognized under an international Plant Breeder’s Rights protection system. New West Genetics CEO, Wendy Mosher, noted “Our company has been at the forefront of protecting our novel genetic inventions, first, by creating a robust utility patent portfolio, and now, by submitting the first application for PVP rights for an AOSCA certified hemp variety.” With the passage [...]

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New West Genetics leads Kentucky trials

By |2019-04-30T21:21:04+06:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: news, press release|

New West Genetics leads Kentucky trials, rolls out production of high CBD, stable low THC hemp seed variety. Today, New West Genetics announced that its proprietary hemp varieties, NWG-ELITE and NWG-RELY, placed in the top of trials conducted last summer at the University of Kentucky (see https://bit.ly/2CmVOEq). The dual-purpose trial included seven other varieties from various suppliers in Canada and Europe.  NWG-RELY, which was optimized for growing in the Southeastern US, won first place in both grain and straw yield, and NWG-ELITE, which is adapted for growing conditions in the Mountain West and Great Plains, won third place. New West Genetics’ Director of Breeding, Dr. Richard Fletcher comments, “Our commitment to breeding hemp varieties containing high value cannabinoid traits and high yielding agronomic traits is paying off.  These traits bring increased value to farmers and hemp product makers, which in turn establishes a solid foundation for the emerging industry.” New West Genetics has used its deep understanding of the hemp genome and conventional breeding to create several varieties for rapidly growing markets of hemp pharmaceuticals, edibles, cosmetics, and feed.  The Company, which launched its breeding effort in 2014, has been intently focused on cannabinoid content and the broad terpene spectrum, and has protected its products with US and international patent filings.  New West Genetics has used GMO-free methods to create varieties with enhanced CBD and CBG, and a true THC zero trait, all the way through harvest and drying, trademarked as THCØ™.  The Company will grow its first high CBD / [...]

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New West Genetics announces $10,000 donation to Hemp Feed Coalition

By |2019-04-30T21:35:14+06:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: press release|

New West Genetics announces $10,000 donation to the Hemp Feed Coalition to gain FDA-CVM approval by the end of the year and challenges other industry leaders to show their “hemp love” by matching donations! With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and legalization of hemp across the United States; the recognition of hemp as food for animals and humans by the FDA is necessary to keep farmers growing and ensure that the market for hemp pet and animal products can continue to flourish. Surprisingly, hemp is not a recognized feed additive for animals leaving it in a strange grey area of illegality even as the Pet industry expects hemp and CBD products to be a billion-dollar industry by 2022. The Hemp Feed Coalition was formed in 2018 to bring clarity to the status of hemp in animal feed. The Coalition is a multilateral effort involving businesses, regulators and nonprofit organizations from across the United States and Canada working together to get hemp approved as animal feed by the FDA-CVM. In 2018 Friends of Hemp a 501(c)3 and the Colorado Chapter of the Hemp Industries Association formed the coalition. “The HFC is the first concerted effort to engage multiple stakeholders, not just those of us in the hemp industry. Because of these diverse collaborators, it is primed for success.” says Wendy Mosher President & CEO of New West Genetics. The completion of a Feed Additive Petition requires nutritional analysis, the development of new laboratory protocols for food safety and clinical trials [...]

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