“It will allow me to keep growing heirloom tomatoes,” he said.
Kelly Carney is owner of North Pulaski Farms, a small grower of organic fruits and vegetables. He got a license to grow hemp because he saw it as an opportunity to supplement his farm, which has seen margins thin.
Carney is growing high-quality flower from which a processor will extract CBD. He expects it to be his most profitable crop this year.
A 2017 University of Pennsylvania study found that almost 70 percent of CBD products were inaccurately labeled, claiming CBD levels that didn’t match with lab analyses.
“I think for a small farmer, there is a window of opportunity to make some money since [hemp] is so new,” he said.
So far, New Age Hemp has developed oil that can be ingested or rubbed into the skin. The company is reaching out to retailers, hoping to soon make products available to the public.
But knowing exactly what’s in those products can be difficult, if not impossible. Producers in Arkansas hope that locally sourced CBD will offer consumers more products that improve their lives and give them peace of mind at the same time.
The FDA held an all-day hearing Friday — with 120 speakers scheduled to talk for a few minutes apiece — to learn more about products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds and hear suggestions on how the agency should regulate them and the products they are in. The FDA also is taking public comments online until July 2.
Lotspeich said the consumer’s only recourse presently is to do the homework. On a recent tour of New Age Hemp’s lab, the company offered a copy of its product’s most recent lab analysis, which it says it will supply to anyone who asks.
While Arkansas' medical marijuana industry has begun to take shape in a very public way, marijuana's tamer cousin is quietly taking off.
The inability to access the important data can be catastrophic in terms of the loss of sensitive or proprietary information, the disruption to regular operations, financial losses incurred to restore systems and files, and the potential harm to an organization’s reputation. Home computers are just as susceptible to ransomware and the loss of access to personal and often irreplaceable items— including family photos, videos, and other records—can be devastating for individuals as well.
The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber attacks by criminals, overseas adversaries, and terrorists. The threat is serious—and growing. Cyber intrusions are becoming more commonplace, more dangerous, and more sophisticated. Our nation’s critical infrastructure, including both private and public sector networks, are targeted by adversaries. American companies are targeted for trade secrets and other sensitive corporate data and universities for their cutting-edge research and development. Citizens are targeted by fraudsters and identity thieves, and children are targeted by online predators. Just as the FBI transformed itself to better address the terrorist threat after the 9/11 attacks, it is undertaking a similar transformation to address the pervasive and evolving cyber threat. This means enhancing the Cyber Division’s investigative capacity to sharpen its focus on intrusions into government and private computer networks.
Once the infection is present, the malware begins encrypting files and folders on local drives, any attached drives, backup drives, and potentially other computers on the same network. Users and organizations are generally not aware they have been infected until they can no longer access their data or until they begin to see computer messages advising them of the attack and demands for a ransom payment in exchange for a decryption key. These messages include instructions on how to pay the ransom, often with bitcoins because of the anonymity this virtual currency provides.
Today, these computer intrusion cases—counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal—are cyber program priorities because of their potential national security nexus.
For more information on the FBI’s cyber security efforts, read Addressing Threats to the Nation’s Cybersecurity.
The FBI does not support paying a ransom in response to a ransomware attack. Paying a ransom doesn’t guarantee an organization will get its data back—there have been cases in which organizations never received a decryption key after paying the ransom. Paying a ransom also emboldens current cyber criminals to target more organizations and offers an incentive for other criminals to get involved in this type of illegal activity. In addition, by paying a ransom, an organization may inadvertently fund other illicit activity.
- A Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters to address cyber crime in a coordinated and cohesive manner;
- Specially trained cyber squads at FBI headquarters and in each of our 56 field offices, staffed with agents and analysts who protect against and investigate computer intrusions, theft of intellectual property and personal information, child pornography and exploitation, and online fraud;
- New Cyber Action Teams that travel around the world on a moment’s notice to assist in computer intrusion cases and gather vital intelligence that helps us identify the cyber crimes that are most dangerous to our national security and to our economy;
- Our Computer Crimes Task Forces that combine state-of-the-art technology and the resources of our federal, state, and local counterparts;
- A growing partnership with other federal agencies—including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and others—that share similar concerns and resolve in combating cyber crime.
Hospitals, school districts, state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, small businesses, large businesses—these are just some of the entities impacted by ransomware, an insidious type of malware that encrypts, or locks, valuable digital files and demands a ransom to release them.
Ransomware attacks are not only proliferating, they’re becoming more sophisticated. Several years ago, ransomware was normally delivered through spam e-mails, but because e-mail systems got better at filtering out spam, cyber criminals turned to spear phishing e-mails targeting specific individuals. In some newer instances of ransomware, cyber criminals are seeding legitimate websites with malicious code, taking advantage of unpatched software on end-user computers.
The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber attacks by criminals, overseas adversaries, and terrorists. The threat is incredibly serious—and growing.