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Is CBD retail ‘essential’? Shuttered hemp retailers fight to stay open alongside grocery, marijuana stores
Hemp production has been classified as “essential” by the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic. But the classification doesn’t extend to retailers selling hemp and CBD — and some retailers told to shut down during the coronavirus response are asking authorities to reconsider and designate them “essential” businesses. They point out that many states classify medical … [...]
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‘Golden Fiber’ Hemp Seeing Growing Demand in Apparel, Accessories
By Theresa Hegel The legalization of industrial U.S. hemp cultivation in the 2018 farm bill has already had an impact on the promotional products industry – namely in the growing desire for CBD-infused products – but suppliers are also seeing a rising demand for apparel and accessories made from hemp. “We’re getting more requests for hemp products than ever before,” says Kriya Stevens, marketing manager for econscious Apparel (asi/51656). “Retail companies like Patagonia and Prana have used hemp in their lines for a while, but now we’re seeing hemp content become more readily available in the imprintables market because there’s a real thirst for them.” Hemp is sometimes referred to as a “golden fiber” because of its beneficial qualities, according to Sion Shaman, owner of Expert Brand (asi/53404). “It naturally offers properties such as high moisture absorbency, heat conductivity and excellent abrasion tendencies; it’s also shown to offer some antibacterial pr [...]
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Hemp Prices Amidst COVID-19 – The Jacobsen
The new normal that we’re all adjusting to as a result of the global pandemic has implications for a wide range of industries, hemp included. Hemp prices in 2020 were not projected to see much upward movement without a major regulatory change by the FDA that would drive demand by larger industry. Overall volume is down, with very little biomass trading hands. Extractors have deep inventories of extracts, too deep, and many facilities are idle, or pivoting to THC remediation. Tolling fees are very competitive in markets like Colorado, where extraction capacity is highest. T-free distillate – and distillate in general – is moving more than anything, and this in turn drives some demand for crude. Certified organic products are increasing in volume, for biomass, flower, crude and distillates. This and cGMP practices can have an impact on hemp pricing and CBD prices, with the market bifurcating over processes using premium inputs and manufacturing practices and those that are not [...]
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Colorado CBD Brands Offer Free Products to Critical and Laid-Off Workers
Several Colorado CBD companies are offering free products during the coronavirus pandemic, giving CBD oils, capsules, gels and even hand sanitizer to customers, health-care workers, people who've been laid off and others facing hard times financially. Not that the owners of those companies are in much better shape. Chris Bedrosian, founder of Lakewood hemp and CBD shop Flora's Mercantile & Hemp Emporium, says that she has about eighty bottles of CBD tincture that represented the profit from her latest batch. Although she can still sell products online, business has slowed significantly since her shop was forced to temporarily close under a statewide stay-at-home order from Governor Jared Polis. Even so, instead of selling her bottles of 2,000-milligram CBD tincture, she wants to donate them to people affected by the coronavirus. "I can't just sit here and do nothing, but unfortunately, that's all I can do," Bedrosian says. "I'm not saying CBD will save them, but introducing CBD to your [...]
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Military interested in hemp fiber and polymers; Wisconsin university researching possibilities
The U.S. military and researchers at a Wisconsin university are discussing making hemp fiber to replace imported polyester and polymer in Army vehicles – a potential partnership that would return the state to the days it was the epicenter of fiber production during both World Wars. To make it a reality, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are working to create a textile that the military can test. Two state lawmakers, meanwhile, are leading the charge to pass legislation that would grant $250,000 to the research effort. “Let’s reposition Wisconsin as the No. 1 hemp fiber state in the nation,” said Paul Fowler, executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology at UW-Stevens Point. “Let’s make sure that we’re using the entire plant and all the potential that it has built in.” Most U.S growers raise hemp to create CBD products, but the plant can be transformed for many uses. The military wants to use it for seat belts, seat cover [...]
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Why Regenerative Agriculture? – Industrial Hemp is THE Crop…
The key to regenerative agriculture is that it not only “does no harm” to the land but actually improves it, using technologies that regenerate and revitalize the soil and the environment. Regenerative agriculture leads to healthy soil, capable of producing high quality, nutrient dense food while simultaneously improving, rather than degrading land, and ultimately leading to productive farms and healthy communities and economies. It is a dynamic and holistic, incorporating permaculture and organic farming practices, including conservation tillage, cover crops, crop rotation, composting, mobile animal shelters and pasture cropping, to increase food production, farmers’ income and especially, topsoil. The loss of the world’s fertile soil and biodiversity, along with the loss of indigenous seeds and knowledge, pose a mortal threat to our future survival. According to soil scientists, at current rates of soil destruction (i.e. decarbonization, erosion, desertification, chemical [...]
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Can Soil Help Combat Climate Change?
Its time to talk about how Industrial Hemp can help Sequester Carbon back into the soil - here is an article that talks about How Soil Can Help Combat Climate Change? Since hemp is a huge fiberous carbon sponge we need to plant more as fast as possible. To me, all the focus on THC & CBD Cannabis is really slowing down the incredible things the Industrial side of hemp can accomplish. Two molecules (should be thought of as "ingredients") shouldn't get all of the attention :] Read this article and just insert growing industrial hemp as the crop. [...]
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Hemp Insurance Arrives, Pushing Hemp One Step Closer to a Mainstream Crop
The USDA offers insurance to help protect farmers from forces they have no control over. Insurance offered by the federal government is a fundamental part of much of the farming that happens in the United States. It allows farmers to survive in an industry that’s both unstable and provides thin margins. Hemp, though it’s now federally legal, was not eligible for this insurance—until now. The USDA’s multi-peril crop insurance has been around since the 1930s, and forms part of the backbone of the farm safety net. As its name suggests, it covers multiple obstacles that farmers might face, including pests, [...]
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Maryland Farmers Look for Guidelines On Hemp
DAVIDSONVILLE, Md. — The meeting room was packed on Jan. 15 for the Maryland Hemp Exchange Roundtable. Hosted by the Maryland Farm Bureau, the roundtable included speakers Jim Drews, operations manager with the Office of Plant Industries & Pest Management of the Maryland Department of Agriculture; Dan Galluzzo and Eryck Stamper from the Maryland Hemp Exchange; and Kevin Atticks, founder & CEO of Grow & Fortify. Attendees came hoping for guidelines on Maryland’s hemp production plans and regulations. Fred Coulbourn, who owns 38 acres in Caroline County, hopes to get in on the production ground floor. “There’ll be an abundance of growers once hemp catches on,” Coulbourn said. “They’ve got to take it past the growing to processors and markets.” Like most of the attendees, Coulbourn wanted to know how Maryland intends to regulate the hemp growers and where he’ll be able to sell his product after harvest. Maryland has not yet submitted a plan to the USDA for overseeing the [...]
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Answers to farmers’ top 5 hemp farming questions
Colorado farmer James Bennett has a warning for farmers interested in growing industrial hemp. It’s hard to grow, labor intensive, and the genetics are unstable because it hasn’t been grown commercially in the U.S. for long, he explains. Bennett has been growing industrial hemp since 2014. Last year he raised 1,000 acres of industrial hemp across seven states. With several growing seasons under his belt and experience as a seedsman, his goal is to compress the learning curve for farmers who want to follow in his footsteps. “This is not a crop that we can drive across a scale and leave with a check,” he says. Bennett calls the commodity crops grown across the Midwest – corn, soybeans, wheat – comfort crops. They’ve been grown for years and are backed by well-established supply chains. “Hemp is a whole different ball of wax. This is kind of like crawling on the back of a wild mustang thinking you’re going to just go riding off into the sunset. It ain’t going to happen [...]
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Cecil farmers learn about industrial hemp vs CBD
Cecil County’s farm community got a crash course in the burgeoning hemp industry at Winter Agronomy Day hosted by the University of Maryland and Cecil County Extension offices. One of the messages that Nicole Fiorellino, assistant professor and extension specialist at the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, especially wanted to press home is that no one is going to get rich growing hemp, whether for CBD or for industrial use, at least in the current economy. “It’s a brand new crop but it’s been around for years,” Fiorellino told the audience. She and Andrew Ristvey, commercial horticulture specialist with the college, are doing research in conjunction with participating farmers to identify all the variables and determine if this could be a viable cash crop. “Our work is solely for the plants with less than 3% THC,” Fiorellino said, THC or tetrahydracannabinol, is the ingredient in the plant that creates the high. Their research looks into [...]
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Oklahoma Hemp Summit | Friday | Feb. 28th, 2020 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday | Feb. 28th, 2020 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Oklahoma Hemp Summit will be co-hosted by the Absentee Shawnee Economic Development Authority and Native American Hemp. These two entities grew one of Oklahoma's first industrial hemp crops together during the 2019 growing season in Shawnee, OK. In addition to hearing from these two groups, attendees will be introduced to farmers, processors, and other businesses operating in the hemp industry. Who Should Attend The summit is designed to bring together those interested in learning more about hemp with those who are already working in the hemp industry. The summit will provide attendees with valuable insight into the hemp industry and exhibitors with an unparalleled networking opportunity by bringing Oklahoma's hemp leaders to the same location to network, learn, and share. Date, Time & Location The Summit will take place on Friday, February 28th, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health Multipurpose Building (2029 J [...]
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How hemp could be a huge tool in fighting climate change
John Horsfield processes hemp so that it can be used in mattresses, animal bedding, as a building material and a biofuel. “Hemp is the strongest grown natural fibre and it does not stretch,” says John Horsfield, a hemp processing supervisor at a farm in North Yorkshire. “It can be used for all sorts. We use it for mattresses, animal bedding, as a building material and a biofuel.” Some farmers grow hemp for cannabis oil, which can be bought legally in high street shops, but the hemp Mr Horsfield deals with is used as a fibre product. Hemp is derived from the cannabis plant but this contains almost no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – the active ingredient that makes cannabis a drug – which is all contained in the leafy part of the plant. Hemp instead consists of the fibre and stem of the plant and is thought to be the first domestically cultivated plant, dating back thousands of years. Mr Horsfield started working at the hemp plant, owned by mattress manufacturer Harrison Spinks, [...]
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New Plastic “Zeoform” Turns Hemp Into Almost Anything
What if today’s plastics could be made from materials which were not only sustainable, but non-toxic? At the moment, our plastics are made from oil, which means not only are we putting toxic chemicals into our atmosphere, but we are also filling our environment with products that cannot bio-degrade. To combat this problem, a company out of Australia has […] [...]
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John Lewis is selling recyclable mattress filled with hemp
John Lewis is selling the world’s first recyclable mattress - which is filled with hemp. The UK-based department store giant debuted the surprising item by award-winning bedding maker Harrison Spinks. The 180-year-old company uses hemp instead of foam to fill the mattress and uses wool from its own farm's sheep in a bid to be more sustainable. The super king-size mattress from John Lewis and partners' Natural Collection costs £1,199, however, a double bed mattress will set you back £479, and a single costs £399. Harrison Spinks, which featured in the BBC series Inside The Factory with Gregg Wallace, worked out a way of building the bedding without using glue after years of development by its engineers. Simon Spinks, the company’s managing director, said: 'A fully sustainable mattress is a world first. 'It’s foam and glue-free and made entirely from biodegradable or recyclable materials. 'In fact, it’s the world’s first circular mattress, meaning that at the end of its [...]
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Here’s why states are keeping their pilot hemp programs through 2020
Federal plan too late Because the USDA didn’t publish the interim final rule until Oct. 31, 2019, during harvest season, state officials said they didn’t feel they would be able to pull together plans that would meet federal requirements in time to implement the rules for 2020. This feat would have been especially difficult considering that the USDA included rules state officials opposed, according to Whitney Place, Minnesota’s deputy agriculture commissioner. “It became really clear that there’s no way we’d be able to stand up a program that would meet the current interim final rule this year,” Place said. Rewriting state hemp production rules was already a lengthy process before the USDA dropped federal regulations, as officials in Arkansas found out when they started reviewing its program in March. “It’s taken nine months just to get the first rule rewrite done,” said Mike Stage, Arkansas’ agriculture division manager who oversees the state’s hemp program. [...]
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Hemp Farm Bill, Emergency forms packet for Farm Bill Hemp Program
2,113 Comments Received This count refers to the total comment/submissions received on this docket, as of 11:59 PM yesterday. Note: Agencies review all submissions, however some agencies may choose to redact, or withhold, certain submissions (or portions thereof) such as those containing private or proprietary information, inappropriate language, or duplicate/near duplicate examples of a mass-mail campaign. This can result in discrepancies between this count and those displayed when conducting searches on the Public Submission document type. For specific information about an agency’s public submission policy, refer to its website or the Federal Register document. [...]
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