We had the opportunity to visit with industry expert Bill Brill and get his take on where the industry challenges and opportunities are.
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Questions and Answers:
Bill's Background | Minute 1:20
Industrial Hemp Genetics? | Minute 3:50
Working with Hemp Farmers? | Minute 7:00
Oil Extraction? | Minute 11:18
Other ingredients in hemp plant and pharma? | Minute 14:20
The Need for Information & Education? | Minute 18:00
Where's the Finished Goods Marketing Going? | Minute 21:45
Future of the Industrial Hemp Industry? | Minute 29:00
Where can you find Bill Brill? | Minute 33:20 [...]
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What is the best harvest technique?
What does total Thc mean and how will it effect how my plant is tested in the field?
What is the difference between autoflower and photoperiod?
What is the CBD: THC ratio and why is it important?
What are some of the pest issues I might see in the field?
What are minor cannabinoids?
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BOISE, Idaho — Three out-of-state truck drivers who were arrested for transporting industrial hemp through Idaho were sentenced Thursday on misdemeanor charges.
All three men were given jail time, but the sentences were suspended with time served. Each will remain on unsupervised probation and have to pay fees and restitution.
The truckers each faced felony charges at the time of their arrests, but struck plea deals with prosecutors earlier this month that lowered the charges to misdemeanors.
Two of the truckers, Andrew D’Addario and Erich Eisenhart were arrested in April 2018 while transporting 915 hemp plants from Colorado to Oregon.
Eisenhart and D'Addario were initially charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. They pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana. On Thursday, they were sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 178 days suspended. They were given credit for the two days they already served in the Ada County Jail. Both men will serv [...]
Joni Lane, LEED Green Associate, speaks on Hempcrete and Responsible Design. A graduate of Boston Architectural College with a Masters in Sustainable Design Studies, she is passionate about creating valuable, sustainable and regenerative solutions by which humans can continue to live without threatening to render our planet uninhabitable.
She believes great design has the power to change the world and has decided to focus her energy on healing our built environment with bio-based materials, specifically Hempcrete.
Focusing on addressing indoor contaminants and their effect on our health, She strives to advance education and awareness of this very important public health issue to promote safe and healthy buildings.
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Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution
Industrial hemp is big in Europe, where there’s been widespread adoption of sustainable, green materials in manufacturing. This startup is trying to grow a business and a new U.S. industry.
Kentucky’s foray into industrial hemp has fueled a Louisville startup which is betting that natural fibers someday will become a key ingredient in hundreds of American-made products – furnace filters, kayaks, skis, even coffee mugs.
Sunstrand Kentucky_Hemp_Production was launched by Oldham County native Trey Riddle in summer 2014 after the state of Kentucky’s successful push to sanction hemp production.
The company contracts with Kentucky farmers to grow hemp and a cousin crop called kenaf. It’s also developed a way to process and coat natural fibers. They are then sold to “upstream” buyers who make pellets for other manufacturers as a drop-in replacement or substitute for more expensive, energy-intensive plastics and glass fibers. Their fibers currently are undergoing trials for crea [...]
Hemp History Week is the largest educational campaign about hemp in the U.S. Each year hundreds of grassroots organizers and retail stores organize hemp events to celebrate hemp.
Join us in celebrating in this special tenth year of the Hemp History Week where we celebrate the Return of the Plant!
The recent passage of the Farm Bill with the Hemp Farming Amendment has removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, and legalizes hemp farming in the U.S. This June, we will join together in victory across the country as we celebrate the Return of the Plant! and embark on a new era of hemp cultivation in American soil.
Let’s reclaim the virtues of hemp after more than 80 years of prohibition, and write a new history of hemp for future generations of farmers, consumers and manufacturers—a righteous, modern narrative of regenerative agriculture, renewable resources, plant-based nutrition and healthy lifestyles. With the return of the plant, we rebuild our rural economies with lucrativ [...]
A Dallas-based company is tapping into the Texas’ nascent hemp industry with a new industrial facility that will process the plant and turn it into a material that can be used for clothing, car parts and insulation for houses.
Panda Biotech will open the 255,000-square-foot facility in Shallowater, a small town that’s 12 miles northwest of Lubbock. It will finalize its purchase of the building in early 2020 and begin processing within a year, company spokesman Bill Pentak said.
Texas’ hemp industry is poised to grow after state lawmakers legalized the crop this year. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill into law in January — but farmers are still waiting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s approval of the state program and Texas’ adoption of rules. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said this week that the state will begin issuing licenses to grow hemp in early 2020.
Hemp is a type of the cannabis. It’s related to marijuana but has low or untraceable amounts of te [...]
Deputy Agriculture Secretary Fred Strathmeyer discussed Pennsylvania’s hot new hemp industry, and how it will be featured more prominently.
The hemp display will include a house with structural and design elements made of hemp, a car with interior components made of hemp, and other products highlighting the emerging opportunities in hemp fiber.
The display focuses on fiber, industrial and hemp seed oil uses for the hemp plant, not CBD. Elements of the car including parts of the battery, body insulation and upholstery, and even the running board are all made of hemp and hemp bio-plastics.
Structural elements of the house, paint and interior features are made of hemp.
There are clothing items, foods, and all kinds of products made from seed oil in the exhibit.
We’re highlighting the opportunities for growers and processors in the hot new PA industry. [...]
HempFlax, Europe’s largest independent hemp grower and processor, entered the construction space last month when it bought an insulation manufacturer in Germany and launched its own sustainable building supplies division.
Hemp insulation is a niche market: According to HempFlax, it represents less than 0.5% of the 3.3 million tons of insulation used each year in the construction industry. But the long-term potential, especially in Europe, cannot be ignored, Reinders said.
“I am convinced that renovating houses will be bigger than building houses,” the executive said. “That will be done by people doing it themselves, and they will care about the materials that they use. A private home owner is looking for sustainable materials.”
Reinders predicted a long life for the hemp construction sector.
“I think this is the right moment to step in, because we will be the industry to rebuild the economy,” he said. [...]
On the surface, the fashion industry had a good year in 2018, with Americans spending $391.5 billion on clothing and footwear. That was a 4% increase year-over-year and the highest level of growth since 2011 when spending increased 5.1%, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis NIPA table 2.3.5.
But digging into the data further, Americans have steadily decreased their share of disposable income on clothing and footwear, sliding from 3.8% in 2007 to 3.0% in 2019, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey. Even more alarming though is at the turn of the century fashion’s share of Americans’ spending was 4.9%.
In simple terms, American consumers are losing their interest in what fashion brands have on offer. Otherwise they’d be devoting a greater share of their wallets to updating their wardrobes. The fashion industry needs some radical new ideas to get back on American’s shopping lists.
Hemp may be one of those radical new ideas. Hemp would [...]
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) federal hemp production rules, Hemp Industry Daily has learned.
With approval from the OMB, which must sign off on new regulations from any federal agency, the public release of the interim production rules could come any day.
Washington DC-based cannabis attorney Jonathan Havens wrote in an email to Hemp Industry Daily on Monday that he expects the USDA’s federal rules to include:
- Review of state hemp programs (i.e., criteria for USDA sign-off on the same).
- THC testing and, more specifically, the point or points at which THC must be tested.
- Processing requirements.
- Biomass transportation.
One of the biggest questions that remained unclear after approval of the 2018 Farm Bill is the legality of the transportation of hemp and its derivatives through states that don’t have or don’t want hemp programs, including states that still consider hemp and hemp-derived CBD to [...]
Here’s a rundown on hemp licensing, sampling, testing and transportation protocol, plus what people are saying so far.
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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, [...]
PHOENIX — When you're as invested in the hemp business as Christopher Martin is, you've heard all of the jokes and all of the objections.
"I use it to my advantage," said Martin. "I tell everybody hemp is the gateway conversation."
Martin believes it's the gateway to greener building.
"I'd love to walk into Home Depot and see hemp board instead of drywall," said Martin.
But building homes out of hemp? Yes, it's happening.
A Florida man built what he believes is the first hempcrete home in the state in 2014. Hempcrete consists of the center of the stalk, water, and lime mixed together. Over time the hemp will petrify and the lime will turn back into stone.
"Our mentors are building hundreds of them in Europe and have for 20 years," said John Patterson, owner of the company Tiny Hemp Houses, based in Colorado.
On Saturday, Patterson will teach a class on how to make hempcrete at Hempful Farms, the cafe and shop Martin owns in north Phoenix.
According to the American Hemp Association, o [...]
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Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution
In 2017, Gavin Stonehouse, a graduate student in plant biology at Colorado State University, started cultivating hemp plants in a special soil mixture dosed with varying levels of selenium.
A mineral that occurs naturally in most of the western United States, selenium is also a nasty environmental pollutant when produced in excess by industrial and agricultural activities.
Stonehouse wanted to find out if hemp could handle the selenium. If the plants thrived, it would be an important first step towards proving claims that industrial hemp naturally cleans soils contaminated with a multitude of toxic substances – a process known as “bioremediation” or “phytoremediation.”
The next step will be to discover just how much of the selenium the plants extract, and where the mineral ends up – in the plants’ roots, stems, seeds or flowers.
Stonehouse and his advisor, CSU professor Elizabeth Pilon-Smits, plan to publish their results this summer. But the early indications are promi [...]
The new hemp industry is attracting some powerhouse players in agriculture, and Hemp Industry Daily went behind the scenes to see how one of the most intriguing partnerships is going.
The operation planted about 5 million high-yield CBD hemp clones on more than 1,800 acres of outdoor fields in central Kentucky, all within 15 miles of the greenhouse.
In January, AgTech Scientific will roll out CBD formulations for the food and beverage industry and its own proprietary brands. Currently the company is using a 30,000-square-foot extraction facility, which it plans to close upon completion of the first phase of a new 50,000-square-foot facility by the end of 2019. [...]
USDA’s Risk Management Agency announced a new crop insurance option for hemp growers in select counties of 21 states in 2020. The pilot insurance program will provide Actual Production History coverage under 508(h) Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) for eligible producers in certain counties in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The MPCI coverage is for hemp grown for fiber, grain or CBD oil for the 2020 crop year. It is in addition to the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection coverage available to hemp growers announced earlier this year.
“We are excited to offer coverage to certain hemp producers in this pilot program,” said RMA Administrator Martin Barbre. “Since this is a pilot program, we look forward to feedback from producers on the program in the coming crop year.” [...]