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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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced H.R. 3652, the Hemp For Victory Act which helps lay the foundation for the emerging hemp industry in a manner that incentivizes family farmers and small businesses, protects against corporate monopolies, and studies the benefits of hemp cultivation and hemp-based products while ensuring safe agricultural practices, and environmental and labor considerations.
Vote Hemp strongly supports the bill and believes this is the kind of legislation needed to help the nascent hemp industry build a solid footing.
Please send a message to your Congressman and ask him/her to support hemp farmers and businesses by cosponsoring the Hemp For Victory Act. [...]
Hemp could help save the bees, providing an excellent source of nutrition during the season they need it most, new study finds
Expanding hemp cultivation in the United States could provide food for the bees during a time of year when few other options are available to them, a new study concludes.
Researchers from Colorado State University set up bee traps in industrial hemp fields during peak flowering season to determine whether hemp was “a valuable source of pollen for foraging bees.”
Turns out it is.
The researchers collected almost 2,000 bees from 23 different bee genera.
Nearly half of those were classic honeybees, but specialized genera such as Melissodes bimaculata and Peponapis pruinosa turned up in surprisingly “high proportions.”
Hemp flowers are apparently “prolific pollen producers,” making them attractive to a diverse abundance bees.
On top of that, they bloom right when bees need them most.
Hemp flowering occurs between the end of July and the end of September [...]
Palm Beach, Florida, Oct. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- ECO INNOVATION GROUP, INC. (OTC:ECOX) (“ECOx” or the “Company”), an Innovation Incubator platform devoted to globally important paradigm shifts in technology, sustainable and carbon negative products development and deployment, will introduce a more affordable fire, hurricane, earthquake and flood resilient steel framing construction system importantly complemented by industrial hemp building materials.
ECO Innovation Group is pleased to announce that it has entered an LOI to establish its West Coast base of operations for the company’s wholly owned construction subsidiary, Steel Hemp Homes Inc (SHH), in Santa Barbara County, California.
ECOx shall enter into a Joint Venture with Long Canyon Properties Holdings LLC to establish mobile facilities on 3 acres initially, with option to expand to 13 acres total with mutual agreement within 6 months of binding the LOI.
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As both drug cannabis and hemp cultivation proliferate, agronomic challenges lurk on the horizon.
In Europe and North America, hemp fiber crops have traditionally been harvested upon reaching technical maturity when the male plants begin to shed pollen. In eastern Asia, hemp fiber crops destined for fine textile production are harvested before they flower, and therefore no pollen or seed is produced. No flowers, no pollen and no problems. The timing of a fiber crop harvest—either before or after it releases pollen—determines whether it poses a threat to neighboring sinsemilla cannabis growers. Depending on cropping techniques, fiber hemp production can be compatible anywhere. The real issue is not about hemp fiber production but seedless drug cultivation. However, the situation differs with hemp seed crops.
Hemp seed crops are grown specifically for seeds sold primarily to the food and body-care industries. Hemp seed and seed oil are more in demand than at any other time in recent [...]
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, [...]
The owners of a HempCrete house in Witchcliffe, in the Margaret River region in WA, had never heard of the building material until their daughter went to a talk about it. Now they said they would always build another hemp house with Hemp Homes Australia.
"We love our house - Sativa Sanctuary. It was grown in 14 weeks, and if ever we want to demolish it (never) we can push it straight into the ground. Hempcrete is good for the body and good for the planet," said owner Andrea Beck.
"We wanted to build as environmentally friendly as possible and the material ticked all the boxes. The material is termite resistant, breathable, has thermal mass properties, very good acoustic values and is fire retardant," she said.
Built by Hemp Homes Australia using HempCrete, the interior walls have been left natural inside and exterior is lime rendered using a natural turmeric oxide. This means no paint or chemicals.
"The walls are all handmade and hence have individual striations, which are very interes [...]
Smokebrush Farm, an urban farm located on roughly 6 acres in Manitou Springs, plans to use an innovative building material this season. Hempcrete — a mixture of water, lime and the plant’s “hurd,” the woody portion of the hemp stalk broken up into small pieces — will be used for several projects that will eventually lead into workshops.
The farm is an offshoot of the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, an organization that hosts a variety of creative community events in the area. It utilizes biodynamic farming practices, an agricultural approach similar to organic farming but with a stronger emphasis on building holistic systems that maximize efficiency. And hempcrete fits well with that ethic.
“We’ll be doing hempcrete here over the next couple weeks,” Smokebrush Farm Manager Jeremy Tackett said in early March. “There are three hemp projects on this property.”
Among them, a “cosmic solar system slab” that will resemble a patio slab and serve as the centerpiece [...]
Four federal agencies, in conjunction with state bank regulators, clarified the legal status of hemp-related businesses and the applicable edicts under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) for financial institutions (FI) offering services to those businesses, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) said in a joint agency press release on Tuesday (Dec. 3).
Banks no longer have to submit a suspicious activity report (SAR) just because a business is growing or cultivating hemp.
Financial institutions should follow standard SAR procedures and submit a report only if there is questionable behavior.
The statement provides FIs with federal data that defines the legal status of hemp, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim final rule on hemp production.
It also clarifies the BSA guidelines when offering financial services to hemp-related businesses. [...]
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From Popular Mechanics:
‘When Henry Ford recently unveiled his plastic car, the result of 12 years of research, he gave the world a glimpse of the automobile of tomorrow, its tough panels molded under hydraulic pressure of 1,500 pounds per square inch (psi) from a recipe that calls for 70 percent of cellulose fibers from wheat straw, hemp, and sisal plus 30 percent resin binder. The only steel in the car is its tubular welded frame. The plastic car weighs a ton, 1,000 pounds lighter than a comparable steel car.’
Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of the diesel engine, designed it to run on vegetable and seed oils like hemp. Ford originally intended his vehicles to run off of vegetable oils, stating “there’s enough alcohol in one year’s yield of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for one hundred years.”
However, the gasoline industry lobbied hard to keep alcohol taxes high and drop the price of gasoline. This even [...]
By Andrew Kelly.
Can’t happen quick enough in my opinion. In the long run, this “pop” won’t deplete the market, but rather expand it. CBD products will be cheaper and more accessible to lower income families and people who need these products in their everyday lives.
It should also spark initiative. All that biomass going to waste, all the stalk being plowed back into the fields, all the fiber being lost.
This is probably the best thing to happen to the hemp business in the last decade. Not only will it free the other 160 cannabinoids in the plant as producers seek to create products with their own “uniqueness.”
It will also bolster the innovators who have been taking a holistic view of the plant all along and are making exciting developments in everything from farming and processing technology to applications from carbons and hemp-fiber based plastics.
The hemp seed’s potential in food is massive.
Read the full articles... [...]
About Colorado Winter Hemp Summit
January 16, 2020
Join Colorado Hemp Company for the 2nd annual Winter Hemp Summit. Located at the Boulder Jewish Community Center, we’ll discuss the state of the hemp industry in a town-hall style meeting and provide a catered luncheon.
10 am Doors Open
11 am – 1 pm – Let’s Talk Hemp – Session 1
2019 Year-in-Review, Farm Bill Updates, CHAMP and Key Policy Insights
1 pm – 2 pm – Networking Lunch
2 pm – 4 pm – Let’s Talk Hemp – Session 2
2020-2021 Forecast, Policy, Regulations, Compliance, Market Opportunities and Growth
4:00 pm – 6 pm – Networking Hempy-Happy Hour
Boulder Jewish Community Center
6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder, CO 80303 [...]
Arizona producers might have geography to blame for joining hemp farmers across the country who have had to destroy their 2019 crops after the plants tested positive for elevated levels of THC.
About 41% of the state’s hemp plants tested above the 0.3% legal THC limit, according to the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s Plant Services Division, which oversees the program.
Growers in other states have had issues managing the THC content of hemp plants, with crops from Hawaii to Nebraska also testing too high.
“At 40%, that’s off the charts,” Sully Sullivan, executive director of the Hemp Industry Trade Association of Arizona, said of the state’s THC findings.
“I’m taken aback by that. That’s substantial.”
The state’s agriculture department tested hemp plants for THC levels before harvesting started in late 2019. [...]
Since 1994, the Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a non-profit trade association representing more than fifteen-hundred (1,500) supporting, farming and business members. The hemp industries are emerging to become a major global economic force as a result of new applications and opportunities. Hemp is a sustainable choice for industrial products, textiles, and also offer exceptional ingredients and components for nutrition and wellness products. Hemp is one of our planet's most important natural resources, and we advocate for the whole plant.
The HIA stands for the fair and equal treatment of industrial hemp and it's opportunities in agriculture and in the marketplace. The Association is dedicated to education, industry development, and the accelerated expansion of hemp world market supply and demand but is focused on the rebirth of the hemp industries in the United States.
The mission of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a 501(c)(6) membership-based non-profit trade assoc [...]
Interest in hempcrete homes is booming, because hempcrete, a composite made from fibers of the industrial hemp plant mixed with lime, is sustainable, durable and even carbon negative.
Did you know there’s a building material that’s durable, sustainable, healthier for the occupants and even carbon negative?
It’s called hempcrete, a composite made from fibers of the industrial hemp plant mixed with lime.
The United States is perfectly positioned for a hempcrete building boom. Interest in green building is growing as people seek out sustainable, low-cost alternatives to traditional buildings made from petrochemicals or dwindling natural resources like wood. At the same time, the stigma around hemp is disappearing as more learn about the plant’s benefits. Hempcrete has unique health benefits and, because it enables low cost, modular design, it could even be a part of the solution to America’s affordable housing crisis.
“It’s just an awesome material,” declared Greg Flav [...]