We had the opportunity to visit with industry expert Bill Brill and get his take on where the industry challenges and opportunities are.
If you want to skip forward to specific questions use this guide:
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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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.” [...]
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 [...]
SOURCE: Colorado Public Radio
Farmers in northeast Colorado have formed one the first cooperatives for hemp. Colorado legalized the crop along with marijuana in 2012. Both are forms of cannabis, but hemp isn’t mind-altering. The plant can be used for clothing, soaps, food and other industrial uses.
The cooperative will help farmers build an industry around the cash crop, says David Serrano, who organized the Northeastern Colorado Hemp Farmers Association.
“Whether it’s for fiber or medicine or oils we want to be able to give the farmers the opportunity to create a valuable asset for themselves,” Serrano said.
That’ll mean selling hemp seeds to cooperative members, negotiating prices and sharing expert advice [...]
The 26th annual HIACON takes place over November 1 st - 4th, 2019 at The Westin Charlotte, in Charlotte, NC.
The Hemp Industries Association® conference (HIACON) will be held in Charlotte, NC at the Westin Charlotte, in Charlotte, NC.
The event will feature Association meetings on Friday, the Annual General Meeting and a sneak peek B2B.
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall for HIACON registrants only on Saturday.
On Sunday bring your friends and clients to learn more from our sponsors during the Hemp Industries
Talks and open exhibit hall.
The conference will end on Monday with a full day of educational tracks, half-day exhibition and the industries award luncheon. [...]
ST. CLOUD — The number of hemp growers in Minnesota increased from six to 343 since it became legal to grow industrial hemp five years ago.
Whitney Place, assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, called those growers "pioneers" at a conference in St. Cloud on Tuesday.
"A lot of the people in this room really took a chance," Place said. "And they're building an industry from scratch."
As the industry grows, there is an increasing need for hemp processors — businesses that can convert the versatile plant into fiber, food, fuel, feed for animals as well as CBD, or cannabidiol, products.
Recent changes in federal regulations free up the movement of hemp seed, cannabis plants and processed hemp products across state lines.
It is an exciting time for hemp, with upcoming challenges and opportunities, said Joe Radinovich, executive director of the Minnesota Hemp Association, which put on the Minnesota Hemp Conference and Expo Tuesday.
The event drew about 450 [...]
As the hemp industry nears the end of a year of tremendous change, it can be easy to marvel at the progress the industry has made in the past 12 months.
These industry experts provided their predictions:
Mark Case, founder and CEO, International Hemp Auction and Market, Knoxville, Tennessee
Brenda Verghese, vice president of research & development, Stratos, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Ted Haney, executive director, Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, Calgary, Alberta
Kim Collier, hemp consultant and wellness coach, Missoula, Montana
James McCoy, hemp farmer and retailer, Pahrump, Nevada
Ray Mazzie, executive director, Hemp Industries Association of Florida, Tallahassee
Marysia Morawska, horticulture educator, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Patrick McCarthy, CEO, ValidCare, Denver
Ross Burtness, founder, ReGrow, San Diego
Jillian Hishaw, founding director, Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S), Charlotte, North Carolina
Casey Flippo, CEO, Natvana, Little [...]
HempFlax’s acquisition of Germany’s natural fiber insulation manufacturer Thermo Natur last month provided an example of how an established hemp growing and processing operation can further diversify its product portfolio and protect itself from volatility in specific markets – namely CBD.
Hemp-based building materials have captured the imagination of innovators and activists for their potential to reduce construction industry emissions and create the carbon-neutral economy that the EU is striving for.
But before hempcrete insulation can become more than a niche market, it needs to overcome the hurdles presented by the global dearth of processing facilities and missing hemp-building standards in the U.S.
One of the barriers to expanding the use of hemp fiber in construction materials in Europe and the United States is the relatively small amount of hemp grown compared to other commodities crops, said Steve Allin, director of the International Hemp Building Associat [...]
ASHLAND, Ore. — Hemp harvest is going on this month, and people are complaining about the smell.
Eviane Coton, Ebb and Flow Hemp Production, told news 10 the smell has to do with the amount of terpenes in the plant.
Hemp has about 200 terpenes, which Coton said is more than any other plant.
The terpenes are the essential oils within the plant.
Hemp uses these terpenes as a defense mechanism against pests and insects.
Every Hemp plant has a different variation of terpenes, which make every plant smell a bit differently.
"The smells you get when you walk through the forest are the plants releasing their terpenes. It's the combination of all of these smells at once. It can be a bit potent, but it's actually beneficial," Coton said.
Once Hemp begins to flower, the aromas become stronger.
Coton said even though some people think Hemp affects their allergies, that is not the case.
Coton said the Hemp plants are female and they do not release pollen.
"Having more terpenes in the plant helps [...]
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Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution
RED LION, Pa. - Hemp's comeback in Pennsylvania is continuing. Some farmers are turning to the crop as a moneymaker. There's a new tool coming from Canada to Pennsylvania to help with the harvest.
It's being called the first ever 'HempTrain' in the United States. The machine processes hemp in mass quantities. Groff North America, the company who bought it, said installation began Tuesday and will continue over the next two weeks.
Weighing in at 32 thousand pounds, and taking up a space of 20 by 50 feet, the HempTrain will process nearly 2,000 pounds of hemp per hour.
"Part of the enthusiasm surrounding hemp is because it's rapidly renewable," Steve Groff, founder and chairman of Groff North America, said. "It absorbs CO2, and it has literally tens of thousands of uses."
HempTrain can separate full hemp bales into three distinct fiber materials that can be used to generate bioplastics and building materials. From those three materials, a number of products in a number of industries can [...]
A MUST READ STUDY OF SOIL REMEDIATION:
Industrial activities have a detrimental impact on the environment and health when high concentrations of pollutants are released. Phytoremediation is a natural method of utilizing plants to remove contaminants from the soil.
The purpose of this study was to explore the potential of industrial hemp as an eco-friendly way to remediate abandoned mine land soils in Pennsylvania. To do that, physiological parameters such as seed germination, plant height, and days-to-flowering were examined. In addition, uptake of heavy metals such as Arsenic, Lead, Nickel, Mercury, and Cadmium, changes in soil pH, and total cannabinoid content were examined in six different varieties of industrial hemp (Fedora 17, Felina 32, Ferimon, Futura 75, Santhica 27, and USO 31) grown on two contaminated soil types and two commercial soil types both outdoors and in the greenhouse. Additionally, this study presents a detailed review on the possible mechanisms of metal uptake. [...]