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Reflections on the 2018 Farm Bill and Lessons Learned in Hemp
It’s been a busy year for the hemp industry, to say the least. Hemp Grower spoke with a few of its editorial board members to get a better idea of what’s happened, what’s to come and what to look forward to. Barbara Filippone Founder and President, EnviroTextiles, LLC, SBP Sustainable Biodegradable Products Anndrea Hermann, M.Sc., B.G.S., P.Ag. Principle, The Ridge International Cannabis Consulting (TRICC) Lawrence B. Smart, Ph.D. Professor, Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University; Associate Director, Cornell AgriTech [...]
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Ag Journal – Growing Hemp in 2020
LUBBOCK, Texas — For those eager to grow hemp in 2020 it is still not legal in Texas until the state establishes regulations that must be approved by USDA. It is unclear at this point if producers … [...]
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20 predictions for the hemp industry in 2020
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 [...]
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What the Charlotte’s Web Plant Variety Patent Means for the Legal Hemp Industry
Charlotte’s Web holds an iconic status in the emergent cannabis industry. Not only is it a popular CBD-dominant strain that has helped countless young patients as an epilepsy treatment, but this plant variety became a figurehead, in a way, for the legalization of medical cannabis after its appearance in CNN’s Weed series. In 2014, one year after the debut of Weed, the Stanley brothers committed to keeping Charlotte’s Web beneath the 0.3-percent THC threshold—effectively developing it into a hemp cultivar. This was around the same time that the 2014 Farm Bill legalized hemp cultivation in a limited scope, paving the way for its full federal legalization four years later. And here we are, with a legal U.S. hemp industry and the first patented hemp plant variety—a plant called “CW2A.” According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Joel Stanley filed the patent application in May 2018 on behalf of his company, also named Charlotte’s Web. In the public documents, Stanle [...]
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Newly Legal U.S. Hemp Industry Sees Early Supply Boom, Wholesale Price Crash
The supply of hemp biomass is skyrocketing in the wake of legalization in the U.S. and with the anticipation of federal regulations late this year. Demand for hemp-derived cannabinoids has helped propel the adjacent extraction market, but analysts and growers are concerned that production is outpacing that consumer interest—leading to a price crash as the 2019 cultivation season has come along. [...]
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Hemp Grower’s Top 5 Articles of 2019
These are each Must Read's - links to each article provided 1. Newly Legal U.S. Hemp Industry Sees Early Supply Boom, Wholesale Price Crash 2. One Hemp Cultivator’s Waste is Another Business’s Opportunity 3. What the Charlotte’s Web Plant Variety Patent Means for the Legal Hemp Industry 4. How Cornell University's Hemp Seed Bank Will Change the Industry 5. In Wisconsin, Farmers Blame ‘Hot’ Crops on Delays in State Testing [...]
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Attorney to bankers: Be savvy about hemp growing before lending
WISCONSIN DELLS – While most farmers don’t think of growing industrial hemp as a “silver bullet” for farm income, many are interested in it as a way to diversify their farming operations and add another potential income-generating enterprise to their farms. For Wisconsin’s bankers, dealing with hemp growers poses some new challenges, which were outlined at a Wisconsin Bankers Association seminar Nov. 21 in Wisconsin Dells that attracted 145 state bankers. Scott Birrenkott, an attorney who is assistant director of legal affairs with the association, walked bankers through some of the things they might deal with if they have customers who want to grow hemp. First, he wanted them to know what hemp is (and what it isn’t). Though admittedly not a botanist, Birrenkott said hemp is a taller, skinnier plant with most of its leaves at the top while marijuana – hemp’s psychoactive cousin – is a bushier plant with broader leaves and budding flowers. “They come from the same ge [...]
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What’s the future of industrial hemp in Minnesota? More growth
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 [...]
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Hemp Grower
NOTE: this is a "must subscribe" publication if you have real interest in Industrial Hemp. Supporting legal hemp cultivators with: industry trend analysis, business strategy, expert cultivation advice, extraction, marketing, financial topics, and legal issues. HG’s mission is to support legal hemp cultivators by providing actionable intelligence in all aspects of the business—from regulatory news to analysis of industry trends and business strategy, as well as expert advice on cultivation, extraction, marketing, financial topics, legal issues and more. HG focuses strictly on the business of legal hemp and aims to provide timely information—through its website, e-newsletter, print magazine and annual Cannabis Conference—to help the reader make timely, informed decisions to help them run their hemp businesses more efficiently and more profitably. The first issue of Hemp Grower will be published and distributed to subscribers in late 2019. [...]
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Police & D.A. Confusion About Hemp Law Could Cost Local Business Owner His Livelihood
A local business owner says he'll soon be forced to shutter his thriving CBD company, after the Brooklyn District Attorney declined to dismiss charges stemming from a massive shipment of hemp mistakenly seized by the NYPD. Oren Levy, a licensed recovery specialist and owner of Green Angel CBD, says the confusion started last month, when the NYPD gloated on Twitter of intercepting 106 pounds of marijuana "destined for our city streets." In reality, Levy says, the cops unwittingly confiscated a massive shipment of hemp he had ordered legally from a Vermont farm. Upon learning of the apparent misunderstanding, Oren's brother, Ronan Levy, went to the 75th precinct on November 2nd to retrieve the product. Instead, he was handcuffed and charged with felony marijuana possession. After the brothers spread word of the error to the press—and produced paperwork backing up their claims—Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez's office signaled that the charges would be dismissed. But when the [...]
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Hemp Industry Daily
Hemp Industry Daily brings all of the latest B2B industry news, trends and stories that are critical to the development and commercial applications of hemp in the United States and abroad. Whether looking for information on business opportunities, production and processing best practices, or the status of legal or policy changes, professionals in all aspects of the hemp industry can gain the insight and information they need to stay competitive and grow their businesses. We highly recommend that if you are interested in Hemp that you visit and bookmark this publication. [...]
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Industrial Hemp: The Future of Green Building (John Patterson)
https://youtu.be/s599N6f-6s4 Getting High on Anthropology, www.FSandGreen.org/shows Marty Otanez, Producer and Associate Professor, CU Denver Michael Kilman, Camera (https://loridianslaboratory.com) Featuring John Patterson, Tiny Hemp Houses Tel. 970 231 0933, www.tinyhemphouses.com Presentation “Industrial Hemp: The Future of Green Building” for the Northwestern Lumber Association Denver, Colorado, 29 September 2016 And, excerpts from John Patterson’s Tiny Houses Workshop at the Living Simple: A Tiny Home Expo Loveland, Colorado, 11 September 2016 Music: ‘Thrusting Expression’ Craig Levy, 2013, www.FreePlayMusic.com [...]
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Building With Hemp, TEDx Charlottesville
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. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discus [...]
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WWII Campaign Finally Coming to Fruition as the Hemp Industry Emerges | National Hemp Association
SOURCE: New Hope Network This home-grown economic driver can replace fiber, concrete, tobacco, plastic, petroleum. Oh, and it could also save the climate crisis. Are you on board? After years of anti-smoking campaigns across America, the once-proud Kentucky tobacco farmer has well and truly fallen on hard times. Despite some export opportunities for Asian markets, tobacco just isn’t cool any more. But farmers there have an expertise in planting crops. And they’re tired of sitting around, cashing relief checks. Josh Hendrix is a grandson of a Kentucky farmer. He is young, bearded and reasonably hip, at least by Kentucky standards. He founded the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association and helped form the Kentucky Hemp Industry Council — its mission to lobby politicians to create a new business paradigm for down-and-out Kentucky farmers. Hemp. “Kentucky hemp is cool,” Hendrix said at the third annual NoCo Hemp Expo, held in Loveland, Colorado, April 1-2. “It’s good for farmers [...]
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Hemp History – June 1942: War Demands More Hemp | National Hemp Association
SOURCE: Farm Journal and Farmer’s Wife – June 1942 All the hempseed available in the U.S. is stacked in this Kentucky warehouse under armed guard. Next year, USDA hopes, there’ll be enough to grow 350,000 acres.” (Photo credit: U.S.D.A. by Forsythe) Tall, tough “thin man” of the nettle family, hemp is normally imported from the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies. In peace time, it made a big share of the $192,000,000 worth of fiber and fiber products America shipped in each year. Yet hemp has been grown in Kentucky since 1775, has made money for a small group of raisers in Wisconsin for the past few years. Experts claim it is a 90-day crop, standing eight degrees of frost and producing from four to six tons of stalks per acre on land good for 35 to 60 bu. of corn. At current prices, it will bring about $33 per ton. Last month, hard put for rope, twine and a quick source of cellulose, the Department of Agriculture announced a campaign to produce enough hemp seed for gener [...]
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Summit | US Hemp Building Summit
Join international hemp building experts and US hemp building leaders at the first ever gathering of its kind in the United States: a summit to advance building with hemp based building materials. This event will mark the formal launch of the US Hemp Building Association, a 501c6 trade organization formed to accelerate hemp building adoption in the US. Ketchum, Idaho October 24th & 25th, 2019 Presented by the US Hemp Building Association [...]
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Hemp Industries Association
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 [...]
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