Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania has been conducting industrial hemp trials to gather research on the crop’s unique abilities.
To reduce tillage, the Rodale team also looked to hemp’s massive root complex as a guard against weeds and a natural soil preparation for the rotation.
In fact, as the years have gone on, the agronomic impacts of including hemp in a crop rotation seemed to compound. Not only were weeds being reduced when hemp was being grown, but Caton says that she found a continued effect; the reduction of weeds went on into the next growing seasons.
“I really am proud of the work that we are doing because we're not just looking for a quick fix,” she says. “We've never thought that way. We're looking for long-term plans. And so that's why we thought that it was essential just to work on incorporating this into farm plans and crop rotations. … The reason we wanted to design [the industrial hemp trials] in this way is because they wer [...]
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 … [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
The Arkansas Farmer’s Industrial Hemp Conference, a two-day meeting designed to give farmers the pros and cons of adding industrial hemp to their crop rotation will be held Feb. 14 and 15 at the Wyndham Hotel in downtown North Little Rock.
Speakers will include Arkansas farmers who grew industrial hemp this last season, soil scientists, seedsmen, processors, marketers, and regulators. [...]
The 7th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo is the largest hemp-centric conference and trade show on the planet. 400+ Exhibitors, 200+ educational speakers, workshops, B2B Industry Day, Investment Summit, Farm & Ag Symposium, Global Village and Eco-fashion focused on the amazing benefits of industrial cannabis hemp.
More than a conference – NoCo Hemp Expo is an experience. As the world’s most comprehensive hemp exposition and trade show, we are pleased to announce our expansion to the famed National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado.
This is the perfect agriculture-inspired setting designed specifically for manufacturers, producers, retail and wholesale buyers, sellers, farmers and others involved in sales and marketing of hemp-related products.
With up to 20,000 attendees, 200,000 square feet of event space and 400 exhibitors, it’s at NoCo7 where we’ll come together to positively impact our future. [...]
We’re at a time in history when the cannabis plant is being released from the lies and manipulations of people whose self-dealings have threatened our collective survival.
Cognizant of the contradiction that a plant with so many beneficial properties has been illegal for decades, we are eager to assist the unleashing of its potential.
The most recognizable attributes of cannabis come from the flower and seed – consciousness raising, pharmacological benefits, nutrition – these inspire us with opportunities to nurture our body, mind, and spirit. (Why has this been denied?)
But the plant gives more: Fast growing, it produces abundant, high quality fiber and cellulose for cloth, paper and building materials that could allow us to leave fossil fuels and trees in the ground. [...]
After four years in development, German entrepreneur Heinrich Wieker is now taking orders for a harvester designed specifically for outdoor hemp fields producing flowers for CBD, food and other niche products.
Designed with small and medium-sized farms in mind, Henry’s Hemp Harvester (HHHarvester) gently strips the plant’s flowers and severs the stems in one pass, employing a patented stripping mechanism.
The flowers can be collected in a bag or container, while the hemp stalks are left in the field for retting. Depending on plant maturity at the time of harvesting, it’s also possible to shake out the seeds, completing a triple yield, Wieker said. [...]
Brought to you by the curators of Kush.com, the Texas Hemp Convention is the largest gathering of hemp and CBD business professionals in the country! With more than 10,000 attendees expected at the event in 2020, #THC2020 is your opportunity to network with and learn from the biggest names in the legal hemp and CBD industry. [...]
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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.
Boulder Jewish Community Center
6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder, CO 80303 [...]
It was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. It has been grown and used all over the world. The first president of the United States of America even grew it as a cash crop.
Is it cotton? No—it’s hemp.
Hemp was a major cash crop in the Eastern United States until 1937, when it was outlawed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Since then, hemp has been illegal to grow and sell until almost a year ago, when President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, legalizing hemp by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. Late last month, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a program that would allow farmers to grow hemp under federally-approved plans and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs. This is big news for the hemp industry.
Our water, air, and land are being polluted more than ever by textile manufacturing byproducts and plastic microparticles. With its resurgence as a cash crop and ability to integrate [...]
Toxic soil produces clean hemp flower
The heavy metals taken up by cannabis plants grown in coal mining remediation fields were expressed in the leaves of the mature plants. But, critically, the heavy metals did not appear in the floral buds where cannabinoids, including valuable CBD, is concentrated, the researchers told Leafly.
“We did see metal uptake in the leaves and removal from the soil but not in the floral buds,” said Sairam Rudrabhatla, a professor of biology at Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg and one of the study’s lead authors.
Details about the analysis of the flower buds was not published in the study. But when the buds were tested for heavy metals, “none were present,” as Hannah George, lab manager at Penn State’s Central Pennsylvania Research and Teaching Laboratory for Biofuels, confirmed to Leafly via email.
Cannabis: A known remediation agent
Cannabis’s ability to remove toxic material from the soil—a technique called phytoremediation—is we [...]
The Seneca Nation has been vigorously working on a Hemp Production Plan to enter this new industry. It comes as the next step in an overall effort to revive agriculture on Seneca lands.
Jessica Crouse helped the Senecas create its first Agriculture Department last year, which has been raising produce on a 50-plus-acre farm in Collins and grass-fed bison on a 100-acre field in Machias. Products from those ventures are available at Seneca One Stop shops.
Now as Hemp Compliance Administrator, Crouse is leading the development of the Seneca's newest crop.
"Right now it's going to be open for our people to apply and try their hand at it. Whether that means they're putting it in the ground or they're growing it indoors, we'll definitely help facilitate that and we'll see where it goes," she said.
Crouse said, after talking with different producers and universities growing hemp, she expects many obstacles, including finding out what works in the different soils of the Cattaraugus and Allegany [...]
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.” [...]
When Jon Flaks launched his Los Angeles–headquartered brand Nusumeria on Instagram in July 2019, he forecasted that he was going to sell styles to people looking to complete their athleisure wardrobes. The response that came next was a pleasant surprise.
Within days of posting pictures of duffel bags and slim-fit hoodies on the Instagram profile @nusumeria, he got regular inquiries from yoga studios and CBD-oil brands. These companies wanted to know if Flaks, who was new to the apparel business, could create private-label clothing for them and put their logos on his hoodies and duffel bags.
“I never planned to do any private label,” Flaks said. “Day after day, I was getting approached by two to three companies because I was one of the only people making hemp sportswear.”
He currently estimates that half of his business is private label, while general consumers make up the other half.
Flaks had been selling what he said was 55 percent hemp, 45 percent organic-cotton hoodies. T [...]
Hemp’s entry into the legal market has made it a hot new commodity, yet, like any emerging sector, there are plenty of kinks to be ironed out in the years to come.
Front Range Biosciences, the hemp and cannabis biotech start-up, has come up with a solution: 100% THC-free hemp.
“Introducing a cutting edge plant variety like Panakeia will have a seismic ripple effect in the hemp farming industry in the U.S.,” Jonathan Vaught, cofounder and CEO of Front Range Biosciences, said in a statement announcing a new partnership to bring the THC-free hemp variety to market. “Our company’s mission from the beginning has been to provide sustainable and modern solutions to mainstream agricultural practices, and I believe the Panakeia hemp variety will not only encourage more streamlined farming methods but also introduce more Americans to even more of the potential wellness properties of the hemp plant.” [...]
In 2014, a new farm bill opened up industrial hemp cultivation to state-controlled pilot programs. The following year,1,500 acres of hemp were planted in the US. Today, nearly 100 times that many acres of US farmland are covered in the stuff—146,000, according to new data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Last year, hemp was planted in 18 states. Today that number has more than doubled, with 37 states planting industrial hemp, for a 350% increase over the acreage planted as of December 2018. And more of those states are going big on hemp. In 2018, just five states had over 1,000 acres of hemp planted, compared with 21 states today. [...]