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Answers to farmers’ top 5 hemp farming questions
Colorado farmer James Bennett has a warning for farmers interested in growing industrial hemp. It’s hard to grow, labor intensive, and the genetics are unstable because it hasn’t been grown commercially in the U.S. for long, he explains. Bennett has been growing industrial hemp since 2014. Last year he raised 1,000 acres of industrial hemp across seven states. With several growing seasons under his belt and experience as a seedsman, his goal is to compress the learning curve for farmers who want to follow in his footsteps. “This is not a crop that we can drive across a scale and leave with a check,” he says. Bennett calls the commodity crops grown across the Midwest – corn, soybeans, wheat – comfort crops. They’ve been grown for years and are backed by well-established supply chains. “Hemp is a whole different ball of wax. This is kind of like crawling on the back of a wild mustang thinking you’re going to just go riding off into the sunset. It ain’t going to happen [...]
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Cecil farmers learn about industrial hemp vs CBD
Cecil County’s farm community got a crash course in the burgeoning hemp industry at Winter Agronomy Day hosted by the University of Maryland and Cecil County Extension offices. One of the messages that Nicole Fiorellino, assistant professor and extension specialist at the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, especially wanted to press home is that no one is going to get rich growing hemp, whether for CBD or for industrial use, at least in the current economy. “It’s a brand new crop but it’s been around for years,” Fiorellino told the audience. She and Andrew Ristvey, commercial horticulture specialist with the college, are doing research in conjunction with participating farmers to identify all the variables and determine if this could be a viable cash crop. “Our work is solely for the plants with less than 3% THC,” Fiorellino said, THC or tetrahydracannabinol, is the ingredient in the plant that creates the high. Their research looks into [...]
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Oklahoma Hemp Summit | Friday | Feb. 28th, 2020 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday | Feb. 28th, 2020 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Oklahoma Hemp Summit will be co-hosted by the Absentee Shawnee Economic Development Authority and Native American Hemp. These two entities grew one of Oklahoma's first industrial hemp crops together during the 2019 growing season in Shawnee, OK. In addition to hearing from these two groups, attendees will be introduced to farmers, processors, and other businesses operating in the hemp industry. Who Should Attend The summit is designed to bring together those interested in learning more about hemp with those who are already working in the hemp industry. The summit will provide attendees with valuable insight into the hemp industry and exhibitors with an unparalleled networking opportunity by bringing Oklahoma's hemp leaders to the same location to network, learn, and share. Date, Time & Location The Summit will take place on Friday, February 28th, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health Multipurpose Building (2029 J [...]
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How hemp could be a huge tool in fighting climate change
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, [...]
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New Plastic “Zeoform” Turns Hemp Into Almost Anything
What if today’s plastics could be made from materials which were not only sustainable, but non-toxic? At the moment, our plastics are made from oil, which means not only are we putting toxic chemicals into our atmosphere, but we are also filling our environment with products that cannot bio-degrade. To combat this problem, a company out of Australia has […] [...]
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John Lewis is selling recyclable mattress filled with hemp
John Lewis is selling the world’s first recyclable mattress - which is filled with hemp. The UK-based department store giant debuted the surprising item by award-winning bedding maker Harrison Spinks. The 180-year-old company uses hemp instead of foam to fill the mattress and uses wool from its own farm's sheep in a bid to be more sustainable. The super king-size mattress from John Lewis and partners' Natural Collection costs £1,199, however, a double bed mattress will set you back £479, and a single costs £399. Harrison Spinks, which featured in the BBC series Inside The Factory with Gregg Wallace, worked out a way of building the bedding without using glue after years of development by its engineers. Simon Spinks, the company’s managing director, said: 'A fully sustainable mattress is a world first. 'It’s foam and glue-free and made entirely from biodegradable or recyclable materials. 'In fact, it’s the world’s first circular mattress, meaning that at the end of its [...]
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Here’s why states are keeping their pilot hemp programs through 2020
Federal plan too late Because the USDA didn’t publish the interim final rule until Oct. 31, 2019, during harvest season, state officials said they didn’t feel they would be able to pull together plans that would meet federal requirements in time to implement the rules for 2020. This feat would have been especially difficult considering that the USDA included rules state officials opposed, according to Whitney Place, Minnesota’s deputy agriculture commissioner. “It became really clear that there’s no way we’d be able to stand up a program that would meet the current interim final rule this year,” Place said. Rewriting state hemp production rules was already a lengthy process before the USDA dropped federal regulations, as officials in Arkansas found out when they started reviewing its program in March. “It’s taken nine months just to get the first rule rewrite done,” said Mike Stage, Arkansas’ agriculture division manager who oversees the state’s hemp program. [...]
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Hemp Farm Bill, Emergency forms packet for Farm Bill Hemp Program
2,113 Comments Received This count refers to the total comment/submissions received on this docket, as of 11:59 PM yesterday. Note: Agencies review all submissions, however some agencies may choose to redact, or withhold, certain submissions (or portions thereof) such as those containing private or proprietary information, inappropriate language, or duplicate/near duplicate examples of a mass-mail campaign. This can result in discrepancies between this count and those displayed when conducting searches on the Public Submission document type. For specific information about an agency’s public submission policy, refer to its website or the Federal Register document. [...]
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Arizona climate blamed for ‘off the charts’ THC failure in first hemp crops
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. [...]
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The Future of the U.S. Hemp Industry: Your Voice Matters
Growers have an important role in the ongoing transformation of hemp regulation. Now is the time to speak out about the USDA’s interim final rule for hemp production. [...]
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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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How Industrial Hemp May Fit Into Farmers’ Rotations as a Cash Crop and a Cover Crop
https://youtu.be/2uB5RxlxD80 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 [...]
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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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Tuesday at the Farm Show
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. [...]
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Hemp conference set for February in North Little Rock
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. [...]
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Seventh Annual NoCo Hemp Expo Denver, Colorado
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. [...]
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