Hemp stalks contain two main types of fibre: bast or long fibres found in the bark (skin) and hurd (shive) or short fibres located in the core of the stem.
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Ever since the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp in the United States, there has been rising interest in hemp-derived products, including those that can be consumed. Regulators at the US Food and Drug Administration are racing to roll out regulations for these products that human consumers increasingly demand. But hemp in feed for cows and chickens on the farm? That’s a different story.
Because humans sometimes eat the food that comes from livestock, hemp-based animal feed will require a greenlight from federal regulators. Still, there is significant interest from those in the hemp industry who argue that hemp as an addition to animal feed is a no brainer: It’s easy to grow, an effective cover crop, and high in nutrients.
“Why wouldn’t I use that?”
Ethan Vorhes, an Iowa cattle farmer and director of the Iowa Hemp Association, said that when he first learned about the plant’s many uses, “I fell like a fish—hook, line, and sinker.” His family had grown hemp during World W [...]
On our podcast, Mattie Mead of Hempitecture explains why hempcrete is the sustainable building material of the future. Plus Matt looks at the year in hemp.
What is hempcrete and how can it be a part of sustainable construction in the near future?
What’s getting in the way of this great building material’s acceptance?
In this episode of the Ministry of Hemp podcast, our host Matt recaps 2019’s year-in-hemp news and then sits down for a conversation with CEO and founder of Hempitecture, Mattie Mead. The two discuss Mattie’s history, his belief in renewable construction and hempcrete’s present and future. [...]
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. [...]
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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 [...]
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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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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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 [...]
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 [...]
A new "Hemp. We're On It." website is taking aim at Gov. Kristi Noem's opposition to legalizing industrial hemp.
The Libertarian Party of South Dakota created the website onhemp.org and "Hemp. We're On It." logo in November. Both mirror Noem's recent anti-meth campaign "Meth. We're On It," which included the website onmeth.com, that went viral in November
"Misinformation" about industrial hemp is "everyone's problem," and it remains illegal in South Dakota due to Noem's "misguided stances," the Libertarian Party states on its website.
"But we can approach this problem from different angles, so one person doesn't prevent our counties, towns and neighborhoods from benefiting from this versatile crop," the Libertarian Party stated.
South Dakota is one of three states that haven't legalized industrial hemp. Legislators have a bill ready to be introduced during the next legislative session to legalize it, but Noem has already said she'll veto it. She vetoed a bill legalizing hemp in the 20 [...]
“I’m a big believer in hemp,” said Miller. “This is a product that can be used for so many things. People are now recognizing the benefits of CBD oil for many things from arthritis to seizures.
There is so much more though. Fiber can be used for clothing, rope, building materials, paper and even food.”
Miller hopes that hemp products will be central to the rural resort she has planned for the farm’s future and envisions luxury tents made of hemp fiber, hemp mats for yoga, and hemp robes.
“I plan for this to become a luxury retreat; a place for people to come out to the country and get in touch with the land.
There is nothing more fitting than having them use products made of a sustainable material like hemp and having them be surrounded by the very crop that goes into it,” she said.
The first year has been a learning experience for Miller and her farm staff as hemp is a very labor intensive crop.
The initial planting of 14,000 seeds per acre had some bare spots so ar [...]
Penn State Extension will present a one-day conference on growing industrial hemp on Feb. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Chadwick in McCandless.
The conference will focus on planting, growing and harvesting industrial hemp. Hemp was designated a legal crop in the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Bill.
There were more than 350 permitted growers for the 2019 season, according to Penn State.
Jeffrey Fowler, a Penn State extension educator who is coordinating the event, said the conference will include information on hemp fiber, grain and production of cannabidiol (CBD) oil as well as plant health and nutrition.
Speakers include Penn State faculty and staff who spent time in the field watching and learning from some hemp producers. A panel of producers will talk about their experiences in 2019 and what they will do differently next year.
The cost is $75. For more information, visit the Penn State Extension website.
The Chadwick is located at 10545 Perry Highway in Wexford. [...]
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 [...]
A Dallas-based company is tapping into the Texas’ nascent hemp industry with a new industrial facility that will process the plant and turn it into a material that can be used for clothing, car parts and insulation for houses.
Panda Biotech will open the 255,000-square-foot facility in Shallowater, a small town that’s 12 miles northwest of Lubbock. It will finalize its purchase of the building in early 2020 and begin processing within a year, company spokesman Bill Pentak said.
Texas’ hemp industry is poised to grow after state lawmakers legalized the crop this year. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill into law in January — but farmers are still waiting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s approval of the state program and Texas’ adoption of rules. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said this week that the state will begin issuing licenses to grow hemp in early 2020.
Hemp is a type of the cannabis. It’s related to marijuana but has low or untraceable amounts of te [...]
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