First developed in France in the 1980s, hempcrete appears to be a miracle material in contrast to its traditional cousin, beginning with how it’s produced.
Not only do the hemp fields from which it originates absorb airborne carbon while they grow, but the crops continue to absorb greenhouse gases after they are harvested and transformed into building materials—287 pounds of airborne carbon dioxide are estimated to be captured by one cubic meter (35 cubic feet) of hempcrete, while a half-ton is emitted into the atmosphere by each ton of cement, according to the European Cement Association.
Hempcrete is also up to eight times lighter than concrete, meaning it takes significantly less energy to transport, minimizing its carbon footprint even further.
When the inner woody core of hemp plants, known as hemp hurds, is mixed with lime or clay as a binding agent, the fibrous consistency of hempcrete has demonstrated better ventilation, fire resistance, and temperature regulation propert [...]
Fibonacci, LLC aims to be a catalyst for a wave of innovation consumed by the idea that our cultural shift towards a more sustainable way of living is no longer a luxury, but a requirement.
By using the algorithm of a tree, we have reverse engineered the natural growth cycle of plant-based materials and utilized bio-mimicry to transform hemp fibers and protein based bonding agents into a viable wood substitute that is 100 times faster to grow and 20% stronger than oak.
With all typical wood applications being the core function of HempWood, the possibilities are nearly endless.
Hemp With Bamboo Roots
The idea of using hemp as a sustainable wood substitute was inspired by the experiences of our founder, Greg, while he was working for a bamboo flooring company years ago.
Since then, Greg and his development team have worked tirelessly adapting the process of creating bamboo-based lumber into one that utilizes different plant species instead, like eucalyptus and hemp (patented [...]
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 [...]
These days, it pays more to be in the hemp business than the tobacco business.
Salaries for employees at hemp companies are far outpacing those of their counterparts in the tobacco industry, according to an analysis by Hemp Industry Daily.
At the top of the list, hemp CEOs are being paid an average of $255,000 annually, while CEOs in the tobacco industry earn $156,660.
There’s also a large disparity between hemp and tobacco workers in lower-ranking jobs. For instance, a master of hemp extraction makes an average of $100,000 a year, while the extraction lead and the hemp extraction technician make $88,750 and $70,000 respectively. Meanwhile, the pressing and compacting machine setters at tobacco companies, along with operators and tenders, make an average of $42,110.
A reason for the wage gap is that, unlike tobacco, hemp is an emerging market, which carries some risk and higher salaries are necessary to attract the top talent to leave Fortune 500 companies behind, according to Tom Si [...]
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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 [...]
The aims of this association are to develop, promote and support the production and use of all hemp based construction materials and their by-products in a sustainable and bio-regional manner for the benefit of the ecology and communities of all regions of the world.
The IHBA aims to work for the gathering and dissemination of knowledge about the materials and systems from those developing and using them to those wishing to.
The IHBA will assist members developing systems both from the point of view of production of the materials to their use in vernacular and new styles of architecture appropriate to their region.
The IHBA will work to educate and inform the relative government and trade bodies to help in the establishment of the infrastructure necessary to create a hemp building industry throughout the international community.
The IHBA will at all times work to ensure that the use of such materials has the least environmental impact possible. [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
Hemp is one of the most powerful plants in the world, producing twice as much fiber as cotton, using far less water and pesticides… and fixing the soil while it’s at it!
Because of its misunderstood association with marijuana, it’s been illegal to grow in the United States for over 80 years.
But luckily, for the people and the planet, Congress finally passed The Hemp Farming Act in the farm bill in December, giving American clothing manufacturers a local, more affordable source of hemp fiber.
In an effort to brand itself as more sustainable, Levi Strauss will now be offering jeans made out of 30% hemp, 70% cotton. 100% hemp would be nice, but hey, it’s a start.
The company had some concerns about how hemp would be received by consumers who have grown accustomed to the texture of cotton. Hemp can be a bit rough or stiff, like linen.
So Levi’s has come up with a way to “cottonize” the feel of it.
“We partnered with fiber technology specialists to create a ‘cottonizatio [...]
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The latest United States Department of Agriculture Farm Bill allows for the production of hemp throughout the United States.
Historically hemp was grown as a fiber crop for thousands of years and was once grown on large acreages in the United States.
During this period hemp was a major crop and up to the 1920’s 80 percent of clothing was made from Hemp textiles.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has developed a Hemp Team to educate interested farmers and to research the growing of hemp in Alabama.
For those wanting to learn more about this crop the Hemp Team has a meeting planned in Cullman County on November 4 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Camp Meadowbrook at 2344 CR 747.
The meeting cost is $25 and participants should pre-register and pay in advance at aces.edu/go/dealermeeting. Lunch and refreshments are included. Guests may register at the door but lunch may not be available.
Topics covered include basic growing information, greenhouse and field production, pest issues, weed [...]
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.
Very good Hemp Fiber Guide [...]
DAVIDSONVILLE, Md. — The meeting room was packed on Jan. 15 for the Maryland Hemp Exchange Roundtable.
Hosted by the Maryland Farm Bureau, the roundtable included speakers Jim Drews, operations manager with the Office of Plant Industries & Pest Management of the Maryland Department of Agriculture; Dan Galluzzo and Eryck Stamper from the Maryland Hemp Exchange; and Kevin Atticks, founder & CEO of Grow & Fortify.
Attendees came hoping for guidelines on Maryland’s hemp production plans and regulations. Fred Coulbourn, who owns 38 acres in Caroline County, hopes to get in on the production ground floor.
“There’ll be an abundance of growers once hemp catches on,” Coulbourn said. “They’ve got to take it past the growing to processors and markets.”
Like most of the attendees, Coulbourn wanted to know how Maryland intends to regulate the hemp growers and where he’ll be able to sell his product after harvest.
Maryland has not yet submitted a plan to the USDA for overseeing the [...]
DECATUR — Hemp means different things to different people.
The National Hemp Association is using the Farm Progress Show to clear the air about this versatile crop.
Geoff Whaling, chairman of the association, said many people get confused when differentiating between marijuana and hemp.
“Hemp is cannabis but it is not marijuana,” Whaling said. “Marijuana has THC, whereas hemp does not.”
Interest in hemp increased after the 2018 Farm Bill signed by President Donald Trump removed it from the the list of controlled substances, thus legalizing its production. The 2014 Farm Bill already had allowed for limited hemp production for research and the 2018 Farm Bill authorized the secretary of agriculture to use that research to determine the viability of a domestic hemp market.
“We have a great relationship with the National Hemp Association,” said Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress Show director. “We pretty much asked them to do a ‘Hemp 101.’ Do the beginner thing. How does it af [...]
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ECO Innovation Group is pleased to announce that it has entered an LOI to establish its West Coast base of operations for the company’s wholly owned construction subsidiary, Steel Hemp Homes Inc (SHH), in Santa Barbara County, California.
ECOx shall enter into a Joint Venture with Long Canyon Properties Holdings LLC to establish mobile facilities on 3 acres initially, with option to expand to 13 acres total with mutual agreement within 6 months of binding the LOI.
This project has been in discussion for many months with the intent to develop ecologically leading-edge single family and multi family structures showcasing innovative industrial hemp materials importantly complementing a catastrophe resilient steel framing system.
ECOx / SHH operations will not only prototype the Steel Hemp structures but also serve as a mobile education center to illustrate the inspiring science, history, and many importantly significant benefits of industrial he [...]
A new report published by the Oregon-based firm Whitney Economics says commercial hemp cultivation has the potential to become the nation's third most lucrative crop in coming years.
But it also warns that 65 percent of the American hemp growers surveyed didn't have a buyer for their crop.
This raises the possibility of a glut, similar to the oversupply of cannabis that has driven down Oregon's prices ("Too Much Weed," WW, April 18, 2019). But it also might just be a "hiccup," says Beau Whitney, who owns the economics firm and oversaw the report.
Another issue, the report says, is the inconsistent status of hemp regulations and rules across states. Individual states can still prohibit the cultivation of hemp, making transportation across states where it's illegal a risky endeavor.
"Issues of crop insurance, banking, FDA regulation of CBD, interstate transportation, and confusion by law enforcement have surfaced in recent months," the report reads.
But despite the setbacks, Whitney says [...]
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 [...]
Founded by legendary Native poet, philosopher and recording artist John Trudell, Hempstead Project HEART is a vehicle to build public awareness of the many benefits of growing Industrial Hemp. With a team of committed volunteers at his side, notably Anna Owen, Linda Delair and Lea Walters, John built Hempstead Project HEART to be a driving force to grow the hemp economy in America. From speaking at public events to organizing with the California State Grange on Industrial Hemp advocacy, John and his Hempstead Project HEART team laid important groundwork for public acceptance of hemp in California. In November 2016, California re-legalized Industrial Hemp as a commercial agricultural crop. This huge step demonstrates the importance of education and action in creating positive change.
In the summer of 2015, Hempstead Project HEART received a letter from a young Menominee farmer named Marc Grignon who was an academic researcher with the College of the Menominee Nation and the University o [...]