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. [...]
Nearly 50% of bank respondents who are currently not banking hemp said they will extend services to hemp-related customers in 2020 according to a recent Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) survey.
WBA’s annual Bank CEO Economic Conditions Survey asked three hemp-related questions in addition to more traditional economic inquiries. The responses highlighted that many Wisconsin banks have been working through the complex regulatory issue of hemp and are now better prepared to assist their customers.
“Wisconsin’s community bankers strive to help their customers and communities. The reality is that hemp is a very new and complex issue from both a regulatory and business viewpoint,” explained Rose Oswald Poels, WBA President and CEO. “It takes time to work through these complexities. Because there is no one-size-fits-all approach, each bank’s approach and timeframe will be different.” [...]
With the 2020 growing season on the horizon, the EPA announced on Thursday the approval of 10 pesticides for use on industrial hemp, the first such products cleared for hemp. The 2018 farm bill legalized cultivation of the crop and the USDA released guidelines in October that opened the gate for farmers across the nation to grow it.
Nine bio-pesticides and one conventional pesticide were approved by EPA. Most of them control insects, bacteria, fungi or nematodes. The EPA said it would process additional applications for approval as they are filed.
“Hemp presents an exciting new agricultural commodity, and the EPA’s action will help provide farmers with the tools they need to seize this opportunity,” said the U.S. Hemp Roundtable. [...]
As both drug cannabis and hemp cultivation proliferate, agronomic challenges lurk on the horizon.
In Europe and North America, hemp fiber crops have traditionally been harvested upon reaching technical maturity when the male plants begin to shed pollen. In eastern Asia, hemp fiber crops destined for fine textile production are harvested before they flower, and therefore no pollen or seed is produced. No flowers, no pollen and no problems. The timing of a fiber crop harvest—either before or after it releases pollen—determines whether it poses a threat to neighboring sinsemilla cannabis growers. Depending on cropping techniques, fiber hemp production can be compatible anywhere. The real issue is not about hemp fiber production but seedless drug cultivation. However, the situation differs with hemp seed crops.
Hemp seed crops are grown specifically for seeds sold primarily to the food and body-care industries. Hemp seed and seed oil are more in demand than at any other time in recent [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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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 [...]