PHOENIX — When you're as invested in the hemp business as Christopher Martin is, you've heard all of the jokes and all of the objections.
"I use it to my advantage," said Martin. "I tell everybody hemp is the gateway conversation."
Martin believes it's the gateway to greener building.
"I'd love to walk into Home Depot and see hemp board instead of drywall," said Martin.
But building homes out of hemp? Yes, it's happening.
A Florida man built what he believes is the first hempcrete home in the state in 2014. Hempcrete consists of the center of the stalk, water, and lime mixed together. Over time the hemp will petrify and the lime will turn back into stone.
"Our mentors are building hundreds of them in Europe and have for 20 years," said John Patterson, owner of the company Tiny Hemp Houses, based in Colorado.
On Saturday, Patterson will teach a class on how to make hempcrete at Hempful Farms, the cafe and shop Martin owns in north Phoenix.
According to the American Hemp Association, o [...]
Industrial hemp and flashy sports cars might seem like two things that don’t go together.
Bruce Dietzen, founder and CEO of Renew Sports Cars, has already proven otherwise. In 2017, Dietzen’s first hemp-bodied sports car rolled off the line.
It’s actually a concept almost 80 years in the making.
Henry Ford developed a similar plant-based car in 1941, fueled on agricultural residues. A titan in the automotive industry, the hemp car was one idea that never caught on for mass production.
If plant-based cars had started rolling off the line then, “we would not have this climate crisis that we have today ... we would have a much safer world,” said Dietzen. Sustainability is exactly what this material can help achieve.
Dietzen’s designer cars all utilize carbon negative technology, which means that they reduce the amount of carbon dioxide used instead of add more. Plant-based materials such as hemp are a key countermeasure to fossil fuels and manmade components such as plastic.
Hemp bricks are much easier on the environment than standard masonry blocks.
By Jeremy Hodges and Kevin Orland / Bloomberg
The hemp fields sprouting in a part of Canada best known for its giant oil patch show how climate change is disrupting the construction industry.
Six years after setting up shop in the shadow of Calgary’s tar sands, Mac Radford, 64, says he can’t satisfy all the orders from builders for Earth-friendly materials that help them limit their carbon footprints. His company, JustBioFiber Structural Solutions, is on the vanguard of businesses using hemp — the cousin of marijuana devoid of psychoactive content — to mitigate the greenhouse gases behind global warming.
Around the world, builders are putting modern twists into ancient construction methods that employ the hearty hemp weed. Roman engineers used the plant’s sinewy fibers in the mortar they mixed to hold up bridges. More recently, former White House adviser Steve Bannon weighed in on using so-called hem [...]
A bipartisan group of Virginia's congressional delegation is advocating for the state's inclusion in a federal crop insurance program for industrial hemp.
AgriLogic Consulting LLC, is working to develop a federal yield-based crop insurance program for industrial hemp, which has been growing in popularity since the passage of the 2018 farm bill legalized the production of the crop.
But there was concern Virginia, which had more than 800 registered growers as of July, would not be eligible for the program. In response, Virginia's two U.S. senators and six members of the House of Representatives wrote a joint letter to AgriLogic asking for the state to be included.
The following officials signed the Sept. 25 letter: Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and Reps. Denver Riggleman, Morgan Griffith, Ben Cline, Abigail Spanberger, Elaine Luria and Don Beyer.
"We have concerns that Virginia is not currently under consideration for a pilot program for the 2020 growing season, despite having a robus [...]
Join international hemp building experts and US hemp building leaders at the first ever gathering of its kind in the United States: a summit to advance building with hemp based building materials.
This event will mark the formal launch of the US Hemp Building Association, a 501c6 trade organization formed to accelerate hemp building adoption in the US.
October 24th & 25th, 2019
Presented by the US Hemp Building Association [...]
Since 1994, the Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a non-profit trade association representing more than fifteen-hundred (1,500) supporting, farming and business members. The hemp industries are emerging to become a major global economic force as a result of new applications and opportunities. Hemp is a sustainable choice for industrial products, textiles, and also offer exceptional ingredients and components for nutrition and wellness products. Hemp is one of our planet's most important natural resources, and we advocate for the whole plant.
The HIA stands for the fair and equal treatment of industrial hemp and it's opportunities in agriculture and in the marketplace. The Association is dedicated to education, industry development, and the accelerated expansion of hemp world market supply and demand but is focused on the rebirth of the hemp industries in the United States.
The mission of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a 501(c)(6) membership-based non-profit trade assoc [...]
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced H.R. 3652, the Hemp For Victory Act which helps lay the foundation for the emerging hemp industry in a manner that incentivizes family farmers and small businesses, protects against corporate monopolies, and studies the benefits of hemp cultivation and hemp-based products while ensuring safe agricultural practices, and environmental and labor considerations.
Vote Hemp strongly supports the bill and believes this is the kind of legislation needed to help the nascent hemp industry build a solid footing.
Please send a message to your Congressman and ask him/her to support hemp farmers and businesses by cosponsoring the Hemp For Victory Act. [...]