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Congress Examines USDA Hemp Program Last week, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a hearing to examine the USDA Hemp Production Program. The subcommittee heard from a panel of producers, researchers, tribal members, and state ag commissioners that gave an overview of the hemp industry and offered insight toward the 2023 Farm Bill. Noting the absence of representatives from USDA and FDA, ranking member Jim Baird from Indiana said, “I do believe it is a missed opportunity that we don’t hear from the federal agencies tasked with implementing provisions on hemp today.” On this week’s podcast, we will listen to highlights from the hearing, including testimony from Colorado Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg, who offers five recommendations for how Congress can provide support to federal agencies to allow for greater flexibility and improve state-run hemp programs. First on her list is removal of DEA requirements for testing labs. “Our state-of-the-art laboratory began the process of obtaining DEA certification in 2019. However, as of this hearing we still await their approval,” Greenberg said. All panel experts expressed the need for clarification from the FDA concerning the regulation and use of CBD. Also on this week’s show, we check in with Lancaster County hemp farmer and cover crop coach Steve Groff, who this week used a sickle bar mower to cut 5 acres of hemp on his farm in Holtwood, Pennsylvania. Groff’s hemp was direct-seeded in 15-inch rows, roughly 50 pounds per acre, into a cover crop of black oats and hairy vetch on May 18. The crop reached a height of 12 feet in 75 days and had not started to flower before being cut. He will rake the cut hemp into narrow swaths and turn it a few times, allowing the stalks to ret before baling with a New Holland wet baler. Lancaster Farming also talks to Morris Beegle, organizer of the fourth annual Southern Hemp Expo, taking place in Nashville Aug. 18-20. Learn More: Watch the Congressional Hearing Watch Steve Groff Cutting Fiber at Cedar Meadow Farm Southern Hemp Expo, Nashville, Tennessee, August 18-20, 2022 Kings Agriseed’s Field Day, August 16-17, 2022 Penn State’s Twilight Hemp Walk August 16, 2022 Thanks to our Sponsors All Walks Hemp Bedding IND HEMP
Hemp Field Days and the Importance of Language This week on the podcast, Tim Fritz and Sarah Mitchell from King's Agriseeds talk about the upcoming hemp field day August 16-17 at the research farm in Christiana, Pennsylvania, where they are trialing varieties of fiber and grain hemp, as well as experimenting with different growing techniques such are fore-cropping and nurse-cropping. Then we talk to Segue Fischlin, a builder in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, where she is hosting a hempcrete workshop in early September. We talk about the workshop, but the main thrust of the conversation is about the language we use when we talk about hemp, and how certain language might be undermining the industry. Links King's Agriseeds' Field Day, August 16-17, 2022 Penn State’s Twilight Hemp Walk August 16, 2022 Segue Fischlin’s Hempcrete Workshop News Nuggets Congressional Hearing: “An Examination of the USDA Hemp Production Program” AAFCO details new webinar on the usage of hemp State ag secretary, senator visit hemp house Thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP!
Chris Boucher's Thirty Year Journey into Hemp After thirty plus years in the industry, Chris Boucher knows a thing or two about hemp. These days he’s the CEO of Farmtiva, a California-based hemp company that specializes in consulting, seed sales, and a hemp juice powder called JuiceTiva, but his journey with hemp started long before the Farm Bill created the pathway for the modern hemp industry. He started a business in 1990 called the Hempstead Co. that made hemp wallets, hats, bags and such. “Back then the only place you could get hemp was either in China, Hungary, Romania or Poland. And so I went over to China in ’92, and we sourced the hemp there,” he said during this week’s episode. Boucher wanted to source his hemp in the U.S., and so in 1994 he secured permission from the USDA and became the first person to grow hemp in the U.S. in decades. But before the crop was harvested, local narcotics agents in California destroyed it by plowing it under, and the dream of U.S.-grown hemp had to wait. Along the way he also co-founded the Hemp Industries Association, wrote an influential legal opinion about CBD, and imported the first CBD oil into the U.S. He traces his career in hemp back to a chance encounter in 1990 when he was asked to sign a petition to legalize hemp by a man who had just published a book that explained the history and potential of hemp. That man was Jack Herer, author of the seminal hemp book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes.” The two became lifelong friends. As the current director of the California Hemp Growers Guild, an advocacy group for hemp farmers, Boucher sees first hand the detrimental effect recent state legislation is having on California's hemp farmers. He said it’s a big win for the marijuana industry and a big loss for the hemp industry. Hemp now falls under the jurisdiction of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control instead of the California Department of Agriculture. Boucher said that the agency’s fee structure and regulations make it nearly impossible for hemp farmers to compete, and many have stopped growing hemp altogether. “We’ve lost 90% of hemp farmers in California. We went from 800 farmers down to 120,” he said. He said these new regulations will also make it very expensive for any out-of-state hemp companies wishing to do business in California. Also in this episode, host Eric Hurlock reads a summary of the new definition of hemp set forth in the recently introduced Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, Chuck Schumer's bill to federally legalize cannabis. All this and more. Be sure to check out all of these links. Farmtiva JuiceTiva Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act Summary Thanks to our generous sponsors IND HEMP Mpactful Ventures Music by Tin Bird Shadow For news nuggets links and more information, go to
Bill Althouse, a Voice in the Wilderness? Bill Althouse believes hemp has great potential to change the world, but he cautions against the common rhetoric — that hemp can magically fix all the world’s problems. Instead, he said, the industry must focus on legitimization. “This means meeting all the rules, regulations, material specifications and testing standards of the non-hemp materials we’re trying to replace with hemp,” he said. For hemp to succeed, it must be seen as legitimate in the eyes of the people outside of the hemp space — builders, engineers, textile manufacturers, etc. “After legitimization, we must compete, delivering higher performance at a lower price,” he added. On the Hemp Podcast this week, Althouse talks about the issues involved with bringing hemp into the mainstream and shares opinions that will make many people in the hemp industry uncomfortable. For example, he talks about why the American hempcrete industry can’t definitively say what the R-Value of hemp is, and how making claims about hempcrete's insulating properties violates FTC rules. He describes the value chain of hemp as a textile and makes his case for why, in its current state, it will never be able to compete with cotton. He calls the hemp industry an “echo chamber,” saying that repeating the same unsubstantiated claims about hemp only damages the future of hemp. His experience in engineering, green building and hemp farming gives him credibility, and he uses that perspective to inject a shot of realism into the conversation. He’s not all doom and gloom, though. He sees great promise in hemp, especially in emerging “lignin first” technology that he says has the potential to eliminate the need for decortication and degumming, the two steps in the process currently keeping hemp from competing with cotton. A voice in the wilderness or a cranky old man with an ax to grind? Decide for yourself. Learn More about What Bill is up to: Fat Pig Society Industry group aims to develop high-CBD varieties that won’t go hot Cutting out the middleman to help small organic farmers Thanks to our sponsors! IND HEMP WEST TOWN BANK Americhanvre Cast-Hemp Sign up for the Hemp Newsletter
Is Big Cannabis Costing the Hemp Industry $20B a year? The theme of this week’s hemp podcast is education. First we talk to economist Beau Whitney, who says the deliberate miseducation of lawmakers is causing a big and expensive headache in the fiber and grain sector. He said a concerted effort by Big Cannabis (aka the marijuana industry) is distorting the narrative around industrial hemp, confusing lawmakers, stifling competition, and is costing the fiber and grain sectors nearly $20 billion a year. “Well-funded cannabis companies have access to legislators and policymakers, and as a result they have leveraged their connections and influence in order to narrowly define hemp as a drug, rather than looking at it as a commodity crop with industrial applications,” Whitney said. Then we talk to Eric Kleffner, a hemp grower and game developer who is working on a “play-to-earn” video game called Hemptopia. Players can earn cryptocurrency. Inspired by his own experience as a hemp grower, Kleffner said, “I wanted to create a game to educate people about all the ins and outs and how hard it is to farm hemp, and all the uses of hemp as well.” And finally, we check in with Rachel Berry, hemp farmer, founder of the Illinois Hemp Growers Association, and the director of regional leaders for the U.S. Hemp Building Association. Berry talks about her farm in Princeton, Illinois, her work with USHBA, and the various opportunities she has to educate the public on the uses of industrial hemp. “I have been invited to join the Illinois Department of Agriculture in the Ag Tent at the State Fair this year,” Berry said. “That’s the second and third week of August and I am absolutely thrilled to be involved in that work.” Pennsylvania Hemp Summit Duped By Big Dope: How Big Cannabis' Attack On Hemp Has Cost The Fiber And Grain Industry $20 Billion A Year Whitney Economics Hemptopia Play-to-Earn Video Game Learn more about Hemptopia Crypto Farming Game Illinois Hemp Growers Association U.S. Hemp Building Association Hemp Education Events with Rachel Berry Illinois Cannabis Training Center 7/21: IL State Fair IDOA tent 8/ 15 - 21: Thank you to our sponsors IND HEMP Americhanvre Cast Hemp Check out the Hempcrete Workshop in Washington State on the Beautiful Kitsap Peninsula New Holland Agriculture Lancaster Farming’s YouTube Channel Dan Juleff’s Comment about the Music: hi mate sorry for the criticism but do you need to have the music on all the time even when you are talking it is so annoying when i just want to hear what you are saying i just want to hear don't need extra..when you start the show cool have your music but when you start talking kill the music your show will be 100% better... please do one show for me without the music thank you Support the Tin Bird Shadow
Global Hemp Association's National Variety Trials This week on the hemp podcast we learn about the Global Hemp Association’s variety trials that span eight states in six geographical regions. Our first guest is Mandi Kerr, founder and CEO of the Global Hemp Association, which, according to Kerr is “a platform of entrepreneurs, manufacturers, farmers, distributors that have come together to support and build the industrial hemp industry.” One way GHA is building the hemp industry is by conducting variety trials. In conjunction with Kansas-based Performance Crop Research, GHA is growing 10 varieties of fiber hemp in various geographical regions across the country with the intent of providing its members with solid data about which varieties do best in each region. Our second guest is Melissa Nelson-Baldwin — field scientist, hemp farmer and owner of Performance Crop Research — who has assembled a team of crop specialists specifically for these trials. “We’re working with research scientists within the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants,” Nelson-Baldwin said. “This is what everyone does full time. And so we chose crop research scientists that either had hemp experience or a lot of experience within the research space.” This is the first year for the trials, but they will be conducted over many years to provide as much data as possible for farmers and processors. Learn More About the National Variety Trials: Global Hemp Association Become a Member: Friends of Hemp Hemp Hallway South Bend Industrial Hemp   News Nuggets National Hemp Association Partners with Hemp Feed Coalition Hemp, CBD set to get permanent legal status after 11th-hour rescue by NC legislature Thanks to our Sponsors: IND HEMP West Town Bank
Value the Seed: How Certified Seed Can Unburdon Farmers and Regulators This week on the Hemp Podcast, Lancaster Farming talks to Wendy Mosher, president and CEO of New West Genetics, a Colorado-based hemp seed company focused on genomics, seed breeding and agribusiness. Mosher discusses an initiative the company is working on with several other stakeholders, including International Hemp and King’s AgriSeeds, called “Value the Seed” that promotes certified seed as a way to unburden farmers and assure regulators of compliance. This policy reform initiative is centered around the fiber and grain sectors of the hemp industry, and Mosher is hopeful it will be adopted in the 2023 Farm Bill. If the initiative is successful, American hemp farmers who plant certified seed that meets standards set by the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies will be exempt from burdensome regulations, excessive fees and THC testing. New West Genetics Learn more about Value the Seed Watch Eric's interview on Moving Hemp Forward with Mandi Kerr from the Global Hemp Association: Sign up for the Hemp Newsletter: News Nuggets Homeland Hempcrete plans to buy North Dakota hemp fiber Hemp farmer builds own house out of hemp fiber Unregulated hemp derivative delta-8 thrives in Pa.’s thorny marijuana landscape Scientists predict future ketchup shortage as climate change damages crops Thanks to our sponsors: IND HEMP West Town Bank
Spring planting, part 2 On this week’s hemp podcast, Lancaster Farming continues checking in with hemp producers around the country. Ray DePriest, from SunRay Hemp, tells us about growing hemp at 62 degrees north latitude in Palmer, Alaska — 60 miles north of Anchorage — where his family’s been farming since the 1930s, first as potato farmers, then dairy. Now they focus primarily on hay. This is Ray’s third year of growing hemp in Alaska. We hear from Theo Wahquahboshkuk, operations manager at Prairie Band Ag, a hemp company owned and operated by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in northeast Kansas, where the business is growing fiber, grain and flower. Closer to home, we talk with Caleb Kauffman of Lancashire Hemp Farms in Narvon, Pennsylvania. Kauffman prefers to plant his CBD crop later in July. Because Lancashire Farms focuses on “top-shelf smokable flower,” planting later in the season keeps the plants smaller and more manageable. Katharine Dubansky, co-owner of Back Bone Hemp, checks in from the mountains of Garrett County, Maryland, where she has planted triploid varieties of cannabinoid flower and a small test plot of a fiber variety. And finally, we hear from Ben Brimlow, lead agronomist at IND HEMP in Montana, where they contract with farmers across the Northwest to grow grain and fiber varieties of hemp. Links Backbone Hemp Prairie Band Ag SunRay Hemp Lancashire Hemp Farms IND HEMP Something to Think About: What a Dying Lake Says About the Future, by Paul Krugman "If you aren’t terrified by the threat posed by rising levels of greenhouse gases, you aren’t paying attention — which, sadly, many people aren’t. And those who are or should be aware of that threat but stand in the way of action for the sake of short-term profits or political expediency are, in a real sense, betraying humanity." Thanks to our sponsors: West Town Bank Mpactful Ventures IND HEMP
Spring Planting is Underway This week on the Hemp Podcast, Lancaster Farming talks to farmers around the country and the world about spring planting — what they’ve got in the ground, how much hemp they’re growing this year, what conditions are like in the field, and more. We talk to several Pennsylvania farmers, as well as folks in Missouri, Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan and more, including an exclusive interview with Roman Fedorowycz, an American farmer who’s been living and farming in Ukraine for over 30 years. He runs a 5,000-acre farm in the western part of the country, where he usually grows various grains and vegetables, and, of course, hemp. But things are a little different this year. Fedorowycz talks about the atrocities committed by the Russian army and how that’s affecting agriculture in Ukraine, considered to be one of the breadbaskets of the world. “This year, we have a number of issues,” he said. “Number one, since the ports are blocked and Ukraine is one of the biggest exporters...of corn, soybeans, sunflower oil and things like that, we can’t get our products to go out of the main ports in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov because of the Russian blockade. “The other issue is that where the fighting is going on in the south, the east and the northeast, obviously there’s no spring planting going on and there’ll be no harvest going on. “And on top of that, many regions west of Kiev and north of Kiev and east of Kiev were mined by the Russians when they were pushed out. I have many friends who have thousands and thousands of acres that they have to be de-mined or remove unexploded artillery and other things out of their fields. So many of those farmers are not planting this year,” Fedorowycz said. This week's guests include: Eric Trajtenberg from Paradise Hemp Farm in West Grove Pennsylvania where he’s a growing small batch CBD. & Mike Murray from Moka Hemp in Burlington, Pennsylvania, where they focus on smokable CBD flower. Rusty Peterson with Essen Atlas and Align Agro in Michigan, where they’re growing fiber varieties. Victor-Alan Weeks from 404 Twenty in Caswell County, North Carolina, where he and his business Partner Jalen Madden are focused on CBD production. Jeff Limbaugh from Midwest Natural Fiber in Sikeston, Missouri, where they’re growing hundreds of acres of fiber hemp and other crops. Aaron Baldwin from South Bend Industrial Hemp in South Bend Kansas, where they’re working with a network of farmers to grow several thousand acres of dual crop fiber & grain. Roman Fedorowycz from Ukr Hemp Seeds in Ukraine who tells us about the atrocities of Russia’s war on Ukraine and how that’s affecting spring planting there. Raphael Cutrufello from Hezekiah Jones in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Steve Groff from Cedar Meadow Farm in Holtwood, PA, where’s got fiber, grain and CBD varieties. Dale Norely from Tasunka Farm Organics in Birchrunville, PA, where this year she grew smokable flower in the greenhouse over winter and wholesale seedlings this spring. Right now they are doing maintenance on their fields and will be planting outdoors again next year. Special Thanks to our sponsors: IND HEMP West Town Bank
What Happened at the Pennsylvania Hemp Summit? This week we give a recap of the 2022 Pennsylvania Hemp Summit Expo that took place in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, April 26 and 27 at the Lancaster County Convention Center. First we talk to Lancaster Farming's digital content editor Dan Sullivan who covered the event for the newspaper and also emceed the Shark Tank competition. After the conversation with Dan, we hear Pennsylvania Ag Secretary Russell Redding's opening remarks from the Hemp Summit. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has been very supportive of the hemp industry in Pennsylvania, knowing that the potential for Pennsylvania's farmers and entrepreneurs is huge, but of course it's not without it's challenges. "We know based on what we have seen around the world, that there is potential in hemp and all of its components," Redding told the crowd. "We said at the very first summit that the Pennsylvania hemp industry is defined by the use of all of the plant. It is the fiber, it is the seed, it is the oil, it's the feed, it's the CBD. It is not a single component of the industry. It is all of the plant. And therein lies our challenge." The two day hemp expo was a precursor to the full summit to be held in November 2022. Read Dan Sullivan's Hemp Summit story: Hemp Summit Offers Hope Amid Challenges Check out the stories from our recent Industrial Hemp Special Section of Lancaster Farming Newspaper: Hemp Is a Strong Option for Sequestering Carbon Most Traditional Farm Machinery Fine for Harvesting Hemp High Schooler Has Hopes for Hemp Retting Hemp Fiber From the Stalk Resources for Hemp Growers and Marketers Why We Need an Industrial Hemp Exemption [Opinion] What is the Future of Industrial Hemp? Hemp in Pennsylvania — Don’t Fence Me In Pennsylvania’s Family Farmers Shouldn't Miss Out on Cannabis Opportunities [Opinion] Cooking With Hemp News Nuggets Hemp structure revealed at Alvernia University's EcoHouse FDACS Celebrates Two Years of Florida’s Hemp Program Nation's First Independent Cannabis And Hemp Certification Recognized By Attorneys General Alliance (AGA) <a href="https://www.prnewswire
DrawDown Hemp: Quantifying Potential for CO2 Reduction “You can’t just run around saying hemp is going to save the planet. You can’t just say it. You have to have some definitive numbers and some science behind it. And that can be shown to the people that are in power. They still may not listen, but when you have hard numbers, it makes your argument a whole lot better.” That’s what Bruce Dietzen, guest on this week’s Industrial Hemp Podcast, says. Deitzen is known as the guy who built the body of a sports car out of hemp, but he’s put the hemp car on hold and has embarked on what he considers to be a far more important endeavor — quantifying the potential of hemp. That’s the idea behind Drawdown Hemp — put hard numbers behind the oft-quoted claims that hemp has the potential to sequester vast amounts of carbon. “Drawdown Hemp is a think tank that is on a mission to quantify the amount of CO2 that hemp products can either sequester or avoid, Dietzen said. “And the reason for wanting to quantify those hemp products goes back to this idea that hemp can be made into 50,000 different products.” In the face of a climate crisis, Deitzen said it’s important to determine which of the 50,000 products will have the greatest ability to pull carbon from the atmosphere. He also talks about his entry into the X Prize Carbon Removal Contest funded by billionaire Elon Musk to identify ways that CO2 can be sequestered at a large scale, at least a gigaton per year on an ongoing basis. The first place winner will receive $50 million. Drawdown Hemp Watch Bruce’s Drawdown Hemp Presentation from NoCo Hemp Expo, March 2022 News Nuggets May 5, 2022 FDA Issues Warning Letters to Companies Illegally Selling CBD and Delta-8 THC Products The EIHA: Working to Achieve ‘a True Single Hemp Market for Europe’ Central Oregon hemp farmers pivot to other crops as market prices tank Pennsylvania is feeling the pressure of neighboring states’ passage of adult-use marijuana Thanks to our Sponsors: Americhanvre Cast-Hemp IND HEMP
Hemp Documentary Film in Production On this week’s podcast, Lancaster Farming talks to Jordan Berger, a filmmaker and hemp farmer from Tennessee. His work with the crop has inspired him to embark on a seven-part documentary series to bring the story of hemp to a wider audience. In 2019, Berger grew his first hemp crop, about an acre of CBD plants at his small farm outside of Chattanooga. He said he learned a lot from growing the crop and talking to other farmers. “It became clear to me that I needed to make something,” he said. “You know, I’m always asking what could I do? What kind of impact could I make, either as a farmer or a filmmaker? To me, it’s really clear that I could make a bigger impact making a film about (hemp) that the masses could digest and understand and get excited about.” Apparently, this documentary is the first of its kind. “It’s just surprising to me that we’re in 2022 and there’s not anything out there like this,” he said. “Most of the cannabis documentaries are all kind of caught up in pot culture or, you know, are only scratching the surface. And there’s so much more to tell.” This summer, Berger is embarking on a cross-country road trip to document the burgeoning industry, visiting hemp farms and processing facilities to interview the people who are building this industry. Watch the teaser video for Jordan Berger’s documentary, “One Plant.” Sunflower Head River Farms Sign up for the Industrial Hemp Newsletter Thank to our Sponsors: iHemp Michigan Midwest Hemp Expo IND HEMP Music by Tin Bird Shadow
iHempx: Leading the Way This week on the podcast we talk to Mike Leago, founder and CEO of iHempx in Colorado. Formally known as the International Hemp Exchange, iHempx has become one of the industry's go-to sources for genetics, processing equipment, farmer resources and more, serving all sectors of the industry, from cannabinoid flower to fiber and grain and everything in between. Leago tells the tale of how he started the company in 2016 after seeing the lack of connectivity in the various hemp supply chains. Originally connecting retails to consumers, iHempx has since moved into the wholesale markets and has become an industry leader, at home and abroad. Leago also talks about a partnership with a new company with an emerging technology focused on industrial hemp decortication and micronization. “What's really interesting about this technology is that rather than using mechanical forces like most processing technology and size reduction technology, this uses resonance frequency to break things down,” says Leago. “So it's actually resonance forces and shearing forces that are created inside of a relatively small processing mill that can both decorticate and micronize the plant in a single pass.” Sounds like this could be a game changer. Give a listen and learn more. iHempx Calendar items iHemp Michigan’s Midwest Hemp Expo, May 20 & 21 National Hemp Growers Coop Field Day, June 6 & 7 Thanks to our sponsors! Mpactful Ventures Steward Check Out IND HEMP’s new and improved website Reality TV? Learn more about the reality television opportunity from Cornwell Casting that was mentioned on this episode: 

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Is It Time for an Industrial Hemp Exemption? When it comes to hemp there are two distinct sectors — industrial and floral hemp. Industrial hemp involves the industrial application for the grain, fiber and hurd of the crop. Floral hemp focuses on harvesting the flowers of the plant for medicinal uses like CBD. These different arenas of hemp require different farming practices, different genetics, and different equipment. The problem is that there is only one set of rules governing these two very different sectors of the hemp industry. Our three podcast guests this week would like to change that. Courtney Moran from Agricultural Hemp Solutions, Morgan Elliott Tweet from IND HEMP, and Erica Stark from the National Hemp Coalition have teamed up to create an exemption for industrial hemp, separating it from floral hemp. The permit costs and testing fees are a barrier for entry to farmers who want to grow hemp grain and fiber. Our guests argue that industrial hemp needs to start being treated as the commodity crop that it’s destined to be. To learn more about how this exemption would work, read “Why We Need an Industrial Hemp Exemption."  Help Support the Hemp Exemption National Hemp Association Agricultural Hemp Solutions Hemp Feed Coalition PA Hemp Summit News Nuggets Cone Denim Debuts US Hemp Denim with BastCore 40,000 expected at PA Cannabis Festival in Kutztown Bedmaker becomes the UK’s largest hemp grower PA’s first home made out of ‘hempcrete’ to be unveiled Friday Thanks to our Sponsors iHemp Michigan's Midwest Hemp Expo, May 20 & 21 IND HEMP
America’s First Certified Regenerative Dairy This week on the podcast, Lancaster Farming talks to Blake Alexandre from Alexandre Family Farm in northern California, America’s first certified regenerative dairy. “We’ve got a phenomenal growing season out here, that is our winter temperatures and our summer temperatures are only 11 degrees apart,” Alexandre said. “So we literally have grass growing all year long and, you know, just very productive soil.” “We milk about a total of 5,000 cows, including the drys, and get another 4,000 young stock of heifers that are growing up to become milk cows,” he said. He started off with a Holstein herd but has been introducing other breeds and crossbreeding with Jerseys. Several years ago, the farm introduced a breed called Fleckvieh, a dual-purpose milk and meat breed from Europe. Alexandre said the Fleckviehs “just literally take care of themselves better out there on forage, and we lean on grass just as much as any dairy in the country in terms of how many days we graze and what percentage of the diet our cows eat.” Alexandre is also a proponent of A2 milk and explains what that is and why it’s important. Much of the interview focuses on soil health and regenerative ag practices, and there is very little discussion of hemp, but Alexandre is active in local government and was on the team that wrote the policy for hemp in the county. Alexandre Family Farm Savory Institute Regenerative Organic Alliance The Pennsylvania Hemp Summit, April 26 & 27 The Midwest iHemp Expo Thanks to our Sponsors New Holland Agriculture IND HEMP
Ukrainian Hempcrete Builder Sergiy Kovalenkov This is the first episode in a series of four special episodes of the podcast. First we talk to Sergiy Kovalenkov, a Ukrainian hempcrete builder and businessman. He is the CEO of Hempire and is a founding member of the US Hemp Building Association. He sat down with Lancaster Farming on March 25, 2022, at the NoCo Hemp Expo in Denver Colorado. We discuss the hemp building industry in Ukraine and the US, as well as how the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine is affecting life all around. Hempire US Hemp Builders Association Noco Hemp Expo
Hemp Educator J.J. Johnson This is the second episode in a series of four special episodes of the podcast consisting of conversations recorded at the NoCo Hemp Expo in Denver, Colorado, on March 25, 2022. We talk to James J.J. Johnson about his work educating the public about industrial hemp. Johnson retired from the US Air Force after 21 years and returned home with debilitating PTSD. Through his work in the hemp space, he was able to find new purpose through hemp education and healing from PTSD through cannabinoids. His story is inspiring and his positive attitude is contagious. Learn more about JJ Johnson’s work, including his Hemp 101 classes: Noco Hemp Expo
Climate Impact Storyteller Maren Krings This is the third installment of a four-part series consisting of conversations recorded at the NoCo Hemp Expo in Denver, CO, on March 25, 2022. On this episode we talk to author and photographer Maren Krings, a German storyteller whose most recent book is called H is for Hemp, which documents her travels around the world, visiting 4 continents and conducting hundreds of interviews documenting how various peoples and cultures are using hemp to combat the effects of climate change. The books is part hemp encyclopedia, part anthropological study, and part personal diary. This engaging book is over 600 pages in length and was printed on specially designed tree-free hemp paper. Kring shares stories of her travels and her unique perspective on the global hemp industry. Buy the book H is for Hemp Noco Hemp Expo
Special Edition: Kentucky Hemp Pioneer Joe Hickey This is the final installment of a four-part series consisting of conversations recorded at the NoCo Hemp Expo in Denver, CO, on March 24-25, 2022. On this episode we talk to Joe Hickey, a Kentucky businessman who has been in the hemp industry for over 30 years. He is the founder of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative and currently works with Halcyon Technology Holding. He also worked with actor Woody Harrelson to test the limits of Kentucky's laws against industrial hemp in the 1990s. Their collaboration can be seen in the documentary film Hempsters: Plant the Seed. Hickey tells numerous enlightening from those early days in the industry and offers advice to today's industry on how to develop markets through strategic purchase agreements with large manufactures. Halcyon Technology Holdings Hempsters: Plant the Seed Noco Hemp Expo
Podcast: Hempcrete Proposal Wins Code Approval One of the barriers to building residential homes with hempcrete is that there’s no mention of hempcrete in any of the building codes that set the standards for health and safety in the construction industry. Most municipalities in the U.S. look to the International Code Council for direction. Hempcrete’s absence from these codes leaves local building inspectors scratching their heads when it comes to building with this natural material. But that’s all about to change. At an April 2 hearing in New York, the ICC approved the proposal for hempcrete construction to be added to the International Residential Code. This is the first step toward the ICC’s formal adoption of hemp as an officially recognized building material, according to Jacob Waddell, executive director of the U.S. Hemp Building Association. The proposal must now go through a public comment period. A final vote by the ICC will take place in September, after which the specs for hempcrete building should be adopted. Waddell is a guest on the Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast this week. He talks about the process his group went through to build the case for hempcrete and what IRC approval would mean for the hemp and construction industries. Hempcrete — or hemp-lime, which more accurately describes the material — has three basic components. Hemp hurd, which is the inner woody core of the hemp stalk, is mixed with a lime binder and water. Once the material is cured and dried, it forms a long-lasting building material offering resistance to fire, mold and fungus, and provides high-rated insulating properties and an opportunity to sequester carbon, a strategy for mitigating climate change. Also, we take a trip to a hempcrete training session hosted by Cameron McIntosh at Americhanvre Cast Hemp. US Hemp Builders Association Americhanvre Cast-Hemp News Nuggets Veterinary research finds ‘de-stressing benefit’ from feeding cattle industrial hemp PA Senate Delta-8 Memo Thanks to our Sponsor IND HEMP in Montana
American Hemp Corp. Tackles Hemp In Nevada Bob Daniell is president and CEO of a small startup company called American Hemp Corporation in Reno, Nevada, where they are working with farmers to build the hemp industry in the Silver State. Focused on fiber and grain production and processing, Daniell sees huge potential in Nevada and the surrounding region. “Nevada grows 385,000 acres of the world’s finest alfalfa hay,” Daniell said. “I’d like to take over about 10% of that as a cover crop. If we can get 40,000 acres of industrial hemp growing in Nevada, we’ll have a $300 million industry.” This week on the Industrial Hemp Podcast, Daniell lays out his vision for the company and the various markets they are developing, from biochar to biodiesel to fish food. Earlier in his career, Daniell was a VP at Siemens, one of the world’s largest manufacturing corporations, where he oversaw North American supply chains, and he brings that knowledge of supply chain development to the hemp industry in Nevada. According to Daniell there are three segments to a supply chain. Assured supply, which is where the grower and the farmer come into play. Assured refinement, which is where the off-taker, the processor, the handler, the manufacturer come into play. And finally assured demand, the target customers. Daniell is also involved with the Nevada Industrial Hemp Fiber Cooperative, which is helping farmers develop markets for fiber hemp. American Hemp Corpoartion Nevada Industrial Hemp Fiber Cooperative Pennsylvania Hemp Summit, April 26-27 News Nuggets Australian state to review hemp act as stakeholders say rules are too strict Missouri Awards Grants to Four Hemp Fiber Processors IND HEMP Launches All Walks Hemp Hurd Animal Bedding at Global Pet Expo IND HEMP and Hempitecture announce supply partnership for domestically produced hemp fiber nonwoven insulation. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board reverses decision on CBD edibles Thanks to our Sponsors Mpactful Ventures who encourage you to support the US Hemp Building Foundation (USHBF) in their fundraising for the creation and submittal of the proposed Hemp-Lime IRC appendix and accompanying testing.   Attend iHemp Michigan’s Midwest Hemp Expo, May 20-21, in Lansing, Michigan IND HEMP Shout out to Dash Hemp in Santa Cruz, California
The Wellness Kitchenista Chooses Hemp Jessica De Luise – The Wellness Kitchenista – joins us on the podcast this week to talk about the nutritional value of hemp seed and hemp oil and how to incorporate these nutritious hemp ingredients into your kitchen routines. Plus, she shares her latest venture as the co-founder of Intention Lifestyles, a company focused on research, product development, and public education around hemp grain, fiber, and oil, with a mission to create hemp-based food and lifestyle products that can nourish the mind, body, and our surroundings. Hemp is a “really powerful ingredient. And there's intention in the way we're farming the cultivars…There's intention in the effects that it may have on the Earth. There's intention in the ingredients that we're going to choose to put into our food products when those go to market. So there's intention behind everything that we do, and that's why we named it Intention Lifestyles,” DeLuise said. IN 2021 DeLuise won an Emmy Award for her lifestyle reality series Eat Your Way to Wellness. Learn more about the Wellness Kitchenista: Then we talk to Lancaster County dairyman and hemp farmer Abner Stoltzfus about his farming operation and his work as the farmer coordinator for Keystone Hemp Growers, who, by the way, are looking to sign up more growers for the 2022 season. Thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP
Pa. Hemp Feed Bill, Federally-legal THC Hemp, & Cedar Meadow Farm On this week’s podcast, we continue what appears to be an annual tradition on the show — the Steve Groff Squared episode. First we talk to Dr. Steve Groff from Groff North America, who made an early yet bold move in the Pennsylvania hemp space by contracting 2,000 acres of fiber hemp in 2019 and also brought the first large scale decorticator — the HempTrain — to the state. Last year, he made an interesting pivot by applying for and receiving authorization from DEA to grow federally legal cannabis for federally authorized research, drug development, drug manufacturing and export. Groff is also a licensed medical doctor who now specializes in cannabinoid therapy. Then we check in with Steve Groff, Lancaster County farmer, cover crop pioneer and hemp innovator. He talks about how farmers can overcome the barriers that keep them from implementing soil health practices (hint: it’s the mindset), and what he means when he says “cover crops make good farmers better and bad farmers worse.” He talks about building his CBD brand Cedar Meadow.Farm and his plans for growing hemp this season, and why he’s not putting in a hemp maze this year. He throws down the gauntlet, challenging other farmers to pick up the hemp maze mantle. We also talk to Pennsylvania Sen. Judy Schwank about her upcoming hemp legislation giving approval for hemp as a feed for animals in Pennsylvania. Groff North America Cedow Meadow.Farm Senator Schwanks Co-Sponsor Memorandum Go here for Hemp News Nuggets: Thanks to Our Sponsors! King's Agriseeds IND HEMP Midwest Hemp Expo, May 20 & 21
Hemp Feed Coalition Responds to AAFCO Letter This week on the Lancaster Farming Podcast, our guest is Morgan Tweet, executive director of the Hemp Feed Coalition, a non-profit organization whose mission is to gain federal approval for hemp and its byproducts as animal feed to create new markets. Last month, in response to the results the HFC helped achieve in Montana and Pennsylvania, the Association of American Feed Control Officials wrote an open letter to ag leaders and state policy makers concerning the allowance of hemp in animal feed. The letter calls for more research and education and asks stakeholders to move cautiously when considering hemp as a livestock feed. AAFCO lists three areas of concern — animal health and safety; safety of food from production animals entering the human food chain; and adverse impact of farmers, ranchers and the animal feed industry. Tweet and the HFC don’t dispute the need for further research and education, but they argue that AAFCO is conflating hemp grain with cannabinoid hemp. Tweet says hemp grain contains no detectable levels of cannabinoid content. Compounds like THC or CBD are produced in the flower of the plant, not the seed. Hemp grain was used widely as a livestock feed up until the mid-20th century, but was banned as the cannabis plant was vilified by anti-marijuana propaganda. Furthermore, the FDA has already granted GRAS status (Generally Recognized As Safe) to hemp grain. But under the current regulatory landscape, it is legal to feed hemp seeds to your children, but not to your livestock. Granting approval to hemp grain as a livestock feed would give producers a healthy, high-protein option for their animals, and would also open up markets for hemp grain producers, Tweet said. Hemp Feed Coalition AAFCO's letter HFC's response to AAFCO's letter For News Nuggets Links, go to the show page on Lancaster Sign up for Americhanvre's Hempcrete training Session Thanks to our sponsors: Americhanvre Cast-Hemp IND HEMP
Farmers Union, Farm Service Agency, & Hemp in the West On this week's Industrial Hemp Podcast, host Eric Hurlock takes a trip to Denver, Colorado, to attend the National Farmers Union annual Convention where he was presented with the Milton D. Hakel award for Excellence in Agricultural Journalism. While at the convention Hurlock conducted a joint interview with FSA administrator Zach Ducheneaux and FSA State Executive Director for Pennsylvania Heidi Secord, who discuss the mission and goals of the Farm Service Agency, the challenges American ag producers face, the importance of regenerative ag practices, and the current state of the US hemp industry. Hurlock also interviewed Montana Senator John Tester about hemp's ability to revitalize rural America, and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg about hemp's role in the Colorado ag landscape. What is the Farm Service Agency? What is National Farmers Union? Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg Listen to Colorado Kate Greenberg Address the USDA on this 2019 Hemp Listening Session (7 minutes in) For New Nuggets, go to Lancaster Thanks to our Sponsors Mpactful Ventures King's Agriseeds IND HEMP seeks senior Accountant
Heartland's Hemp4Soil, Biochar Now, and a Nuffield Farming Scholar On this week's podcast, we talk to Tim Almond, founder and chairman of Heartland Industries, a Detroit-based biotech company that was awarded funding through USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grant program for their Hemp4Soil project that studies hemp's effect on soil health when in a rotation with corn and soy. We also talk to farmer and ag educator Aaron de Long about his upcoming adventure as a Nuffield Farming Scholar. He will be traveling abroad to study developing local supply chains around the world. He is also an educational programming manager at PASA Sustainable Agriculture, and runs a hyper-local grocery store called Red Dog Market. We also talk to James Gaspard from Biochar Now, a Colorado-based company making biochar at scale. James explains what biochar is, how it's made, and how it can be a very powerful tool for soil health and carbon sequestration. Learn more: Heartland Industries Biochar Now! Nuffield farming Scholars Red Dog Market Pasa Sustainable Agriculture Kneehigh Farm Something to Think About USDA's Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities News Nuggets NY will let hemp farmers grow pot to prepare for legal sales Russia invades Ukraine on many fronts in ‘brutal act of war’ Thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP in Montana
404 Twenty & Two Moons CBD On this week's podcast we talk to Victor-Alann Weeks and Jalen Madden, founders of 404 Twenty, a hemp start-up in Yanceyville, North Carolina. They had originally planned to start the business in Georgia where they’re from, but they found North Carolina to be more receptive. They talk about the success and challenges they’ve faced as young Black entrepreneurs in the hemp space. They are taking what they call an E-Cubed approach: focusing on Equity, Education and Environmental stewardship. Then we talk to Drew Kitt, owner of Two Moons CBD in Asheville, North Carolina, a retail CBD shop focused on health and wellness. Kitt wears many hats in the hemp industry, from seed distributor to brand ambassador to CBD retailer. He offers advice to farmers looking to get their crops into CBD shops, as well as advice for CBD shop owners on designing a welcoming space. Plus a few nuggets of hemp news, including an overview of the USDA’s National Hemp Report. Two Moons CBD New Nuggets Oregon Senate passes bill designed to get a handle on 'hemp' Panda Biotech president gives update on hemp plant progress USDA's National Hemp Report Thanks to our Sponsors: IND HEMP New Holland Agriculture
Carbon Farming and Creating Ecological Assets On this week's podcast we talk to Ben Dobson who's turned his farm in the Hudson Valley into soil laboratory studying how regenerative farming can maximize carbon capture and restore ecosystems. Plus, Cameron McIntosh shares news about an American version of the Ereasy Spray-Applied Hempcrete System. Hudson Carbon Hudson Hemp Recommended Resources: Rodale Institute B Carbon Savanna Institute Savory Institute No Till On the Plains   Hempcrete Building Americhanvre Cast Hemp Hempcrete Training Something to Think About How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled Planet Money Podcast: Wasteland News Nuggets Pingree Unveils Bill to Unburden Hemp Industry Potential in Pennsylvania: Building Hemp Markets Beyond Cannabinoids ‘Explosive’ demand for hurd in Europe is bright signal for hemp building Listen to Hemp Builder Steve Allin on the Industrial Hemp Podcast Vilsack celebrates hemp during announcement of USDA’s $1 billion climate investment Watch Ag Secretary Vilsack's Announcement $1.3 Million Grant Awarded to New Zealand Company for Hemp Fiber Research Recipe: Peanut Butter & Hemp Banana Thanks to our Sponsor IND HEMP in Montana
Exploring The Mindset of a Regenerative Farmer On this week’s podcast, we embark on our journey of discovery into regenerative agriculture – what it is, what makes it different from conventional agriculture, and why it’s important. The first stop on the journey is a conversation with regenerative farmer, Mike Lewis. We’ll hear about his work as a sustainable ag specialist at the National Center for Appropriate Technology, as well as his holistic farming operation in southeastern Kentucky. He is also the board chair for the Hemp Industries Association and is a student of Wendell Berry. We will also hear from Michael Monteiro, co-founder of Mpactful Ventures, an investment and incubator company focused on supporting start-ups and other initiatives to mitigate the climate crisis. Mpactful Ventures in also one of our new podcast sponsors for 2022. And this week we introduce a new segment sponsored by IND HEMP called “Something to Think About” in which we’ll briefly explore a topic of environmental concern. National Center for Appropriate Technology NCAT’s Soil for Water Program NCAT’s National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service NCAT’s Armed to Farm Program Hemp Industries Association The Berry Center Supporting Sustainable Agriculture News Nuggets New Calgary-Based Company HEMPALTA Acquires Industrial Hemp Processing Facility and Products Business from Canadian Greenfield Technologies PepsiCo to launch hemp seed-infused drink under Rockstar Energy USDA approves Alaska’s industrial hemp plan OSU researchers say preclinical trials on hemp compounds blocking COVID-19 will happen 'very soon' Groundhog’s Day Something to Think About Fracking or drinking water? That may become the choice Thanks to our sponsors IND HEMP Mpactful Ventures
Introduction to Season Two: Hemp and Beyond The Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast is back! After several weeks' hiatus, the show returns with a new focus. While committed to covering the emerging hemp industry, the show will expanding it's focus to include other ag-related topics -- things that harmonize with the message of hemp, things like regenerative agriculture, carbon sequestration, and how farmers are saving the world. On this episode, host Eric Hurlock lays out a roadmap for the new season and what we can expect this year. Plus a recap of season one and recent hemp news and an introduction to our new sponsors. News Nuggets Idaho to Host First Hemp Producer Meeting Michigan hemp tech firm Heartland partners with global recycling company Announcing NWG AMPLIFY : A Genetic Trait That Doubles Hemp Yields. USDA-Agricultural Research Service and Cornell University Collaborate to Present First National Hemp Webinar Series Oregon State research shows hemp compounds prevent coronavirus from entering human cells Nike Uses Hemp To Weave Near Every Part Of This Blazer Mid ’77 NHA Calls on Biden-Harris Administration to Invest in Hemp Thanks to our sponsors: IND Hemp Mpactful Ventures New Holland Ag Kings Agriseeds Americhanvre Cast-Hemp
The Last Episode The end of the year is finally here. On this ultimate episode of 2021, we first talk to Erica Stark from the National Hemp Association. She gives her take on the state of the Industry in 2021 and what she’s looking forward to in the year ahead – especially the next Farm Bill. Then we talk to Marty Clemons from the Southeast Hemp Association. We discuss how the industry will move forward in the new year and why it’s imperative that farmers have a seat at the table as this industry puts itself together. Without farmers there is no hemp industry. Stay tuned for a new and improved Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast in 2022. We will be widening our focus to include other topics like regenerative ag practices, carbon sequestration, green building and renewable energy, soil health, human health, and a whole lot more. Happy New Year! The National Hemp Association The Southeast Hemp Association 5th Annual Industrial Hemp Summit on February 28th and March 1st. The Good & True News Nuggets Minnesota Declares Most Hemp-Derived Consumables Illegal Berlin’s Public Transport Company Introduces Edible Hemp Tickets For A ‘Stress-Free Christmas’ Michigan hemp firm wins USDA grant to advance soil health and carbon research Hemp Fiber Processing Infrastructure Makes a Breakthrough in 2021 France Built the World's First Carbon-Negative Public Building. And It's Made of Hemp New book looks at 50 hemp building projects around the globe Listen to the Lancaster Farming interview with Hemp Building Pioneer Steve Allin Texas Supreme Court agrees to hear case on the legality of smokeable hemp in the state Virginia receives USDA approval to proceed with hemp production plan Thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP<
Chiques Creek Hemp Eggs On this week’s episode, we talk to Dave Andrews from Kreider Farms, the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, producer of Chiques Creek Hemp Eggs, the first commercially available hemp-fed eggs on the market in the United States. Chiques Creek Hemp Eggs usher in a new era of agricultural products as hemp gains acceptance as a feed for laying hens. Because of the generations-long prohibition of hemp and recent changes in federal policy, hemp is now poised to be a game-changer for livestock producers around the country with its excellent nutritional profile. We talk to Andrews about why Kreider Farms has worked so diligently on this expensive endeavor to bring hemp-fed eggs to market, along with its brand of hemp tea. “We're not just promoting her bags or even hemp tea,” Kreider said. “We're trying to participate in the whole hemp renaissance because we recognize that it's going to be big for American agriculture, you know, for fiber and for food and building materials and molded car parts. It's just endless in terms of all the applications for hemp. And so it's a big deal.” Chiques Creek Hemp Eggs Kreider Farms Thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP
IND HEMP’s Ken Elliott: An Unlikely Environmental Crusader Ken Elliott is a conservative Christian business owner who believes that climate change is the biggest threat to life on God’s green Earth, and he intends to do something about it. According to Elliott, plain old greed and media-driven political divisiveness are responsible for the environmental crisis and our inability to do anything about it. But he’s optimistic that there are good people — smart people — on both sides of the political spectrum who can look past politics to save the world. He’s put his money where his mouth is by founding IND HEMP, a Montana-based hemp fiber and oil seed company that's working with farmers in the American West to develop the  processing infrastructure, build the supply chain, and expand the markets for industrial hemp. Elliott believes in the carbon sequestering potential of industrial hemp but knows that nothing is possible without our American farmers. In this in-depth podcast interview he talks about his work with oil companies to clean up Superfund sites, which led him to consider hemp for soil remediation and ultimately to starting IND HEMP. This conversation covers farming, science, politics, regenerative ag, morality, religion, and how maybe Al Gore was the wrong person to be the messenger on climate. IND HEMP is a sponsor of Lancaster Farming’s Industrial Hemp Podcast.
Hemp OpenSpace Brings Hemp Industry Together December 8 On this week’s podcast we talk to hemp pioneer Eric Steenstra about the upcoming Hemp Openspace event to be held virtually on December 8, 2021. Hemp Openspace offers hemp entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, and industry leaders the chance to collaborate and work on the issues that will move the industry forward. Steenstra has been active in the hemp space for nearly 30 years, first as an entrepreneur in the hemp textile arena, then as co-founder of VoteHemp, a group that was instrumental in getting hemp into the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills. We talk to Streenstra about what attendees can expect from the Hemp Openspace event, plus we hear about his nearly 3 decades as a hemp advocate, and where the industry is heading in 2022. Register for Hemp Openspace, December 8, 2021 Use the Discount Code VOTEHEMP1208 to save $15 on registration fee VoteHemp Thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP Read a transcript of this episode:
rePlant Hemp to invest $500M to Build Hemp Supply Chain On the hemp podcast this week, hemp industry advocate Geoff Whaling returns to the show to talk about his latest endeavor to inject much needed capital into the hemp space to build out the supply chain, develop processing capacity and develop markets. How does one go about raising $500 million? How will that money be used to develop the industry? How does this venture differ from the Collect Growth’s special purpose acquisition fund? And how can you get in on the action? All those questions are answered on today’s show, plus we talk about hot topics in the hemp space, including what we can look forward to in the 2022 Farm Bill. rePlant Hemp Impact Fund News Nuggets KY Hemp applications open for 2022 Kentucky’s Hemp Program Hemp, CBD businesses look to alternatives as delta-8′s legal future remains uncertain Hemp OpenSpace December 8, 2021 Special thanks to our sponsors: JBT, cannabis banking specialists IND HEMP
Texas Hemp Start-up: Delta Ag This week on the hemp podcast we talk to George Overbey and Nick Strawn, executives from the Texas-based hemp start-up Delta Ag, who tell us about hemp in the Lone Star State. In 2021 the company contracted ten thousand acres of hemp in Texas, Colorado and Kentucky. While most hemp companies will usually pick which side of the industry they want to play in — grain and fiber or cannabinoids — Delta has taken a unique approach by planting what they call tri-crop varieties which allow them to harvest fiber and grain for industrial and food purposes and also flower for the CBD market. Overbey and Strawn describe how their previous work in the oil and gas industry has set them up for success in hemp. They talk about Delta Ag’s processing facilities, how they structure their contracts and payments to farmers, and their commitment to regenerative ag practices. Delta Ag News Nuggets The Importance of Yeast and Mold Testing in the Hemp Industry Could hemp be the next dietary hit? Idaho begins accepting applications for hemp production Idaho State Department of Agriculture Hemp Program Can industrial hemp become a sustainable building material? These private investors think so Thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP
GrowDoc: Cannabis Diagnostic App On this week’s podcast, Lancaster Farming talks to Daniel Lirette, founder and CEO of GrowDoc, a Canadian maker of an app that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to diagnose issues with cannabis plants, such as disease, pests, and nutrient deficiencies. Lirette discusses how and why he started the company and built the app. He also shares his thoughts on the US hemp and cannabis industry from his perspective in Canada, where cannabis has been legal across the board federally since 2017. GrowDoc New Nuggets Pa. Department of Agriculture: Now accepting 2022 hemp growing permits NASS's Hemp Survey Dispensaries scramble to adjust to unanticipated CBD ban Pennsylvania Hemp Summit Hemp at Mount Vernon Special thanks to our sponsors: JBT IND HEMP
Hempstone Found in Mill Creek! On this week’s podcast, we take a trip to the Mill Creek in rural Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania., where the Zook family just pulled an old millstone out of the creek. But it wasn’t just any old millstone — it was a hempstone. On this episode, we find out what a hempstone is, why it was in the creek, and how the Zooks managed to get it out of the creekbed where it’s sat undisturbed for nearly 2 centuries. Plus, hemp historian Les Stark shares his expert perspective on the stone, how much it weighs and why he thinks it’s older than some other hemp stones he’s found. Hempstone Heritage, by Les Stark Thanks to our Sponsor IND HEMP
Hempitecture's Mattie Mead, Sustainable Building Materials Pioneer On this episode of the Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast, we talk to Mattie Mead, founder and CEO of Hempitecture, a company based in Idaho that makes bio-based building materials designed to replace conventional, toxic building materials. The company started off building hempcrete structures, but has pivoted to become a manufacturer of HempWool, a replacement for fiberglass insulation. We talk about how and why Mead founded Hempitecture, from the early days of cast in place hempcrete building to developing sustainable products to replace toxic materials in the construction space. Hempitecture Hempitecture on Facebook Hempitecture on Instagram
Cannabis Banking in Pennsylvania Being a hemp farmer has many challenges — from sourcing good genetics to soil conditions, insect pressure, weed pressure, finding enough people to help your harvest. The list goes on and on. And as most people in the hemp industry know, one of the primary challenges is finding reliable financial and banking services. The murky federal status of the cannabis plant and lack of clear regulation on cannabis banking has left many folks in the hemp industry frustrated and sometimes without the ability to secure loans, make deposits, or utilize other standard financial services. On this episode of the Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast, we talk to Ashley Hess from Jonestown Bank & Trust. She is a certified cannabis banking professional, and she gives good advice on how to navigate the tricky waters of cannabis banking. On this episode, we also talk to Kelly Kundratic from Team PA about the upcoming 2021 Pennsylvania Hemp Summit. Jonestown Bank & Trust Register for the 2021 Pennsylvania Hemp Summit Thanks to our Sponsor IND HEMP
A Unified Voice: NHA's Standing Committee of Hemp Organizations On the Hemp Podcast this week we talk to Geoff Whaling, chair of the National Hemp Association about the recent creation of the Standing Committee of Hemp Organizations which will give the hemp industry a stronger, more unified voice in Washington. The standing committee intends to work with the Biden administration on climate initiatives and hopes to get a $1 billion amendment into the infrastructure bill to help develop the hemp industry and build supply chains. We will also talk to Cameron McIntosh and Eric Titus White about the second annual Hempcrete Week, the upcoming three day, hands-on Hempcrete workshop. National Hemp Association's Standing Committee of Hemp Organizations NHA's Message to Joe Biden Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo Hempcrete Week 2021 The Hempstead Americhanvre Cast Hemp Thanks to our Sponsor IND HEMP in Montana!
What is the National Hemp Growers Coop? On this special weekend edition of the Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast, we talk to Nick Walters from the National Hemp Growers Coop. Walters talks about the unique structure of the coop and how it differs from other agricultural cooperatives, and why those differences matter. The focus of the coop is fiber and grain and promises to help growers from seed to sale. National Hemp Growers Cooperative Phone: (601) 301-5550 Thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP
Orphan Wells, Carbon Credits, Climate Change & Industrial Hemp On this week’s hemp podcast we explore the intersection of the gas and oil industries with the hemp industry and how hemp can provide an opportunity for Big Oil to take responsibility for the over 3 million abandoned oil and gas wells that dot the American landscape. Our guest is Mark Mersman from Offset Energy Partners who talks about The Well Done Foundation’s effort to plug leaky wells to fight climate change. We also talk about carbon credits and how they might persuade the oil and gas industry to do the right thing. “The credit markets are very eager to have projects that are eliminating emissions and if we can sequester methane gas or avoid emitting methane gas by plugging the well, there's a real value to that,” Mersman said. The Well Done Foundation Offset Energy Partners News Nuggets Oregon’s ‘Operation Table Rock’ busts hemp operators growing marijuana New federal rules get tighter on local hemp farmers Czech hemp in vanguard as president signs law re-setting THC limit Pennsylvania Hemp Events Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival October 2-3 Canna-Hemp Festival, October 9
A Call to Action for the Hemp Grain Industry On this special edition of the Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast, we talk to Ben Raymond, head of research and development at Victory Hemp Hoods in Kentucky. He wants to let the grain side of the hemp industry know that the comment period for The Food Chemicals Codex monographs for hemp as a food ingredient is closing at the end of this month and it’s important that these monographs accurately reflect hemp as a food ingredient. The better the information contained in these ingredient monographs the more legitimate hemp becomes as a food ingredient, so it behooves the hemp industry to make sure these monographs are on point. View the proposed monograph along with Ben’s proposed changes Go to the FCC’s website and publish your comments. The deadline is September 30, 2021 Here is some background information Ben provided to Lancaster Farming: Who is the FCC? The food chemicals codex (FCC) is a compendium of internationally recognized standards for the identity, purity, and quality of food ingredients. It features over 1,200 monographs, including food-grade chemicals, processing aids, food ingredients (such as vegetable oils, fructose, whey, and amino acids), flavoring agents, vitamins, and other functional food ingredients. Why should your company care? Food production, from farm to fork, is a long complicated and ever more globalized process. Potential vulnerabilities that may affect the integrity of food ingredients are increasingly scrutinized by regulators, retailers, and consumers. The FCC serves two key roles in this area: 1. Helping to limit the introduction of potential problems at the ingredient level, and 2. Serving as a widely acknowledged quality benchmark in the global marketplace for food ingredients. FCC standards are recognized around the world by regulatory agencies, food processors, and ingredient suppliers as the basis for defining food-grade Ingredients. FCC has promulgated draft monographs that encompass hemp seed protein and hemp seed oil. FCC monographs set standards for ingredient identification methods, limits on impurities, and product specific tests such as percent moisture, protein, or in the case of hemp ingredients, limits on CBD and THC content. FCC monographs are not state or federal regulations and compliance is entirely voluntary. However it is common that food and beverage ingredients and additives are sold as f c c grade and some manufacturers will set internal purchasing and QA standards based on FCC monographs. It is in the hemp Industries best interest to guide FCC monograph creation to standards that are logical, don’t impose undo testing burdens, and do not limit innovation.
Innovation, Creating Value & Identifying Opportunity On this week’s podcast we talk to Jason Crook, entrepreneur, marketing expert, and professor at Jefferson University in Philadelphia where he teaches a core curriculum coarse called Finding & Shaping Opportunity. He’s not in the hemp industry at all, but his ideas around innovation, market disruption, brainstorming, creating value for customers and identifying unique business opportunities should be very instructive and inspiring for the people in the hemp space who are trying to get this industry off the ground. Since 2003, Crook has been the proprietor of an award-winning retail and eCommerce business and has also served as principal at his own marketing communications and research consultancy. His field expertise spans a variety of industries including retail, pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods, banking/finance, and technology. He is well known for his talents in new product launches, brand strategy, and promotional concept development. Jason has been a faculty member in Jefferson’s Kanbar College of DEC since 2001. He is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor, Coordinator of the college’s DEC Core course in Finding & Shaping Opportunity, and the Coordinator of External Programs in the School of Business. Prior to his entrepreneurial and academic endeavors, Jason served as Director of Marketing Research at a Philadelphia-based national advertising agency and Director of Corporate Branding for a pharmaceutical marketing organization. In 2006, Jason was granted a US patent as the co-inventor of a “Method and System for Analyzing Effectiveness of Marketing Strategies.” Thomas Jefferson University’s Kanbar College of Design Engineering & Commerce Thanks to our Sponsor IND HEMP
Bish Enterprises FiberCut 4-15 On the show this week, we talk to Andrew Bish from Bish Enterprises and Hemp Harvest Works in Nebraska about their new hemp harvester, the FiberCut 4-15. It's a 15 foot multi-height sickle bar mower, capable of cutting hemp stalks into various lengths, which will help with retting, baling, and decortication. We also talk to Gary Sikes, a hemp grower from North Carolina, on whose farm Bish demonstrated the effectiveness of the new multi-height harvester. Sikes had several acres of fiber hemp, some of which was over 10 foot tall. Also this week, we add a new segment called Profiles in Hemp. This week we talk to Trey Riddle, chief strategy officer at IND HEMP in Montana. Check out the Bish Enterprises FiberCut 4-15 in action   Hemp Harvest Works Bish Enterprises IND HEMP
Southern Hemp Expo 2021 This week on the podcast, host Eric Hurlock travels to Raleigh, North Carolina, for the third annual Southern Hemp Expo, where he catches up with Morris Beegle, founder of WAFBA (We Are For Better Alternatives), the company that produces The Southern Hemp Expo and the NoCo Hemp Expo in Colorado, the largest hemp conferences in the country. Eric also talks to Hunter Buffington, executive director of the Hemp Feed Coalition, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to gain federal approval for hemp as a livestock feed, which would open up new markets for hemp growers and give livestock producers a new source of food for their animals. Links Hemp Feed Coalition WAFBA Southern Hemp Expo VIDEO: Andrew Bish from Hemp Harvest Works and the Multi-Height Hemp Harvester AUDIO: Panel Discussion about Carbon Credits from the Southern Hemp Expo News Nuggets Society of Cannabis Clinicians Consensus on Delta-8 THC Hemp Maze Minnesota Is Almost Surely One-Of-A-Kind Wisconsin hemp program to transition to federal agency next year Steve Groff’s Pennsylvania Hemp Maze Thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP
Morgan Elliott, Co-Founder and COO at IND HEMP This week on the industrial hemp podcast we talk to Morgan Elliott, co-founder and chief operating officer at IND HEMP in Fort Benton, Montana, where they are building a massive hemp industrial complex to process the grain and fiber being grown by Montana farmers. We talk about her role at the company that she founded with her family, the leadership role IND HEMP has taken in the industry, the potential of the US hemp market and what that could mean for farmers. "There's such a big pie in the sky of opportunity if we're talking acres," says Elliott. "Just five percent of the United States' commodity market — so mostly going to corn and soy — if we had just five percent of that, it's like 8 million acres. It's huge." IND HEMP Take a tour of IND HEMP's new fiber processing plant in Montana Hemp Acreage and Production Survey Southern Hemp Expo Takes Place In Raleigh This Week Rebuilding Haiti with bamboo and hemp Hemp Research Field Walk, September 16
Pennsylvania's First Hemp Maze On this week's podcast, we talk to Lancaster County farmer Steve Groff about his new one-of-a-kind Hemp Maze at Cedar Meadow farm in Holtwood, Pennsylvania. Education, education, education. “That’s really what’s behind the maze,” Groff said. “We have all this lack of education from the general public." They just don’t know the various beneficial uses of hemp. “Consumers need to be aware of it, so they can begin to ask for it,” Groff said. “With all these hundreds if not thousands of products that could be made with hemp — a renewable resource, by the way, and one that farmers could benefit from if we can get this infrastructure up and running.” The maze was designed and implemented by the York County-based company Maize Quest, and after the interview with Steve Groff, we'll hear from Maize Quest's master of mazes, Hugh McPherson. Cedar Meadow Farm Get your Hemp Maze Tickets here: Maize Quest News Nuggets Texas ban on smokable hemp tossed, opening potential $400 million market Hawaii bans smokable hemp, CBD drinks and gummies PA Hemp Summit Southern Hemp Expo Thanks to our Sponsor IND HEMP in Fort Benton, Montana
National Hemp Tour: Project PA Hemp Home Podcast episode 152 This is the final episode from Lancaster Farming's National Hemp Tour. Hemp podcast host Eric Hurlock visits with the folks from DON Enterprises to check out the hempcrete home under construction there. He talks to Don Enterprise's VP of development, Lori Daytner, hemp farmer Herm Cvetan, DON founder and president Chris Lloyd, chief counsel Philip Berezniak, and New Castle mayor Chris Frye. DON Enterprise Project PA Hemp Home Thanks to our sponsors: IND HEMP Rosedowns Desmet Ballestra New Holland Agriculture National Hemp Association Americhanvre Cast-Hemp Victory Hemp Foods King's AgriSeeds
National Hemp Tour: Lincoln, Nebraska National Hemp Tour: Lincoln, Nebraska Our next stop on the hemp tour is in Lincoln Nebraska where the folks at the University of Nebraska Lincoln hosted a small hemp seed oil pressing demonstration on August 3, 2021. This episode features interviews with Loren Isom, Assistant Director, Industrial Agricultural Products Center at UNL, Robert Byrnes from tour sponsor Rosedowns North America, professor of hemp breeding and genetics at UNL Dr. Ismail Dweikat, and Andrew Bish from Bish Enterprises, Hemp Harvest Works and the Hemp Feed Coalition.   Industrial Agricultural Products Center at UNL Rosedowns North America/ Desmet Ballestra Hemp Harvest Works Bish Enterprise Hemp Feed Coalition Thanks to our sponsors: IND HEMP New Holland Agriculture National Hemp Association Victory Hemp Foods King's AgriSeeds
National Hemp Tour: South Dakota On this episode we make two stops in South Dakota. First to Rapid City where Jeremy Briggs is constructing the world's first recording studio and music venue made from hempcrete. The second stop is in eastern South Dakota where we caught up with Derrick Dohmann from Horizon Hemp Seeds in a 140 acre field of hemp.
National Hemp Tour: IND HEMP, Fort Benton, Montana The podcast rolled into Fort Benton, Montana, for a meeting of fiber and grain industry folks who got together to talk about the industry and challenges and opportunities facing the industry. This episode is a recap of the day's events.
National Hemp Tour: Hempcrete & Fiber Trails near the Umatilla Indian Reservation The next stop on the tour is to an old sawmill near Adams, Oregon, where John Green and Marissa Baumgartner are milling the wood for a timber-frame hempcrete house and growing a few acres of fiber hemp on the edge of Marissa's family's ancestral lands of the Umatilla people. Hemp is currently illegal to grow on the reservation, but Marissa and John are hoping to show the tribal elders the positive potential of industrial hemp. Thanks to our sponsors Thanks to our sponsors: IND HEMP New Holland Agriculture National Hemp Association Rosedowns Desmet Ballestra Victory Hemp Foods King's AgriSeeds
National Hemp Tour: Queen of Hearts Hemp & Hemp Northwest The next stop on Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast's National Hemp Tour is in The Dalles, Oregon, where Tonia Farman owns and operates Queen of Hearts Hemp, an Oregon craft producer of superfood products containing hemp, and where she and her husband Gregg Gnecco operate Hemp Northwest, a hemp seed processor. We talk to Tonia and Gregg about the building their businesses, growing supply chains, and the potential of hemp. Queen of Hearts Hemp Northwest Thanks to our sponsors: IND HEMP Rosedowns Desmet Ballestra New Holland Agriculture National Hemp Association Victory Hemp Foods King's AgriSeeds
National Hemp Tour: Formation Ag in Monte Vista, Colorado The road trip continues.... On this episode, we visit with Corbett Hefner and Randy Wright at the Formation Ag shop shop in Monte Vista, Colorado, where they design and build the machines the industry needs to process hemp fiber and hurd. Formation Ag Thanks to our sponsors: IND HEMP New Holland Agriculture National Hemp Association Victory Hemp Foods King's AgriSeeds
National Hemp Tour: Silver Mountain Hemp Guitars On the next stop of the hemp tour, we stop in to see Morris Beegle in Fort Collins, Co. He is the founder of the NoCo Hemp Expo, as well as a bunch of other hemp product businesses, including Silver Mountain Hemp Guitars.
National Hemp Tour: New West Genetics On this episode from our National Hemp Tour, we visit with Wendy Mosh, president and CEO of New West Genetics, in Fort Collins, Colorado. New West Genetics specializes in hemp genetics, breeding, and agribusiness, and their mission is to make sustainable, large-scale production of hemp fiber and grain a reality.
National Hemp Tour: South Bend Industrial Hemp The third stop on our National Hemp Tour was at South Bend Industrial Hemp in South Bend, Kansas, where Melissa, Aaron and Rich Baldwin hosted an open house on Friday, July 9. The Hurlock Family rolled in fashionably late to find a wonderful group of hemp farmers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts all gathered together to learn and share and enjoy each other's company on a warm Kansas evening. On this episode we talk with the South Bend Baldwins about their hemp operation and their new Formation Ag decorticator. South Bend Industrial Hemp Listen to South Bend Industrial Hemp's radio show here. Thanks to our Sponsors: New Holland Agriculture National Hemp Association IND HEMP Rosedowns King’s Agriseeds Terradon Hemp Americhanvre Cast Hemp Victory Hemp Foods Bish Enterprises & Hemp Harvest Works
National Hemp Tour: Victory Hemp Foods, Carrolton, Kentucky This is episode 142, published from the road on July 8, 2021. On July 6, I stopped in at the Victory Hemp Foods plant in Carrolton, Kentucky to talk to Chad Rosen, founder and CEO of Victory. Victory Hemp Foods - American Grown, Non-GMO Hemp Ingredients Thanks to our sponsor: IND HEMP
National Hemp Tour: HempWood and Murray State University This is our first episode from the road. I talked to HempWood founder and CEO Greg Wilson, Dr. Tony Brannon from Murray State University, and Tommy Copeland, operations manager at HempWood.   HempWood - A Wood Substitute Made from Hemp Fibers Murray State University Center for Agricultural Hemp Thanks to our sponsors: IND HEMP New Holland Agriculture National Hemp Association King's AgriSeeds
Hemp Tour Send Off Party The big send off for the Lancaster Farming National Hemp Tour was Monday June 28, with Erica Stark and Geoff Whaling from the National Hemp Association, Dr. Alyssa Collins from Penn State, Mark Lowery from New Holland Agriculture and Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. This episode is the audio from the panel discussion at the event. Thanks to everybody: New Holland Agriculture National Hemp Association IND HEMP Rosedowns King’s Agriseeds Terradon Hemp Americhanvre Cast Hemp Special thanks to Dr. Alyssa Collins at the Penn State's Southeastern Agricultural Research and Extension Center for hosting our event and making it awesome!
Committed to Hemp, part two: Rosedowns, King’s Agriseeds, Terradon Hemp & Americhanvre Cast-Hemp In part two of our sponsorship sunshine episode we talk to Robert Byrnes from Rosedowns, Taylor Fritz from King’s Agriseeds, Michael Kealey from Terradon Hemp, and Cameron McIntosh from Americhanvre Cast Hemp. These organizations have sponsored Lancaster Farming’s National Hemp Tour. Eric Hurlock is taking the show on the road this summer, reporting from various stops along the industrial hemp value chain, focusing on fiber and grain hemp operations. In this episode we hear about the work these companies are doing in the hemp space, their commitment to agriculture and the success of farmers. We are very grateful for the work they are doing, and also very grateful for their support of our summer hemp road trip. Rosedowns King’s Agriseeds Terradon Hemp Americhanvre Cast Hemp Pre-register for our National Hemp Tour Kickoff Event at Penn State’s Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center in Manheim, PA, on Monday, June 28, 2021 from 330 to 5 pm.
Committed to Hemp, part one: New Holland Ag, National Hemp Association, IND HEMP This is part one of a two-part series. In part one, we talk to Jon Hundley and Brad Wenger from New Holland Agriculture, Erica Stark from the National Hemp Association, and Ken Elliot from IND HEMP. These three organizations have sponsored Lancaster Farming’s National Hemp Tour. Eric Hurlock is taking the show on the road this summer, reporting from various stops along the industrial hemp value chain, focusing on fiber and grain hemp operations. In this episode we hear about the work these companies are doing in the hemp space, their commitment to agriculture and the success of farmers. We are very grateful for the work they are doing, and also very grateful for their support of our summer hemp road trip. New Holland Agriculture National Hemp Association IND HEMP Pre-register for our National Hemp Tour Kickoff Event at Penn State’s Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center in Manheim, PA, on Monday, June 28, 2021 from 330 to 5 pm.
Hemp Tour Kick Off Event & Mysterious Letters from Ag Department On this week's show, Eric invites listeners to the Hemp Tour Kick Off taking place on Monday, June 28, 2021, 3:30 to 5 p.m., at the Penn State Research Farm in Manheim, Lancaster County. Speakers to include PA Ag Secretary Russell Redding, folks from the National Hemp Association, New Holland Ag, and more. Preregister for the event here: Eric also gives a big shout out to the sponsors of the tour and people who are supporting the tour through IndieGoGo: Plus, why is the PA Department of Ag sending cease & desist letters to hemp producers? Special Thanks to: IND HEMP New Holland Ag National Hemp Association Desmet Ballestra Americhanvre Cast-Hemp Terradon Hemp
Encore Presentation: Bruce Dietzen & How Farmers Save the World Farmers can and will save the world, according to Bruce Michael Dietzen, founder of Carbon Negative Technology and Renew Sports Cars. The prototype of his sports car made from industrial hemp was featured on an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. Bruce is tired of talking about the problem of climate change and instead wants to shift the conversation to the solutions for climate change, including a bold strategy for producing nearly everything we use out of plant material. That’s where farmers come in. Give a listen. Renew Sports Cars   Thanks to IND HEMP Thanks to Bish Enterprises and Hemp Harvest Works Sign Up for our Hemp Newsletter: Listen to the episode with Bruce Deitzen and Dan Herer talking about the new edition of the Emperor Wears No Clothes Buy the book here:
Encore Presentation: Dr. Ron Kander on Integrating Hemp into Consumer and Industrial Products This is an encore presentation of an episode that was originally on July 10, 2019. According to Dr. Ron Kander, materials engineering professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, the way to ramp up the hemp industry is to start small. “You have to find some high-value, low-volume products that can use hemp as a biomass so that you can start developing processes that then let you put that material into consumer products and industrial products and show a value chain, and then that will allow you to grow volume and look at larger applications down the line,” Kander explains in the week's episode of the Industrial Hemp Podcast. We talk supply chains, carbon negative technology and the fascinating hemp research his students are conducting at Thomas Jefferson. Lancaster Farming Support our National Hemp Tour Learn more about Jefferson University Check out Bish Enterprises and Hemp Harvest Works Special thanks to IND HEMP
Mystery Guest This week, Lancaster Farming talks to someone in the hemp industry — He’s not a farmer or a processor. He’s not an inventor or a scientist. But he has a unique perspective on the industry. He’s a journalist about to go on an epic road trip, visiting with hemp farmers and entrepreneurs across the county to help tell the story of hemp in America in 2021. Who is it? Listen and find out. News Nuggets New York latest to ban delta-8 THC, modifies ban on smokable hemp flower Mississippi Hemp Association Launches Program to Help Farmers Succeed A New Kit Home Made From Hemp Blocks Starts at $27K Help support Lancaster Farming's National Hemp Tour Thank you to our sponsor IND HEMP
Triploid Hemp, another Game-Changer from Oregon CBD Seth Crawford, co-founder of Oregon CBD, is Lancaster Farming’s guest on this week’s Industrial Hemp Podcast. The hemp seed production and breeding company has just made triploid hemp commercially available. In plant breeding, triploids are not new. It’s a technique that lets breeders create seedless varieties of plants that cannot be pollinated — think seedless watermelons and seedless grapes. But in hemp, a seedless variety that cannot be pollinated is a game-changer. The implications for the industry are vast, according to Crawford. “Being able to have grain production and have cannabinoid production and have fiber production requires that you don’t have cross-pollination or contamination,” he said. “And there wasn’t really a way of ensuring that until we were able to put these triploids out. So now you can truly have multiple use crops and be able to plant them really close to each other without having any negative impact.”   Oregon CBD News Nuggets Arizona CBD maker fined $30,000 for deceptive marketing Kansas' first industrial hemp fiber processing facility opens in Great Bend South Bend Industrial Hemp Hemp burgers coming to national retailers like Target and Wholefoods Colorado's Letter to Hemp Stakeholders Concerning Delta 8 Thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP
What to Expect from a Hemp Extractor On this week’s hemp podcast we talk to Jonathon John, lab manager at Choice Extraction Inc. in Washington, Pennsylvania, where they focus on extraction and refinement of cannabinoid hemp. John talks about the extraction process and what farmers should expect from an extraction company – what’s involved in the process, what questions should farmers be asking, what kind of output can you expect from your biomass. “When somebody comes to us as a farmer, we want to make sure that they understand the complete process of what is going to happen to their biomass,” John said in the interview. According to John, a reputable extraction facility should focus on transparency and will have a quality system that weighs and tracks a customer’s biomass throughout the entire process. Choice Extraction Inc News Nuggets The U.S. Hemp Market Landscape: Cannabinoids, Grain & Fiber Minnesota’s Revised Hemp Plan Approved By The USDA Zimbabwe: Industrial Hemp Production Set for a Boom Top political aide to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller arrested in alleged scheme to take money in exchange for hemp licenses The Top 3 CBD-Friendly States in the U.S. High Mowing Organic Seeds' Hemp Mix Cover Crop Alaska Senate Passes Bill Allowing for Permanent Industrial Hemp Program USDA Using Hemp Oil to Make ‘Cosmeceuticals’ Thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP
Humanity’s Long History with Hemp This week’s main guest is freelance writer Janet Burns, whose article How Cannabis Coevolved with Humanity and Could Save It Now was published on last year. She writes about humanity’s long history with the cannabis plant, from the tectonic shift of the Tibetan Plain to the early days of agriculture through modern times, showing how the cannabis plant has influenced our biology, religion and culture throughout the ages. In the interview, she talks about her research for this article and speculates that if more people knew about the intertwined history of cannabis and humanity, perhaps there would be more acceptance and less stigma. Read: How Cannabis Coevolved With Humanity, And Could Save It Now at We also talk to hempcrete builder Cameron McIntosh about the work he’s doing with DON Services in New Castle, Pa., where they’ve completed the initial phase of a hempcrete installation at a two story residential home. The project is called Project Hemp Home and was funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. McIntosh says the point of the project is to demonstrate for the farming community around New Castle “that there is actually an outlet for fiber industrial hemp in Pennsylvania. And this is what it looks like.” Learn more about: Janet Burns, writer Americhanvre Cast-Hemp DON Services   News Nuggets More states banning delta-8 THC as regulators clarify its legality under federal law State clears way for more than 70K acres of cannabis, hemp production DON demonstrates hemp use in local home rehab Special thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP in Montana
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s 2021 Hemp Program & CSQI Brings Accountability to Hemp Industry The first guest on the hemp podcast this week is Fred Strathmeyer, deputy secretary of plant industry at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture where he oversees the state’s industrial hemp program. Strathmeyer said the application period for a hemp permits closed in early April and the state has issued 417 grower permits and 60 processor permits, down just slightly from last year. The state hemp program remains similar to last year’s program, the main difference being the extension of the time to harvest, which increased from 15 days to 30 days, per the USDA’s Final Rule that went into effect on March 22, 2021. Strathmeyer reviews some interesting hemp projects his department has funded through various grant programs, including a recently unveiled DIY hemp cabin kit developed by COEXIST Build in Berks County. Then we talk to Cynthia Petrone Hudock and Garrett Hall from CSQI – Cannabis Services Quality Index – a new company that promises to bring transparency and accountability to the hemp supply chain and will take much of the guess work out of finding reliable vendors and processors. They liken the new business to Consumer Reports, but for businesses along the hemp supply chain. Pennsylvania Department of Ag's hemp program CSQI's survey links Grower Survey: Vendor Survey:     News Nuggets States Begin Implementing Delta-8 THC Bans Wrangler Parent Expands Hemp Collab With Panda Biotech   Thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP
Pennsylvania Hemp, Cover Crops, HempTrain, & MMJ This week’s podcast is the Steve Groff episode. Not only do we talk to cover crop pioneer Steve Groff from Cedar Meadow Farm in Holtwood, Lancaster County, where he’s growing hemp and launching a brand of CBD products for people and pets, but we also check back in with Dr. Steve Groff from Groff North America and Wyndridge Farm in York County. Farmer Steve Groff explains how he is prepping his fields for this year’s growing season, what kinds of cover crops work best for hemp production, and what it's been like to launch his own line of CBD products. And then Dr. Steve Groff gives us an update on the HempTrain processing machine – the first of it’s kind in the US – and how they’ve moved the machine to Belleville, Pennsylvania, where they are working with a company called MKB that specializes in handling biomass. Groff also talks about his work in cannabinoid therapy and medical marijuana. Plus hemp news nuggets and a few more details about the upcoming Lancaster Farming Hemp road Trip planned for this summer. Links! Cover Crop Coach Steve Groff Groff North America Groff Health Wyndridge Farm New Nuggets Idaho Gov. signs bill allowing growing, transport of hemp ‘Hemp train’ leaves Fresno for Denver, first legal railroad shipment to cross state lines in 84 years Paid to grow hemp? Biden’s proposed carbon bank has industry intrigued Penn State Extension Hemp Webinar, May 17;i=gN97GFqXd06dIRnzZu2dBQ Thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP Hemp Feed Coalition
Hemp Farmers Eligible for R&D Tax Credit On this week’s hemp podcast, we talk to David De Vore, R&D technical consultant with Leyton, an international funding innovation consulting firm that specializes in working with hemp farmers to take advantage of R&D tax credits offered by the IRS. According to De Vore, the tax credit offsets income tax liability directly, dollar for dollar, but the amount of tax credit available for farmers depends on how much a given company is spending on research and development. “I’ve seen credits of twenty thousand dollars, all the way up to millions of dollars, just depending on how large the farm is or how innovative they are,” De Vore said in the interview. What sorts of activities count as R&D? “If you’re innovative, if you’re testing new strains, new growing or irrigation techniques, you can qualify for this credit and it can directly offset taxable income, De Vore said. “And there’s actually another incentive that offsets payroll liability.” De Vore said that many farmers are already meeting the requirements for this tax credit, but either don’t know about the tax credit or didn’t realize they were eligible. Leyton News Nuggets U.S. Hemp Roundtable Seeks Amendment to Remove In-State Manufacturing Requirement from New Hampshire CBD Bill California backs off narrower THC testing window US EPA grants $100,000 to support Washington hemp bricks manufacturer Montana Passes Bill Advancing Hemp Seed as Animal Feed New Hemp Production Class To Teach Students About Cannabis Industry, Economics, & More Hemp Legalization in Idaho Nears the ‘End Zone’ Special Thanks to our Sponsor IND HEMP
Why is Banking so Difficult for Hemp Farmers? Hemp farmers have had a notoriously hard time when it comes to finding reliable financial services. Many hemp farmers can share stories of being dropped from a bank with very little notice when their bank got skittish about hemp. The reason for this, says West Town Banks executive vice president and chief operating officer Melissa Marsal, is that bank regulators see hemp overall as high risk business, and therefore hemp companies get lumped together with other so-called high risk businesses like private ATMs, internet gambling and alcohol and tobacco. Banks are required to perform extra due diligence when getting to know potential customers in these risky sectors, and many banks just don’t see the value in the extra work and have simply turned away from the hemp industry. The banking and hemp industries are patiently waiting for the SAFE Banking Act to pass Congress, which would make it a whole lot easier for everyone involved. In this interview, Marsal talks about her experience working with hemp farmers and the things hemp farmers have had to resort to in lieu of reliable banking. She talks about what hemp farmers need to consider when looking for a bank, and what kinds of questions they should be prepared to answer when they’re in discussions with a bank. West Town Bank News Nuggets Study: No evidence of liver toxicity from use of CBD from hemp U.S. Hemp Seed Production Increasing Far fewer Wisconsin hemp licenses have been issued, so far Alabama Senate to consider amendment potentially harmful to Alabama hemp industry Sen. Rand Paul Reintroduces HEMP Act to Congress New York marijuana law makes sweeping changes to hemp rules, too Program aims to increase hemp awareness Anything but CBD - The Real Opportunity in Hemp Making Hemp Milk Is Easier Than You Think Hops and Hemp About That “Skunky” Cannabis Smell Podcast Archives Interview with DON Services https://www.
Dr. Joyce Harman on the Benefits of Hemp in Equine Health On this week’s podcast, we talk to Dr. Joyce Harman, a veterinarian practicing in Flint Hill, Virginia, who specializes in equine health. Dr. Harman has been using hemp as a supplement in horses’ diets for nearly 30 years. She began adding hemp seed oil to horses’ diets in the 1990s. She says that the high omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients in hemp oil are extremely beneficial to the health of horses, especially for skin diseases and immune issues. Now that hemp is legal to produce in the United States, Harman is able to source hemp domestically, and now besides hemp oil, she’s able to supplement horses’ diets with hemp seed too. She is also a proponent of using CBD for equine health, especially in treating horses with PTSD.   We also talk to Scott Bille from Sustainability Now, a group that is petitioning the organizers of Farm Aid to focus on Industrial Hemp at this year’s benefit concert. Harmony Equine Clinic Demystifying Hemp and CBD in Horse, By Dr. Joyce Harman Farm Aid should focus on Industrial Hemp, right? Sign the petition: Listen to the Sustainability Now podcast Thanks to our Sponsor: IND HEMP
COEXIST Build: a Sustainable Future With Hemp Construction Materials COEXIST Build is a design firm owned and operated by wife and husband team Anastasiya Konopatskaya and Drew Oberholtzer whose focus is on designing healthy, environmentally friendly buildings and supplying the industry with healthy building materials, such as hempcrete blocks and hemp batt insulation. We first interviewed Ana and Drew in 2019 when they had teamed up with Cameron McIntosh of Americhanvre Hemp Cast to create the Hemp House on Wheels, a small hempcrete structure built on a double-axle trailer that they’ve taken to hemp shows and architecture conferences around the country in order to showcase the benefits of building with hemp and to give people a chance to experience the feeling of being inside a hemp structure firsthand. Since 2019 the couple have been busy expanding their business. They have developed and sell a pre-cast block made of hempcrete and are the US distributor of Hemp Blanket Batt Insulation, a replacement for fiberglass insulation made in Canada. On this episode, they unveil their latest offering: a backyard cabin/home office kit called the Traveler. It’s a 140 square foot DIY kit made from environmentally-friendly materials including hempcrete. Learn More: COEXIST BUILD Email Dr. Ron Kander about the PA Hemp Steering Committee Nuggets of Hemp News Hemp enters its second season in Wyoming,30287 It's completely legal, but still the hemp industry has trouble finding banks — here's why Thanks to our sponsors! King's Agriseeds IND HEMP
Hemp in Ireland & Delta-8 THC in the U.S. On this week’s show, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we learn about the hemp industry in Ireland from Chris Allen, the executive director of Hemp Federation Ireland, who says that the hemp industry and supply chain are well established on the Emerald Isle, but that recent policy decisions by the Irish government have made things very difficult for farmers to make a living. She said the agency that oversees the hemp industry seems keen on letting the powerful pharmaceutical industry take over the CBD sector, allowing farmers only to grow fiber crops. We also talk to Jonathan Miller, chief council at the US Hemp Roundtable, about the recent influx of delta-8 THC products, which appear to have nearly the same psychoactive effect as marijuana. He says that marketing hemp as having any kind of mind-altering effect is bad news for the overall hemp industry, which has done extensive work in separating itself from the marijuana industry. And we also hear from Hannah Smith-Brubaker from Pasa Sustainable Agriculture about an upcoming hemp information session on March 26. Links Hemp Federation Ireland US Hemp Roundtable News Nuggets Specialized harvester hopes to tap growing interest in fiber Do Hemp Farms Stink? Malawi: Industrial Hemp Growers Threaten Malawi Govt With Lawsuit DEA Calls Out Hemp in Latest ‘Drug Threat Assessment’ Report Arizona hemp farmers see crop losses from Pythium in drip-irrigated fields Pasa Event: Listening Session: What’s Next for Industrial Hemp? Thank you to our sponsor: IND HEMP
Hemp Grower Magazine's Eric Sandy On this week’s podcast, our guest is Eric Sandy, digital editor of Hemp Grower Magazine, one of the best resources hemp farmers have for learning about their crop and developing their craft. Based in Valley View, Ohio, Hemp Grower Magazine is published by GIE Media and focuses on exactly what the name of the magazine implies – growing hemp. They cover all sectors of the hemp industry from cannabinoid production to fiber and grain. Hemp Grower Magazine News Nuggets USDA: Final Rule Will Move Ahead As Planned Industrial Hemp Market Worth $ 27.72 Billion, Globally, by 2028 The many uses of hemp, the focus of upcoming conference Inaugural Nebraska Hemp Conference and Trade Show South Dakota hemp backers hopeful about planting this year Hemp is a hot crop, so why are so few Black farmers growing it? US Hemp Roundtable Warns Against Marketing Psychoactive Properties of Delta-8 Lancaster Farming’s Hemp Special Section Kneehigh Farm Chronicles Special Thanks to our sponsors: King's Agriseeds  IND HEMP
Bipartisan Approach to Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization in Pennsylvania On this week’s podcast, we talk to the two Pennsylvania state senators who announced a bill that would legalize adult use cannabis in the state. Senators Sharif Street and Daniel Laughlin, a Democrat and Republican respectively, said the bill prioritizes safety, social equity and agriculture. The senators say cannabis reform is attractive to both sides of the political spectrum: economic and libertarian concerns on the right, and social equity and environmental concerns on the left. But what would it look like for prospective growers? “Under our bill the initial rollout would be 100 micro-cultivation centers that would be licensed, and then the following year there would be another 50, and then after that it would kind of be a supply and demand. If those growers can’t keep up with the demand, the cannabis board we intend to create with this bill would be allowed to issue more licenses on an as-needed basis,” says Laughlin. What those cultivation centers would look like is still an open question, but some kind of high tunnel structure would most likely fit the bill. “You wouldn’t necessarily have to build an expensive building. We’re trying to find a sweet spot to have the right kind of protections, both agricultural protections to make sure there isn’t cross pollination,” says Street. “There are some security concerns around cannabis. But the idea is to try and do it in a way that protects the public safety and keeps it affordable for farmers.” Links PA Senator Sharif Street PA Senator Daniel Laughlin Pennsylvania State Senate Co-Sponsorship Memoranda;SPick=20210&amp;cosponId=34801 News Nuggets Industrial Hemp Legalization Bill Moves To Idaho House New York Times: This Drug Gets You High, and Is Legal (Maybe) Across the Country US: First application for hemp as feed for poultry Thanks to our Sponsor: IND HEMP And be sure to check out the Instagram Giveaway featuring products from Canvast Supply Co.
Andrew Bish from Hemp Harvest Works & Bish Enterprises This week on the podcast, Lancaster Farming talks to Andrew Bish, the COO of Bish Enterprises and the founder of Hemp Harvest Works, both in Giltner, Nebraska. Bish enterprises is known for its header adapters, and they do custom builds of large-scale headers and research headers for the soy and sorghum industries. Andrew Bish founded Hemp Harvest Works, under the Bish Enterprises umbrella, in 2017, in anticipation of meeting the needs of farmers in the up and coming grain and fiber sectors of the hemp industry. They also manufacture cultivation and harvesting equipment for CBD growers. Bish is also the vice president of the Hemp Feed Coalition, a group that is working to gain federal approval to use hemp and its byproducts as a feed for animals, which will create another avenue for hemp farmers to market their crops and give livestock producers another source of animal nutrition. Bish celebrates the long list of uses for hemp, but says that if the farmer that grows the hemp can’t afford to grow it, then what’s the point? “We have to make it affordable for the farmer. That farmer has to profit from this plant.” And that’s what motivates his work with the Hemp Feed Coalition: creating ways for hemp farmers to be profitable. We also check in with Luke Kneuss, a hemp farmer in Ohio. Kneuss was the lucky winner of our hemp headphone giveaway. We hear about it his operation in Ohio and his aspirations for his farm. Hemp Harvest Works Bish Enterprises Contact: 402-849-2674 Hemp Feed Coalition Focus Organics Study: Enhanced tolerance of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) plants on abandoned mine land soil leads to overexpression of cannabinoids News Nuggets New state plan has Michigan hemp growers uncertain about the future New York opens licensing under ‘Cannabinoid Hemp Program' New US Hemp Authority standard spells out ‘broad’ and ‘full spectrum’ specs Levi’s teams with Danish fashion brand to roll out hemp denim Hemp in US animal feed is one step closer to fruition After long wait, New Jersey moves ahead on recreational pot And Special Thanks to Our Sponsor IND HEMP
The Joy of Hemp Joy Beckerman is an internationally renowned hemp law and policy expert involved in the hemp industries for over 30 years. She is the principal attorney at Hemp Ace International, a Seattle-based consulting, legal support, and expert witness firm serving the global community. She is also the co-founder and senior advisor to Colorado Hemp Works, America's first post-prohibition hemp grain processing facility. She is also a leading Director of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable and consultant to the U.S. Hemp Building Association. On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Joy Beckerman about her work in the hemp industry, where the industry stands now, where it’s heading, and how to create an industry that is fair and respectful to the most import players in the industry — the farmers. We also hear from Morris Beegle about the 7th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo taking place in Colorado next month, as well as a quick conversation with Ken Elliot, president of IND HEMP, which has signed on to be a sponsor of the hemp podcast for all of 2021. Links for Joy Beckerman Hemp Ace International US Hemp Round Table US Hemp Builders Association Links for Morris Beegle 7th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo We Are For Better Alternatives Silver Mountain Hemp Guitars News Nuggets Legalizing hemp flower could net big money; police say upholding laws would be impossible Humboldt County, Calif., Bans Industrial Hemp Production Special Thanks to our Sponsor IND HEMP
Making Sense of USDA's Final Rule The hemp industry has been waiting patiently for the US Department of Agriculture to publish its Final Rule for Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program. And now it’s here. This week, USDA published the 300-page document that will guide states, tribes, and industry for years to come. What’s in the Final Rule? How is it different from the Interim Final Rule? How will farmers be affected? To find out, we talk to hemp farmer Ben Davies from Wildfox Provisions, Erica Stark from the National Hemp Association, and Courtney Moran, chief legal strategist for Agricultural Hemp Solutions. They all agree that the Final Rule gives hemp farmers some much needed breathing room as it extends the harvest window from 15 days to 30 days and increases the negligence threshold from 0.5% to 1% THC. But there’s a whole lot more to it than that. Give a listen. links Grado Hemp Headphones Join the digital team at Lancaster Farming;clientkey=E86E7B5A50F7166F4A47173978DA4F79 USDA Final Rule Wildfox Provisions National Hemp Association Agricultural Hemp Solutions Crossroads Campaign's Donor Box Email Crossroads Campaign Thanks to our Sponsor King's AgriSeeds
2020 Year End Chill Out The year is over. It's been a crazy year. We all need to chill out a little. With that in mind, this episode is all instrumental piano meditations, courtesy of Tin Bird Shadow. Enjoy. Happy New Year. See you in 2021.
Ben Raymond, Head of R&D at Victory Hemp Foods This week, Lancaster Farming talks to Ben Raymond, food scientist and director of research and development at Victory Hemp Foods in Kentucky, where they make highly functional hemp ingredients for super-nutritious, plant-based foods, such as hemp protein concentrates, hemp seed oils & shelled hemp seeds. Raymond talks about the unique properties of hemp grain that set it apart from other ingredients, including its protein content and ratio of fatty acids, omega 3-6-9. Links Victory Hemp Foods News Nuggets This Kentucky Senator is Challenging the Federal THC Limit in Hemp Oregon hemp farmer to lead Farm Bureau’s young growers committee National Hemp Association's Response to Biden-Harris Climate Action Plan Thanks to our Sponsor, King's Agriseeds
Courtney Moran and the Battle for 1% THC Hemp This week we talk to Courtney Moran LL.M., chief legislative strategist at Agricultural Hemp Solutions, a group that is lobbying Congress to secure a science-based legal hemp concentration limit of 1% THC in the definition of hemp. Moran has been active in hemp policy for nearly a decade and was part of the team with Senator Mitch McConnell that drafted the original hemp language in the 2018 Farm Bill. She says there was much discussion then about the arbitrary nature of the .3% THC limit, but that now is the time to raise the limit to 1% for the sake of the farmer and the success of the industry. “The key piece to all of this,” she said, “is farmers first. If we don’t protect our farmers and secure a solid path for them, then we don’t have a crop to enter into the supply chain, we don’t have a value chain. And so while there are a lot of issues we’re dealing with – with processing, with end products, with FDA – we have to be cognizant of what’s happening in the field with the farmers.” Agricultural Hemp Solutions has recently launched the Crossroads Campaign which aims to lessen the legal burdens and economic hardship for farmers and hemp agribusinesses by addressing the common concerns with the USDA IFR, specifically 15-day harvest window, non-representative sampling methodologies, mandatory testing of every lot, DEA registered labs, and an arbitrary negligence THC threshold. Agricultural Hemp Solutions Learn More about the Crossroads Campaign Thanks to Our Sponsor: King's AgriSeeds
DON Services: Building a Future with Hemp Sick of hearing about politics and Election Day? Then do yourself a favor by taking a break and focusing on the non-partisan world of industrial hemp. We have two main interviews this week. The first is with Erica Stark from the National Hemp Association who weighs in on a few different hemp-related matters, including what next year‘s hemp program might look like. And then we talk to Lori Daytner and Phil Berezniak from DON Inc, a group of companies, mostly non-profits, which works on regional and local economic revitalization. DON has been providing services housing and employment to disabled, displaced, and at risk people in the community for many years. They have teamed up with local farmers in Pennsylvania and Ohio to grow fiber hemp that will be used in their revitalization efforts, plus they have plans to build a hemp fiber decortication facility. DON Inc. National Hemp Association Pennsylvania Hemp Summit
Processing Hemp Fiber the 18th Century Way On this week’s hemp podcast, we talk to Brother Johannes Zinzendorf from the Hermitage, a Harmonist spiritual center and working farm in Schuylkill County, where life is lived as closely as possible to an 18th Century lifestyle of self-sufficiency, which includes growing fiber plants to make cloth. Flax had been the main fiber crop until the 2018 Farm Bill made it possible to grow hemp in the United States. 2020 was the second year they grew hemp at the Hermitage, and in this podcast episode, Zinzendorf describes the methods and tools they use to grow, harvest, and process the hemp fibers. “A quarter acre of either flax or hemp would supply basically one person with about 20 yards of cloth,” he said. “You get enough clothing for a year from a quarter acre, but let’s say you have eight people in your family, you’re going to need to grow two acres of hemp or two acres of flax. There was a mathematical formula that you would use.” The Hermitage Les Stark’s Book Hempstone Heritage 2020 Pennsylvania Hemp Summit
John Fetterman and How Legal Weed Would Impact the Hemp Industry On this week’s podcast, we talk to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman about his signature issue of cannabis reform in Pennsylvania and what kind of effect legal recreational marijuana would have on the hemp industry in the state. The hemp program is not without its challenges, most notably, the arbitrary THC limits that force farmers to skirt the edge of criminality through no fault of their own, something which Fetterman describes as simple "Reefer Madness," a reference to the federal government’s propaganda campaign in the 1930s that did much to turn public sentiment against the cannabis plant, which had until that time many uses in society, from fiber to rope to medicine. “Whether you're with me politically or not, we should have one thing absolutely in common and that’s the government should be out of your business on how much THC is in your hemp, and we should never be criminalizing what could be just simple, random errors in nature and the fact that you would just have to destroy a crop and waste that is, like I said, reefer madness,” Fetterman said. How would legal recreational cannabis affect the hemp industry? “I think they're going to complement each other, because, as you know, hemp has a lot of other uses too. We've legalized hemp and medical marijuana, has the world spun off its axis because of that?” he said. But there is opposition in the state House to any sort of cannabis reform. Does the opposition present a well-reasoned, fact-based argument? Fetterman says it’s just plain party politics, but he says that hemp and cannabis are bipartisan issues that can benefit Pennsylvania and could create billions of dollars in revenue. “You don't have to agree with me politically across the board, you know, what I am saying though is: be open to this idea that this is a whole brand-new industry and it could be a cash crop for Pennsylvania’s farmers in a way that, you know, would only come along once every generation or two, and why would we want to turn our backs on that?” He says Pennsylvania hemp farmers should get first option for recreational cannabis growing licenses. “Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s number one and most important industry, and any cannabis bill should be ag-centered in Pennsylvania, because Pennsylvania farmers take care of us and we need to make sure we take care of them,’ he said. Read a lightly edited transcript of the entire conversation here: Hemp News Nuggets 2020 Pennsylvania Hemp Summit 2020: a Year to Forget for Many in Hemp Industry South Dakota’s Rules for Industrial Hemp State Lawmakers Consider Tightening Restrictions on Hemp Products
Hemp in the Land of Opportunity This week, our continuing effort to understand the national hempscape takes us to Arkansas where we are joined by Caleb Allen, the hemp program manager at the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. “All of the licensees are conducting research of some type for the betterment of the industry here in Arkansas,” Allen said, because the state of Arkansas is still operating under the 2014 Farm Bill Rules. The majority of the state’s crop is CBD floral hemp production, but interest in grain and fiber is growing. Allen explains the parameters and describes the challenges of growing hemp that are unique to farming in Arkansas. Before the interview, we recap some nuggets of hemp news, including the National Hemp Association’s Standing Committee for Social Equity, Green Takeover’s Hemp 101 for Construction, a guide for builders new to hemp, and a new lawsuit against the DEA that will benefit hemp farmers. Links Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Hemp Program News Nuggets Standing Committee for Social Equity Hemp Industry Hits DEA With Another Lawsuit Green Takeover
Connecticut’s Hemp Program Gearing Up for Success On this week’s hemp podcast, Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Bryan Hulburt explains the Connecticut hemp program in detail, describing the fee structure and testing requirements, and how he is proud of the farmers in his state for taking hemp and running with it. He says the job of his department is to create the space and opportunity for Connecticut farmers to succeed. Commissioner Hurlburt also tells the story of when DEA agents showed up on the doorstep of a hemp farmer in the northwest corner of the state. The federal agents neglected to check with the Department of Agriculture first. Luckily, the farmer was able to talk them out of inspecting his farm, but the story underscores a major sticking point in the hemp industry: Why is the DEA involved at all? We also talk to Tim Gordon, who has been called one of the world’s foremost experts on growing hemp. He offers advice to a Wisconsin grower whose CBD harvest was hampered by significant snowfall and below freezing temperatures. Is it still worth harvesting or is the crop a total loss? Listen and find out. Links and News Nuggets Connecticut Hemp Research Pilot Program Who is Tim Gordon? 2020 Pennsylvania Hemp Summit: Register Now! NY publishes rules for selling hemp extracts in food, drinks DEA, California police sued after allegedly destroying Wyoming company’s hemp after mistaking it for marijuana There’s Still A Reason To Be Hyped About Industrial Hemp
Addressing the Arbitrary THC Limit in Hemp This week’s show is divided into two parts. First, we talk to Shawn Hauser, partner at Vicente Sederberg, a law firm in Denver, Colorado, where she chairs the firm’s Hemp and Cannabinoids Department. Hauser recently penned an opinion piece in Hemp Industry Daily titled “After the Election, Let’s Focus on Fixing the Arbitrary THC Standard in Hemp.” On this week’s show, she gets into the history of the 0.3% limit and why that limit should be raised to 1%. She argues that raising the THC limit to 1% would eliminate most of the regulatory issues around hemp and would ultimately help farmers by removing the risk involved with growing hemp for cannabinoid production. Then we check in with Berks County hemp farmer Ben Davies from Wildfox Provisions. We hear about his growing season and harvest, his work with farmer outreach on the Pennsylvania hemp steering committee, and his upcoming panel discussion at the Pennsylvania Hemp Summit Dec. 8 and 9. Links Opinion: After the election, let’s focus on fixing the arbitrary THC standard in hemp Vicente Sederberg, LLP Interview with Dr. Ernest Small Wildfox Provisions 2020 Pennsylvania Hemp Summit
Fred Strathmeyer Unveils the Pennsylvania 2021 Hemp Program On this week’s Industrial Hemp Podcast, we talk to Fred Strathmeyer, Deputy Secretary for Plant Industry and Consumer Protection at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture where he oversees the state’s industrial hemp program. We talk about some of the challenges that Pennsylvania farmers and the team at PDA faced this year in terms of sampling, testing, and COVID-19. He also unveils some details about the changes to the hemp program for 2021 — notably the plant minimum and acreage requirements. The permit application process opens December 5, 2020 for mail-in applicants. Online applicants are encouraged to wait until January 2021. We talk about the Pennsylvania Hemp Steering committee and how it was instrumental in shaping the program for next year. Strathmeyer also says why he thinks the USDA will change the 15 day to harvest requirement in the final rule. And of course we talk about this week’s Pennsylvania Hemp Summit, Dec. 8 and 9. Pennsylvania Department of Ag's 2021 Hemp Program Pennsylvania Hemp Summit Hemp News Nuggets Cannabis legalization bill set for historic U.S. House vote Farmers hoping to cash in with Iowa's first legal hemp crop find hard work and risk: Some of it had to be destroyed Saratoga County-based nursery sues Washington County Sheriff, alleges deputies destroyed legally grown hemp
Caleb Kauffman’s Journey of Healing at Lancashire Hemp On this week’s hemp podcast, Lancaster Farming talks to Caleb Kauffman, owner of Lancashire Hemp in Lancaster County, where he has spent the past two years growing hemp and building a co-op with local farmers to grow CBD flower for the smokable hemp market. Kauffman talks about why he started the co-op and why he believes the hemp industry can usher in a new paradigm of good business practices that focus on people rather than profits. He also tells his own story of trauma and how his journey toward healing brought him into the world of industrial hemp. Lancashire Hemp New Nuggets Legislature extends a lifeline to Massachusetts hemp farmers Hemp producers in Delaware must register growing sites annually USDA Expands Crop Insurance Pilot Program for Hemp Community college offering more information on newly-launched hemp production program European Commission reverses course, says CBD should not be regulated as a narcotic Special thanks to our sponsor: King’s Agriseeds
The Hemp Feed Coalition’s Mission to Feed Animals Hemp On our first podcast of the 2021, Lancaster Farming talks to Hunter Buffington, the executive director at the Hemp Feed Coalition, a group that advocates for federal approval for hemp and its byproducts for use as animal feed. The coalition’s vision is to give hemp producers and processors access to the billion dollar animal feed and supplements market. The pathway to federal approval is time consuming and complicated, requiring research and testing for all components of the plant and for each species. The task at hand is daunting, but Buffington believes it will ultimately be successful – a win-win for hemp farmers and livestock producers. Hemp Feed Coalition News Nuggets What's Happening in the 'Canopy Growth v. GW Pharmaceuticals' Lawsuit? Improved THC Testing Could Be Ready by the End of 2021 Humboldt County Planning Commission considers permanent ban on industrial hemp Dr. Rand Paul Introduces HEMP Act to Relieve Unnecessary Constraints on Hemp Industry, Provide Transparency and Certainty Pennsylvania Sees Great Promise for Hemp in 2021 Alabama hemp company launches new fiber processing plant These Hemp Flower Cigarettes Can Help You Kick Your Nicotine Habit USDA Approves Hemp Production Plans for Rhode Island, the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians Pennsylvania Hemp Summit Check out the Southern Oregon Hemp Co-Operators' 2021 Golden Grow AwardsJanuary 30, from 11 AM to 6 PM at the Ashland Hills Hotel in Ashland, OR. The event will be held in accordance with CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines and will be livestreamed via megatron technology.
Canvast Supply Co. Publishes Hemp Farmers Workbook and Interactive Planning Tool On this week’s podcast, we talk to Destiny Young and Will Tarleton, two of the founders of Canvast Supply Co. in Nashville, Tennessee, where they are helping new and existing farmers transition to growing hemp. “We call ourselves a hemp resource,” says Young, “From seed to sale, we’re trying to create pathways that make it easier for farmers to do what they do best, which is to farm.” The company recently published a 72-page Canvast Supply Co. Holistic Farm Planning Workbook and Interactive Budget, specifically designed to help hemp farmers plan and execute the planting, growing, harvesting and processing hemp for cannabinoid production. Canvast Supply Co. Canvast Supply Co. Holistic Farm Planning Workbook and Interactive Budget Use the promo code Lancaster20 to receive 20% off your purchase New Nuggets British Hemp Company launches in Wiltshire to unlock crop’s potential to help UK hit carbon target Pennsylvania hemp initiatives get grants Special thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP  And here's the hemp headphones were giving away on the show this week:
New York Ban on Hemp Flower Sales Destroys Farmers’ Revenue Potential In November of 2020, the state of New York released its regulations concerning hemp, and much to the surprise and chagrin of hemp farmers in the state, the new regulations outlawed the sale of industrial hemp flower. The hemp flower market is lucrative for farmers, and many small, independent operations in the state grow specifically for the flower market. And just as their harvest was coming in last year, farmers were aghast when the state shut down the market and the revenue potential farmers were counting on. As one might imagine, hemp farmers in New York want desperately to get this rule overturned. One such farmer is Allan Gandelman. He is a hemp farmer and owner of Main Street Farms and the CBD brand, Head & Heal. He is also the founder and president of the New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association. On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Gandelman about New York's ban on hemp flower sales and what effect that will have on the industry and the farming community. We also talk about the work he and other farmers in the state are doing to change the law. Links Head & Heal New York Cannabis Growers & Processors Association Hemp Flower Legal Defense Fund A 2012 Lancaster Farming Story about Allan Gandelman’s aquaponics operation: News Nuggets Montana bill aims to separate state's hemp industry from legal marijuana Growers back checkoff program for industrial hemp 3M eyes hemp for adhesives, packaging replacements — even growing new organs Special thanks to our sponsor IND HEMP
Road Trip! The whole world weighs on my heart these days. The pandemic. The fires. The political uncertainty. The Interim Final Rule. The idea that hemp farmers could become criminals if their crops go hot. All of this stuff is heavy and I’ve started to feel disconnected and a little disillusioned. So for my one hundred and first Industrial Hemp Podcast episode, I decided to hit the road in effort to reconnect with hemp farmers and hemp farms, hoping the trip would reinvigorate my spirit and inspire me to keep producing the hemp podcast.  I visited four hemp farms in Chester and Lancaster Counties: Paradise Hemp Farm in West Grove, Hemp-Alternative in Kennett Square, Oakley farm in Christiana, and Cedar Meadow Farm in Holtwood.
9Fiber: Capturing and Capitalizing on Hemp's Waste Stream On this week’s show we talk to Adin Alai, CEO of 9Fiber, an early stage agri-tech company with a patented system to transform the waste streams of the hemp and cannabis industries into sustainable materials — fiber and cellulose — for applications in nine major markets, including textiles, paper, plastics and more. He explains the how they developed their recycling system, how the company works with farmers, and how the coronavirus shutdown caused the company to make a creative pivot. 9Fiber Then we hear from Lancaster County hemp farmer and cover crop expert Steve Groff for further discussion on regenerative agriculture. Special Thanks to Our Sponsor: King's Agriseeds
Hemp Farming in Montana with IND HEMP On this week's show we talk to Benjamin Brimlow and Gregg Gnecco from IND HEMP in Fort Benton, Montana. IND HEMP is an industrial hemp processor and ingredient supplier that contracts with about 30 grain farmers across Montana (and a few in Washington and Oregon) to supply their oil see processing facility. The company has recently broken ground on what will become one of the largest fiber processing plants in the country. Brimlow is the lead agronomist for IND HEMP and he gets into lots of details about what it takes to grow hemp in Montana – from dryland fields to hail damage to a plague of grasshoppers – It’s truly a fascinating look at hemp farming in the West. IND HEMP
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