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As the 2018 Farm Bill becomes law, U.S. farmers will be be able to grow hemp for the first time in over 80 years. What do farmers need to know? What can they do to get ready? We'll talk to farmers, advocates and policy makers to find out.

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    Industrial Hemp as an Energy Source?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 50:17

    Could industrial hemp be a useful feedstock for anaerobic digesters to produce renewable natural gas? According to Nick Walters, managing partner at National Hemp Growers Cooperative, the answer is a resounding yes. Walters shared with Lancaster Farming the executive summary of a white paper to be released next week that shows that hemp not only can compete with other energy crops, but that it surpasses other crops in its input-output ratio. That means hemp requires fewer inputs than traditional biofuel crops like corn and beets but produces a higher-energy fuel than them. Walters said hemp has the potential to produce 208 million Btu per acre, which is the equivalent of 60,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, enough to run a clothes dryer 24 hours a day for 27 months, based on research by his team, which is led by agronomist David Cornett and Eberhard Lucke, CEO of Lucke Consulting Technology Services. Apart from its energy potential, hemp grown regeneratively (with no-till, cover crops etc.) can pull carbon from the atmosphere and lock that carbon into the soil, thereby being a method for carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation. Hemp is also an attractive energy source, Walters said, because it doesn't “enter the food versus fuel conversation. You are squarely in the food versus fuel conversation as it relates to fodder beets, because those are getting fed primarily to livestock.” As to why the co-op is publishing this study, Walters says it's part of its “very unique business model that enables our members and our investors to be involved in multiple value-added processing facilities for the various uses of hemp all throughout the country. And we are focused on building wealth for our members through regenerative agriculture and sustainable development.” Plus, we talk to Lori Daytner from DON Services in New Castle, Pennsylvania, where work has been completed on the Project PA Hemp Home. She gives us an update on the project, including how they turned locally hemp grown into HempWood flooring. National Hemp Growers Coop DON Services DON Processing Project PA Hemp Home Register for the Pennsylvania Hemp Summit Thanks to our Sponsors IND HEMP King's Agriseeds

    Climate-Smart Hemp Projects

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 38:57

    What do HempWood in Murray, Kentucky, and Cedar Meadow Farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, have in common? Both are hemp businesses involved in projects selected by USDA to receive funding in the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program. Does this mean that Cedar Meadow Farm and HempWood each get a big bag of money from the government? Nope, that's not how it works, but on this week's podcast we dig in and try to find out what it all means. First, Greg Wilson, founder of HempWood, talks about his connection to the Lincoln University project that was awarded $5 million in the program to scale the hemp supply chain as a carbon negative feedstock for fiber and fuel. Wilson said he is especially enthusiastic about the educational aspects of the project. “If more people know how to grow hemp and it de-risks the situation, it will help our supply chain for making building materials,” he said. HempWood produces flooring made from hemp stalks held together by a soy-based glue in a carbon-negative facility in Murray, Kentucky. “It's the only carbon negative flooring that's made in America that is certified by the USDA as well as three nonpartisan certifying bodies for our lifecycle analysis and environmental product declaration that have just been formally published by ASTM last month,” Wilson said. Then, we check in with Lancaster County hemp farmer and cover crop expert Steve Groff, whose Cedar Meadow Farm is a partner in a project awarded $15 million to develop the fiber and grain sectors of the industry. Groff said he is excited about the project because its goals match what he's doing on his farm. “Growing all kinds of hemp — CBD, fiber and grain — and to do that in a way that's, well, climate-smart,” he said. HempWood Cedar Meadow Farm Check out Lancaster Farming's Hemp Special Section Lancaster Farming Visits HempWood in Murray, KY: What is HempWood in 60 Seconds: Thanks to our Sponsors: IND HEMP Mpactful Ventures

    Carrfields: Agribusiness & Hemp in New Zealand

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 48:23

    Carrfields, one of the leading agricultural companies in New Zealand, has operations spanning Kiwi agriculture, from machinery to seed production and distribution, irrigation, precision ag technology and everything in between. Craig Carr, group managing director and guest on this week's Hemp Podcast, said his father started the business over 40 years ago with a handful of straw contracts in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. Moving into machinery service and seed production in the 1990s, the business really took off in the 2000s when the Kiwi dairy industry went through a period of growth. “It was a big time in New Zealand of change, of farming. Dairy was really starting to grow,” he said. “And with that our business grew also.” This growth enabled Carrfields to acquire several other ag businesses, making them a major player in New Zealand agriculture. Carrfields has been working in the hemp sector for over 20 years, with an early focus on oil seed production and combine harvesters, and has since been working with fiber hemp for industrial uses. Carr attended the Montana Hemp Summit in August and was impressed with the level of cooperation and collaboration among the U.S. hemp industry in the grain and fiber sectors. “What probably stood out to me the most was the willingness of IND HEMP and others to actually work together for the benefit of the industry,” he said. “Even though we're way down here in New Zealand, there's a huge opportunity for us to share learnings and to actually share information around what has worked and what hasn't worked, because when you're dealing with a product like hemp — and particularly hemp fiber — you know, you're very reliant, as most people will note, on Mother Nature.” Carr said the biggest challenge the industry faces, in New Zealand and abroad, is making it profitable for producers. “Because if the crop is not sustainably profitable, then we are not going to have that supply base in the future,” he said. “We need to ensure that all of the financial metrics go back and start with the farmer.” Carrfields New Zealand Natural Fibers Connect with Carrfields on Social Media Facebook: & Instagram: LinkedIn: & Hemp News Nuggets Police Raid German Hemp Farm Regulations for the Production of Industrial Hemp are Established in Costa Rica Why Hemp Is Entering the Mainstream and Adding Value to Business National Hemp Growers Coop partners with Troy University Manufacturing Sciences National Hemp Growers Cooperative Billionaire No More: Patagonia Founder Gives Away the Company Climate Projects Tied to Pennsylvania Get $900 Million Climate-Smart Commodities Grant Recipients Thanks to our Sponsors Americhanvre Cast-Hemp IND HEMP All Walks Hemp Pet Products

    US Hemp Building Association Under New Leadership

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 87:55

    This week we talk to the new executive team at the U.S. Hemp Building Association, President Henry Gage Jr. and Vice President Ryan Doherty. Gage had previously been the director of certification for the association. He has a background in engineering, problem solving and green building, and he constructed the first hempcrete retro-fit house in New York. Doherty had been the director of supply chains, and will continue working in supply chain development as vice president. The association has aimed a lot of resources at gaining approval for hempcrete as a building material from the International Code Council. ICC accepted a proposal in April and will be making a final recommendation later this month. Once added to the building codes, hempcrete will give contractors another option for building energy efficient homes while further developing the market for domestically grown hemp. US Hemp Building Association Liberate Hemp Have You Hurd Podcast Hemp Ventures News Nuggets Estonia Now Allowing Farmers to Grow Hemp With Higher THC Hemp was supposed to save Texas farmers during a drought. It hasn't yet. Thanks to our Sponsors IND HEMP All Walks Hemp Bedding Americhanvre

    Brief message

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 0:55

    Hi all, we're taking a break from the show his week, but we'll be back next week. Hope you have a great weekend. -eric  

    Freya Bartels & The Seven Pillars of Hemp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 48:44

    This week, we talk to Freya Bartles from Hemp Cooperative Ireland, a group that is helping to facilitates the growth of the Irish hemp industry, which has many of the same challenges and opportunities that we see here in the U.S. There is great interest in the crop among Irish farmers and entrepreneurs who see it as a way to bring prosperity and healing to the land and the rural communities that live off that land. According to Freya Bartels, board member of Hemp Cooperative Ireland, hope is high for hemp in Ireland despite the lack of processing capacity and viable markets. Part of the challenge of building the hemp industry is cutting through the hype and stigma, she said. On one hand, you've got the marijuana association. On the other, you've got the hype about how hemp can save the world with the 50 million things hemp can do. To cut though the noise, Hemp Cooperative Ireland has developed an educational framework they call the Seven Pillars of Hemp, which Bartels described as a way of “dividing the overwhelming benefits of hemp down into chapters on what hemp can do for you.” Learn more about Hemp Cooperative Ireland and the Seven Pillars of Hemp IG, FB, TW: @hemp_cooperative_ireland Please support One Plant, a documentary film series Join PA Farmers Union, Win Deluxe Farm Aid Concert Package Thanks to our sponsors IND HEMP King's Agriseeds

    The Art of Fermentation With Sandor Katz

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 49:52

    This week on the hemp podcast, we talk to best-selling food writer and James Beard Award recipient, Sandor Katz, author of the modern food classic “Wild Fermentation.” After making his first crock of sauerkraut from homegrown cabbages, Katz embarked on a fermentation journey that has taken him all over the world, learning about fermented foods and the cultures that produce them. “That first batch of sauerkraut? I mean, first of all, I couldn't believe how simple the process was. You know, I couldn't believe how delicious the lightly fermented sauerkraut was after just a couple of weeks. And then, you know, I just started experimenting,” Katz said. Katz has a become a world-renowned expert on fermentation and has educated tens of thousands of people about the simple joys and health benefits of fermented foods. From the history of agriculture to the philosophical definition of cultures, this interview has a lot to offer. But what does it have to do with hemp? Listen to the episode to find out. Learn more about Sandor Katz and the Art Fermentation Here's my story about King's AgriSeeds' hemp Field Day Thanks to our sponsors: IND HEMP All Walks Small Pet Bedding New Holland Agriculture

    What Happened at the Montana Hemp Summit?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 47:38

    On this week's show, Eric Hurlock reports from Fort Benton, Montana, home of IND HEMP, the host and coordinator of the Summer Summit. IND HEMP Sunflower Film's One Plant Mpactful Ventures National Hemp Association Support the Hemp Exemption Global Hemp Association    

    Congress Examines USDA Hemp Program

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 51:01

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 55:10

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 77:26

    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

    Is Big Cannabis Costing the Hemp Industry $20B a year?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 65:02

    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

    Bill Althouse, a Voice in the Wilderness?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 98:53

    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

    Global Hemp Association's National Variety Trials

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 62:11

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 33:53

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 56:44

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 77:57

    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

    iHempx: Leading the Way

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 41:31

    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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    Hemp Documentary Film in Production

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 34:10

    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

    DrawDown Hemp: Quantifying Potential for CO2 Reduction

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 52:05

    “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

    What Happened at the Pennsylvania Hemp Summit?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 41:35

    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)

    Is It Time for an Industrial Hemp Exemption?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 54:05

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 50:07

    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

    Podcast: Hempcrete Proposal Wins Code Approval

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 40:24

    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

    Special Edition: Kentucky Hemp Pioneer Joe Hickey

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 38:46

    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

    Climate Impact Storyteller Maren Krings

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 44:50

    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

    Hemp Educator J.J. Johnson

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 20:01

    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

    Ukrainian Hempcrete Builder Sergiy Kovalenkov

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 22:25

    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

    American Hemp Corp. Tackles Hemp In Nevada

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 55:20

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 35:24

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 75:43

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 52:27

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 51:26

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 75:33

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 37:07

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 71:44

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 58:31

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 37:53

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 60:26

    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 Music by Tin Bird Shadow

    Chiques Creek Hemp Eggs

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 40:35

    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 hemp eggs 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

    ND HEMP's Ken Elliott: An Unlikely Environmental Crusader

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 71:39

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 44:30

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 28:27

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 58:32

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 31:03

    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!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 12:25

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 43:55

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 26:46

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 52:37

    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?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 33:26

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 43:39

    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

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