Hemp Channel

Wed
20
Oct

USDA conducts its first hemp acreage and production survey

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 USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has begun sending its first Hemp Acreage and Production Survey to 566 Illinois producers. The hemp survey will collect information on the total planted and harvested area, yield, production, and value of hemp in the United States.

Mon
18
Oct

Romeo Ferraris racing with new hemp fibre bodywork at Pau Arnos

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Romeo Ferraris has introduced a new innovation on its Alfa Romeo Giulias racing in the ETCR using a new hemp fibre body work for the last round of the season at Pau Arnos.

“We were looking at ways to innovate and add new technologies, also adding to a better sustainability for the environment,” team manager Antonio Caruccio told TouringCarTimes.

“The hemp fibre is as light and as robust as carbon fibre, with the performance in terms of safety and shock absorption still high. Teams have used carbon fibre for decades, which is light, robust and does a good job, but there are other materials that add for a greener production of the cars.”

Mon
18
Oct

Wisconsin’s Hemp Program Will Be Handed Over to Federal Authorities

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Wisconsin is set to become the first state to relinquish authority over its state hemp program to the federal U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The announced transition will occur on January 1st, 2022. Starting on that date, Wisconsin farmers and hemp processors will have to comply with the final rule on hemp released by USDA earlier this year.

Fri
15
Oct

Climate Change Report Signals Need for Greener Operations in Cannabis

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On August 9, 2021, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sent shock waves through the financial markets and the world in general with the publication of its sixth assessment report.

The IPCC report, the most comprehensive of its nature since 2013, made it abundantly clear that much of the damage incurred by the global ecosystem will be irreversible, and the harm is accelerating at an alarming rate.

Fri
15
Oct

Hemp-based Delta 8 THC: Science Improves Cannabis Products

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Delta 8 THC is a naturally existing compound found in the hemp variety of cannabis, and is part of a family of compounds called "cannabinoids". There are 140+ cannabinoids in the hemp plant, including another one you likely have heard of, which is CBD. Another familiar compound is Delta 9 THC, the active ingredient in Marijuana. 

Fri
15
Oct

Government to explore potential for development of hemp industry

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The Government has started a consultation process to explore the possibilities for the development of an industrial fibre sector using hemp.

Advocates for the sector including Hemp Cooperative Ireland, whose members include farmers, engineers and scientists, argue that Irish-grown hemp has significant potential as a renewable agricultural cash crop suitable for industrial applications including building insulation, cloth making and even low-carbon cement production. 

While hemp can be produced here and was once widely grown for rope making, its closeness to cannabis means even industrial use is effectively banned under drugs legislation. 

Wed
13
Oct

When it comes to hemp, Kansas farmers need to continually pivot

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Three years ago, the Hiatt family decided to start a new adventure by transforming a couple of acres of farmland into an industrial hemp field. Each year they learn, and each year they pivot. Sometimes a little; sometimes a lot.

Across the nation, hemp farmers like the Hiatts are either changing what they are doing or leaving the industry.

 

 

The big bust

“Last year, nationwide, the amount of acres was down significantly from the year before,” said Sheldon Coleman, the CEO of Sunnyland Kansas in McPherson. “The numbers are all over the map, and I'm going to use an average, roughly 110,000 acres were licensed in 2019 and went down to about 45,000 acres in 2020 (nationwide).”

Tue
12
Oct

University of Plymouth builds classroom out of mud and hemp

Hemp and Mud building materials

Researchers at the Sustainable Earth Institute at the University of Plymouth are constructing a building on campus using the mud and fibre material. The single-storey building will be a classroom and laboratory, with its performance studied and monitored. Project bosses said it would be a "living lab and demonstration site".

The construction work is part of the institute's CobBauge project, which the university said was "investigating whether an optimised version of cob can become a sustainable solution for a new generation of energy-efficient housing".

Prof Steve Goodhew said one of the major issues was trying to "reduce the energy use, and therefore the emissions, in buildings".

Tue
12
Oct

Australian Hemp Sneaker Company Planting Trees

Shoe with trees

In what it describes as a month of climate action, Blac Sneaker Company is donating funds with each hemp sneaker purchase to have trees planted on its behalf.

Relatively new on the footwear scene, Blac Sneaker Company was established in 2019 with a goal of creating simple, stylish sneakers for everyday wear that minimise environmental impact in their production.

“We believe good quality and comfortable sneakers provide the perfect balance between sustainable, durable, useable and practical,” says the company. “These elements are important when designing a shoe that has a positive impact on society whether it be through the materials used or contribution to communities.”

Mon
11
Oct

Farmer offers pick-your-own hemp

hemp field

This harvest season, pumpkins and apples aren’t the only autumn commodities available to pick yourself in Johnson County.

Now in rural Oxford, pick-your-own hemp is available — at least for a couple weekends — at one of Iowa’s hemp farms. On Sept. 18 and 19, hundreds of visitors flocked to Carriage House Hemp Farm, where hemp farmer Mark Wright helped them clip and bag the right flower buds to take home. Another pick-your-own weekend was also planned recently.

So, why not let them pick it, he asked himself.

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