Aurora extends its hand to the Danish farmers for medical cannabis

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A tomato farm near Odense is to establish the largest grower of medicinal cannabis in Europe in a joint venture with Canadian company Aurora.

From 2018, Danish companies are permitted to grow medicinal cannabis.

Mads Pedersen, described in Denmark as a ‘tomato king’, last week announced that his company, Alfred Pedersen & Søn, would be putting considerable resources into the crop in a joint venture with Aurora.

The production facility will be located near the town of Odense and ready to begin operating next year. 

More gaanja is grown indoors than outdoors in California. Revealed after illegal cannabis seize.

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California’s illegally grown cannabis, once largely produced in national forests and other outdoor locations, is increasingly found indoors, federal statistics show.

In 2016, authorities seized 313,000 plants from indoor operations in California, which made up 75 percent of all indoor plants taken nationwide, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

While the total accounts for only 8 percent of all seizures in California, that is the highest total in at least eight years.

California voters approved the legalization of recreational use of cannabis in November 2016. But local laws still place limits on how it can be grown, and federal law prohibits it.

A DEA spokeswoman in San Francisco said she was “unable to speculate” why authorities are seizing more indoor-grown cannabis. She noted that the figures come from local as well as federal law-enforcement agencies.

A November 2016 report by the DEA said cannabis is increasingly grown inside because “indoor production is more difficult for law enforcement to discover and has the advantage of not having to rely on climate conditions or growing seasons.”

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KENTUCKY REALISES THE HIGH TIME FOR HEMP

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Like college basketball, bourbon, and thoroughbred horses, hemp seems to course through Kentucky’s bloodlines. Henry Clay grew it, back in the era when the hardy plant was used for thousands of products, from food and fuel to ropes, canvas, and medicine. Modern industrial hemp, which consumes less water than rival crops like cotton, can be used for an equally impressive range of products, including car dashboards, soaps, industrial absorbents, granola bars, and craft beer. Like cannabis, hemp is a strain of the cannabis plant, but it lacks the psychoactive chemical, THC, that provides weed’s high. The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 helped make hemp cost-prohibitive to grow (though the government encouraged growers during the war years), and that situation worsened after the passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970.

Then, in 2014, the U.S. Farm Bill cracked open a legislative window: The new law allowed states to develop research programs for industrial hemp, sowing hopes of reviving the long-dormant industry. More than 30 states passed varying companion bills to enable state growing programs. The Bluegrass State embraced the opportunity: Farmers in Kentucky will grow close to 13,000 acres of industrial hemp in 2017, more than triple what it grew last year and surpassing every other state except Colorado.

Kentucky’s production is still only a fraction of its agricultural economy—even if state hemp fields tripled over what they were 2016, and the yields increased 50 percent, hemp would only be 3 percent of the agricultural market, according to University of Kentucky economist Will Snell. But in the country’s fifth-poorest state, where the opiate epidemic is prevalent, the effort by lawmakers and the agriculture department to convert old tobacco farms to hemp production offers an economic ray of sunshine.

"What this industry does is give people an enormous amount of optimism, that there are solutions, and that we’re working on them instead of holding our hands up in despair. The beauty of this plant is that we are all aware of what is possible.”
 
- Chad Rosen, the CEO of Victor Hemp Foods

Rosen argues that hemp’s promise extends beyond rural Kentucky: He and his fellow hemp processors have created close to 100 jobs in Louisville and Lexington, plus the ancillary benefits of contract labor for machinery repairs and parts. Hemp holds particular promise for places like Nashville, which has a few licensed growers already, and Asheville, near the epicenter of North Carolina’s furniture and textile industry. But the industry is hamstrung by hemp’s murky legal status: Farmers can grow it, but farm insurance bureaus won’t sell them crop insurance; companies can market it, but federally backed banks won’t lend them money.

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Hemp, Inc.'s First Hemp Harvest in North Carolina Currently Underway

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Hemp Inc., a global leader in the industrial hemp industry with the largest industrial hemp multi-purpose processing facility in the western hemisphere, announced today that the Company has begun harvesting 550 acres of North Carolina-grown hemp, and later kenaf (hibiscus cannabinus, a cousin plant to industrial hemp)The 550 acres of hemp and kenaf belong to both Industrial Hemp Manufacturing LLC (Hemp, Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary) and independent North Carolina farms that are strategic partners with Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC. The hemp and kenaf -- to be harvested at various locations throughout the state -- will be processed and manufactured at Hemp, Inc.'s, now, 85, 000 sq ft facility in Spring Hope, North Carolina.

Those interested in purchasing viable industrial hemp seed should contact Ms. Sandra Williams at swilliams@hempinc.com. These are seeds grown from industrial hemp plants from North Carolina's first hemp seed harvest... from certified seed out of Europe. The company expects to have around 100,000 pounds of seed available which will consist of a mixture of Felina 32, Futura 75, and Carmagnola.

The Company previously announced its plan to grow 3,000 acres of hemp and kenaf in North Carolina, however, the Drug Enforcement Agency delayed giving the state of North Carolina their hemp permit, thus, farmers were not able to get seed in time for this year's planting.

 

Heavy carbon footprint - A growing problem in the cannabis farms

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In a protected, controlled environment, they can grow a profitable mix of high-potency, medicinal marijuana and any number of milder strains appealing to a new market.

But the venture comes with both a business and social overhead: high energy bills and a heavy, carbon footprint

A recent study estimated a single, indoor marijuana plant takes the equivalent of 70 gallons of oil to grow. Energy demand at Colorado's largest utility grew about 2 percent after marijuana was legalized.

Even the promise of new technology - including energy saving LED lighting, sensor-filled growing pods and a network of artificial intelligence and high-efficiency electronics - may not be enough.

 

Wisconsin congressman supports the bill that allows American farmers to grow industrial hemp

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A Wisconsin congressman is supporting a bill that would allow American farmers to grow industrial hemp. Sixth District congressman Glenn Grothman said he can’t imagine any reasons to object to returning hemp as a crop for Wisconsin farmers.

The Republican congressman has joined 9 other Republicans and 15 Democrats as a co-sponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. The bill amends The Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. Industrial hemp contains less than 1 percent of THC and was legal in the U.S. until 1937.

At the state level, an industrial hemp bill from a pair of Republican lawmakers is scheduled for a public hearing next week in Madison. The 2014 federal farm bill cleared the way for hemp research programs, and at least 30 states are allowing the crop, including Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois.

Legislation from state Representative Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and state Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) would legalize production of the crop, with permits issued by the state Agriculture Department.

Ag & Markets conduct workshop to explain the process of growing hemp legally

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The state Department of Agriculture and Markets today will host a workshop for farmers, businesses and institutions interested in joining the Industrial Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program.

The workshop, which will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, 203 N Hamilton St., will guide prospective industrial hemp researchers through the program application process. The Watertown workshop is one of three the department began hosting Monday throughout the state including workshops in Binghamton, Batavia and Albany.

Applications for the program are due Nov. 22.

The program was established in 2016 for educational institutions and partner producers. In April, however, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo expanded the program to include both education institutions and private entities.

Ex-cop builds hempcrete home and plans on running hempcrete-based workshops

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KYNETON man Joe D’Alo is leading a “rediscovery” of hemp as a building material.

Mr D’Alo built the first complete hemp home in Victoria­, has constructed or contributed to several more and is now fielding increased requests­ for guidance on using hempcrete blocks. He left a high-flying career in Victoria Police to pursue his sustainable building ambitions 12 years ago.

Mr D’Alo said hemp farming had been slowly squeezed out of viability in the USA as DuPont promoted nylon and cotton in the 1930s, while composites materials had similarly derailed its use in home construction. Hempcrete consists of hemp hurd (the woody core from hemp plants turned to woodchips), lime binder and water. 

Mr D’Alo, whose product has attained a CodeMark certification­ and GreenSmart accreditation, said a build with hempcrete was likely to be 20 percent more in cost than a standard house. But the reduced energy bills, longevity and health benefits outweighed the costs.

Having rediscovered the value of hemp in the construction of building, Mr D’Alo hopes he can lead a revolution for the plant that has been maligned for being a close relative to the cannabis plant.

But unlike cannabis, hemp has almost no Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

In November, Mr D’Alo will run Kyneton workshops on hempcrete building.

Sunshine Coast Chickens follow high protein hemp diet for their chooks

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A plumber and equine scientist are combining forces to create a new chicken food made entirely out of cannabis.

And the chooks are gobbling it up.

Six month ago, after a friend told them about its health properties, Joel McCarthy and fiancé Ely Meggitt started experimenting with hemp, which is made from the cannabis plant.

The product is made solely from the hulling process of Australian grown hemp seed.

Mr McCarthy said they were the first company in Australia to be offering it to the market as chicken feed.

He said the nutritional value of the hemp product was so good that a person would not need to feed the chickens anything else.

While from the same cannabis plant as the drug marijuana, hemp has no psychoactive effect even though it contains a very small amount of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Mr McCarthy and Ms Meggitt are not the first people to be feeding hemp to their chooks.

They said prior to the 1930s, hemp was widely fed to birds in America.

 

Roxboro hemp farmers smell entrepreneurial success in Person County

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September in North Carolina means tobacco is in the warehouses and the cotton bolls will soon pop open, but one of the newest signs of the season in the state is hemp harvesting. In 2014, North Carolina made it permissible for farmers to grow industrial hemp, which contains less than 1 percent of the drug THC, which is found in higher levels in marijuana.

Foushee’s 2-acre plot outside Roxboro supports about 6,000 plants whose seeds will be used for medicinal purposes.

Foushee said the seed oil can be used treat a whole crop of ailments, including Parkinson’s disease and seizures.

 

He also said that he doesn’t believe hemp will supplant tobacco as the state’s major cash crop, but he thinks it can breathe some life into the area’s economy because of the need for people to process the plants.

Hemp Inc. University is having a symposium on the plant and the hemp process Saturday at Peachtree Hills Country Club in Spring Hope. The event will include a tour of the industrial hemp manufacturing site.

 

Hemp is back in Waylon Saunders’ Farm after 80 years, more light on the Green Jobs

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Harvest time came Thursday on Waylon Saunders’ farm. It was unique in that the crop he grew was banned in the United States 80 years ago.

It was hemp and it was back.

There were no huge harvesters working the fields. Instead, workers were cutting individual plants. Then, wearing rubber gloves, they used shears to trim buds from the stems. The buds were to be processed to remove seeds and essential oils for commercial use.

The plants and leaves look much like marijuana and, indeed, they are related to cannabis sativa. Hemp has made a comeback and that’s being felt in Randolph County and North Carolina’s Tobacco Belt. Asheboro’s own Bob Crumley is a driving force in that comeback.

“It was outlawed in 1937,” he said of the period when marijuana and its cousin hemp were banned. “It bothered me that industrialists put folks out of business. I decided to bring hemp farming back to North Carolina.”

Crumley calls his production company Founder’s Hemp in honor of America’s founding fathers, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both of whom raised hemp.

While it was grown during Revolutionary times primarily as a fiber for ropes, today’s hemp has a multitude of uses. Industrial hemp fiber can be processed into such products as twine, paper, construction materials, carpeting and clothing. The seeds and leaves are used to make industrial oils, cosmetics, nutritional supplements and food products.

In fact, the potential seems to be boundless.

Other farmers in North Carolina are growing hemp, Crumley said, both indoors in greenhouses and outdoors in fields. The growing season began late this year, he added, because of bureaucratic red tape.

Saunders said the CBD oil, or cannabidiol, has been found to have medicinal effects for certain maladies such as seizures and cancer. Founder’s Hemp offers products such as seeds, gummies, honey sticks and sodas, made from or containing CBD. There is also a dietary food supplement.

Founder’s Hemp had some 15 people involved in the farming and production of hemp. Once the manufacturing plant opens, there will be more jobs available.

Saunders was harvesting a test crop of 50 hemp plants. He plans to grow five acres of hemp next year.

After the buds are de-stemmed, they’re dried and vacuum-sealed prior to processing at Crumley’s facility.

Hemp is a 120-day crop when grown outdoors, Saunders said. Grown in a greenhouse, hemp can produce two harvests in a year.