Hemp History – Jersey Island is having a hemp revival

Jersey’s Hemp History will experience a revival this growing season, as hemp crops will be cultivated throughout the island.

For three former firefighters it will actually be the second growing season. With permission from Health Minister Andrew Green, they grew hemp last year at an undisclosed location.

An initial small number of hemp plants were grown last year, to test its viability. Due to a very successful harvest, the number of plants will increase this year.

In the late 1800’s hemp was a thriving crop in Jersey, used to produce rope and sails for ships. Today the seeds are harvested from the plants to make hemp oil and cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

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It’s time for hemp to make a comeback, which will expand the agricultural opportunities for farmers and industry.

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Hemp History – Back to the future, the rebirth of hemp

In some places in the world, marijuana, both medical and recreational, has been made legal, but somewhere in there, Hemp History has been forgotten.

There are two species of the Cannabis Sativa plant, one of which is more well known, and gives a psychoactive high. This species is marijuana, and it has a high concentration of the component THC, while the other, known as industrial hemp, has a minimal amount of less than 0.3% THC. Hemp is also one of the most amazing and useful plants on the planet, with the potential of making, building and feeding multitudes.

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Industrial hemp has been used for thousands of years for an abundance of uses, from building materials to ropes and sails. Due to an unfortunate turn of events back in 1937, and because of how alike the two plants look, hemp was lumped in with marijuana on the list of controlled substances and, therefore made illegal to grow in the U.S.

With the advent of the 2014 Farm Bill, industrial hemp is beginning to make a comeback as a money crop in the agricultural industry. With the many advantages of this crop, including the lack of need for fertilisers or pesticides, it’s growth rate, and the actual ability to help and improve the soil quality, it really is a miracle crop.

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Hemp History – Tracing the roots of industrial hemp farming in the U.S.

If the skeptics of industrial hemp took a closer look at the Hemp History of the U.S.A., they’d soon realise that it’s not a new crop for the U.S., but one that deserves a revival.

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Two U.S. Senate Majority Leaders, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, are proposing the legalisation of industrial hemp. McConnell announced that the bill will “legalise hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances.”

Hemp has strong roots in the history of American agriculture. Henry Clay, a Kentucky lawyer, farmer, and statesman, was one of the first to bring hemp seeds to the U.S. from Asia.

Clay’s advocacy for hemp dates back to 1810, when he backed government laws for the protection of domestically grown hemp.

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Hemp History – 20 selected farmers soon to begin industrial hemp trials in South Carolina

Another U.S. state is making Hemp History with the launch of their first hemp pilot program.

South Carolina has given the stamp of approval to twenty farmers who are now permitted to grow industrial hemp. After twenty years of wanting to grow hemp, farmer Nat Bradford is pleased to be one of the chosen few.

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Last year, South Carolina voted in favour of the Industrial Hemp Bill, which allows for hemp cultivation for research purposes. This hemp pilot program elects twenty farmers who team up with universities to grow and study hemp.

The program will explore the growing conditions of the crop and, eventually, will open up new opportunities for farmers and industry.

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Hemp History – The chosen few in South Carolina are ready to sow their first hemp seeds

To understand the current status of industrial hemp in the U.S., one needs to look at Hemp History, and how it became illegal in 1937.

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First, let’s clear up the misconception that hemp and marijuana are the same. They are both species of the cannabis sativa plant, but with only 0.3 percent THC, hemp lacks the psychoactive effects of marijuana, which contains 10 – 20 percent.

Despite the difference in chemical content of the two plants, hemp was grouped together with marijuana and deemed illegal by Congress, in 1937.

One by one, states in the U.S. are reversing this law and allowing hemp to be cultivated once again. South Carolina is one of the more recent states to implement their Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, and the twenty chosen farmers are more than ready to sow their first hemp seeds this spring.

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Hemp History – Roman revival of hemp construction underway

Take a look at Hemp History and you will soon discover that it reaches all around the globe, and for thousands of years. Even the Romans have a place in hemp history, dating back to the Julius Caesar days, and U.S. presidents Washington and Jefferson both farmed hemp as well.

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In the U.S., while many states legalise marijuana for its medicinal and recreational benefits, several other uses of cannabis are being overlooked, especially its use as building material.

There is growing interest in sustainable construction these days, and hemp supersedes all others when it comes to sustainability and renewable materials. The Romans used hemp to build structures and bridges, many of which are still standing.

There is now a movement of builders and environmentalists who want to revive the industrial hemp-building industry.

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Hemp History – How Kentucky once ruled the lands of hemp

Befitting to Kentucky’s Hemp History, Laura Freeman of Laura’s Lean Beef now has a collection of hemp products available. Her hemp business is located at her Winchester farm in Clark County, where at one time in history, hemp flourished.

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To see the beginning of hemp farming in Kentucky one must look back as far as 1775. A hemp industry boomed in Kentucky where soil conditions were ideal. The fibres of hemp were used to make twine, carpets, rope and bags.

By the turn of the century, it was said that seventy-five percent of American hemp fibre was grown and produced in Kentucky alone, and by 1916, Clark County was responsible for half of this hemp production.

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Hemp History – Ten thousand years of history and we are just reawakening

When it comes to ancient human artifacts, Hemp History should not be overlooked. The oldest piece of a man-made product is a fragment of hemp fabric dating all the way back to 8,000 B.C., as written in “The Columbia History of the World.

U.S. presidents Washington and Jefferson were among the many farmers who grew hemp over two hundred years ago, before becoming illegal with the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. But now it’s finally on the comeback trail.

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Once a crop of necessity for the U.S., it is now finding strong support from processors and farmers alike. In states like Virginia, Kentucky and others, hemp is on its way to once again becoming a major income source for farmers and the community as a whole.

With up to fifty thousand uses, from rope to medicine, industrial hemp is looking at a bright future.

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Hemp History – Legality, only the first problem of farmers in Washington State

Although there is Hemp History in Washington, the first legal crop in almost 90 years is causing unforeseen problems for one Washington farmer.

Cory Sharp, a trailblazer for a new hemp-growing industry in Washington, has just celebrated his first harvest and although he is more than satisfied with the results, the enjoyment is not complete, as of yet.

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After harvesting 105 acres, he has a great crop of seeds and fibre but because of a law which prohibits unrefined hemp being moved across state lines, he is struggling to find a buyer for his crop.

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Hemp History – Colville Tribes become part of the industrial hemp boom

The Colville Confederated Tribes become the first tribe in Hemp History to join the expanding hemp-growing industry.

The hemp-growing boom in the U.S. is bringing in an estimated 690 million today and is forecast to hit almost 2 billion by 2020.

Swawilla Basin, near Keller Ferry in Washington state, is the first step for the tribe in experimenting with the crop. They have 60 acres growing hemp, and are contemplating it becoming close to 500 acres in the area next season.

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With some of the most famous people in history, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, among the names, hemp has quite a history in the U.S.A. Hemp has been outlawed since the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act. However, the 2014 Farm Act is revitalizing the growth of the industry.

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