Hemp History – Rhode Island makes history with first crop in decades

Rhode Island is making Hemp History, as hemp is harvested for the first time in 50 years.

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Dawson Hodgson, co owner of Sodco Turf Farm in Rhode Island, planted 65 acres of hemp this year, and is harvesting up to 70,000 plants. Hodgson is taking the lead for Rhode Island’s new hemp industry.

The hemp crop at Sodco Turf Farm has been a great success. Good weather conditions made cultivation easy, with the need to water only once. Harvesting and processing has had its challenges, but as Hodgson says, you fix the problems and move on.

Since Congress removed hemp from the list of controlled substances last year, the industry has experienced rapid growth all across the U.S.A.

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Hemp History – Slow comeback for hemp textiles in the U.S.

Despite the significant role of Hemp History in the U.S., experts say it will take some time to reestablish hemp textiles in the industry. Hemp textiles were once widely accepted in the U.S., substantiated by the fact that the U.S. Constitution was written on hemp paper.

The recent legalization of hemp in the U.S. has spurred a reawakening of the industry nationwide. The number of farmers growing hemp has increased exponentially this year. They have high hopes of cashing in on this versatile crop that was illegal to grow for over 80 years.

The majority of farmers are growing hemp for CBD production. This variety of plant is short and bushy, much unlike the tall variety of hemp grown for fibre and textiles.

Hemp fibre is strong and durable, which is why it was used to make rope, sails and canvas many years ago. Now there are ways of using hemp to make clothing, upholstery fabric and silk, and hemp textiles last much longer than cotton.

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Hemp History – Wisconsin working to revive its hemp industry to better the future

The roots of Hemp History take us back to 5000 B.C. in China. In trying to find an alternative to animal-based clothing, the Chinese discovered that hemp could be used to create fabric. They also found that hemp could be used to make shoes, rope and paper.

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Hemp is now making a comeback, due to its many uses and sustainability. It fits well into the new age of technology by supplying eco-friendly options for modern living.

Several American presidents have grown hemp in the past, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Andrew Jackson. Hemp was once a thriving industry in the U.S. and Wisconsin is one of several states that want to revive this versatile plant.

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Hemp History – Hemp industry needs standards in order to obtain structure

There is no known terminology in Hemp History to quantify the crop. There are wheat bushels and potato centuries, but what do we call hemp?

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The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the controlled substances list. It is now an agricultural commodity in the U.S., but there is yet to be a universal name for hemp quantities.

From seed quantities to fibre lengths, there is no standardization. This is leading to confusion with investors, as there’s no method for determining numbers. Jay Noller, head of Oregon State University’s new Global Hemp Innovation Centre, said everyone is saying, “People are investing in hemp but we don’t know what to divide it by.”

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Hemp History – Degree in Hemp? A college in North Dakota creates a new degree

Dakota college in Bottineau is attempting to make Hemp History by offering a new program in hemp production.

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The college is applying to the State Board of Higher Education for permission to teach a two year degree and a certificate program in hemp cultivation. If approved, classes could start as early as January 2020.

Campus Dean Jerry Migler recognizes the potential of this revitalized crop and the new opportunities it can bring the state.

The curriculum will focus on growing low THC industrial hemp, for industrial and commercial purposes. It will be a two year degree program, with the option of a shorter certificate program.

North Dakota was one of a number of states that implemented the hemp pilot program in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill. The program was for research purposes only. As a result of the federal legalization last year, the state now has more than 50 growers.

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Hemp History – Kentucky’s future is hemp

Kentucky’s Hemp History may be convoluted but the crop is making a strong comeback in the state. This, after decades of tobacco farming.

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On his family’s tobacco farm in Kentucky, Brian Furnish inspects the harvest that is hanging to dry inside the barn. The scent of tobacco that was grown here for generations is fading, and the rich smell of hemp is taking over.

Like many tobacco farmers in Kentucky, Furnish recognizes the need for change. Tobacco is the crop of the past, and hemp is Kentucky’s crop of the future.

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Hemp History – Pennsylvania reverts to its farming history

In U.S. Hemp History, industrial hemp was illegal for several decades, due to its close resemblance to marijuana. What lawmakers didn’t take into consideration, is that hemp does not hold the psychotropic values found in its close cousin, marijuana.

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State government in Pennsylvania has changed rules and regulations to make commercial growing of industrial hemp much easier for farmers.

Farmers are no longer limited to growing 100 acres of hemp. Also, there is no longer a cap to how many farmers can grow hemp in the state.

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Hemp History – Wisconsin’s significant role in the world’s history of hemp

Wisconsin has a significant place in Hemp History, not only in the U.S., but on a global scale.

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During WWII, the state of Wisconsin was at the forefront of the world’s hemp industry. Farmers were encouraged to grow hemp, which was used to produce rope and sails for the war. A vast amount of hemp was grown in Wisconsin and processed at a mill in DeForest.

In 1943 there were about 400 farmers growing hemp in the area, and the mill processed at least 20,000 pounds of hemp that year.

In 1957 the U.S. government put a stop to the hemp industry, but the 2014 Farm Act brought it back.

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Hemp History – Canada celebrates 20 years of hemp legalisation

Canada’s Hemp History is much more forgiving than most. Where some countries are still in the process of legalising industrial hemp, Canada is celebrating 20 years of hemp being legal to grow for commercial production.

In Winnipeg this week, the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance hosted its annual national convention.

Executive Director Ted Haney spoke about how the Cannabis Act of 2018 has benefited the hemp industry. Many restrictions have been lifted, making it much easier to obtain a license for growing hemp.

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Hemp History – Hemp in Wisconsin makes a comeback

Wisconsin is making Hemp History as farmers harvest their first hemp crop in decades.

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It had been fifty years since Wisconsin farmers last cultivated hemp, but a law implemented by state legislators late last year, introduced permits for farmers to grow industrial hemp once again. 

The new hemp law includes rigid guidelines to prevent farmers from blending marijuana plants into their hemp fields. In addition, farmers must renew their growing permit annually.

Because of the stigma attached to hemp, it’s been an ongoing battle to get it recognised and legalised. The stigma is the result of misinformation about hemp and marijuana.

Though biologically related to marijuana, hemp is a different variety that lacks the psychoactive effects of its cousin. Where marijuana usually has a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) level of 10 to 20 percent, industrial hemp contains less than 0.3.

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