Hemp Politics – Industrial hemp is making a comeback in Pennsylvania

Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of the Industrial Hemp Research Act in 2016, a hemp pilot program is giving Pennsylvania’s Hemp Politics a positive-looking future.

Hemp is on the rise in Pennsylvania, and Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is home to one of the hemp research teams appointed to study the economic potential of industrial hemp.

Professor Greg Roth is excited to be one of the leaders in hemp research for Pennsylvania, recognising the multiple benefits of the crop, and it’s immense potential for product development. It promises an economic boost that would be a welcome opportunity to any state.

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Industrial hemp is a sustainable crop that has thousands of uses, from clothing and carpeting to biofuel and building materials. The seeds of hemp are an excellent source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp Seed Hearts can be added to almost any meal to boost your daily nutritional intake.

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Hemp in the News: In South Carolina it’s legal, but no one wants to give it a try!

Having passed legislation in S.C., finding someone to grow the crop is becoming a problem, putting Hemp in the News once again.

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Applications for licenses opened in South Carolina on August 1st, but there is yet to be one person willing to take the gamble, according to state officials.

Much of the blame has been put on regulations and unfamiliarity with the crop and its markets. Another problem still seems to be the stigma that remains between hemp and marijuana. Many people still believe that, because they look so much alike, they are the same, and farmers also worry about the attitudes of people when they see the crop growing on their farms.

There are, of course, other teething troubles, and this is holding back many, who in the not too distant past, were fighting to make it legal.

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Hemp in the News – A win after a ten year battle in Australia

The Australian government finally makes a ruling to allow the making and selling of hemp food-products, which puts Hemp in the News in Australia.

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Lyn Stevenson, president of the Industrial Hemp Association of Victoria, was pleased to report that the ruling is set to help growers of hemp for food products.

Although regulations are still strict and in some ways archaic, including notification of planting schedules and random tests, the bill for which must be paid for by the farmer, the benefits and wonders of this plant as a food source are becoming more widely recognised.

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Hemp in the News – Maryland set to make it harder to grow this awesome crop

In the U.S. this week, Maryland has once again put Hemp in the News. The state legislature is looking at new legislation that would only allow universities and university farms to grow industrial hemp.

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While other nearby states are trying to make things easier, Maryland, which already has many forms of infrastructure in place to make a real economic difference to the state, has politicians who still seem to be thinking with the same old prejudices against the plant.

Regions of Maryland are known to be some of the best growing areas in the U.S., and the state already has the facilities needed, such as warehousing that could be used for processing and manufacturing, biomedical facilities at John Hopkins and the University of Maryland, and a fibre arts framework at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Because of this, Maryland is one of the best places to make real a difference to the state’s future economy.

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Hemp Politics – Meanwhile in Africa, Zimbabwe group applies for permission to grow industrial hemp

As in many countries, the Hemp Politics of Zimbabwe also make industrial hemp illegal, as the confusion between marijuana and industrial hemp continues.

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Speaking to a conference of Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, Dr. Maroveke explained the hugely beneficial and economic advantages of the crop. With Zimbabwe looking to rebuild its economy with largely agricultural based industries, she explained that the current laws are in need of a revamp. Explaining the many uses of industrial hemp, Dr. Maroveke also told the Conference about the difference between marijuana and industrial hemp.

Calling the product “phenomenal,” she has been meeting with Zimbabwe leaders trying to get legislation passed to allow for the introduction of the crop. Some international countries are also interested in investing in the country.

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Hemp in the News – Kentucky hemp industry worried about Attorney General’s skepticism

Hemp in the News this week: Although Kentucky congressmen and senators are looking to open paths to less restrictive farming, the Attorney General is still skeptical.

Kentucky has a long history with hemp. In the days of the earliest settlers, the area had the largest producers of the crop, and it continued for many years until markets, and then laws, made it unsustainable. With the new loosening of regulations and uses, hemp farming is becoming more lucrative once again.

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However, there is a problem. The U.S. justice department may not be ready to loosen the strings much more. The Senate and several members of Congress are in favour of letting this amazing crop be more freely farmed but Attorney General Jeff Sessions may not agree. He is not sure if it should be taken off the controlled substance list.

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Hemp in the News – Will industrial hemp be the new industry in B.C.’s interior?

The Thompson Nicola Regional District board has Hemp in the News as it sets its sights on launching an industrial hemp industry.

At a recent board meeting, Electoral Area E director Sally Watson introduced the industrial hemp idea, as there is tremendous need for new industry in B.C.’s interior. With this summers forest fires blazing, the need is becoming even greater.

Watson was elected to lead the inquiry of whether hemp is a viable industry for the area, and will look to the B.C. government for guidance and assistance in testing the potential crop.

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The ongoing wildfires have had a detrimental effect on the timber industry, and Watson is hoping that the upcoming federal legalisation of marijuana will trigger relaxed hemp regulations as well.

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Hemp in the News – The textile experts tale, from organic cotton to hemp and other sustainable fibres

The life of a well-known textile expert puts Hemp in the News with his knowledge and contribution to the organic and ecologically sustainable textile industry.

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Guy Carpenter, founder and owner of Cape Fear Apparel, decided early on that he didn’t want to follow in his fathers footsteps by working in the textile industry. Instead, he pursued political science at college, taught English in the Peace Corps for two-and-a-half years, spent some time in the Army, and then went to graduate school.

Despite his efforts to explore different directions, life steered him back to the textile industry where he has become a well-known fibre expert. His work included business management for clothing companies as well as helping farmers in developing nations establish successful organic cotton farms.

He first got involved with organic cotton in the 1990s when Nike approached him and asked if he could make an organic cotton t-shirt. During this burgeoning time of the organic cotton industry, Carpenter became interested in hemp textiles. But he quickly realised that, while more and more farmers were growing and processing organic cotton, there were no hemp farmers or manufacturers in the U.S. At that time, China was the only place where hemp was being grown for use in fabric.

Carpenter partnered up with a hemp manufacturer in China and, over the course of five years, produced clothing and garments for many popular brands, such as Nike, Lululemon, Hudson’s Bay Company, and Macy’s.

Eventually he moved from manufacturing to sales, and then on to consulting, with his area of expertise being in organic and sustainable fibres and fabrics.

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Hemp Politics – Same protection for all, Democrat Senator tells USDA

In a move that is very important to the fledgling industrial hemp industry in the U.S., Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is requesting that the USDA give industrial hemp farmers the same protections as other specialty crop growers.

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29 states have now legalized hemp growing on a limited basis, and if farmers are to spend their time and money on this crop, they need the same protection as other specialty crops.

The USDA provides insurance for natural disaster, particularly weather, due to recent unusual weather patterns and up until now does not include hemp growers, but the Senator has claimed that if these programs are to succeed, they need to have the same support.

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Hemp in the News – NY Gov paving the way for hemp industry success

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s support for the expansion of New York State’s industrial hemp industry put Hemp in the News this week. He has taken legislative action to help make the hemp industry a success in the state, which is a great leap forward for the state’s agricultural economy.

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The new legislation assures that industrial hemp will be recognised as an agricultural product, according to the New York Agriculture and Markets Law. A specialised hemp group will be in place to provide information about research and regulations pertaining to hemp cultivation. Also, there will be an estimated $10 million allotted for grants focused on the growth of the industry through research and economic progress.

Cuomo says that with the focus being on both farms and businesses, New York is setting an example of how to expand the industry and generate economic growth from the farms through to the manufacturers.

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