Hemp in the News – NZ dairy farmers switch to a new, green and promising crop

New Zealand’s burgeoning hemp industry put Hemp in the News this week, as dairy farmers look to hemp as their new cash crop.

In an attempt to downscale their cattle farming, one Rangitikei family has decided to plant their first hemp and pumpkin crops this year.

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The Welch family are third generation dairy farmers, but they have become disheartened by the large-scale industrialisation and the bureaucracy of the industry. This lead Tom Welch to look at alternatives to dairy farming, and is how he discovered hemp.

For the past eighty years or so, hemp has been associated with its illegal cousin, marijuana, which contains high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive constituent. Hemp, however, contains less than 0.3 percent THC.

The regulations surrounding hemp have been loosened and, in time, all restrictions will likely be lifted.

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Hemp in the News – Queensland entrepreneurs develop new crop of superfood

Two Queensland farmers are putting Hemp in the News once again, following the new legislation that made hemp legal for human consumption. These Australian farmers are already looking at specialising seeds for conditions.

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For the last four years, Queensland entrepreneurs Lauchlan Grout and Harrisson Lee have been working on adapting hemp seeds for the weather conditions of both Queensland and New South Wales. Lauchlan Grout is growing his first crop using seeds catered especially for Queensland conditions and will be looking to share the new seeds upon harvest.

Grout stated that they need to get new farmers involved in this new crop, and to teach them the added value this new crop can give them. These farmers have even come up with a standard operating procedure to make it easier to bring new farmers in.

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Hemp Politics – California state legislators overlook industrial hemp opportunities

In California Hemp Politics, legislation has been resistant to allowing a hemp industry to thrive in the state. Instead, marijuana has been getting the spotlight.

At this point, there is only farm in Santa Barbara County that is cultivating hemp, so it’s hard to imagine that industrial hemp will grow in demand and become a prevalent cash crop in California.

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There is speculation that marijuana crop prices could fall, and some of the cannabis farmers would then have the option to switch to growing industrial hemp instead. This could help to spur on a hemp industry in the state.

For several decades, hemp has had illegal status in the United States, lumped in as a Schedule 1 drug along with its psychoactive cousin. The difference between hemp and marijuana, however, is that hemp contains only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient, which makes it impossible to get high from hemp.

Hemp has several other uses. In fact, an estimated 50,000 products can be made from hemp, including sunglasses, construction materials, composites for building cars, and health and nutrition products.

California Legislature has approved several Bills that aim to relax the restraining hemp laws, but they have not been effective.

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Hemp in the News – Wisconsin hemp meeting draws crowd of interested farmers

A meeting in Barron County, Wisconsin, put Hemp in the News this week, as a group of about 100 farmers joined together to learn more about growing hemp. With the recent change in the state’s hemp laws, removing the ban on farming hemp, many are looking to start planting the crop early next year.

Although hemp is related to marijuana, it is a different strain that lacks the psychoactive effects of its cannabis cousin. Hemp food products, such as hemp oil, protein powder, and hemp seeds, are fast becoming a favourite health food amongst consumers.

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The meeting was held at Barron County Government Centre and the presenter, Minnesota hemp farmer John Strohfus, drew a large crowd of curious farmers. Having grown hemp since 2016, he spoke about the different aspects of hemp farming, from seed sourcing to harvesting and marketing.

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Hemp Politics – Virginia summit will make way for hemp opportunities

In U.S. Hemp Politics, hemp continues to be illegal to grow without a stamp of approval from the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

The reason for this limitation is that hemp is classified as a schedule one drug, along with it’s close cousin, marijuana. However, THC levels for hemp are around 0.3%, whereas marijuana THC levels are an average 10%.

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The classification for hemp is likely to change, hopefully in the near future. Institute for Advanced Learning and Research Executive Director Mark Gignac feels that Southside Virginia its losing out on a profitable crop and industry that could greatly benefit local farmers and the economy.

The U.S. spends an estimated $700 million on imported hemp. As more and more states join the hemp movement, Virginia could very well be next.

A summit will be held at the end of February by the institute and Halifax County, to explore the opportunity of a potential hemp industry in the Southside Virginia.

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Hemp Politics – Thai government opening doors for industrial hemp cultivation

In Thailand, Hemp Politics took a step forward last week, although some argue that it’s not enough.

The Thai government has amended its narcotics laws in favour of hemp cultivation. Hemp is now a legal cash crop in six provinces in northern Thailand. It’s a good move, permitting hemp to be grown in these designated areas, but unfortunately hemp continues to be classified as a type 5 narcotic elsewhere in the country.

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The law change originates from Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), which supports the production of hemp for its fibres. Hemp farming will be restricted to government affiliated farms, and will be watched over closely by authorities.

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Hemp in the News – Wisconsin farmers eyeing new cash crop

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker put Hemp in the News last month by signing a bill legalising hemp production in the state.

Adam Kuczer, a member of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors, is hoping that the DATCP, (Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection), is timely in making suitable regulations and permits, so that Wisconsin farmers can make an informed decision on whether or not to grow the crop.

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Kuczer, along with other farmers, need to get the regulations pinpointed before making the decision on which way to go. Growing for hemp seeds is an obvious direction to go, but many are looking at growing the crop to rejuvenate an industry in the state from the 1950’s, when hemp was grown for the making of fibers.

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Hemp Politics – Environment Minister predicts huge growth in Jersey’s hemp industry

In Hemp Politics, Environment Minister Steve Luce is rallying for Jersey farmers to grow more than just Jersey Royals, a type of potato grown in Jersey which has a Protected Designation of Origin. He wants to see farmers vary their crops to help sustain the soil and local economy.

A hemp crop was grown this year as a trial, to see how well it could grow in the area. It was a successful crop, and the Environment Department hopes this will result in more hemp being grown next year.

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Planting hemp on Jersey Island will help to sustain the farmland by replenishing the soil, improving the water quality, and limiting the amount of fertilisers and pesticides.   

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Hemp in the News – Hemp farmers of NC remain hopeful, despite failed crops

The results of North Carolina’s first hemp crop are in, and they’ve put Hemp in the News, but not because of their success.

Despite the fact that several farmers in North Carolina had little success with their inaugural hemp crop this year, farmers and state officials remain optimistic about the enormous potential of this new industry.

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Hemp farmer, Mann Mullen, is among many farmers who sums up the first crop trial as a learning experience and, therefore, not entirely a failure. Mullen grew 150 acres of hemp this past year, and has determined that the majority of his crop was destroyed by hot temperatures. But all is not lost, as he is able to at least harvest seeds from some of his plants, which he will use for next years crop.

NC farmers are confident that next year will be better, and they’re determined to reap the economic benefits of industrial hemp, and see it boost their local and statewide economy.

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Hemp in the News – Oregon farmers look to a bright future and bumper crops

An Oregon farmer put Hemp in the News – After an idea from one of his sons, farmer Barry Cook started growing hemp on his property. Although some problems have arisen, caused by passing motorists thinking they have just hit pay dirt, Cook has found success in the adventure and is now boasting that it will be the next big cash crop for Oregon.

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Having lost between five and six hundred plants to curious passers by, Cook has now posted signs on his small country road saying his crop is not marijuana.

The rules for growing, and the lack of limitations on how much can be grown, is making this a very attractive crop in Oregon. The conditions have also added to higher than expected harvests and amounts of usable materials.

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