Hemp Keeps Growing in Kentucky
Jul01

Hemp Keeps Growing in Kentucky

  Up until 1937, hemp was a big cash crop in Kentucky. And it's about to fill that role once again.   On May 5, 2015, James Comer, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), held a press conference in a Lexington-based tobacco facility belonging to G.F. Vaughan, the last remaining tobacco processor in Kentucky. His message was historic, his location symbolic: the first year of state-sanctioned industrial...

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Hempapalooza 2015
Jun19

Hempapalooza 2015

The next event we’re stoked about is Hempapalooza, a three-day Summer Solstice music and film festival, which will take place in Brinnon, WA, this year. Since we recently celebrated Hemp History Week, Hempapalooza is aimed at celebrating and raising awareness about the value of community-based economic development, localization, farm-to-fork programs, and other progress made by the cannabis movement.

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Dramatic Increase in Kentucky Hemp Production
May20

Dramatic Increase in Kentucky Hemp Production

Hemp and the state of Kentucky are friends from way back in the day.  They are quickly remembering their old relationship.   Kentucky agriculture officials say the state's hemp production will surpass 1,700 acres this year as the crop's comeback starts to attract investment from processors looking to turn the once-banned crop into products. One of those investors is Andy Graves, CEO of Atalo Holdings. Graves said Tuesday his...

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Minnesota One Step Closer to Industrial Hemp
May13

Minnesota One Step Closer to Industrial Hemp

The re-legalization of the cannabis plant will include the reintroduction of industrial hemp.    [State] House members on May 4 voted 110 to 18 in favor of legislation, HF 1437, to authorize the state-sanctioned production of industrial hemp. The measure now goes to the [State] Senate for further consideration. Last year, members of Congress approved language in the omnibus federal Farm Bill explicitly authorizing states to...

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Industrial Hemp Skateboards
Mar18

Industrial Hemp Skateboards

A cannabis business website called Ganjapreneur hosted Brian Westphal, founder of Lotus Boards.   Westphal also discussed his belief that the future of manufacturing will likely hinge on ecological, renewable practices and 3D printing. "Hemp offers many benefits to our current methods of manufacturing paper, textiles, houses, and of course, plastics. Saving the amount of energy used, reducing carbon emissions, and the amount of...

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Hemp Farming (Almost) Underway in Oregon
Feb18

Hemp Farming (Almost) Underway in Oregon

Oregon is ready to start licensing hemp farmers.   Oregon farmers could put in their first crop of industrial hemp this spring, the state Agriculture Department says. The department has finished making rules and is now accepting applications for licenses to grow. . . . The crop is still illegal under federal law, but eighteen states have removed barriers to production, said Lauren Stansbury of the Hemp Industries Association told...

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