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StaffStaffMay 19, 2020
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A coalition of U.S. hemp businesses and organizations announced the launch of Hemp for Our Future, a social responsibility campaign to support healthcare workers and community organizations on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.
Hemp for Our Future has established a network of hemp farmers, businesses, and nonprofits, through which it is coordinating the production and donation of hemp-based materials, products, and foods to nursing organizations, food banks, and other organizations in their regions that are helping people impacted by COVID-19. The campaign was inspired by “Hemp for Victory,” a film produced by the federal government during World War II that encouraged American farmers to grow as much hemp as possible to support the war effort.

Leaders and supporters of Hemp for Our Future explain the new campaign and its inspiration in a video online.

“This is an exceptionally challenging time for our country, and everyone is looking for ways to do their part to help out,” said Hemp for Our Future co-founder Shawn Hauser, who is a partner and chair of the hemp and cannabinoid practice at Vicente Sederberg LLP. “This nascent industry is only in its first year of USDA regulation, but it is well-positioned to quickly start making an impact. The power of hemp is incredible, and the power of an active and well-organized community is unlimited.”

Hemp for Our Future is asking participants to produce products, donate biomass, provide logistics services, contribute financially, and recruit additional participants from throughout their supply chains. In particular, it is seeking donations of personal protective equipment, sterilization products and equipment, cleaning supplies, food and supplements, and lotions and salves.

“One in seven people in Kentucky were struggling with hunger before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and now that number is even bigger,” said Chad Rosen, CEO of Kentucky-based Victory Hemp Foods, which contributed hundreds of pounds of hemp hearts to local food banks. “As a superfood ingredient manufacturer, we are trying to do what we can with what we have to help the greatest number of people. We decided to start by donating hundreds of pounds of nutrient-dense hemp hearts to food banks in the communities where we live. We are also encouraging others to take similar action, because even small acts can have a big impact.”

Some of the initial contributions coordinated through the network include:

  • Several hundred pounds of hemp hearts from Victory Hemp Foods to food banks and nutrition programs in four Kentucky counties;
  • More than 1,000 units of hand sanitizers, lip balms, salves, and other topicals from Curaleaf, Fusion CBD, Nanocraft CBD (facilitated by CBD Takeout), and other companies to professional nursing organizations in Massachusetts and New York; and
  • More than 200 items of hemp clothing from Colorado Hemp Company to Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

“Our company is proud to participate in the Hemp for our Future campaign and assist in helping local community organizations in need of donations, such as food and clothing,” said Morris Beegle, founder of Colorado Hemp Company. “It’s great to see so many companies and individuals from the hemp and cannabis space stepping up to help those in need.”

Hemp for Our Future was co-founded by Vicente Sederberg LLP, Agricultural Hemp Solutions, and Friends of Hemp. It is supported by a growing number of organizations and businesses, including (in alphabetical order):

  • Agricultural Hemp Solutions
  • Cannabis Doing Good
  • CBD Takeout
  • Colorado Hemp Company
  • Colorado Hemp Industries Association
  • Curaleaf
  • EARTH Law LLC
  • Friends of Hemp
  • Fusion CBD
  • Hemp History Week
  • Hemp Industries Association
  • Hemp Road Trip
  • Nanocraft CBD
  • National Cannabis Industry Association
  • National Hemp Association
  • OP Innovates
  • Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association
  • Oregon State University Global Hemp Innovation Center
  • Texas Hemp Educational Organization
  • U.S. Hemp Building Association
  • U.S. Hemp Growers Conferences & Expo
  • Vicente Sederberg LLP
  • Victory Hemp Foods
  • Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition
  • Vote Hemp
“Hemp for Our Future is currently focused on helping health care workers and others on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis, but the network we have created will be able to continue doing good well into the future,” said Hemp for Our Future co-founder Courtney Moran of Agricultural Hemp Solutions. “It is a meaningful way in which we can unite and strengthen this new industry, while also illuminating the utility and sustainability of this amazing crop. Now that commercial hemp production is federally legal in the U.S., we can put it to use to meet our country’s industrial material needs, while also regenerating our soils and rural economies.”

StaffStaffMay 8, 2020
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Editors Note: This post was republished with permission from CannabizMedia.com

Cannacurio: Connecticut Hemp

It is hemp season and today’s Cannacurio delves into the hemp licenses in our home state of Connecticut. Connecticut has three types of licenses right now that includes cultivation, processing, and manufacturing. Between Pending and Active there are 217 licenses and here is how they break down across activities:

Connecticut 2020 Hemp Licenses by Activity

Manufacturer License: To make hemp products intended for human ingestion, inhalation, absorption or other internal consumption (collectively “consumables”), you must apply for and receive a manufacturer of hemp consumables license. Such a license is required to engage in the conversion of the hemp plant into a byproduct by means of adding heat, solvents, or any method of extraction to modify the original composition of the plant into a consumable.

Processor License: To use or convert hemp to make a product that is not a consumable, you must obtain a license from the Department of Agriculture. The processor license will be required to produce all animal food, and non-consumables, such as textiles and building products.

Grower License: Issued to a person in the state-licensed by the commissioner to cultivate, grow, harvest, handle, store, and market hemp.

Key Findings

  • There are 217 active and pending Connecticut hemp licenses so far this year
  • 66% of the licenses are cultivators, 25% cultivators, and 9% processors
  • 73 of the licenses have been formed with other licenses to create a vertically integrated operation. 84% of the processors are integrated with other licenses.
  • Incredible Edibles, a well-known brand, received both a cultivator and manufacturer license.

Vertical Integration

One of the questions we are increasingly asked about is how many licenses are vertically integrated. For Cannabis licensing that is easier to answer as it is often regulated – think Florida and New York for full integration or New Mexico and Connecticut for partial. However, in the hemp economy, it is really up to the discretion of the business to decide if it wants to and is qualified to manage multiple activities.

In evaluating the 217 licenses above we have determined that 73 of these licenses – or about a third have been vertically integrated into stacks of two or three licenses. 144 operate as stand-alone licenses.

Vertically Integrated Connecticut Hemp Licenses

In other words, 66% are stand-alone businesses and in looking at the % table above we can see that Cultivators have the highest likelihood to be a stand-alone business followed by Manufacturers and Processors.

The processing function is most likely to be vertically integrated or stacked – only 3 of the 19 processing licenses are stand-alones.

Why does this matter?

It speaks to the ease with which business owners can make the determinations as to the types of businesses they would like to pursue. There are a couple of other factors at work here as well. In order to get all three of these Connecticut licenses, the business owners had to secure cultivation and manufacturing from the Department of Agriculture and the Processing license from the Department of Consumer Protection. This supports a trend we have seen in hemp licensing where states expand the activities they permit and utilize existing regulators to help carry the burden.

We have seen this play out in Florida and Louisiana where existing regulators manage the licensure of retail sales. This is a stark contract from cannabis regulatory schemes where monolithic entities are created to handle the process.

Leaderboard

Here are the license holders who have secured/applied to receive all three license types in Connecticut:

CT Hemp Leaderboard - Vertically Integrated


StaffStaffApril 15, 2020
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The hemp advocacy group Vote Hemp said that on Monday April 13th, eight leading hemp trade and advocacy organizations sent a joint letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) administrator Jovita Carranza urging her to ensure that in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers are eligible for key Small Business Administration (SBA) programs, especially the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program. The letter was sent on behalf of hemp farmers nationwide including more than 17,000 licensed family farmers who grew hemp in 2019.
The eight signatories to the letter are Vote Hemp, U.S. Hemp Roundtable, U.S. Hemp Grower Association, National Industrial Hemp Council, Hemp Industries Association, Midwest Hemp Council, Hemp Feed Coalition and the Nebraska Hemp Industries Association.
According to Vote Hemp, the Hemp Business Journal estimates that sales of hemp products grew to more than $820 million in 2017 and estimates they will grow to $2.6 billion by 2022.
The CARES Act relief bill was passed by Congress on a bi-partisan basis to provide economic support including grants and low interest loans to businesses and individuals affected by the COVID-19 virus. However, much of the funding was distributed to the SBA and farmers historically are not eligible for SBA programs and funding. While some CARES Act funding was allocated to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), there was not indication of when or how that funding might reach farmers and for what purpose it would be provided. Many hemp producers indicated they were struggling without access to loans or support that was going to other businesses. Given the unique nature of this disaster, the coalition felt that it was important that farmers including hemp producers should be able to access the Economic Injury Disaster Loans and other SBA relief programs.
“We are concerned about the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus on farmers and wanted to make sure that hemp producers were not left behind at this critical moment” said Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp. “We urge the SBA and Congress to provide the same relief to hemp farmers that is being offered to other businesses.”
To read the coalition letter to the SBA, regarding hemp farmer inclusion in CARES Act aid, please visit: https://www.votehemp.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/VH-letter-to-SBA-Covid-farmers-EIDL-FINAL.pdf

StaffStaffMarch 31, 2020
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Congress has passed the CARES Act in order to assist Americans during the COVD19 pandemic. Despite paying onerous taxes, most cannabis companies are ineligible to take part in the rescue plan. Hemp farmers look like they will be able to take advantage of some assistance in the rescue package.

Harris Bricken law office noted on their website that the bill contains a $20 million grant to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Relief Fund. The site also pointed out that on March 11, President Trump instructed the SBA “to exercise available authority to provide capital and liquidity to firms affected by the coronavirus.” Unfortunately for marijuana businesses, SBA was quick to point out that:

“Because federal law prohibits the sale and distribution of cannabis, the SBA does not provide financial assistance to businesses that are illegal under federal law. Businesses that aren’t eligible include marijuana growers and dispensers, businesses that sell cannabis products, etc., even if the business is legal under local or state law.”

Harris Bricken also suggested that because the CARES Act delegates lending authority to banks and credit unions, that potentially eligible hemp businesses should reach out to their banks and credit unions directly.

Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin said, “We appreciate that the CARES Act includes language that designates relief for small businesses and relief for farmers–hemp farmers should absolutely be included in this as federal law now treats hemp as an agricultural commodity and not a controlled substance. While marijuana businesses and cultivators would not receive relief, hemp farmers should receive and benefit from direly needed stimulus funds. The hemp industry needs support now so that it can lead in uplifting and revamping the economy when the dust settles.”

Cannabis Crocodile Tears

Many in the cannabis community grumble about paying taxes but then get excluded from a rescue package. It’s a valid complaint, except that dispensaries have been allowed to stay open for the most part and many states have eased restrictions regarding deliveries and curbside service. Several have also reported very strong sales during the crisis and that makes it hard to believe that the companies need a rescue plan.

Granted physical distancing presents more challenges to the system, but then the cannabis industry is used to adapting to challenges. There are some that believe there are poorly run cannabis companies who are now hiding behind COVID excuses to explain poor results.

Hemp farmers, however, were struggling prior to the pandemic as many sunk large amounts of money into farms only to see prices drop and demand fall. Competition increased dramatically causing large players like GenCanna to declare bankruptcy. The CARES Act could be just the thing to hit the reset button.

EcoGen Laboratories Head of Sales Doug Watson said, “During this trying time, we are excited to see that the CARES Act includes language that designates relief for farmers and small businesses. Farming inherently comes with certain risks and any assistance from the government will help ease some of the fear in continuing to plant during this pandemic. In this same spirit, EcoGen is also working on a program where the company will buy back hemp from farmers in order to stand behind our farming customers. We are very hopeful that this stimulus will help the hemp industry in this important planting season for 2020.”


StaffStaffMarch 16, 2020
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HB 921, a bill addressing the hemp seeds used for hemp farming in Florida has passed the Florida Senate and House. It is expected for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to sign the bill into law in the coming days.

The removal of the “rigid wording requirements” put in place by the Florida legislature will allow for clearer labeling. Nationwide there are currently 12 different labels required for hemp products. In addition to making the labeling easier, the legislation will allow for more research into plant genetics and will help determine what can be farmed in the Florida climate. The new legislation does not cover synthetic CBD.

Florida Hemp Council

The Florida Hemp Council, a non-profit that was created to provide structure, networking and services to the hemp industry in Florida, has been lobbying for this bill in Tallahassee.

Jeff Greene, the co-founder of The Florida Hemp Council stated, “At The Florida Hemp Council, we are happy with the result of the passing of HB 921. A late amendment to the bill allowed for important adjustments to the Hemp program in Florida. By exempting GRAS products and maintaining certain exemptions, we are able to cater to our small retailers and grocery store members. We were also able to keep order in the seed program for our farming members. Lastly, we are pleased to see that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services received funding for 43 new employees. I would consider this session a win for the Florida hemp industry and am hopeful that Governor DeSantis will sign off, as planned.”

According to the www.hempbenchmarks.com, “As of February 21, Florida has not issued any permits to grow
hemp, according to Holly Bell, Director of Cannabis in the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. With many farmers across the country already making preparations for the planting season by this point in the year, the fact that licenses have not yet been issued in Florida raises the question of whether hemp will be grown in the state this year and, if so, to what extent.”


StaffStaffMarch 11, 2020
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The Farm Bill, signed recently into law, allows for the cultivation and sale of hemp and hemp products under specific regulations. This legalization is a big step for both consumers and producers.

For consumers, it implies that they can now enjoy numerous health benefits of hemp oil. One of the benefits of hemp oil that receives a lot of attention is its use for skin. The skin is an essential part of the body, and no one wants to look dull or have aging skin. Today we look at the many benefits that hemp seed oil offer to your skin.

What is Hemp Seed Oil?

Hemp seed oil originates from seeds of the hemp plant. It comes from seeds that don’t contain the same level of compounds as the plant but are rich in many other compounds. Some of the components that the oil contains include omega-3 fatty acids that can do wonders for your skin.

Full-spectrum hemp oil contains all components required to provide the entourage effect. Health benefits of hemp seed oil include boosting cardiovascular health, enhancing brain health, relieving arthritis pain, and reducing inflammation.

Hemp Oil for Skin

  1. Hydrates Skin

It contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help to hydrate the skin. Hemp oil is a natural skin moisturizer and a perfect solution for people with dry skin. Fatty acids contained in hemp interact uniquely with the skin to ensure that there is no clogging.

Besides, it contains amino acids, which inhibit skin dryness. Therefore, it can help hydrate the whole body and not just your face. Nowadays, you can also get lip products that contain CBD, such as CBD lip balm. What does CBD lip balm do? CBD lip balm helps to moisture and hydrate your lips because it contains hemp extracts.

  1. Has Antioxidant Properties

The hemp seed oil contains various antioxidants, including vitamin C, A, and E, and gamma-linolenic acid. Such properties can offer your skin protection from early aging. Dermatological studies show that antioxidants prevent oxidative cell damage by limiting the production of free radicals and playing a role in the aging process.

  1. Heals Eczema

There exists a positive link between eczema and hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil helps to hydrate the dry skin of eczema patients as well as reduce inflammation and pain from itching. In short, eczema patients that use hemp oil report a significant reduction in itching and dryness and an improvement in all symptoms. If you suffer from eczema, you can apply the oil directly to your skin, as advised by a specialist.

  1. Treats Psoriasis

Psoriasis causes cells to multiply rapidly on the skin, leaving red patches and scales that are painful and itchy. At least 125 million people (2-3% of the total population) across the world suffer from this condition. These high statistics show that it is a common issue. The fatty acids and gamma-linolenic acids contained in hemp oil can help to treat psoriasis and leave your skin glowing.

  1. Reduce Skin Inflammation

Gamma-linoleic acid contained in hemp seed oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it can help to address any swellings on the skin caused by other underlying conditions. Similarly, body cells involved in the inflammatory response contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. You can consume hemp oil to enjoy all these components for the benefit of your skin.

  1. Reduces Acne

These same fatty acids that fight inflammation also hydrate and soothe the skin and regulate the production of oil in the skin, which in turn helps to treat acne. Hemp oil doesn’t cause pore blockage or breakouts, and this is very important in acne. Considering that acne occurs as a result of blockage of pores due to excess fat, hemp oil offers the solution you need if you are experiencing this issue.

  1. Anti-aging Properties

Aging leaves your skin dry and dull and hinders you from getting that glowing and youthful skin. The hemp seed oil contains anti-aging properties and can help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines on your face. The oleic and linoleic acid, which play a crucial role in anti-aging, is an element of hemp seed oil.

You can benefit from hemp oils in the form of hemp scrubs, hemp creams, and hemp moisturizers to slow down the aging process of your skin. It has the perfect balance of most compounds required to boost skin health.

Conclusion

A healthy skin prevents the entry of diseases and gives you a radiant look. We all want to have that perfect skin and have probably tried most products available on the market. Hemp oil contains numerous minerals and nutrients that can benefit your skin without leaving any side effects.

The fact that it is legal in most places makes it easy to access such products from trusted sources. In Canada, the government sells products through the online dispensary Canada to ensure that you purchase premium hemp seed oil.

 


Julie AitchesonJulie AitchesonMarch 5, 2020
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On a recent trip to my local market, picking through early spring produce and studiously avoiding my most overworked winter staples, I came across a new contender for my next vegetable serving– baby hemp leaves. Layered in a clear plastic clamshell, the distinctive emerald leaves were curated by a lengthy, laminated discourse affixed to the produce cooler on the culinary benefits of the hemp plant.

The baby hemp leaves, which came from South Mountain MicroFARM in Boonsboro, MD (and which I purchased for $6, took home, steamed, and served with a dash of apple cider vinegar and spoonful of kimchi), were advertised as having zero THC content and below 1% CBD. What the leaves did contain, according to the write-up, was a veritable smorgasbord of nutrients including folate, iron, calcium, and Vitamin C. This was preceded by language regarding the benefits of consuming greens in general for digestion, immunity, and alleviating arthritic conditions. 

I contacted South Mountain MicroFARM for comment on their baby hemp enterprise but did not receive a response. This is likely due to the spring farmer’s scramble rather than any desire to avoid scrutiny. Hemp containing no THC and less than 1% CBD lands well within Maryland State guidelines approving the sale and transport of industrial hemp not exceeding .3% THC, a law that has recently been modified to stipulate that plants be tested no more than 15 days after harvest.

Though the advent of baby hemp to the market in my home state of West Virginia was news to me, the first farmer to take hemp to the grocery aisle did so in New York state back in 2017. An article for Bloomberg News by Kate Krader profiled J.D. Farms in Eaton, NY, which specializes in organic food products and was the first agricultural operation to sell fresh hemp for culinary use.

Though co-founders Mark Justh and Dan Dolgin originally planted hemp as a cover crop, they soon found that the untapped market for culinary hemp held great potential. They marketed their hemp greens as the “new kale”, along with more tried and true hemp seed oil and hemp seeds, whose attributes have long been extolled by nutritionists and Whole Foodists alike.

Appealing adjectives like “lemony”, “minty”, and “sweet” have been used to describe the taste of hemp leaves, so I had high hopes for my culinary adventure. After receiving a recommendation from the clerk at the market (she prefers them sautéed in eggs with feta), I elected to steam the hemp in order to experience it in a relatively unadulterated form.

What resulted was something similar in texture to steamed nettles (which can be a little gritty and fuzzy-textured) and tasting, to me, like the hoppiest IPA imaginable. I could not detect anything “sweet” or “lemony” in the greens, and wished (after my addition of apple cider vinegar and kimchi failed to mask the taste) that I had taken the store clerk’s advice. Even if “baby hemp” is the new kale, I’m sticking with kale.

 


StaffStaffFebruary 28, 2020
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A group of hemp industry policymakers released new policy recommendations and an updated model plan for state hemp programs, providing a guide to developing federally compliant state regulatory regimes. The recommendations can be viewed and downloaded at http://bit.ly/UpdatedHempPlan-Pt1.

“Our updated policy guide and model plan outline the best practices and legal requirements states can utilize to create hemp programs that are operable, successful, and federally compliant,” said Shawn Hauser, the lead author of the document and chair of the hemp and cannabinoids practice group at Vicente Sederberg. “We plan to continue updating these documents to reflect the evolving legal and regulatory landscape governing the burgeoning U.S. hemp industry.”

Part one of the update focuses on policy considerations related to hemp production. It is intended to promote compliance with the 2018 farm bill and the minimum requirements for state regulatory plans detailed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in an interim final rule issued on October 31, 2019. Part two of the update will be made available in the coming weeks and addresses areas not governed by the USDA, such as processing and transportation.

The 2018 farm bill was signed into law in December 2018, lifting the decades-long prohibition on hemp production in the U.S. and allowing for federally sanctioned hemp production governed by the USDA. It gave states, U.S. territories, and American Indian tribes the option to act as primary regulatory authority, requiring those that choose to do so to first submit their regulatory plans to the USDA. In order to receive approval, plans must meet minimum requirements set forth in the farm bill, including regulations for registration, testing and inspection. States that choose not to regulate or prohibit hemp production cede jurisdiction to federal authority. Several states are in the process of creating plans, and  plans from eight states and 10 tribes have already been approved, according to the USDA website.

“Congress took a monumental step forward by ending our federal government’s decades-long prohibition on hemp production,” Hauser said. “It is equally important that it be replaced with sensible laws and regulations that protect public health and safety while also allowing this new industry to flourish. This crop has an exceptional amount of potential to boost our economy and improve our environment, but it will only be reached if the rules that govern it are fair and practical.”

The document was authored by attorneys with national cannabis law firm Vicente Sederberg LLP with support from Agricultural Hemp Solutions, the American Herbal Products Association, the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, and Vote Hemp. It is the first part of a two-part update to the “2018 Farm Bill Policy Guide and Model Hemp Production Plan,” which was produced by the same coalition of attorneys and organizations and released last February under the banner of the American Hemp Campaign.


StaffStaffFebruary 24, 2020
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The U.S. Hemp Authority has chosen FoodChain ID  as the exclusive certifying body for the [USHA] Certification seal. USHA Certification helps farmers, product manufacturers, marketers, and retailers secure mainstream market share by appealing to consumer and trade concerns about the veracity of product claims and serves to legitimize the evolving Hemp/CBD consumer product category.

“With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp’s extracts such as CBD with a THC level of not more than 0.3 percent- (as distinct from marijuana), are no longer illegal controlled substances under federal law and are becoming more prevalent in food, beverage, and health and wellness,” said Mark Dabroski, senior vice president, commercial services.

According to USHA President Marielle Weintraub, “The U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Program is our industry’s initiative to provide high standards, best practices, and self-regulation, giving consumers an easy way to identify hemp-derived products that can be trusted. We are striving for ingredient transparency and truth in labeling.”

“Hemp seed oil and protein markets have been increasing exponentially over the last decade,” noted Dabroski. “With the category’s expected growth at a 46% CAGR to reach $2.8B by 2023[1], the need for self-regulation and transparency are critical.”

In an effort funded by the U.S. Hemp Roundtable and joined by organizations such as the Hemp Industries Association, industry-leading firms, top-tier testing laboratories, agronomists, and quality assessors, USHA developed comprehensive guidance for growers, processors/manufacturers, and brand owners of ingestible and cosmetic hemp products. Participants are licensed to use the Certified Seal of the U.S. Hemp Authority after meeting stringent self-regulatory standards, passing an independent third-party audit, and entering into a Licensing Agreement.

Weintraub noted that the organization’s standards and practices are consistently updated and improved. A public sessionon the effort will be held at the upcoming Natural Products Expo West on March 2nd in Anaheim, CA.

Widely recognized for the development, implementation, and marketing of the highly recognized Non-GMO Project Verification labeling standard, FoodChain ID offers specialized services for the food, beverage, ingredient and food component (i.e. grain) industries, spanning the entire food supply chain and is also a leader in USDA Organic certification.

“As consumers increasingly demand to know what is in the foods and products they buy, our suite of testing and verification services helps meet this demand,” says Dabroski.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyFebruary 18, 2020
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With the legalization of hemp, new opportunities arise for sustainability-focused contractors. Hemp could be poised to disrupt the industry of conventional building materials.

In 2018, the Trump Administration passed the latest iteration of the Farm Bill, effectively removing hemp from the federal List of Controlled Substances. With the stipulation that it cannot contain more than 0.3% THC, hemp turned from a stigmatized shrub into a blossoming cash crop.

Two U.S. companies, one in Idaho and the other in Kentucky, have stepped up the challenge. Using American hemp farmers and factories based in the U.S., Hempitecture and HempWood are championing the future of sustainability in building materials. 

How Is Hemp Being Used in Construction?

While hemp has been used as a building material in Europe for more than 30 years, it’s only beginning to gain ground in the U.S.

American entrepreneurs are turning hemp fibers into wood, concrete, and insulation. There are no limits on the scope of this growing green industry. Manufacturers intend to deliver materials to residential, commercial, and industrial builders.

Greg Wilson, the founder of HempWood, has developed a wood-substitute that is 20% denser than oak and grown 100 times faster.

“[HempWood] utilizes bio-mimicry to transform hemp fibers and protein-based bonding agents into a viable substitute for anything solid oak can be used for,” Wilson states on his website.

Wilson, who opened the first HempWood factory in Murray, Kentucky in the fall of last year, claims HempWood can replace any timber function. HempWood can even be cut, sanded, and stained. With a special focus on replacing hardwoods for flooring, cabinets, and furniture, Wilson plans to oust deforestation using the versatility of hemp.

Hempcrete, on the other hand, has its limitations when compared to its conventional predecessor. Best used for insulation, hempcrete blocks need to be used with a load-bearing timber frame. 

However, hemp insulation is still a viable alternative to concrete and fiberglass. Made by mixing hemp shivs with lime and water, hempcrete is breathable, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. In fact, hemp insulation has the same R-value as fiberglass at around 3.7 per inch. Naturally, insect-repellant hemp fiber absorbs moisture, reducing mold and deterring termites.

Hempitecture, an Idaho-based construction firm, has already helped construct three buildings using hempcrete, with impressive results.

Hemp, Health & Safety

Hemp homes could mean better, safer air for the occupants. By eliminating the number of toxins in the air due to concrete dust and harmful binding agents, hemp enthusiasts hope to have residents breathing easier.

Hemp takes no pesticides to grow and uses minimal fertilizer. In manufacturing, HempWood uses a soy-based binding agent instead of synthetic chemical binders.

Hempitecture’s HempWool insulation is made of 100% natural raw materials. That’s 92% hemp fiber and 8% polyester.

As for the environment? Hemp actually absorbs carbon dioxide. From growing to manufacturing, Hempitecture and HempWood make a point to be zero waste and carbon negative.

Could Hemp Building Materials Disrupt the Industry?

As Wilson puts it, “…A more sustainable way of living is no longer a luxury, but a requirement.”

With a close eye on the climate, both political and environmental, Wilson believes disruption is imminent.

However, more research needs to be done. For example, there is no standard for hemp building materials, making it difficult to regulate and certify.

And in its current state, hemp building materials may be prohibitively expensive for the average American.

Russ Martin, former mayor of Asheville, North Carolina, built his 3,400 square foot home partly using imported hemp-based materials in 2009. The cost? $133 per square foot, compared to the average $84 per square foot in the same year.

Wilson is currently striving to keep HempWood competitively priced with hardwoods like oak, stating that softwoods like pine and poplar are out of reach.



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