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Photo: Hemp Industries Association Farmer and military veteran Mike Lewis processes hemp stalks on an old- fashioned wood brake in Mount Vernon, Ky. The Farm Bill pilot program, an agricultural education curriculum for vets, was sponsored by Growing Warriors.
Farmer and military veteran Mike Lewis processes hemp stalks on an…
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Photo: Hemp Industries Association Hemp retting in the field. The process breaks down the natural glues binding fibers to the core of the hemp stalk.
Hemp retting in the field. The process breaks down the natural…
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Photo: Max Whittaker/Prime / Special To The Chronicle State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, sponsored legislation to allow hemp production in California.
State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, sponsored legislation to…
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Photo: Hemp, Inc. / Hemp, Inc. A portion of Hemp Inc.’s mechanically complex decordicator., now outside Springfield, North Carolina, and almost ready to run.
A portion of Hemp Inc.’s mechanically complex decordicator., now…
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Photo: Hemp, Inc. / Hemp, Inc. An aerial view of Hemp Inc.’s decordicator facility outside Springfield, N.C. It should be operating by March.
An aerial view of Hemp Inc.’s decordicator facility outside…
An end to exile: Hemp’s bright American future
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Industrial hemp somehow survived America’s narcotic age. Despite today’s uncertain politics and incomplete laws, it’s poised to become a major agricultural and industrial force. The manufacturing infrastructure is being built. Its penny stocks reflect hope, conviction and volatility. Research and development is under way, especially in construction materials and cannabidiol (CBD)-based medicines.
Oddly, however, hemp has been at a similar juncture before.
In the 1930s, hemp promised to change America. It had survived severe competition from cheaper fibers like jute, flax, sisal, abaca and vast quantities of imported Russian hemp. Technology had advanced and scientists had discovered that, besides rope, fabric and paper, hemp could be used in plastics, foods, fuel, dynamite — thousands of different uses from all parts of the plant: stalks for fiber; seeds for oil, hulls and mash; and high-cellulose hurds, the broken-up bits of the stem’s core, for making building materials and plastics. Henry Ford created a …Read More