Hawaii, the hemp capital of the world?

The evolution of HEMP’ing the World. Hawaii is leading the way by creating Hemp Farming and Industry!

For eight years, the Hawaii Farmers Union United Convention has been a key knowledge bank for farmers from Australia to Singapore, Kenya to Britain. Now, hemp and cannabis are working into the model. Doug Fine was there in the mountains farm country of Maui, Hawaii, and brings us this report about the role hemp and cannabis play in that vital playbook for humanity’s future.

This news story with Doug Fine and CannabisNewsNetwork shows the world today, what’s possible with the world of Hemp now, sustaining tomorrow!

Doug Fine is reporting for from Hawaii about the role hemp and cannabis play in that vital playbook for humanity’s future.

Senator Mike Gabbard, Hawaii Agriculture Chair

 

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Three Potential Paths For Farming Hemp

Three Potential Paths For Farming Hemp

In the 2018 Farm Bill, one of the major changes was allowing the production of industrial hemp. The number of uses for the crop numbers in the thousands and early estimates say the market could be worth up to $10 billion by the year 2025.

During the snowy days of winter, Grand Forks, North Dakota farmer Chris Adams has plenty of time to reflect on last year’s harvest that included not just corn or soybeans but hemp.

“My my theory was, if you’re in on the ground floor of something new then you have quite the advantage,” says Adams.

He now has hemp in bins and plants stacked in barns waiting on a trip to a processor.

“I would be lying if I said money had nothing to do with it because the financial part of it is huge,” says Adams.

Adams, like many in agriculture, is looking at continuing to add hemp acres as a path to better profits.

Michael Bowman, with the North American Industrial Hemp Council, believes American farmers are poised to capitalize on this burgeoning market.

“I think if there’s anything that agriculture is good at, we’re good at innovating, creating and executing,” says Bowman

And while acreage isn’t huge it has the potential to grow.

Tyler Mark is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky with the Ag Economics Department.

“I hear [nationwide] numbers are anywhere from 77,000 acres to 100,000 acres could very well be possible,” says Mark.

He says the state of Kentucky is expecting 25,000 to 30,000 acres of hemp this growing season since the removal of industrial hemp from the schedule 1 narcotics list.

“It’s going to really open the door for hemp to see if it’s actually going to play a role in the U.S. economy and the US farm sector,” says Mark. “It puts another tool in the tool belt, so to speak, for producers around the country.”

Currently, there are three paths of possibility for farmers considering planting hemp.

1: Grow the plants for fiber. Farmers are paid on tonnage.

“Plant 50 pounds per acre you get 175 to 200 plants per square meter, and then grow that for fiber,” says Bowman. “You’re going to drill it in, you’re going to air seed it, then you’re going to harvest it with a dual head combine and equipment that’s available today that the world uses.”

2: Grow Hemp Seed to used as a food grain.

For grain growers, existing equipment will likely get you started but there may other issues like storage to think about.

“It’s probably going into the food system,” says Mark. “So you have to think about how you rotate this crop through the bin to keep mold issues and issues inside the bin down.”

As far as profit potential goes Bowman says it depends on how much of the plant farmers want to harvest.

“They’re seeing returns in the $300 an acre range but keep in mind that’s only being able to capture the value of just the seed,” says Bowman. “The value of the stalk and the hurd and if there are investments made to take those products and do something with them then [returns] are estimated to be in the in the $3,000 to $5,000 range.”

That doesn’t compare to option 3: Growing hemp plants for oil.

The Cannabidiol Oil, also known as CBD, is credited with helping treat a host of medical problems from epileptic seizures to anxiety to inflammation. It’s extracted from the flowers and buds of hemp plants.

“CBD production is going to be a female plant that is planted individually,” says Bowman. “It looks like a small Christmas tree farm if you are driving by.”

The work is labor intensive often requiring hand harvesting and weeding but the profit potential is high.

“So there you’re probably looking at somewhere between $10,000 to $15,000 of per acre return,” says Mark.

“The seed production is kind of a break-even deal right now the CBD production, assuming everything goes well, is quite a bit more lucrative,” says Adams.

Adams is trying his hand at a small plot of CBD production this year. Last year he ran into problems including having plants with the greater than .3 percent THC, the psychoactive compound found marijuana, which meant the crop couldn’t be sold. He blames a bad batch of seed.

” I would just remind everybody that the 0.3 THC is a global standard and it’s one that didn’t have any science behind it,” says Bowman. “It was a political move back in the 1930s when Western Europe was wrangling Eastern Europe for who got to own the seed production.”

Bowman thinks as research improves, the industry will see more discussion on where those standards will go.

As with any new industry, experts expect challenges to growth. The largest seeming to be infrastructure or having a place to take that crop once it’s grown.

“There’s a lot of interest from the private sector right now and with the descheduling of hemp we now have opened the door to USDA funding for value-added grants and infrastructure grants,” says Bowman. “Those are things that any other crop has enjoyed.”

Experts recommend having a contract before planting and as acreage increases supply, demand will need to go with it.

“One of my biggest fears is are we going to overproduce so fast that we completely swamp the demand for these products and drop prices down to really low levels,” worries Mark.

But for farmers like Chris Adams, hemp holds potential and for now, that’s enough.

“If the market maintains the dollars that it’s showing right now I can see more people jumping into it just because nothing else is really making any money,” says Adams.

CO2 Levels Expected to Rise Rapidly in 2019, Met Office Scientists Warn

Why we’re heading for a ‘climate catastrophe’ and what are we doing?

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This year will see one of the biggest CO2 surges in more than six decades of measurements, according to the Met Office.

Rising emissions due to the world’s continued appetite for fossil fuels will combine with reduced absorption of greenhouse gas by withering grasslands and forests.

Describing the prediction as “worrying and compelling”, scientists said it was an urgent reminder that the time to cut out carbon is now

CO2 levels will be at a record high once again after emissions reached unprecedented levels last year, dashing hopes the world had finally hit “peak carbon”.

Besides fossil fuels pumping out the harmful gas, natural weather fluctuations will exacerbate the problem as they hamper the ability of carbon sinks to store it.

In 2019 an upward swing in tropical Pacific Ocean temperature will make many regions warmer and drier.

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As drought sets in and plants dry out, they will be less capable of sucking CO2 from the atmosphere, and massive deforestation in places like the Amazon is making this problem even worse.

The new predictions were based on monitoring at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii, which has registered a 30 per cent increase in the concentration of CO2 since 1958.

“Carbon sinks have saved us from what has already happened – the future rise would have been about double if it wasn’t for the sinks. So we are lucky they exist, to be honest,” Professor Richard Betts of the Met Office Hadley Centre told The Independent.

“But the sinks themselves are affected by the climate, and that’s an important thing because it shows that as climate change continues in the future it may affect their strength.”

If emissions continue to rise, a major concern is that the carbon sinks currently storing carbon will cease to function, potentially leading to uncontrollable warming and a scenario dubbed “hothouse Earth”.


a close up of a map: Forecast CO2 concentrations at the Mauna Loa station for 2019 (orange), along with previous forecast concentrations and the real observed data (Met Office)

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Last year Mauna Loa observatory recorded concentrations of over 410ppm in April, marking the highest level that had been reached in at least 800,000 years.

This year CO2 levels in the atmosphere are likely to hit 411 parts per million (ppm).

The Met Office forecast predicts the average increase in CO2 will be around 2.75ppm, the third largest annual rise on record, matched only by two years in which El Nino Pacific warming events took place.

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“We need to reduce emissions from fossil fuel use, increase soil carbon sequestration to ‘lock-up’ CO2, decelerate deforestation and land conversion, and promote less polluting more sustainable agriculture,” said Professor Nick Ostle from Lancaster University, who was not involved in the Met Office research.

8 Reasons Why Hemp Can Save The Planet

8 Reasons Why Hemp Can Save The Planet

Hemp Can Help Our Planet And Economy

The effects of climate change are being felt the world over. Strong hurricanes, famine, war, extreme heat waves, drought, and torrential rains are just some of the effects of global warming. In order to mitigate these effects, we need to start getting creative about finding alternatives to our lifestyle to reduce our carbon footprint.


This is where hemp enters… a magical plant with numerous practical uses. A plant that can even completely eliminate our dependency on fossil fuels, water, energy, and other resources that harm the planet (and us in the process)

There is so much potential for using hemp to promote sustainability, prevent deforestation, and save the lives of humans and animals:


 

1. Hemp has the potential to replace pretty much anything that’s made from timber. 

Using hemp gives us the opportunity to save natural resources while leaving something behind for future generations. It takes anywhere from 20 up to 50 years for trees to be suitable for commercial harvest while it only takes around 4 months for hemp.

2. No other plant or tree in the world today can produce as much paper in each acre. 

In 1916, it was reported by the US Department of Agriculture that just one acre of hemp can already provide just as much paper as 4 acres of trees each year but despite this deforestation remains a problem.

In addition, the paper and pulp industry in the world’s 5 th largest consumer of energy and it also uses more water to produce per product than other industries. Over 40% of logged trees are used to make paper, and almost half of these will end up in landfills. Using hemp as an alternative to make paper will reduce the demand on burdened waste disposal systems and will also reduce energy and water consumption.

3. Hemp paper is of better quality than paper made from wood. 

Paper made from hemp can last many more years without degrading and can even be recycled more than tree-based paper.  Making paper from hemp requires significantly less chemicals to manufacture too.

4. Fabric that is made from hemp doesn’t have any chemical residue which can cause irritation 

or introduce harmful toxins to the body. Synthetic fabrics contain as much as 8,000 chemicals. Today manufacturers also add harmful toxins such as Teflon, formaldehyde, and flame retardants to name a few just to give clothing those special “wrinkle-free” properties. Clothing containing hemp is much safer and even those that contains just 50% of hemp can already prevent the harmful UV rays from reaching your skin.

5. Hemp is a sustainable biomass source for methanol. 

Hemp can produce both ethanol and methanol from an environmentally-friendly procedure called thermo-chemical conversion.  Hemp as fuel can replace fossil fuels which are not sustainable sources of energy and isn’t adequate enough to meet global fuel demands for a long time. Our dependence on fossil fuels has had major negative impacts on the environment, such as air pollution, oil spills, acid rain, and climate change to name a few.

6. Construction is another industry that can greatly benefit from hemp 

instead of cutting down trees to use timber for homes and other buildings. Combining lime with hemp fiber can create insulated and soundproof material that is more durable and lighter than concrete. Reducing concrete and wood from construction sites will also reduce the overall waste matter. Homes that are built using hemp fibers are better insulated and will need to use less energy for heating.

7. Hemp is resistant to pests and because it doesn’t need pesticide and herbicides,

it doesn’t contribute to air pollution. A minimal amount of fertilizers is used in growing hemp since its nutritious leaves naturally fall to the soil and provide it with minerals and nutrients needed for healthy growth.

8. Growing hemp plants is good for soil health. 

It grows aggressively and in very dense batches although sunlight is unable to penetrate the ground which means that there are less weeds. This also results in less topsoil erosion, which thereby decreases water pollution. Hemp plants are also capable of absorbing metals that are present in the soil but are actually toxic – these include mercury, lead, cadmium, and copper.

Hemp is 100% biodegradable and can be recycled 

Hemp plastic is increasingly becoming a viable option as an eco-friendly alternative to carbon-based plastic. Not only is this bioplastic sourced from safe and sustainable hemp plants, but it is also typically both biodegradable and recyclable multipleimes even. Isn’t it about time we begin using more hemp products in our daily lives?

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Oregon hemp farmers celebrate US legalization

Oregon Hemp farmers are looking forward to shipping and selling product in other states

For some farmers in Oregon, the nationwide legalization of hemp is great news because it means exporting product to a wider market. 

The Boring Hemp Company is one local business ready to jump on the opportunity. Barry Cook, one of the company’s owners, said allowing more people to grow hemp and export it legally will open many doors previously closed to farmers. 

Senator Jeff Merkley and Barry Cook of the Boring Hemp Company hosted a press conference Wednesday to celebrate the changes recently made to the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill.

Last month, President Trump made hemp legal in all 50 states. Hemp is now treated like any other regular agricultural crop. 

Industrial hemp is a species of cannabis that doesn’t produce a “high.”

It’s farmed for a variety of reasons.

Hemp fibers can be used for clothing and rope while 

Hemp seeds can be pressed into oil or made into milk. 

Merkley said some local farmers, including Cook, have already been working with hemp since 2014 as part of a federal pilot program. 

“Here in Oregon we have quite a head start to take advantage of this, stemming from the 2014 Farm Bill Pilot Project,” Merkley said. “We have 568 registered farmers in our state; we have 71 registered hemp handlers … who are in the business of removing the CBD oil from the hemp.” 

Meanwhile, Senator Ron Wyden wants cannabis legalized across the U.S. 

Wyden has said that the longer federal legalization is delayed, the longer Oregon misses out on economic opportunities that come from taxing and regulating cannabis like any other legal substance. 

Adam Smith, the founder of Craft Cannabis Alliance, said the cannabis market in Oregon is starting to experience over saturation. Smith said the issue could be resolved if Oregon growers were able to export and sell product to other states — to other markets that will, Smith hopes, legalize cannabis in the near future. 

Smith said if lawmakers don’t find a way to allow states like Oregon to export to other markets within the next two years, small businesses and local farms could disappear in Oregon as they’re bought up by international companies. 

“What we have is a market access problem,” said Smith.