Industrial hemp is both a beneficial and productive crop which is generally far more sustainable for most of the thousands of high-quality products it can be used to make than the sources from which they’re made today – including super-nutritious food products, fiber yielding high-quality cloth and clothing of many types for apparel, rope and much more, cosmetics, structural and building materials, and when optimized by strain selection and planting in non-contaminated soils, for producing CBD.
Many of the products hemp can replace currently come from petrochemicals – which require destructive resource extraction and depletion, while many others can replace other crops which are thirstier and require far more chemical fertilizers and pesticides than hardy, weedy hemp.
Hemp is an established, profitable, growing industry in Canada, which exports around a billion dollars a year in hemp products to the US, but the US has the climate to be a superior producer.
Excerpts: ” ‘The rest of the country is on notice. We used to lead the country in industrial hemp production and we will again,’ said Ken Anderson, a hemp seed producer and hemp grain processor who lives in Prescott. ‘Wisconsin is going to show America how hemp is done.’
…The Assembly and Senate unanimously passed the bill earlier this year. Wisconsin will join more than 30 other states that have already signed similar legislation.
While federal law still generally outlaws growing and possessing cannabis plants, states were allowed to authorize pilot programs to grow and research industrial hemp — a non-psychoactive cousin of the cannabis plant that produces marijuana — following the passage of the 2014 federal farm bill.
Wisconsin will jump back to the forefront of industrial hemp production and the creation of jobs that come with it… …industrial hemp has a myriad of high-tech, health, manufacturing and food applications, many of which are untapped.
Richard expects about a dozen farmers to grow hemp for profit in 2018 and more than 100 in 2019 before it explodes in 2020.”
TRUCE Note: Utah State University is also authorized to award a number licenses for hemp pilot projects in the state of Utah. The race to bring back the hemp industry is going to reward the quick who establish local industries first, so we hope USU acts expeditiously before Utah is relegated to the back of the line… …and that amber waves of beneficial, profitable, utterly non-scary hemp will soon be waving in the winds from coast to coast.
Good for locals, good for the country, good for the environment…
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