Category: industrial hemp

Is Making Ethanol from Hemp a Real Possibility?

Unlike marijuana, industrial hemp is federally legal for institutions of higher learning and state departments of agriculture to cultivate in order to research the plant. As a result, people are starting to experiment with hemp and its uses. One interesting use for industrial hemp is turning it into ethanol. By definition, ethanol is a type of alcohol fuel that is distilled from plant material, such as corn. Ethanol can be used to stunt plant growth, it’s mixed into our gas, it’s used to turn hemp buds into hemp oil – and that’s just naming a few uses. Every November,...

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30 U.S. States with Industrial Hemp Legislation

The Farm Bill of 2014 legalized industrial hemp at the federal level. As a result, every state has the right to set up industrial hemp pilot programs through universities and/or the state’s department of agriculture. Thus far, only 30 states have taken advantage of the right that was granted them in the Farm Bill. Here, we discuss a little bit about each of the states that currently have industrial hemp legislation. Alabama Yes, the state that produced Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a hemp pilot program. Representative Todd (D) introduced House Bill HB 487, which separated industrial hemp from...

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North Carolina Tobacco Farmers Are Making the Switch to Hemp

North Carolina’s agricultural history includes a relationship with the big tobacco industry. Over the past hundred years, thousands of pounds of tobacco have been produced in the state annually. As a result, North Carolina became a top producer in the country for tobacco – which was great, until people stopped smoking cigarettes. Because of this, the state has seen a decline in the value of growing tobacco. According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, tobacco only made up 6.3% of the source of farm cash receipts in 2016. This is a 0.4% difference from the year before, which doesn’t...

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Introduces Legislation to Legalize Hemp

Earlier this week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) held a press conference in Frankfort, Kentucky to announce his plans for legislation that would legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity on the federal level and remove it from the list of controlled substances: The Hemp Farming Act of 2018. “Hemp has played a foundational role in Kentucky’s agricultural heritage, and I believe that it can be an important part of our future,” said McConnell, who was instrumental in getting approval for state-level hemp pilot programs in the 2014 Farm Bill – programs that are now up and running...

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