HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Our mission is to educate the public, support farmers, and encourage the growth and development of all aspects of the industrial hemp industry in Southeastern United States.
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- Educate the Public and the environmental, health and economic benefits of reestablishing an industry that has reinvigorated the Americas since the founding of our country. And supported farmers for centuries.
- Encouraging the growth of businesses, farms, and organizations to facilitate the development of the industry in the southern US.
COORDINATE & COLLABORATE
- Coordinating and collaborating with the government, scientific community, and the agriculture industry to create and administer industrial hemp standards, certifications, and regulations.
- Encourage sustainable industrial hemp farming practices which incorporate the broad use of the plant which include medicinal, social, health benefits.
What is Hemp?
A variety of Cannabis sativa L, hemp is a dioecious plant, which means it can be separated into male and female plants. These plants have served a wide variety of purposes for more than 10,000 years: for fiber (from the plant’s stems), protein (from seeds), and oils and smokable portions (from the leaves and flowers). Hemp fibers can be used to make items including paper, clothing, furnishing fabric, rope, and building materials.
Is hemp legal to grow in the United States?
YES! Thanks to the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act (Farm Bill) hemp is non longer a controlled substance. However, hemp will still be regulated and can only be grown with a permit. Each state will have to submit their program to USDA for approval or have passed legislation to remove hemp from the state controlled substances act and allow for application through the USDA’s program,
What can hemp be used for?
CBD oil is extracted from hemp leaves and flowers. The CBD oil extracted from hemp can be used for treating a wide variety of ailments, hence the ever-growing popularity of CBD-focused cultivation.
Hemp fibers are primarily used for textiles, paper, building materials, and other industrial products. Raw materials such as hurds, or shives, are short woody fibers typically found inside the stalk. They’re used for making bedding materials, absorbents, particle board, ceiling panels, compost, and other industrial products.
Bast fibers make up the outer portion of the stalk and are typically split into three categories — primary, or line fiber, secondary, and tow. They are categorized according to their cell strength and cell wall thickness, which will determine the fiber’s strength, durability, and ultimately what it can be used for.
Is industrial hemp the same as marijuana?
No. Even though they are both Cannabis sativa L., Industrial hemp is the non-psychoactive, low-THC, oilseed and fiber varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp has absolutely no use as a recreational drug.
Does hemp have THC?
The hemp plant produces a broad range of cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the intoxicating cannabinoid in marijuana. However, hemp does not produce enough THC to create intoxicating effects when consumed.
Although the hemp plant doesn’t produce a significant amount of THC, it is capable of producing the non-intoxicating and medicinally rich cannabidiol (CBD) in high concentrations. In fact, hemp-derived CBD is rapidly becoming one of the most popular forms of the therapeutic cannabinoid on the market today.
Many countries differentiate hemp vs. marijuana by the amount of THC produced per weight of a dry plant. In the U.S., industrial hemp is defined as a Cannabis sativa L. plant not containing more than 0.3% THC. The European Union has set the limit at 0.2%, while in Great Britain the limit is zero, unless growers have a cultivation license to grow industrial hemp with no more than 0.2% THC.
What are the features and benefits of using Hemp products?
- Extremely durable fabric used in backpacks, duffel bags, snowboard covers.
- An environmentally friendly crop which uses VERY LITTLE herbicides and pesticides.
- Over 250 bi-products of the Hemp plant, including Hemp seed oil, animal bedding, pulp and paper, pressboard.
- Solid cash crop which yields approximately $470/acre on the open world market.
- Renewable resource to replace pulp and paper industry.
What are the benefits of Hemp compared to other food crops?
Hemp requires little fertilizer, and grows almost anywhere. It also resists pests, so it uses little pesticides. Hemp puts down deep roots, which is good for the soil, and when the leaves drop off the Hemp plant, minerals are returned to the soil. Hemp has been grown on the same soil for twenty years in a row without any noticeable depletion of the soil. Using less fertilizer and agricultural chemicals is good for two reasons; First, it costs less and requires less effort. Second, many agricultural chemicals are dangerous and contaminate the environment — the less we use, the better.