The Regenerative Agriculture Movement, Inc.
(A Minnesota Non Profit Corporation headquartered at
The Organic Compound, Faribault, MN,
Wil Crombie, Executive Director)
18125 Eiler Ave
Faribault, MN 55021
REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE, IN A NUTSHELL
In our world, Regenerative Agriculture is made up of serious composting, intensive organic gardening, raising Organic Hazel nuts AND raising and processing INDUSTRIAL HEMP.
We will also produce pressed, juiced and extracted hemp oils with a positive attitude about life on this planet and restoring some of our planet’s greatest gifts including beautiful rich soil with enough nutrients to last thousands of generations along with the legitimate, healthy and medicinal use of CERTAIN strains of cannabis plants.
Rick Spangle will be coordinating our hemp research project along with supervision by the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the local field office of the DEA.
HEMP CONSULTANTS OF AMERICA
Minnesota, Oregon, Colorado, Texas
Rick Spangle, Pres
Rick Spangle’s Hemp and Hemp Oil Research
Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture HEMP QUESTIONS LINK http://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/hemp/industhempquestions.aspx
THIS IS a 2 page TWO YEAR OLD UPDATE FROM THE HEMP INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION
Hemp is often mistaken for its cannabis cousin, marijuana, even though smoking an entire garbage bag of hemp would not produce an altered state of consciousness, as hemp contains low levels of THC. Confusion between hemp oil and marijuana oil has spiked recently, as states have passed medical marijuana laws that allow for the use of strains of marijuana that are low in THC and high in CBD.
Consumers often confuse hemp oil with CBD oil because both are low in THC and contain CBD.
“With hemp research and development pilot programs taking off this spring, and the hemp retail market growing at an incredible rate, it’s crucial that consumers and retailers alike understand the difference between hemp oil and CBD extracts,” Eric Steenstra, executive director of Hemp Industries Association, said in a separate statement.
“Our Hemp Industries Association position regarding this distinction calls on makers of CBD products to brand and market their products truthfully and clearly, so as to not further the confusion surrounding CBD products in the marketplace.”
Though hemp oil does contain low levels of CBD, typically less than 25 parts per million (ppm), CBD extracts “are produced either directly from cannabis flowers that are up to 15 percent CBD (150,000 ppm), or indirectly as a co-product of the flowers and leaves that are mixed in with the stalks during hemp stalk processing for fiber.”
Because of this distinction, the association says, “It is important for American farmers and processors of hemp to understand that most CBD in products mislabeled as ‘hemp oil’ is a product of large-scale hemp stalk and fiber processing facilities in Europe where the fiber is the primary material produced at a large scale.
“CBD is not a product or component of hemp seeds, and labeling to that effect is misleading and motivated by the desire to take advantage of the legal gray area of CBD under federal law.”
The above diagram simply outlines the 7 major health benefits of High CBD hemp oil.
Although hemp was once the most important cash crop in the United States — more so than corn and wheat combined — hemp was banned and classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. While classification as a Schedule I drug meant hemp could no longer be grown in the U.S., products containing hemp, such as lotions, fabric and food, are legal for purchase in the U.S. and are often found at natural and health food retailers including Whole Foods, Costco and Sprouts grocers.
In 2001, the Drug Enforcement Administration aimed to change that by attempting to ban people and companies from importing and selling food products containing hemp seed and oil. The Hemp Industries Association responded to this block by successfully suing the DEA, arguing that hemp oil is primarily consumed as a nutritional culinary oil and used in body care products — not to get people high — and therefore, should be allowed.
Since hemp can be used to produce thousands of items including paper, clothing, construction materials, automobile parts and foods and can even be used as a biofuel, 39 states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and 25 have actually passed it. The legislation may have started off as symbolic, but earlier this year, in a move supported by hemp legalization advocates, Congress voted to include an amendment in the Farm Bill that would legalize hemp production for research purposes.
UPDATE FROM KENTUCKY and the USA
Rand Paul and Mitch McConnel are both supporting the NATIONAL legalization of growing and producing products from Industrial Hemp. At least 25 states have legalized it and 10 or 12 states are currently producing it and the DEA is still busting some of them.
The Hemp industry is growing in Kentucky, attracting processors and investment
BY JANET PATTON
email@example.comMay 5, 2015
Kentucky’s hemp crop is growing and attracting new investors to the state, according to Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.
At a news conference Tuesday in Lexington, Comer announced that 121 participants have been selected to grow hemp this year, including seven universities across the state. There are 36 groups and projects that will grow 1,742 acres this year, he said.
In 2014, the first year in decades that the state grew a legal hemp crop, 20 farmers grew more than 33 acres.
The state’s momentum has attracted 24 licensed processors, who are investing in Kentucky, he said.
“With their investment, jobs have been created, jobs are going to be created, and they’ve signed contracts with family farmers,” Comer said. “Hemp equals jobs and true economic growth, which is what we predicted when we launched Senate Bill 50 two years ago.”
Among them are the Stanley brothers, who said Tuesday that they will plan to grow hemp in Kentucky for their Charlotte’s Web cannabadiol oil (CBD), which is used to treat seizures in children.
Joel Stanley, CEO of Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, said they plan to invest at least $500,000 for the effort this year.
“We want to make Charlotte’s Web a Kentucky Proud product,” Stanley said. “This year’s certainly a pilot year. … We’re looking at introducing our genetic varieties for Charlotte’s Web this year and we’ll be doing that very soon, actually, and basically hoping to move a large part of our operation here to Kentucky.”
Last year, they grew 20 acres in Colorado, and they will grow twice that there this year, he said.
“We’ll be growing about 100 acres here in Kentucky,” he said. “These are varieties used to create the Charlotte’s Web product line.”
Kristen Branscum, marketing director for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, said that she couldn’t provide a definite figure for the industries involved but that “millions” have been invested in hemp production and processing in the state.
An international group, ISA Scientific, will research other pharmaceutical applications for CBD oil and plans to work with medical researchers at the University of Kentucky, said Dr. Perry Fine, medical director for ISA, which plans to focus on ways to treat chronic pain and diabetes.
Andy Graves, a Fayette County farmer who has pushed for more than 20 years for the return of hemp, said he is part of a new company, Atalo Holdings, that is working with another CBD oil company, GenCanna Global, on growing methods and strains.
“You may not believe this, … but you’re standing in the heart of hemp country today,” Graves said. “Think about it. Nobody else is doing it. We have bluegrass, Thoroughbreds, and now we have hemp.”
Last year, his group grew 25 acres of hemp; this year, 30 farmers will grow 546 acres. Atalo has bought a building — Rickard Seed in Winchester — with GenCanna, which will extract and sell hemp oil.
Kentucky is leading the nation on hemp, said Steve Bevan, chief operating officer of GenCanna Global, which makes CBD.
“Our nursery operations now employ over 40 people,” Bevan said. “Our farmers are getting into the fields, cultivating and preparing irrigation as we speak. We’re going to grow and process a very significant amount of CBD — cannabadiol— the very helpful molecule that will become the foundation of many, many products.
Read more here:
Here is one of the latest developments from the FDA
It is also likely that the CBD being used by Insys is synthetic. While organic whole-plant, full-spectrum cannabis extracts are best, the FDA approval for CBD alone is still a major step.
Industrial Hemp Basics
What is Hemp?
Hemp is a natural fiber product of the Cannabis sativa plant which have been specifically bred to yield long fibers AND CBD OIL. Cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes has been undertaken for thousands of years, and hemp was used to manufacture rope, canvas, paper, and clothing until alternative textiles for these purposes were discovered.
Traditionally, hemp has been a very coarse fiber, which made it well suited to rope but less than ideal for clothing designed to be worn against delicate human skin. Advances in breeding of the plants and treatment of the fibers have resulted in a much finer, softer fiber, which is ideal for weaving into clothing. While hemp clothing in the late 20th century came to be associated with fringe movements, it was once widely utilized as a textile: the word canvas, for example, is related to Cannabis, one of the original components of canvas.
As of 2006, it was still very difficult to grow industrial hemp in the United States, due to the plant’s confusion with marijuana. Though the two plants are members of the same species, they have been bred to achieve different ends, and industrial hemp does not contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol to make it a psychoactive substance. The growth of industrial hemp in the United States is heavily regulated, although the neighboring nation of Canada grows commercial amounts of the plant product.
In addition to providing useful fibers, hemp seed also has high nutritional value, and the plant can be used to make biodegradable plastics, some fuels, and a variety of other things. While hemp is unlikely to save the world, as many proponents are fond of saying, it is an underutilized vegetable resource. Hemp is rich in healthy fats and some vitamins, depending on how it is grown. As a result, it is frequently used in skin salves and balms, as well as in nutritional supplements.
Hemp clothing tends to be strong, insulating, absorbent, and durable. This durability makes it well suited to garments that will see hard wear, because hemp fibers can last up to three times longer than cotton fibers. Most frequently, hemp clothing is woven, although the fibers tend to form chunkier threads than other natural textile components like cotton. Hemp can also be used in knits.
Untreated hemp fiber is pale blonde in color and takes dye well. Many hemp textile products are colored with plant dyes, which gives hemp an undeserved reputation for being dull in color. In fact, hemp can be dyed as vividly as other textiles like cotton.
What Can Hemp Be Used For?
Hemp, or cannabis, is a plant that is currently legally prohibited in the United States of America. This is because some strains of the plant include delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which, when ingested or smoked, produce mind altering effects and intoxication. Refined hemp products, however, can legally be imported to the United States from other countries. Before importing any hemp products, however, be sure that they can be successfully cleared by customs and are within your legal jurisdiction to import.
Hemp, of course, has many uses that have nothing to do with drug use. First of all, hemp fibers are incredibly strong. The fibers can be used to make strong, long-lasting rope, paper, clothing, as well as other fiber-based products. It is important to note that the strain of cannabis that produces THC does not have strong fiber and is not applicable for use in the above-mentioned products.
Extracted hemp oil has uses in both cooking and industry. In fact, hemp oil can be used as a base for beautiful paints. Edible hemp seeds are sold in small quantities in health food stores in North America. They can also be purchased via mail order. In keeping with the above caution, because some forms of hemp are illegal in the United States, make sure that the products that you are ordering are perfectly legal, especially if you are buying them from another state.
Hemp seeds are comparable to sunflower seeds in their nutritional properties. They can be used in baking, added to waffles, and combined with cereal and granola. Some health food companies process hemp seeds in order to create a nutritious protein powder. Hemp seeds also contain Omega-3 fatty acids. While hemp seeds are very nutritious, their dietary values can be replaced by other foods. Omega-3 fatty acids, for example are present in many kinds of fish, especially salmon.
Because of industrial value of hemp fibers, many American horticulturists and farmers are working to overturn the ban on hemp in the United States. At the present, refined hemp fibers must be grown in and imported from other countries. The process of importation, of course, incurs taxes that can be prohibitive to some consumers and manufacturers. Many American farmers, horticulturists, and economists feel that it would make great sense to locally grow hemp in order to decrease the base price of the fiber and, therefore, make it more accessible to American manufacturers.
BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT HIGH VALUE OF CBD AND CBD OIL WE WILL BE CHOOSING HEMP STRAINS THAT ARE EXTRA HIGH IN CBD.
WE WILL BE RAISING CBD HEMP WITH FIBER BEING A SECONDARY PRODUCT.
Learn More About Hemp Oil
Learn More About Hemp Seeds
Rick’s Internet Research on Hemp and Cannabis (63 pages)
Please take special note of the retail prices for pure CBD oil extracted from hemp leaves
Rick’s Internet Research on Farming and Processing Hemp (27 pages)
Rick’s Research on Hemp Agronomy 101 (2 pages)
Rick’s Internet Research on Intermediate Hemp Agronomy (7 pages)
This following link is to the 6 page download of the ACTUAL publication from the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture (MDA) requesting proposals to be submitted to the MDA, for further submission to the DEA, for approval of both agencies to conduct a RESEARCH PROJECT growing CBD hemp in Minnesota.
We plan on submitting a proposal in the near future after the Minnesota Non Profit Corporation is formed, filed and acknowledged by the Secretary of State of Minnesota and a bank account is set up for the Regenerative Agriculture Movement, Inc. (RAM) to conduct the business of manufacturing compost, farming organic vegetables, organic hazel nuts and high CBD industrial hemp.