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Industrial Hemp As An Alternative Crop In North Dakoda

Posted on July 1, 1998

This report is in response to a national and state interest in the potential benefits of industrial hemp as an alternative crop. Industrial hemp has many uses which can be categorized into nine submarkets. North Dakota may have a comparative advantage in producing industrial hemp seed for oil because of the multi-oil processing facility in Carrington (AgGrow Oils) and the established infrastructure.

Smoke a rope?

Posted on June 15, 1998

Anyone who hopes that legalization of commercial hemp means they can get a buzz by lighting up a rope or jacket or sheet of stationery will be disappointed, according to a group of farmers and a trade organization that filed a lawsuit to make it a lawful crop again.

Canada will let farmers grow hemp — carefully

Posted on June 1, 1998

Canadian farmers have the federal government’s permission to grow hemp this year, but they’d best be careful. The fibrous plant, long used for making rope and more recently touted as an alternative to wood for making particleboard, is perhaps better known as marijuana. Its cultivation has been illegal in Canada since 1938.

Grown in the USA?

Posted on June 1, 1997

Americans are used to steeping in the irrational juices of their haphazard legal culture. A vintage crock is simmering over the issue of hemp cultivation. Begin with a good stock of muddy history, throw a revitalized back-to-the-land ethos permeating the mainstream, and you have the base for the policy dish that is ‘industrial hemp.’ What is at stake is not whether there will be a commerce in hemp products in the United States. That is already happening. The question is whether American farmers will participate.

The trouble with hemp

Posted on October 1, 1996

Farmers want to grow it, and manufacturers want to use it. But it’s got an obnoxious relative that states are afraid of. Agriculture has never been easy in the rocky soil of Vermont, and these days, it is harder and less profitable than ever. With the dairy industry mired in a 20-year decline, the state’s farmers can scarcely be blamed if they cast about for any creative means of staying in business.

The earth’s premier renewable resource

Posted on June 1, 1995

While forests diminish worldwide prices and demand for fiber are skyrocketing. A plant cultivated by our founding fathers may be the solution to our growing fiber shortage. Imagine a crop more versatile than the soybean, the cotton plant, and the Douglas fir put together … one that grows like Jack’s beanstalk with minimal tending. There is such a crop: industrial hemp.

Hemp As Weed Control

Posted on January 1, 1994

Weed control is a recalcitrant issue in crops grown for organic certification. One approach is the prior use of a competitive crop. Hemp, can be taken seriously as an adequate weed controlling mechanism. The historical testimonials to hemp’s ability to control weeds are numerous.

Hemp An Illinois War Crop

Posted on January 1, 1943

More hemp must be grown in the United States in 1943 to fill an urgent war need. The war in the Pacific has cut off nearly all the supply of strong fibers previously imported from that area; but hemp, an annual plant adapted to the corn belt, produces good yields of a highly desirable fiber.

Hemp A War Crop for Iowa

Posted on January 1, 1942

The production of war crops is as essential a contribution to the national war effort as the production of planes and tanks. Much has been asked of the Iowa farmer, and he has responded willingly to the call.

Flax and Hemp: From the Seed to the Loom

Posted on February 1, 1937

This country imports almost all of its fibers except cotton. The Whitney gin, combined with improved spinning methods, enabled this country to produce cotton goods so far below the cost of linen that manufacture practically ceased in the United States.