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Industrial Hemp in the United States: Status and Market Potential

Posted on January 19, 2000

A recently released USDA report, “Industrial Hemp in the United States: Status and Market Potential”, discounts the prospects for hemp as an economically viable alternative crop for American farmers. The U.S. market for hemp is, and will likely remain, a small, thin market.

Market Analysis for Hemp Fiber as a Feed Stock for Papermaking

Posted on January 1, 1997

In an attempt to develop alternative crops for midwestern farmers, industrial hemp is being evaluated as a fiber source for the paper industry. This simplified analysis shows that hemp could profitably be used as a fiber source for the paper industry and that Wisconsin farmers could meet the demand for fiber by the fine paper manufacturers of Wisconsin. In contrast to the past utilization of hemp, it is essential that the whole plant be used to make paper and not just the long bast fibers.

Report to the Governor’s Hemp and Related Fiber Crops Task Force

Posted on June 1, 1995

Most analysts forecast long-term increases in world demand for all types of fibrous materials, and some predict limitations in production capacity. New fiber crops, new industrial uses of non-wood fibers, and agricultural diversification in general are therefore subjects of widespread interest. Kentucky agriculture is not alone in efforts to pursue these possibilities, and will be required to compete with producers in other states and nations.

Industrial Hemp and Other Alternative Crops for Small-Scale Tobacco Producers

Posted on January 1, 1995

In North Carolina, Kentucky and other tobacco producing states, there has been and increasing interest in alternative crops. Tobacco producers are interested in diversification because of questions about the future of that crop. In 1986 and again in 1994, burley tobacco production quotas were cut.

Hemp for Victory

Posted on January 1, 1942

Transcript of the original 1942 United States Department of Agriculture Film, Hemp for Victory extolling some of the many uses of this ancient plant and premier world resource.

1931 Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture

Posted on January 1, 1931

Hemp is one of the oldest of known textile fibers. There is a definite record that the hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa) was cultivated in China for fiber production 27 centuries before the Christian Era. For nearly 5,000 years it has been important and has won an honorable position because of its strength and durability and the well-established fact that it is dependable.

1917 Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture

Posted on January 1, 1917

Although we have still only a small acreage devoted to hemp in the United States, the acreage has doubled each year for the last three years. The area planted in 1917 was estimated at 42,000 acres.

The Manufacture Of Paper From Hemp Hurds

Posted on October 14, 1916

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1913 Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture

Posted on January 1, 1913

The two fiber-producing plants most promising for cultivation in the central United States and most certain to yield satisfactory profits are hemp and flax. The oldest cultivated fiber plant, one for which the conditions in the United States are as favorable as anywhere in the world, one which properly handled improves the land, and which yields one of the strongest and most durable fibers of commerce, is hemp.

1909 Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture

Posted on January 1, 1909

Fiber Investigations — Hemp & Flax. Many plant fibers and many questions pertaining to fiber production have been investigated during the past year, but attention has been directed especially to hemp and flax, which, aside from cotton, are regarded as the most promising fiber-producing plants for this country.