World War II


During WWII the Japanese cut-off supplies of manilla hemp from the Philippines. Therefore, the US government formed the War Hemp Industries, a subsidiary of the Commodity Credit Corporation, to build over forty hemp fiber processing mills throughout the Midwest to produce cordage for the Navy.

In 1942, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) produced a pamphlet, Farmer’s Bulletin 1935, as well as a short film, “Hemp for Victory” to educate farmers on the history, uses, cultivation, and harvesting of hemp.