Thursday, May 17, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
By Brian Webster
I want to invite you to attend the next California Hemp Business Workshop, Friday June 22nd 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Santa Monica. This is the workshop’s first announcement.
The workshop is centrally located at: CA
near the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade, with easy access to restaurants and public transport, in the downtown area of Santa Monica.
At the workshop you will; learn the latest information about hemp business opportunities in California, get presentations from Califor
nia hemp business leaders, receive a workbook on California Hemp market information and state regulations, and be able to network with hemp business peers, startups, and members of the California Hemp Association.
This workshop is a great value to people at all levels of the industry.
Many California Hemp industry leaders will be there.
I’m sure it will be time well spent for you.
I would be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Please feel free to call or email me anytime and share this with others.
Cheers – Brian
CA-Hemp & the California Hemp Association Present
The California Hemp Business Workshop
A One-Day Workshop -
Learn the latest information about hemp business opportunities in California.
Get presentations from California hemp business leaders.
Receive a workbook on California Hemp market information and state regulations.
Network with business peers, startups, and the California Hemp Association (CHA)
Morning Session: 10:00 – 12:00 noon - Hemp Farming
Lunch Break: 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 5:00 PM - California Hemp Business
$200. Ticket - includes workbook, plus CHA individual membership ($60. Value)
$100. CHA Member Ticket - for CHA members - includes workbook
$50. Student & Government Rate Ticket - includes workbook
This workshop has limited space and will sell out, as did all our previous workshops.
Buy your ticket online ASAP!
By Kyle Jaeger
By Kristen Nichols
The United States may be driving innovation in international marijuana markets, but when it comes to hemp, U.S. producers are scrambling to catch up with established trade opportunities for a crop that has long been legal in other countries.
Hemp is taking root in the United States, thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill, which allowed limited production. But booming U.S. demand for hemp products is still largely filled by overseas producers.
According to the U.S. Congressional Research Service, hemp imports surged an astounding 1,200% between 2005 and 2015 – from $5.6 million to about $78.2 million.Most of that growth was in hemp seeds, both viable for planting and sterilized and hulled for eating.
The United States imported a negligible amount of hemp seeds in 2000, but that sum climbed to $54.1 million in 2015, according to CRS.
That doesn’t mean that U.S. hemp producers and processors don’t have ample opportunity to expand in global markets.
Marijuana Business Magazine talked with hemp producers and activists about the best international opportunities for exporting hemp and hemp-derived products.
Click here to read more on where they expect to see the most business opportunities in coming years:
By HID Staff
Hemp isn’t as immune to drought as supporters claim, according to a Colorado State University soil researcher who analyzed two years of Colorado hemp production.
“There are a lot of myths about this crop, and one of them is that it doesn’t need much water,” said Brian Campbell, a doctoral student in Soil and Crop Sciences who monitored hemp’s water use on two Colorado plots in 2015 and 2016.
Campbell saw his hemp plants – some seed varieties and some fiber varieties – struggle without irrigation.
“It’s not that the plant won’t grow” without much water, Campbell explained.
“But it’s a no-brainer – you should irrigate your hemp plants if you want them to do well in Colorado.”
He presented his findings last month at the Institute of Cannabis Research conference at Colorado State University-Pueblo. He’s awaiting publication in an agronomic journal.Campbell found that hemp’s reputation as a good dryland crop – meaning a crop grown without irrigation – isn’t deserved in areas without abundant rainfall.
On his northern Colorado plots, for example, Campbell grew one hemp plot with regular irrigation and the other in drought conditions where the plants got only about 8 inches of rain during its life cycle. The irrigated plants yielded a healthy average of 1,100 pounds of seed per acre, with some acres producing more than 2,000 pounds of seed per acre. The nonirrigated hemp plants yielded an average of just 400 pounds of seed per acre.
“I’ve heard a lot of people promoting hemp as a low-water-use crop, and from what I’ve seen, it’s pretty high compared to other crops,” said Campbell, who specializes in specialty oilseed crops. “I wouldn’t suggest dryland cultivation here without irrigation.”
Campbell’s water research is among the first studies to apply modern large-scale farming methods to a crop still shrouded in mystery. Decades of illegality for hemp production has left the crop way behind other commodity crops in terms of what agronomists know about how to grow it profitably.
Purdue University’s Hemp Project reports that most varieties of hemp need about 25-30 inches of rain a year, especially in the early weeks of life. But that’s about as exhaustive as university research into hemp and water use goes.
Purdue’s research also applies only to the American Midwest, and researchers warn that the hemp industry is plagued by “large information gaps that have developed with regards to production, pest management and economic impact.”
Campbell’s work resonated with some Colorado hemp farmers who attended the conference.
“You definitely need to do some irrigation,” said Bridget Gay, who grows and processes 50 acres of CBD-rich hemp in central Colorado for her company, High Country Lab.
Gay has grown hemp since 2015 and has learned through trial and error that her hemp plants need roughly 6 gallons of water per week to thrive.
“It doesn’t grow on its own unless you’re by a stream,” she said.
Campbell noted that he researched seed and fiber varieties, not the flower varieties grown by Gay and most other hemp farmers. Campbell pointed out that much more research needs to be done around growing CBD varieties of hemp.
“Cropping for CBD, there’s nothing out there” to tell farmers how much water they need, Campbell said. “It’s all shooting in the dark right now.”
By Howard Fischer
By Bethan Jenkins