My blog is dedicated to the exploration of industrial hemp in America including the rich history of all forms of cannabis, the evolving law and politics of hemp and marijuana, the many products made from cannabis and the capacity, real or imagined, of hemp to re-industrialize rural America and revitalize the American family farm.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Five industrial hemp projects to begin in the midstate
While it comes from the same species as marijuana, it's impossible to get high from smoking industrial hemp because its THC content is so low.
At Rodale Institute in Berks County, Ross Duttfield is particularly interested in figuring out if industrial hemp could replace products like Roundup.
"If you could use a crop like hemp to smother weeds and help break up the weed cycle and the germination cycle, I think that farmers would look at that as a potential to help improve their system," says Duttfield. "There's always room for additional tools in a farmer's toolbox, especially when it comes to improving the health of the soil."
Duttfield says industrial hemp is appealing from an environmental perspective, but farmers could also harvest it after the summer and sell its fibers to various industries.
He says Rodale's project will start sometime next month, and early results should be in by the end of the year.