North Carolina Farmers Free To Grow Hemp Again

NORTH CAROLINA: While cooking oil was the main topic of Dean Price’s presentation to the school board, another key component to biofuel would be the growth of farm crops that could supply fresh oil.

Price said two products that could be grown here in North Carolina are canola and hemp.

Back in 1900, hemp was the biggest crop in the state, Price said. Then in the 1930s, confusion over the differences between hemp and its cousin marijuana led to laws outlawing hemp.

The component in marijuana that produces a high is known at tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While that plant has a good amount of THC, hemp has only a trace in its leaves.

 

Colorado Farmers Wonder: How To Get Hemp Seeds?

COLORADO:   Farmers in Colorado and at least 10 other states are preparing to plant, cultivate and harvest hemp legally for the first time since the crop was outlawed more than 50 years ago.

As they learn about the crop’s preferences and the best methods to harvest the seeds for oil or the long stalks for fiber, they are sidestepping the first part of the process that remains unclear: getting the seed.

“It’s kind of a catch there right now,” said Ron Carleton, the state’s deputy commissioner of agriculture.

Federal law still prohibits the importation and sale of non-sterile hemp seed, which is needed for industrial farming.