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Hemp News for April 2021

  • HEMP CELLULOSE MAKEUP COULD RIVAL CONVENTIONAL COSMETICS

    Made from hemp cellulose nanocrystals, the substance replaces ingredients such as mineral oil and titanium oxide that are common in such beauty products. The hemp-based foundation helps reduce skin barrier damage because removal does not require harsh cleansers needed to clear conventional foundations; such cleansers can lead to skin issues such as sensitivity and rosacea.
  • RUSSIAN INDUSTRIAL HEMP

    Producer Smart Hemp said it has plans to open a hemp processing factory in Ivanovo, an historic textile region and still one of Russia’s major textile making centers. General Director Maxim Uvarov said Smart Hemp hopes to open the factory by the end of the year. The company has a goal to expand hemp production to a dozen regions in Russia as it projects rising demand for hemp textiles
  • PAKISTANI HEMP FABRIC PRODUCTION

    Three Pakistani textile makers say they have begun producing new denim fabrics blending cotton with hemp. Artistic Milliners (AM), Karachi; US Denim, Lahore; and Farooq Spinning Mills, Faisalabad, all say they have embarked on denim production that incorporates hemp. After establishing a hemp program last year, the Pakistani government has said hemp can be a sustainable replacement for cotton production, which is in decline in Pakistan as farmers shift to other crops due to low prices and a lack of high-quality seed.

    US Denim is a fabric mill supplying denim to the fashion industry through partnerships with such leading international brands as Levi’s, H&M and Marks & Spencer.
  • RESEARCH - CAN HEMP HELP IMPROVE LIVESTOCK HEALTH?

    Oregon State University was awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the potential of hemp biomass as cattle feed. The project aims to develop safe use practices for hemp byproducts in livestock diets and determine ways to take full advantage of their nutritional and potential medicinal properties to improve animal health.
  • TEXAS - THEY DO THINGS BIG!

    In spring 2020, a Dallas outfit called Panda Biotech said it signed a contract with an international equipment manufacturer for construction of the largest hemp decorticator in the country. The company announced it would donate more than 60 tons of hemp fiber seed to farmers in the state, and produce 130 tons of textile-grade fiber, hurd and cellulose in 2021. Texas State Department of Agriculture, meanwhile, said it received more than 450 hemp operator license applications.
  • PENNSYLVANIA PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

    The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced $157,735 in funding for three projects aimed at boosting the hemp sector in the state. The money, from Pennsylvania’s Hemp Promotional Grant Program, supports initiatives that raise awareness of hemp and hemp products

    The largest recipient, DON Services of Lawrence County, was awarded a $109,000 grant for its Project PA Hemp Home. The initiative is designed to inform farmers and builders about the potential economic impact of industrial hemp and the plant’s promise for end uses in the construction sector.

Remember Joan’s Hemp Lecture on Zoom is available to guilds and schools! Click the link for information.


Hemp News for March 2021

  • WORLD’S FIRST ALL-HEMP PLANE IS 10 TIMES STRONGER THAN STEEL AND FUELED BY HEMP

    Hempearth Company in Canada is working on an ultra-lightweight, all-hemp plane that runs on hemp fuel! The body and wings of the plane are made from composite hemp fibers and the interior walls, seats and pillows are made from hemp! They are hoping to take their first flight at the Wright Brother’s Memoria ok Kitty Hawk, NC. when it is completed.
  • Solar-Powered Hemp Composite Cars Could be Produced in California by End of 2021

    8,000 people have already put down deposits on a solar-powered vehicle from Aptera that hopes to be in production by year's end. Instead of steel, the body is a composite of carbon, Kevlar and hemp.
  • Dion Markgraaff

    Long-time American cannabis activist and entrepreneur Dion Markgraaff, who opened one of Amsterdam’s first hemp shops and, later, San Diego’s first medical marijuana dispensary, has passed away in California. Markgraaff’s brother Andre reported he died in his sleep at his home on Sunday, Feb. 21.

    Most recently active in the hempcrete construction movement and founding vice president of the board at the U.S. Hemp Building Association (USHBA), Markgraaff dedicated the last 25 years of his life to cannabis, seemingly always joining a handful of other pioneers on the industries’ leading edge.
  • Pakistan Refocusing on Hemp

    Pakistan is ramping up their hemp production and replacing some of their cotton with hemp textile and turning CBD fiber residue into bio-energy. They estimate 1 billion dollar market in 3 years.
  • Environment

    Hemp grown to clean up polluted soil could be used for hempcrete construction and to produce energy, with virtually no health risks, an Italian researcher has suggested.
  • American Casket Company is making hemp composite coffins.
  • Hempcrete

    Hempcrete is a non-toxic building material made from mixing woody hemp fibre (from inside the hemp stalk), with lime and water. It continues to absorb CO2 over its life time.

Until next time - check out this video about a hemp car!


Remember Joan’s Hemp Lecture on Zoom is available to guilds and schools! Click the link for information.

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