Veterans Day Honored with Industrial Hemp, Washington, DC Nov. 10, 2015 – An American flag made of industrial hemp grown in Kentucky by United States veterans will be flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC for the first time on Veterans Day (November 11, 2015).

The Hemp American flag celebrates this versatile crop cultivated by our founding fathers and calls attention to how hemp is already providing a new source of jobs for veterans and rural farming families.

Industrial hemp industry groups and leaders will host a “Hemp for Vets” press conference on Wednesday, November 11, from 9:30 am – 10:30 am in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club in Washington DC. Continue reading

HIA Showcases Industrial Hemp Research, Lexington Oct. 8, 2015 – The 2015 Hemp Industries Association (HIA) annual conference included presentations on the latest industrial hemp research findings. (Click here for the conference program.) NAIHC board member Alan Kimbell lists highlights from the presentations he attended:

1. Dr. David Mitlin, Professor, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. Hemp Fiber Supercapacitors

Dr. Mitlin’s research at Clarkson seeks to transform natural precursors to value added materials, e.g. industrial polymers. He seeks to utilize natural and abundant materials. To this end, he has found and patented a process to create a “cheap” analogue to graphene from hemp. Continue reading

Kentucky Leads Industrial Hemp Race, Lexington Sept. 30, 2015 – Kentucky is leading the race to re-establish industrial hemp as a commercial crop, with 1,700 acres of hemp planted this year by 121 growers working with seven universities and 24 processing companies.

The state’s lead position and official state support for hemp prompted the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) to hold its annual conference in Kentucky for the first time. (Click here for the conference program.)

Speaking at the HIA conference, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer predicted that Kentucky will become “the epicenter of industrial hemp production in America.” Continue reading

NAIHC’s Dr. Mahlberg Advising Stevia Corp’s Real Hemp, Indianapolis, Sept. 24, 2015 – NAIHC Board Member Dr. Paul Mahlberg has been appointed as an advisor to healthcare company Stevia Corp’s Real Hemp subsidiary which focuses on commercializing industrial hemp.

As part of the appointment, Real Hemp has made Dr. Mahlberg’s 30 years of ground breaking cannabis research available in a searchable cannabis database. Previously, these research papers were only available from the North American Industrial Hemp Council’s NAIHC research web pages. Continue reading

Laying Plans for Industrial Hemp in Indiana, Indianapolis, May 14, 2015 – Indiana’s effort to commercial industrial hemp took shape last week in an Indiana University/Purdue University meeting held to discuss the best path forward.

The meeting was organized by the Indiana section of the Hemp Industries Association (INHIA), and led by Purdue staff responsible for implementing Indiana’s 2014 law (IC-15-15-13) providing for the production and regulation of industrial hemp.

Participants in the meeting included:

For Purdue: Dr. Robert Waltz, State Chemist and Seed Commissioner; Dr. Larry Nees, Seed Administrator; Continue reading