Industrial Hemp Podcast

The Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast is a continuing exploration of hemp's return to the agricultural fields of Pennsylvania and the United States.

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The music heard throughout the show is courtesy of Tin Bird Shadow.

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This week’s show is divided into two parts. First, we talk to Shawn Hauser about her recently penned opinion piece in Hemp Industry Daily titled “After the Election, Let’s Focus on Fixing the Arbitrary THC Standard in Hemp.” Then we check in with Berks County hemp farmer Ben Davies from Wildfox Provisions to hear about his growing season and harvest, his work with farmer outreach on the Pennsylvania hemp steering committee, and his upcoming panel discussion at the Pennsylvania Hemp Summit. Read more

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On this week’s hemp podcast, we talk to Brother Johannes Zinzendorf from the Hermitage, a Harmonist spiritual center and working farm in Schuylkill County, where life is lived as closely as possible to an 18th Century lifestyle of self-sufficiency, which includes growing fiber plants to make cloth. Read more

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Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Bryan Hulburt explains the Connecticut hemp program in detail, describing the fee structure and testing requirements, and how he is proud of the farmers in his state for taking hemp and running with it. Read more

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This week, our continuing effort to understand the national hempscape takes us to Arkansas where we are joined by Caleb Allen, the hemp program manager at the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. Read more

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Benjamin Brimlow and Gregg Gnecco from IND Hemp in Fort Benton, Montana, get into lots of details about what it takes to grow hemp in Montana — from dryland fields to hail damage to a plague of grasshoppers — It’s truly a fascinating look at hemp farming in the West. Read more

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We hear how Morris Beegle got his start in the hemp industry and what it takes to build a successful hemp brand, plus how the federal hemp regulations are affecting farmers and why the DEA should get out of the hemp space all together. Read more

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For my one hundred and first Industrial Hemp Podcast episode, I decided to hit the road in effort to reconnect with hemp farmers and hemp farms, hoping the trip would reinvigorate my spirit and inspire me to keep producing the hemp podcast. Read more

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This week’s guest is Rachel Berry, hemp farmer and Founder of CEO of the Illinois Hemp Growers Association. She talks about her own hemp operation, what motivated her to start the hemp growers association, feral hemp in Illinois, and lots more. Read more

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Dale Norley, a self-described old hippie who’s growing autoflower in Chester County, and Chet Lapp, owner of a Lancaster County hemp dryer, share their stories of working together and surfing the waves of the learning curve, giving listeners a glimpse of the supply chain in real time. Read more

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This week we talk to Adin Alai, CEO of 9Fiber, an early stage agri-tech company with a patented system to transform the waste streams of the hemp and cannabis industries into sustainable materials — fiber and cellulose — for applications in nine major markets. Read more

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This week we talk to Bruce Linton, CEO of Collective Growth Corporation, a fully-funded Special Purpose Acquisition Company that will be acquiring hemp companies along the supply chain in order to develop the industry and fulfill the promise of hemp as material for manufacturing, innovation, and technology. Read more

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This week we talk to Ray Maki, a hemp farmer on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. We hear about his hemp operation, what sorts of challenges he faces in terms of geography and policy in Hawaii, why he put electric lights in his hemp fields last winter and why he won't be doing that again this year. We talk about permaculture, Korean Natural Farming practices, the arbitrary nature of THC limits and why genetics are the key to success for growing hemp in Hawaii. Read more

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On this week’s podcast we talk to Reggie Weedman whose  quest to find total-THC compliant CBD genetics that will stay compliant even in Hawaii. Then we talk to seed breeder Jeremy Klettke from Davis Hemp in Oregon whose genetics are producing successful crops in Hawaii. Read more

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Hemp planting season is underway in Pennsylvania, so on this week's show we check in on four different hemp operations to see how the season is progressing. Read more

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Pennsylvania Hemp Steering Committee leadership chair Dr. Ron Kander explains how the steering committee works, the challenges they face, and the principles that guide the committee. Then Adam Dietrich from ReBlocks, a Denver, Colorado-based company that uses recycled plastic to make building materials, explains how his company uses hemp in their composites. Read more

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This week's show is divided into two parts. The first is a Fiberside Chat interview with Brianna Kilcullen, founder of Anact (https://www.anact.com/), a company that makes sustainable bath and hand towels from hemp fibers. We hear about what motivated her to start the business and the challe… Read more

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One of the buzzwords in the hemp space this year is autoflower. But what is it and why would you want to grow it? This episode answers those questions and a whole lot more with a roundtable panel discussion about autoflowering varieties of industrial hemp with Lancaster County farmer Steve Groff, Atlas Seed Co. Breeder Joe Ullman, and Atlas Seed Co. grower Ryan Power. Read more

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On this week’s podcast, Kentucky farmer Mike Broihier talks about the hemp industry in Kentucky, what he would do as a Senator to help farmers, and how the Marine Corps and farming have prepared him for his first venture into politics. Read more

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This week’s guest on the podcast is Dr. Patti Mayfield, a veterinarian and hemp farmer in Oregon, where she is also a member of the Veterinary Cannabis Society, which promotes education, safety, and legislative change surrounding the use of medical cannabis for pets. Read more

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Our guest this week is Corbett Hefner, vice president of research and development at Formation Ag, who tells us all the different lines of equipment his company has to offer hemp farmers and processors, including the FiberTrack 660, a one-ton-per-hour decorticator. Read more

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A new edition of Jack Herer's famous book The Emperor Wears No Clothes is now available — in print and as an e-book for the first-time. This week's show is a conversation with the editors of the new edition, Bruce Michael Dietzen and Dan Herer, son of the author who passed away in 2010. Read more

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If you’re growing hemp as a medicine, it’s wise to pay attention to the terpene profile of your crop, says hemp breeder Joe Ullman of Atlas Seed Co. and guest on this week’s podcast. This is a deep dive on terpenes – what they are, how they work and why you should care. Read more

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Hemp farmers, like everybody else, are caught up in the pandemic shutdown. We talk to Kristen Nichols from Hemp Industry Daily to find out what kind of finical assistance is available, how you can access it, and who is eligible? And then We talk to Lindsay Dawley from Almanac Hemp. Read more

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On episode 79 of the podcast, we cover some of the recent hemp news, including how the COVID-19 shutdown is affecting the application process for hemp growers in Pennsylvania. Plus Georgia and Iowa now have official hemp programs, and South Dakota has finally legalized industrial hemp at the state level. And the National Hemp Association is offering a hemp growers webinar series for its members. Read more

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Why is the state of Colorado continuing to operate its hemp program under the 2014 Farm Bill this growing season instead of adopting a USDA’s interim final rule? We talk to Colorado hemp manager Brian Koontz from the Colorado Department of Agriculture to find out. Read more

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Episode 74: This week we talk to Josh Leidhecker of Susquehanna Hemp and Susquehanna Mills in Lycoming County, where he’s been growing for fiber, seed and CBD since 2017. From grain hemp to the current CBD market, this wide-ranging interview will be of great interest to hemp farmers. Read more

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On this week’s podcast, we talk to Representative Margo Davidson, a Democrat from the 164th Legislative District in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and Representative Russ Diamond, a Republican from the 102nd Legislative District in Lebanon County, who have formed an informal industrial hemp caucus in the Pennsylvania State House in effort to educate their fellow lawmakers on hemp and to ensure that all citizens of the Commonwealth can benefit from what Diamond calls an “economic boon” for the state. Read more

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Episode 71: This week we talk to Jay Stucky, a CBD hemp farmer in upstate New York. His many concerns about the CBD industry include the high price of CBD and how processors and retailers are making all the money — not the farmers. In this wide ranging conversation, Stucky addresses the call to raise the THC level in hemp from 0.3% to 1%, which he says is not necessary. Read more

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Episode 70: On this episode of the podcast we talk to hemp builder Cameron McIntosh of Americhanvre Cast-Hemp in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and we also check in with Dr. Steve Groff from Groff North America to hear about their expansion in the CBD space with Pharmacy Partners. Read more

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Episode 69: This week we talk to seed breeder Joe Ullman from Atlas Seed Company where they're bringing to market two autoflower varieties of industrial hemp this year. We explore the benefits of autoflower and why it’s perfect for commercial production of CBD, especially in light of the new USDA rules. Read more

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Episode 68: Farmers in New Jersey can now grow industrial hemp in the Garden State. In this week’s show, we talk to New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fisher and the Director of the Division of Plant Industry at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Joe Zoltowski. Read more

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Episode 67: This week’s Industrial Hemp Podcast was recorded live at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, featuring an in-depth discussion of the 2020 hemp program in Pennsylvania with Fred Strathmeyer, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and Sarah Pickel, the hemp program coordinator at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Read more

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In part ONE of the Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast Year End Spectacular Double Episode, we talk to National Hemp Association chairman Geoff Whaling, cannabis lawyer Nathalie Bougenies, hemp sports car maker Bruce Dietzen, and a hemp farmer from the plain community of Lancaster County. Read more

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In part TWO of the Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast Year End Spectacular Double Episode, we hear from hemp guitar maker Jay Burstein, hemp innovator Steve Groff, healthcare consultant Jessie Johnson, and hemp farmer Tom Culton. Read more

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This week on the Industrial Hemp Podcast we talk to hemp farmer Ben Davies from Wild Fox Farm in eastern Berks County, Pennsylvania, where he and his wife Karah have developed 17 different retail products from their high CBD hemp harvest – everything from lip balm and tinctures to herbal tea and pet products. Read more

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This week we talk to Sarah Yetman, owner of CDB importer and exporter Sovereignport, explains how she works with farmers, governments and businesses all around the world to provide shipping and logistics solutions for buyers and sellers of CBD, from isolate to flower to biomass. Read more

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This week’s guest, Steve Allin, has been using hemp as a building material for decades on hemp projects all over the world. He is the director of the International Health Building Association and has quite literally written the book on Building with Hemp. Read more

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This week we talk to Larry Nagle, founder of the Cannabis College of America, designed to teach students the various phases of growing, harvesting, drying and packaging hemp. The school will offer online and in class sessions starting this January. Read more