What do HempWood in Murray, Kentucky, and Cedar Meadow Farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, have in common?
Both are hemp businesses involved in projects selected by USDA to receive funding in the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program.
Does this mean that Cedar Meadow Farm and HempWood each get a big bag of money from the government?
Nope, that’s not how it works, but on this week’s podcast we dig in and try to find out what it all means.
First, Greg Wilson, founder of HempWood, talks about his connection to the Lincoln University project that was awarded $5 million in the program to scale the hemp supply chain as a carbon negative feedstock for fiber and fuel.
Wilson said he is especially enthusiastic about the educational aspects of the project.
“If more people know how to grow hemp and it de-risks the situation, it will help our supply chain for making building materials,” he said.
HempWood produces flooring made from hemp stalks held together by a soy-based glue in a carbon-negative facility in Murray, Kentucky.
“It’s the only carbon negative flooring that’s made in America that is certified by the USDA as well as three nonpartisan certifying bodies for our lifecycle analysis and environmental product declaration that have just been formally published by ASTM last month,” Wilson said.
Then, we check in with Lancaster County hemp farmer and cover crop expert Steve Groff, whose Cedar Meadow Farm is a partner in a project awarded $15 million to develop the fiber and grain sectors of the industry.
Groff said he is excited about the project because its goals match what he’s doing on his farm.
“Growing all kinds of hemp — CBD, fiber and grain — and to do that in a way that’s, well, climate-smart,” he said.
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