Eric Hurlock

Bio

Eric Hurlock is digital editor at Lancaster Farming and host of the Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast. He can be reached at (717) 721-4462 or ehurlock@lancasterfarming.com

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has facilitated the creation of a hemp steering committee that will help guide the department as it works the kinks out of the new hemp program. It consists of people from up and down the supply chain, from farmers to processors to manufacturers, policy experts, academics and 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.

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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.

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