Inch by inch, row by row, California hemp fiber continues to grow. Where it stops, no one knows. However, as the plants now exceed 18 feet and a few weeks before harvest, hemp traders president Lawrence Serbin is extremely optimistic that he will land in The Guinness Book of Records.
The harvest from Lemoore, CA, is unusually high and there is no real competition, but the real record has already been set. This area in the Central Valley of California is the first hemp fiber grown in the state since the demonstration harvest was tried in the Imperial Valley in 1994 by Hempstead and Ohio Hempery, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Then-Attorney General Dan Lungren, a Republican, sent state drug police to the field to destroy the drug-free crop, which was destined for research and development.
Chris Boucher, who led the 1994 harvest, was available for the opening of the new crop, as well as cannabis lights from across the country.
No cannabinoids, hemp fiber
In recent years, much of the cannabis community has focused on growing CBD or other cannabinoid-rich varieties of cannabis. The practice fuels the speculative practice of large crop plantations, followed by flooding of the market and a collapse in prices, which damages the end result and reflects a boom and bust.
Although the CBD market is here to stay, it is also shaken by two factors. Farmers can’t even predict the value of next year’s CBD harvest because they don’t know how much is being grown or what the demand will be. The hemp and marijuana markets are arguing over who can control the cannabinoids used for human consumption. Farmers rightly claim that cannabinoids are part of a federal farm bill controlled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Marijuana manufacturers point to a higher standard for regulating human consumption, which is enshrined in state legalization laws.
Serbin, whose company is one of the largest importers and distributors of hemp fiber products in America, stays away from this attack and focuses on what he and cannabis “hemp” have been preaching for years: Hemp is a fiber and a cereal , which is essential for economic growth and environmental recovery. Farmers have a long history of producing food crops, and hemp seed is nutritious for both humans and farm animals.
At the opening of the plant on July 31 near Fresno, Serbin spoke in detail about the importance of hemp for textiles, which he hopes will be processed in a nearby mill, and for construction as hemp and insulation products. Hemp concrete is a building material made of hemp that is resistant to pests and mold, soundproofing and temperature insulator and weighs only about 1/7 as much as concrete in value.
Large biomass from less water
In addition to the ability to produce both food grains and fiber products, Serbin and others associated with the crop note its low water footprint along with its large biomass. The plants drank in the summer sun, and visitors dripped with sweat as they stood in the sunlight; but as soon as the people entered the hemp tunnel, passing through the field under its canopy, there was a noticeable cooling. The ground was shaded by a canopy and covered with fallen leaves to reduce water loss and evaporation.
After inspecting the harvest and hearing various people related to the culture speak, then exploring the fields, those attending the crop review went to nearby Riverdale, where one of the last operating cotton mills in California is being converted to work with hemp. For the initial harvest, the California mill will clean and prepare the harvest, but it will be sent to China to be spun into yarn and thread for use in textiles, probably manufactured in American factories.
Serbin said that after World War II, the United States dismantled most of its textile production facilities and sent them abroad. The restored California mill, he notes, could become a model for returning the textile manufacturing sector to American soil.
“It really makes a lot of sense,” he said, “for the industry to use all parts of the plant – the grain, the long fibers, the barrier and even the roots.” worldwide production. In addition to all the time and resources used in transportation, “Savings in delivery costs can be included in profits and used to pay workers better wages here.”