We are so excited to announce that on December 20th, 2018 President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill which included the full text of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 which de-schedules industrial hemp and all its parts from the Controlled Substances Act. Hemp will now be treated as an agricultural crop, farmers will be able to get seeds, crop insurance and open bank accounts. We anticipate 2019 as a significant year for hemp farming and hemp investment opportunities.
More specifics about the impacts of the Farm Bill can be found at this summary of the Farm Bill drafted by The Hemp Roundtable General Counsel, Jonathan Miller. It’s an exciting time for hemp. We look forward to working with all of our Hemp Supporters as this industry moves forward! Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved as a farmer, business owner, investor, etc. Contact: Zev@AbrahamPaiss.com.
New year, new food. That’s the saying, right? If you’re wondering what tasty new products will be flooding shelves and restaurant menus in 2018, don’t worry, we got you. We’ve sipped and snacked our way through the latest innovations to determine what you’re going to want to get your hands on this year—and you won’t have to spend an arm and a leg at the local organic market to do so.
1. The Trend: Hydrogen Water
While we don’t agree on much in this tumultuous world of nutrition, we probably all can agree that we need to drink more water. And when regular old H2O gets boring, health buffs are turning to the supposed energy-charged benefits of Hydrogen Water.
Dr. Cody Cook, the owner of HTWO brand, claims that more than 16 gold medalist athletes are using the stuff, which purportedly helps boost energy, provides antioxidants, and quickly removes lactic acid. Admittedly, the science in this area is weak at best, but we love the clean crisp flavor (and it might have helped to make our hangover a little less intense). If you’re thirsty and feeling like the tap water isn’t cutting it, give this a go.
HTWO hydrogen water is available at Kroger, Natural Foods, and online for $2-3 per pack. HFactor hydrogen water is also available at Giant Food, local natural food markets, and online for $3 per pack.
Not so long ago, solar power was something of a dream for those who were ahead of the curve in the environmental movement. It appeared to be an option for the wealthy and for those who had committed themselves to environmentalism.
The idea that we could heat our homes and generate electricity from little more than sunshine seemed like a utopian ideal.
City of Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones Reports from the 2017 Eco-Mobility World Congress
Boulder, CO was recently rated “the happiest city in America.” Perhaps related: Boulder is also one of the most bikable U.S. cities and internationally recognized for its alternative transportation solutions. Below are comments from Mayor Suzanne Jones while representing Boulder as one of a few cities invited to present at the October 2017 Eco-Mobility Congress in Taiwan.
“I am so pleased to be representing City of Boulder, along with Natalie Stiffler (Boulder senior transportation planner), at ICLEI’s 2017 Eco-Mobility World Congress in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. This gathering was described to me as “the Olympics of city transportation solutions” – being held every two years, with over 42 countries, 53 cities and 1,200 participants in an amazing international city, I now understand the reference.
Boulder is one of only a few United States cities invited (and hosted) to come speak at the conference, and yours truly spoke at one of the opening panels with reps from the host city; Suwon, South Korea; London, England; and Melbourne, New Zealand. I shared about the transportation work that Boulder is undertaking to become a more livable city—like our extensive multi-use path bike/pedestrian network with its 80 underpasses that also doubles for flood management; our collaborative successes with regional bus rapid transit along US36; our investment in Boulder Junction as a transit-oriented development to create a new mixed-use, walkable neighborhood in east Boulder; and our renewed safety focus on “Vision Zero” to reduce serious collisions; and so on.
How reassuring to find that we are not unusual or alone: cities all over the world are undertaking similar experiments and transitions—driven by concerns about increasing congestion, air pollution, growing populations and climate change. It is a gathering of cities that are committed to utilizing the latest smart technologies (e.g., autonomous electric buses) to rethink what mobility looks like and creating state-of-the-art communities that place people back at the top of the hierarchy (e.g., reclaiming public spaces for people).
The theme is “Livable. Shared. Intelligent.” Companies like Tesla and 7StarLake (and a plethora of other companies touting every form of electric and smart mobility from skateboards to buses) are here to explain emerging technologies and how they will make cities better; and old-school concepts like walking and biking are celebrated as essential mechanisms to re-create vibrant downtown city centers. It is a fascinating and inspiring gathering, and making me realize that Boulder will have to run to keep up with these innovating cities.
One element of every Eco-Mobility Congress is that the host city turns a portion of their city into an eco-mobility demonstration district closed to cars for a month. In this case, Kaohsiung chose the historic Hamasan neighborhood to give the streets over to walkers, bikes, electric scooters and busses, as well as an autonomous electric shuttle demonstration. Events are hosted within the district all month, including the conference’s bike parade of mayors and city reps from around the world riding all fashion of e-bikes through waving crowds (the mayor of Kaohsiung is a former political prisoner and beloved celebrity, so she has crowds wherever she goes!).
The three-day Congress concluded with the unveiling and publishing of the Kaohsiung Principles for Shared Mobility (https://www.sharedmobilityprinciples.org ), which are consensus principles from lead global non-profits to serve as a roadmap moving forward. Some of these principles are no-brainers and others certainly provocative — e.g., moving beyond cars (and all of the public real estate devoted to them) as the organizing theme for cities. But having traveled through several major Asian cities on this trip—with the congestion, the incredible air pollution, and the high fatalities—it is clear that a major transformation is needed in urban areas as populations continue to climb. And seeing what has been accomplished in the Netherlands, with state-of-the-art transit technology in addition to their incredible bike mode share, it is certainly worth examining what Boulder’s version of eco-mobility should look like to keep improving our livability and sustainability. At a minimum, shaping this next chapter involving autonomous vehicles to make sure they are both electric and shared when they arrive in Colorado, seems like an important and immediate task.
In closing, it was indeed an honor and privilege to be here—to represent our city, but also our country in a time when our international reputation is taking a beating. It turns out that Boulder is both known and respected here (hats off to the prior work of Matt Appelbaum, Kathleen Bracke and Tracy Winfree!)—I am told that we have participated in every one of these World Congresses in some fashion, and our engagement is both noted and appreciated.”
Are you a hemp farmer or emerging hemp entrepreneur interested in learning how to farm hemp properly and effectively? We invite you to attend the Hemp Farming 101 event this Friday, May 5 from 2-5 pm at the Ft. Lupton Rec Center in Fort Lupton, CO, where many of your questions can be answered by experienced hemp farmers and business owners. Companies looking to use hemp products in their supply chain are also invited. Presenters will discuss the basics of hemp farming for quality production, and ways hemp can be utilized for different industries, such as medicinal, industrial, seed and fiber products.
We also welcome experienced farmers with resources to share and seed to sell. This event is hosted by Abraham Paiss & Associates (APA), whose principal Zev Paiss served as the Founding Executive Director of The National Hemp Association. APA is committed to helping build the hemp supply chain in the U.S. and supporting the success of hemp farmers, processors, and business owners.
Guest speakers include:
Ed Lehrburger, President and CEO of PureVision Technologies, a Colorado company focused on the cellulosic biorefining industry, will discuss hemp applications to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Bill Billings, Vice President and co-founder of the Colorado Hemp Project, one of the first legal harvests in America, will share his experience and provide tips on how to accurately and effectively plant hemp this growing season.
Brady Price from Blue Circle Development, will present on how to create mold and insect resistant plants, seed stabilizing, pesticide and disease control, bacillus and mycelium management
The event costs $20 and will include light refreshments and time for networking. The Hemp Farming 1010 event will take place at the Fort Lupton Recreational Center, 203 S. Harrison Avenue Fort Lupton, CO 80621 (Room 3), on May 5th from 2-5pm; check-in begins at 1:30.
National Hemp Association (NHA) and Colorado Hemp Industries Association (COHIA) members, and hemp supporters are encouraged to attend to learn the basics of successful hemp farming, and are invited to spread the word about this educational event. Thank you.
As expected, data from Colorado, Kentucky, and Tennessee all show the presence of large amounts of growers. A large portion of the production in Colorado is situated on the eastern half of the state. This region offers more even growing condition as opposed to the western half of the state which is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The data also shows large clusters around two of Colorado’s largest cities, Denver and Colorado Springs. Kentucky has a more even distribution of growers across the state. While there is some clustering around the capital, Lexington, grower registered growers exist in all corners of the state. Kentucky also features large numbers of hemp processing facilities centered around Louisville and Lexington. Tennessee shows more clustering around its capital, Nashville, with only a few outliers at the far ends of the state. Nevada and Vermont also feature several hemp producers spread across the state. Virginia, Indiana, and New York feature hemp production exclusively through research universities.
Neshama Abraham is leading a “sneak peek” press tour just prior to the start of the NoCo Hemp Expo scheduled for March 31 and April 1 in Loveland, Colorado. She worked with all of the event sponsors to create press releases describing their newest offerings to the hemp industry.