MEADOW: From hemp oil and seeds to hemp wine and hemp sunglasses, all the hemp stuff was all the rage last week in this Terry County community.
The Texas Hemp Growers Association organized a field day of hemp row crops at Bingham Family Vineyards and Winery on Thursday, where they offered tours and education on state and national crop, insurance, feed, and feed policies. agronomy, end markets and research.
Hemp Day focused on farmers in the area learning more about how to pursue sustainable efforts to move to hemp fiber farming, said Kyle Bingham, president of the Texas Hemp Growers Association.
“This is the world capital of fiber: we grow millions of acres of cotton and deliver it to the market every year and we are very capable of doing that with hemp,” Bingham said.
Bingham added that they have been able to grow hemp with the traditional equipment they already had.
Bingham said hemp can be a complement to cotton; rotating hemp can increase cotton yield.
“We don’t see hemp as the new or the substitute; we see hemp as the next tool in the farmers’ toolbox, ”said Bingham.
Russell Williams, vice president of the Texas Hemp Growers Association, said they wanted to contact local farmers in the community and bring in industry veterans to try to make connections and grow a hemp industry here in Texas.
“We really believe you can make and develop new economies and revenue streams around hemp as a product,” Williams said.
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The association hosted several vendors from different states, including Colorado and Nebraska, who showcased their hemp-based products during the event.
Nebraska-based Hemp 3D was one of the vendors present at the event.
Managing partner Joe Naumann said his business has been running for about three years. They print, inject, mold and machine press all hemp-based products with the aim of replacing traditional plastics in 3D.
They started with products like sunglasses and expanded in recent years with earrings, chessboards and vases, Naumann said. He enjoyed last week’s field day as an opportunity to showcase some of these products.
“It’s amazing, it’s a great turnout,” he said. “There are so many people who are finally reviving and excited about hemp.”
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The Colorado-based High Mountain Pure company was also one of the vendors for the event. They have been growing hemp and processing hemp-based food products for two years, said co-owner Dion Oakes.
They manufacture hemp-based food products, including hemp cakes, hemp seed protein powder, hemp hearts, hemp heart protein powder, hemp seed oil and heart oil of hemp.
The partnership partnered with Delta Ag, one of the largest companies that brought processing of the entire hemp plant to the Lubbock area.
In Texas, House Bill 1325 was signed into law in June 2019 and authorizes the production, manufacture, retail and inspection of hemp crops and industrial products. This also includes products for consumable hemp products that contain cannabidiol (CBD), as well as other edible parts of the hemp plant, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture.