The Hemp Commerce & Farming Report

The Hemp Commerce & Farming Report
Posted by FoM on September 09, 1999 at 11:51:19 PT
Issue #4, September 8, 1999 
Source: Natural Hemphasis
Welcome to our fourth issue. We have compiled an interesting mix of articles and information for you this time, including features on processing opportunities, marketing, production and our evolving social and regulatory environment. 
Thanks to Jon Cloud, Jason Freeman and Ron Schnider for being a part of this edition.Based on our reader's feedback, media inquiries and professional comments coming this way, the HCFR has achieved its goal of become a leading source of industrial hemp information. We have come a long way in the last few months and our move to becoming a web-based publication (last issue) has been a smoother one than I anticipated. And we're not done. Next month, we will be taking greater advantage of our medium, and initiate some changes that I feel are long overdue.Are the tractors burning yet? I have been told many times that "growing hemp is the easy part" and harvesting is when you really know what you are up against. Based on reports from the field, quality and quantity should be all over the map. Some producers on the Prairies are running into lower than expected yields this fall, fingering poor soil and climatic conditions this spring and early summer. And based on their projected yields, some have also commented on the less than satisfactory quality of certified seed they purchased this year, citing too many males in the mix. In the East, some Ontario producers, both organic and traditional, could be enjoying a bumper year. We'll have more details next issue in our Cross-Canada Crop Report.I am also excited by the upcoming Hemp Industries of America Convention, being held in Toronto September on 22-26th. The full schedule is included in the issue (see Upcoming Events for details) if you want to get a flavour of how the event is structured. Many Canadians have expressed an interest in attending this year's show, and I hope to see you there in a few weeks time.Arthur HanksSeptember 1999,Vancouver, BCClick the link to read the whole report!
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