Hemp symposium tonight in Loveland to cover growing it, selling it and what to expect

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Thanks to Amendment 64, industrial hemp is on its way to becoming a legitimate crop in Colorado.

Tonight in Loveland, hemp industry bigwigs will gather to discuss how hemp is grown and processed, the market for the crop and what farmers interested in growing it can expect. (For instance, hemp does require water to grow, despite Internet legends.)

The event is open to the public and costs $15 to attend. We caught up with two of the speakers to talk about the need for such a forum and hemp's future in Colorado.

Anndrea Hermann is president of the Hemp Industries Association, a California-based trade organization. A cannabis consultant who spends time in both the United States and Canada, which legalized hemp in 1998, Hermann will be speaking tonight about the agronomics of hemp, including planting, seed cleaning and water usage.

"We're bringing the event to Colorado because we, as an association, saw the importance of the energy that's happening here," says Hermann. "We were getting a lot of inquiries from actual farmers that were really interested in knowing about cultivation issues and processors wanting to know, 'How does this work?'"

As we explained in our recent cover story, "Green Acres," a small but dedicated group of Coloradans has been working to establish an industry here. Tonight's symposium will allow potential hemp farmers and processors to hear from people with real-life experience dealing in hemp, including some locals. Summer Star of EnviroTextiles, a leading hemp fabric importer and manufacturer in Glenwood Springs, will be on hand, as will state Senator Gail Schwartz, who plans to sponsor a bill this year that would create hemp-farming regulations and a process to register hemp farmers with the state.

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David Bronner, the president of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, which imports over $100,000 of hemp oil from Canada to use in its soaps each year, will also be at the symposium to talk about the market for hemp products -- especially food and body-care products. (Hemp can also be used to make building materials, animal bedding, fabrics and other products.)

Hemp, he explains, is one of the few plant sources of omega 3 fatty acids, which have many health benefits. Since our bodies don't produce essential fatty acids, they must be obtained through our diets. The other major source is fish but, Bronner says, "the problem with fish is you're getting trace mercury and other environmental contaminants." Hemp foods such as non-dairy hemp milk are a healthier alternative, he says.

Omega 3 fatty acids are also good for your skin, Bronner says. One of the main signs of a deficiency is dry, flaky skin, he explains, and using hemp oil soap helps. "We've grown ten times in the last ten years and there's a lot of reasons for that, but the hemp seed oil addition has been a major factor," Bronner says. "We improved the formula."

Continue for more about tonight's hemp symposium.


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hempchairs
hempchairs

It's probably hard to get a bunch of farmers and ag producers to show up at Casselman's.  The Ranch was a perfect venue for this and it was a packed (albeit small) house with standing room only and a crowd of around 160.  It was a very well done production and a very interested audience.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

They obviously didn't want anyone to show up, scheduling it in LoveLand at 6pm!

DonkeyHotoy
DonkeyHotoy

So why is this being held in Bumfuk Loveland?

DonkeyHotoy
DonkeyHotoy

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stuka1
stuka1


@hempchairs Is Casselman's the only alternative you can think of? Are you THAT one track minded and unimaginative?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@hempchairs Very interesting. Thanks for giving us a firsthand report, hempchairs.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@hempchairs ... and the drooling stoners were too lazy to travel that far.

Win - Win.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@DHisLEO @DonkeyHotoy 

Stuka1 is always mentally unbalanced, as evidenced by his puerile and pathetic forgeries of Donkey's username and avatar.

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