Historic hemp harvest wraps up with the help of 45 volunteers from six states

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Ben Droz
Last week, we told you about the beginning of America's first hemp harvest in more than fifty years, which started in late September in southeastern Colorado. This past weekend, that harvest continued with 45 volunteers from six different states, who converged on grower Ryan Loflin's 55-acre hemp plot to finish hand-harvesting his historic plants.

"We had a great group of people," Loflin says.

Now, he'll begin the hard work of separating the different parts of the plant and processing them.

Loflin doesn't yet have an exact measurement of how much hemp he was able to harvest. He planted two varieties in his main plot: a Canadian variety and a European variety. (He has three additional varieties in a smaller research plot.) The Canadian variety -- which was dioicous, meaning that the individual plants were either male or female -- didn't fare so well. But the monoicous European variety, whose plants had both male and female reproductive organs, did much better, Loflin says.

Hand-harvesting the hemp allowed for the entire plant to be picked, including the roots. Loflin has takers for every single part of it; he personally plans to press some of the seed into hemp oil. But he emphasizes that it's important to save the bulk of it for next year.

"The seed is really what we're after this year, to have an American seed bank," he says.

Colorado hemp advocate Erik Hunter was among those who helped Loflin with the harvest. The first gathering in September was more symbolic, Hunter says. This past weekend, however, was "like real work," he says.

"I don't mind doing it because it's hemp," Hunter adds. "People have so much pent-up frustration with the system that it's really an important act of civil disobedience to be openly participating in such an event."

While Colorado's Amendment 64 required the state to enact regulations for growing industrial hemp here (a process that's underway), the plant is still illegal at the federal level. However, the Department of Justice's recent memo indicating that it won't sue to stop states' marijuana laws has made hemp advocates breathe a sigh of relief, too.

"The more people who do it, the more obvious it becomes that this law is completely unenforceable and unnecessary," Hunter says.

See below for a photo from this past weekend's harvest.

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Kim Sidwell/Cannabis Camera
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46 comments
dannyo
dannyo

Why wasn't this asshole arrested for blatantly breaking the law?

McShyster
McShyster

If Canadian hemp farmers can't make a decent profit after 12+ years of trying, what makes newbie US farmers think they can do any better?

Nobody can compete against the cheap cost of imported Chinese hemp.


Tony_Aroma
Tony_Aroma

Being a volunteer and a slave are mutually exclusive, if you're one you can't be the other.

Anu Bhuti
Anu Bhuti

"The seed is really what we're after this year, to have an American seed bank," he says.

Derek Cross
Derek Cross

What a Great way to show the Country how people from around the states can come together in unity to harvest such a truly VALUABLE Crop! Sow The Seed, Reap the Reward! Industrial Hemp is the SUSTAINABLE FUTURE!!! I am honored to have had the Opportunity to meet such Amazing people! Thank you Jason Lauve, for your work on Authoring the Bill, and Thank you to the Ryan Loflin and family for planting the seed that shall change our Country!

Dave Wu
Dave Wu

I guess with enough good karma you don't need to eat or pay rent

Dave Wu
Dave Wu

Do the volunteers get a cut of the proceeds? Anything else is slavery really.

Alfred Edward Newmann
Alfred Edward Newmann

Next Harvest will be MAGNIFICENT no matter the size but next year will be FURTHER!!!!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@dannyo Why aren't assholes like you arrested for stupidity?

McShyster
McShyster

@dannyo yep, the state should deny him any license, as he's already shown his propensity to willfully, blatantly and deliberately violate the law.

Exactly the opposite of the "strict compliance" that the feds require.



kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@McShyster Don't be such a fucking idiot.

Many Alberta farmers have taken to hemp to round out their crops and some say they're making a tidy profit.

According to a recent study done by Alberta Agriculture, farmers in the province seeded the most hemp in all of Canada at 6,434 hectares last year.

The preliminary estimate for this year is 8,000 hectares.

"As long as we keep making money we'll keep growing it," says Will Van Roessel.

The Bow Island-area farmer is about to harvest hemp for the third straight year.

He's been contracted to grow the hemp for its seeds, which could be processed into a wide range of products including oil, flour, shampoo and wood sealant. Van Roessel says he's expecting to make three times the amount he would get for wheat.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-farmers-cashing-in-on-hemp-farms-1.1169514

mauriciomassa
mauriciomassa

@McShyster  

Yeah, they are 12 years trying..... tell that to Monsanto.... they will love the news... LOL!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@Dave Wu No, they don't.  Slavery is when you are FORCED to do labor.  Everyone was there of their free will.  Some drove 17 hours to participate in the revolt against cannabis prohibition.


Try not to be such a dumbass.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@McShyster 'Strict compliance' was for marijuana, not hemp.

The feds made no such statement about hemp cultivation.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

$200 / acre is a "tidy profit" ?

Lol!

Chump.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

I'm stuka.

I'm stupid.

I'm stupid stuka.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

Hemp is so unprofitable they need free labor to harvest that crap.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@stupidstuka You will notice that the state of Colorado made NO attempts to 'regulate' this crop, which was defined as hemp by A64....bitch.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@stupidstuka Fucking moron donkey.


Hemp seeds, whether they are processed or otherwise, represent the largest percent of the Canadian export total. Seed exports totalled $6.29 million in 2010 (Figure 4). Exports of hemp oil were initiated in 2009 and reached $2.96 million in 2010. This includes oil and its fractions whether or not refined (but not chemically modified). Oil-cake exports and other solid residues of hemp seed, whether ground or pelleted, have grown 59.2% since 2007.


Hemp Oil Canada (St. Agathe, Manitoba), is currently considered to be the largest hemp oil processor in Canada. Current sales are in the range of $10 million plus per year, with expected growth to $40 million within five years.


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stuka1
stuka1

@kevin_hunt  

Obviously the jackass' sick obsession with me has grown during its incarceration. 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@stupidstuka Sure...LOL


Can you sell snake oil for $30 per gallon like you can sell hemp oil for $30 per gallon?

BeenThereDoneThat
BeenThereDoneThat

@kevin_hunt

Why are you wasting your time arguing with a simpleton who has to create multiple screen names to carry on conversations with himself?

Stupidstukka = mcsheister = donkey hotay

McShyster
McShyster

@stupidstuka

Yep.

" He planted two varieties in his main plot: a Canadian variety and a European variety.The Canadian variety -- which was dioicous, meaning that the individual plants were either male or female -- didn't fare so well. But the monoicous European variety, whose plants had both male and female reproductive organs, did much better, Loflin says."

So he now has a completely unknown crossbreed of bastardized seeds, with some of the bad Canadian variety crossing back on itself, some of the bad Canadian variety cross-contaminating the European variety, and some of the European variety crossing back on itself. And no idea what seeds are what, or to what extent the cross pollination took place.

You may be stupid stuka, but you're a lot smarter than these clueless hemp hippies like Kevin.


stupidstuka
stupidstuka

Next year's bastard seed crop will be an epic failure.

McShyster
McShyster

@kevin_hunt

"he personally plans to press some of the seed into hemp oil. But he emphasizes that it's important to save the bulk of it for next year.

"The seed is really what we're after this year, to have an American seed bank," he says."

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@stupidstuka The only regressive retard is YOU.  When you amass a stock of 460 lbs of hempseed capable of germination, let me know.


Where did you get your $75 per ton figure?  Did you not know that this is an OILSEED crop, not strictly a fiber crop?  You amaze me with your lack of knowledge on this subject.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

Viable? He's got an unknown random crossbreed of two F2 seedstocks which will result in an unstable regressive F3 generation of retards.

Clueless hempheads failed botany.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@stupidstuka Chinese CBD = mystery sludge.

Only a complete moron would assume that the 460 lbs of viable hempseed harvested would only be worth $40.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

So the Canadians and Chinese hemp farmers are too stupid to figure that out, eh hoser?

Shhh! Don't tell them, they'll corner the CBD market.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@stupidstuka 10 pounds of CBD is worth a lot more than $40...you ignorant jackass.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

1200 pounds?

Lol lol lolz!

At $75 per TON where you find the time to spend the $40.00 gross income??

Lol!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@stupidstuka No, not really a fail.  Over 1200 pounds of hemp was harvested and Loflin's phone is ringing off the hook with people that want to buy the crop.


What the hell have you ever done of any significance?

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

"was advised to plant at a rate of 17 lbs per acre.  The weeds made mechanized harvest impractical."

Hemp fail!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@stupidstuka No, free labor was required because Loflin was advised to plant at a rate of 17 lbs per acre.  The weeds made mechanized harvest impractical.  Once Colorado farmers can get enough seed to plant at 40 lbs per acre, weeds won't be a problem.


Were you there at the harvest?  I was.  It seems that you don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

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