,Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018
With the passing of the 2018 US Farm Bill, industrial hemp is now a new major crop to farm. Below is the Michigan adoption of industrial hemp, House Bill 6330.
Hemp – Resource or Scourge?
Quick Overview of Industrial Hemp in America
Hemp was an important crop in the early days of the U.S. It was necessary for the production of rope, canvas and paper. With a history dating back to 8,000 BC, hemp has been an important crop for the worlds need for fiber and food.
The invention of the cotton gin overshadowed hemp as a textile source due to the extremely labor-intensive nature of hemp processing. Cotton became the crop of choice for the textile industry with the introduction of the cotton gin in 1793. The next blow to industrial hemp came with DuPont patenting their new “plastic fiber” in 1930. Despite newly affordable machinery which separated the fiber from the rest of the plant, propaganda campaigns by companies invested in the new petroleum-based synthetic textile and lumber barons put pressure on the industry. A 1938 article in Popular Science predicted that industrial hemp would be a billion dollar industry. However, in September of 1937, the government banned the production of hemp with the Marijuana Tax Act. Some feel that powerful groups felt threatened, and they coerced the government into imposing the ban. Canada followed with their own ban in August of 1938.
Hemp came back during World War II. The Japanese invasion of the Philippines cut off imports of hemp, which was still essential, and the government lifted restrictions until the end of the war. Over 150,000 acres of hemp were cultivated as a result of the USDA’s Hemp For Victory campaign. Hemp was again illegal to grow after the war, so it was imported again.
In 1969 the Marijuana Tax Act was ruled unconstitutional in Leary vs the United States. So Congress came up with the Controlled Substances Act and made Cannabis a Schedule 1 controlled substance, equal to heroin.
The video below by Patagonia shows a farmer in action and he talks about it’s impact on his family. Worth a watch.
Historical Pro Hemp Gov Propaganda
The video below was broadcast by U. S. Government to promote the growing of hemp for the war effort in the 1940’s.
Henry Ford Creates Bio Fuel & Hemp Panels
The video below shows what hemp can produce in car panels and biofuel!
Door Panels To The Test!
Reproducing the results and testing with a sledge hammer! Check the video out below.
Farm Bill 2018
Discussion of the Farm Bill.