There are endless possibilities with US grown hemp. What many people don’t know is this crop has been grown in the US before — George Washington grew hemp in Mount Vernon, Henry Ford used hemp to produce ethanol, and hemp was one of the most important crops in Kentucky in the 1800s.
However, in 1937, as a result of the “Marihuana Tax Act”, it became illegal to grow hemp in the US. Nevertheless, exceptions were made at the start of World War II. The US Department of Agriculture produced a film called “Hemp For Victory” to encourage US farmers to grow hemp for the war effort as supply of imported hemp fiber from the Pacific Islands diminished.
Hemp mills were built throughout the Midwest and 4,000 acres per mill were contracted for the growing of hemp with the private corporation War Hemp Industries, Inc. Hemp became essential to the war, mainly for the production of rope, and the cultivation of hemp was even promoted as a patriotic act. After the war ended, the US hemp industry faded away.
Hemp grown outside the US is already being used in the automotive, furniture, paper, and textile industries. US farmers are eager to see hemp production become legal once again via the 2018 Farm Bill and hope to take advantage of this versatile cash crop.
Opportunities lie in hemp cultivation but also processing, distribution, and logistics. We are looking to form cooperative arrangements that will benefit us all! Contact us.