Hemp http://www.kunc.org en Forget Knee-High, Colorado’s Hemp Crop Is Waist-High By The Fourth Of July http://www.kunc.org/post/forget-knee-high-colorado-s-hemp-crop-waist-high-fourth-july <p>An old saying among farmers is that you want your corn to be “<a href="http://www.kunc.org/post/whats-knee-high-july-colorado-corn">knee-high by the Fourth of July</a>.” That adage doesn’t necessarily apply to <a href="http://www.kunc.org/post/now-appearing-hemp-first-time-decades">Colorado’s newest cash crop</a>: industrial hemp. Unsurprisingly, considering the ubiquitous nickname given to hemp’s cousin marijuana, the plant grows like a weed.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 58510 at http://www.kunc.org Forget Knee-High, Colorado’s Hemp Crop Is Waist-High By The Fourth Of July Colorado's Class Of Hemp Farmers Could Blossom http://www.kunc.org/post/colorados-class-hemp-farmers-could-blossom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.kunc.org/post/now-appearing-hemp-first-time-decades">Colorado’s class of aspiring industrial hemp growers</a> could grow even further under new state rules that went into effect June 11, 2014. <a href="http://www.kunc.org/post/could-hemp-bring-agricultural-revolution">Hemp is grown for its seeds, fiber and oil</a> and has nearly undetectable amounts of THC, the intoxicating compound found in high concentrations in its more controversial cousin, marijuana.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:57:47 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 57724 at http://www.kunc.org Colorado's Class Of Hemp Farmers Could Blossom U.S. House Passes Pro-Medical Marijuana Amendments http://www.kunc.org/post/us-house-passes-pro-medical-marijuana-amendments <p>A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives passed three amendments to an appropriations bill that could change how the government deals with medical marijuana and industrial hemp in Colorado and other states where the practices are legal.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:43:14 +0000 Nathan Heffel 57175 at http://www.kunc.org U.S. House Passes Pro-Medical Marijuana Amendments Industrial Hemp Could Take Root, If Legal Seeds Weren't So Scarce http://www.kunc.org/post/industrial-hemp-could-take-root-if-legal-seeds-werent-so-scarce The most recent farm bill is allowing a handful of farmers across the country to put hemp, the nonpsychoactive cousin of marijuana, in the ground.<p>The bill allows small-scale experimentation with the plant. But despite the new law, many farmers say they're getting mixed messages from the federal government.<p>Jim Denny is one of more than 100 growers given the nod by the Colorado Department of Agriculture to start planting hemp seeds. On his farm in Brighton, Colo., just outside Denver, Denny is prepping for planting season. Wed, 28 May 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 57077 at http://www.kunc.org Industrial Hemp Could Take Root, If Legal Seeds Weren't So Scarce Canada Jonesing For Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie http://www.kunc.org/post/canada-jonesing-piece-american-hemp-pie <p>The U.S. market for foods and beauty products that contain <a href="http://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/fiber/industrial-hemp-profile/">hemp is growing</a>, but American manufacturers that use hemp have their hands tied. The crop is still illegal to cultivate, according to federal laws, which means the current American hemp industry, <a href="http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32725.pdf">estimated at $500 million per year</a>, runs on foreign hemp.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 56801 at http://www.kunc.org Canada Jonesing For Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie