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North American Hemp Products for Farmers, Families, and Pets

Hemp Products

Farming the Future with Hemp

The capabilities of hemp processors are catching up to production, which is good news for American farmers and consumers.
Hemp Straw

How Is Hemp Processed?

Hemp straw is harvested for fiber by directly using the stalk's outer skin (bast) or the soft inner core (hurd). Oil can be made from the seeds and the plant. Fiber is prepared by a process called retting that helps break down the plant cellulose of the straw, making it easier to separate the fiber.

All aspects of the processing industry are in great demand, opening up many jobs and opportunities in agriculture that can contribute to local economies.

Hemp is sustainable, renewable, and eco-friendly. Products can be made with the entire plant, leaving zero waste. The climate in North America is perfect for growing hemp. As processing availability grows, so will its viability to become a replacement for many unsustainable products we use every day.

What Products are Made from Hemp?

Hemp is processed into many products, depending on the part of the plant. Hemp is a nutritional plant, with anti-inflammatory properties and other health benefits. When harvested and processed as an oil, as hulled seeds, or as a milk alternative; hemp can provide an excellent source of plant-based proteins, amino acids, and healthy fats.

Hemp as a Sustainable Soil Alternative for Farmers

Companies are now able to process hemp into a PH neutral alternative substrate for growers. Growers looking for many of the same qualities they have found in peat moss may be able to use hemp in its place. Peat Moss has been a popular substrate for growers wanting to use a soilless medium or as an addition to soil mixes.

While peat moss is undoubtedly an excellent product for adding aeration and water holding capacity to more clay-based soils and composts, it is dangerously over-mined. An alternative is needed. Hemp's (6.0-7.0) PH level allows for an optimal micronutrient bioavailability, whereas peat moss has a much more acidic PH of 3.3-4.0.

Tip: If planting more acidic loving plants in a neutral substrate, control the acidity level by adjusting the PH of your watering solution.
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What Can Hemp Do for Animals?

The hemp plant boasts high nutritional values. When adding hemp to your pet’s diet, you provide them with a great source of highly usable protein along with many vitamins and minerals. The protein in hemp contains all 9 of the essential amino acids.

Hemp is also a rich source of fat for your canine or feline. The Omega 3 to 6 ratio of hemp is ideal for your animal's dietary needs. What is interesting about hemp is that it contains Gamma-Linolenic fatty acids (GLA), notably found in evening primrose. GLA can be helpful for animals suffering from arthritis or any inflammatory caused diseases.

Can You Feed Livestock Hemp?

Producers have found a way to process hemp into feed pellets, meal, and crumbles for easier consumption. Hemp stalks are also baled and fed directly to livestock. Animals can easily digest and process the protein they receive from hemp at a higher rate than feeds containing soy. Hemp also has all the healthy fats your animals need in their diet.

Hemp Fiber as Animal Bedding

Hemp can absorb up to 5x its weight in liquid, making it an excellent choice for animal bedding. It quickly composts, adding incredible nutrition to your garden. Unlike straw and wood shavings, hemp is nearly dust-free.

Hemp Cat Litter

You read that right.
Typical cat litters have a clay base which needs to be excavated out of the earth. Clay doesn't do much for the smell, so manufacturers add fragrances and additives to the litter mix. Hemp is a renewable resource and requires no added fragrances or additives when used as a cat litter, making it pet-safe and healthy for the home.

Nutritional Supplements with Hemp

Hulled hemp seeds are a popular food product derived from industrial hemp. Also referred to as hemp hearts, hulled hemp seeds lack the hard outer shell. They have a mild nutty flavor and have become a popular grocery item. Hemp seeds are also used to make oils, flour, protein powder, and animal supplements.

The Future of Hemp

When the legislation first passed, growers often faced issues finding quality processors, leaving them with no market to sell to. They also struggled to find quality seeds and the proper equipment available on the market to harvest the plants with. Those early pilot programs exposed many of the gaps the hemp industry needs to address.

The many opportunities that hemp can bring to our economy and to agriculture will depend on the progress made in hemp processing, and in consumer demand for more sustainable options.

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