Newsletter – April 26, 2023
Ukraine Native Builds Hemp Housing for War Refugees
Sergiy Kovalenkov is empowering Ukrainians who have lost everything by creating a collaborative building project in his war-torn country.
By Elizabeth Lunt
How did your career lead you to hemp?
My life as a civil engineer in Ukraine and Canada led me to Australia in 2010. I met a person who was growing hemp there, so I learned more about it. He told me that his company was participating in the construction of the first-ever hempcrete home in Australia and I got really curious. I never heard about anything like this before. I asked if I could give a hand and that is how I ended up in Tasmania working with hempcrete.
From Day One I realized that this is the future of the housing industry. I read more technical documentation about hemp and about English and French experiences using it, mostly for restoration of existing buildings in the 1990s. There was still not much brand-new construction. I was blown away by this all-natural material. It is simple for a builder to understand and of course it carries so many benefits: 100% natural, energy efficient, durable, regulates humidity, doesn’t burn or rot, repels pests and more. For quality of living, it creates an acoustically calming and cozy space.
U.S. Hemp Leaders Unite on Plan of Action as Deliberations Over 2023 Farm Bill Near
As the 2023 Farm Bill deliberations approach, U.S. hemp leaders are united behind a plan of action. And this unprecedented alliance among 31 nonprofit hemp organizations portends promise for congressional enactment of the industry’s agenda.
This winter, three of the nation’s leading hemp organizations – Hemp Industries Association (HIA), National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) and U.S. Hemp Roundtable (USHR) – joined in collaboration for the very first time to develop a series of policy priorities for enactment in the 2023 Farm Bill. The three groups then asked industry leader Morris Beegle to convene a meeting of more than 75 key hemp stakeholders at the leading national hemp gathering that he produces, the NoCo Hemp Expo. After an intense discussion, and follow-up breakout groups to expound on the deliberations, a priority policy document was finalized. Since then, 31 state, regional and national nonprofit organizations have signed on in support.
EarthX Hemp General Store
EarthX Hemp General Store Powered by NoCo Hemp Expo, Fair Park, Dallas, Texas, April 21-23, 2023
EarthX, the world’s largest green gathering and Earth Day event, featured a Congress of Conferences that highlighted a wide range of environmental and sustainability-related topics and brought together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions, governmental agencies, speakers and subject matter experts.
Hemp News Spotlight
Hemp-Derived HHC Products Sold in European Market, EMCDDA Reports
Bank Takeover Could Help More Hemp Farmers, But Overall Reform Still Needed
Don’t Lose Hope for the U.S. Hemp Industry
Hemp-Lime Passes ASTM R-Value Tests
FDA’s Failure to Regulate CBD Is Health Threat, Says U.S. House Committee Chair
Scientists Got Worms Stoned and Found Out They Get the Munchies Too
University of British Columbia Hemp Building a Showcase for Low Carbon
Virginia Tech to Study the Regulation of Genes Responsible for Cannabinoid Biosynthesis
CBG: A Potential Treatment for High Blood Pressure?
Hemp Groups Align on 2023 Farm Bill Priorities, Including CBD Regulation
Natural Products Insider
Hemp Research Center to Open in Orangeburg, S.C.
The Times and Democrat
Louisiana House Advances Hemp Bill That Keeps THC Legal
Oregon’s Interstate Commerce Bill for Marijuana Seeds and Intoxicating Hemp Products
Hemp Fest-Goers Have Much to Celebrate, Hope For With Pending N.C. Cannabis Legislation
Parents of Colorado Children Who Rely on CBD Supplements Wary of Possible Hemp Bill Amendment
Big Development: Fla. Bill Sponsor Says Regulations on Hemp Are O.U.T., ‘Out’
Missouri Lawmakers Take Aim at Unregulated Delta-8 THC Hemp Products
New Arkansas Law Bans Hemp-Derived Psychoactive Cannabinoids, Including Delta-8 TH
Cannabis Business Times
2022 West Virginia Hemp Production Tanks Compared to 2021
Farmers Still Waiting for CBD Regulation Years After Hemp Legalized
Harvest Public Media
Hemp Clothing Market Projected to Reach $23.02 Billion by 2031
Building (Wo) Man 2023, featuring hemp building workshops, April 27-30, 2023, JenKStar Ranch, Green River, UT
Growing Industrial Hemp as a Multipurpose Crop in Organic Cropping Systems, May 10, 2023, from 2-3 pm EDT. Free webinar by the Rodale Institute.
Reimagining a Regenerative World Through Cannabis & Hemp, Regennabis Live, May 11, 2023, United Nations, New York, NY
US Hemp Building Association members-only virtual event, May 13, 2023, 11 am-4 pm (your local time). Hear from trailblazers and business owners and get the latest updates on policy and certification in U.S. building codes.
Register for the 20th EIHA Conference, June 7-9, 2023, Renaissance Hotel, Brussels.
It Takes a Village: A Hempcrete Build Experience & Healing Arts Festival, June 7-11, 2023. Presented by Permatours.org, Digger’s Compost Cooperative, Acton, ME
The Mushroom Summit: Cultivating the Future of Functional Mushrooms, June 19-20, 2023, Colorado Convention Center, Denver. The event is co-located with Psychedelic Science 2023.
Cannabis Research Conference, Presented by Colorado State University Pueblo, Institute of Cannabis Research, Aug. 3-5, 2023, DenverAdd your event to Hemp Events, a free listing service for legitimate hemp industry events. Visit www.HempEvents.org.
Help Rebuild Ukraine With Hemp
Sergiy Kovalenkov, aka Doctor Hemphouse, one of the world’s renowned specialists in building with hemp, is appealing to the hemp industry for help in rebuilding war-torn Ukraine, including building Ukraine’s biggest social housing project to date — a 10,000-square-foot residential building to house refugees and orphans who lost their parents to the war. In particular, the project is seeking builders, sponsors, automated block-making machinery and a hempcrete spraying system. Visit https://www.facebook.com/hempireua/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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