Team pitching hemp crop row covers to replace plastic wins Ag Springboard

Lisa Duchene
Ag Springboard 2021 winner announcement
Competitors and judges react to the announcement of the winning teams in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ 2021 Ag Springboard business pitch contest. A pair of recent graduates planning to manufacture and sell crop row covers made of hemp fiber won the top prize of $7,500 to support their venture.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A pair of recent Penn State graduates planning to manufacture and sell crop row covers made of hemp fiber — instead of the typical plastic — won $7,500 toward their venture in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ 2021 Ag Springboard student business pitch contest.
Louis Waryanka and Sam Hackman competed as Irwin Innovation Group. They pitched their plan to produce and sell a row cover made of biodegradable fiber from hemp that sequesters carbon as it grows, helping to solve the problem of 11 billion square feet of damaged plastic row covers annually discarded by vegetable growers.
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Hemp Used for DIY Tiny Home

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The Traveler is a DIY prefab cabin kit that focuses on ushering hemp-based construction into the mainstream.All images are courtesy of Coexist Build
Since last March, changes to how we live and work have forced many of us to squeeze an increasing number of tasks into the same square footage. While looking for a new home is always an option, it’s perhaps become more trouble than it’s worth in the current real estate climate. But what if there was a way to boost your property’s square footage while using sustainable materials? As it turns out, there is—as long as you’re willing to build it yourself.
That’s the premise behind the Traveler, a DIY prefab cabin kit offered by Coexist Build, an architect-led business focused on ushering hemp-based construction into the mainstream. Brought to life by a team including architect of record Anastasiya Konopitskaya with engineering from Jellen Engineering Services, the Traveler aims to turn your extra backyard space into a multifunctional sanctuary. Capable of functioning as a quiet, secluded office, the cabin has sliding door panels that make it easy to bask in nature by letting the outdoors in. At 140 square feet, its ground level offers enough space for multiple queen-size beds, while a lofted area provides even more potential room for bedding if you’re in need of a cozy guest house.
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Hempcrete: Alberta company uses hemp to build tiny homes

Christina Goodvin uses fibrous geothermal hempcrete blocks to insulate her tiny homes. (Submitted by Christina Goodvin - image credit)
Christina Goodvin uses fibrous geothermal hempcrete blocks to insulate her tiny homes. (Submitted by Christina Goodvin – image credit)
An Alberta-based company is capitalizing on a budding hemp industry by turning the versatile plant into a main ingredient in the construction of tiny homes.
Christina Goodvin, owner of tiny homes and greenhouse design firm Goodvin Designs, uses hempcrete — a mixture of wood hemp shafts, a lime-based binder and water — as wall insulation in her tiny homes. Once it’s set, the fibrous blocks can be placed inside dry wall, under floors or beneath a roof.
“It’s basically a way to manage moisture in the walls,” she told CBC’s Edmonton AM on Thursday.
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Farmers Encouraged To Look To Hemp To Improve Sustainable Farming Practices

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“Hemp can be grown almost anywhere in any climate – from the deep south to the far north. It is an incredibly strong, fast-growing crop with so much potential. Not only is it naturally resistant to pests and weeds, it’s carbon negative and absorbs approximately four times more carbon dioxide than trees.
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UMCG to look into anti-cancer properties of cannabis oil following successful treatment

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University Medical Center Groningen – Netherlands

“According to the UMCG, the experiences of two patients have prompted the study. Both patients had advanced liver cancer and started using cannabis oil. Now, 2 and 5 years after their diagnosis, respectively, the tumors have completely disappeared.”
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The Secret Ingredient in Paris’ Green Public Housing: Hemp

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Winter in Paris is notoriously clammy, and this winter was no exception. But Gregory Ferembach didn’t need to turn on his heat much. One reason? The walls in his public housing building are lined with one of nature’s best insulation materials: hemp.
“We’re never cold in winter,” Ferembach said in French. “The kids walk around barefoot all the time, or even in their underwear.”
Ferembach says it helps that their apartment is on a middle floor, and their building is sandwiched between two others. But the coziness also owes to the unique material in their walls: “hempcrete,” a concrete-like blend made by mixing hemp hurd — the woody core of the cannabis plant — with water and lime. Despite the name, the material isn’t a direct substitute for concrete. But as an insulating material within walls, it holds the potential to transform the homes where we reside in ways that are healthier for people and the planet alike.
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Buckle Up! Hemp Sports Car Drives Toward Sustainable Future

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When hemp advocate Bruce Dietzen is cruising down the street in his hemp-based sports car, people think it’s just another vehicle trying to make a statement. And what a statement it is, especially when Bruce shares his story and reasons for wanting a more sustainably made and carbon neutral automobile on the road today.
“We can reduce the amount of carbon in the air with hemp. But what I am doing is more than just reducing carbon,” explains Dietzen, Founder of Renew Sports Cars and Carbon Negative Fiber. “Hemp has the potential to help everyone reduce their carbon footprint and live a life more carbon avoidant.”
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Triathlete uses prosthetic made from hemp at Kansas company

Chad Frey

The Kansan
Marc Dunshee, left, began competing in triathalons and marathons after receiving a prosthetic leg made in part from hemp designed by  Kyle Trivisonno (left). Trivisonno is moving his company, Human Plan Solutions, out of a Wichita State business incubator into a building at the Newton City/County Airport.

Marc Dunshee shattered his left leg riding a dirt bike, an injury he was never able to fully recover from. He spent 10 years in pain, in and out of doctors’ offices, before he took what some would call a drastic action to end that pain.

He asked doctors to cut off his leg. He had to ask several times before doctors said yes, and scheduled a surgery.

And while that could have been the biggest life-changing moment in Dunshee’s life, there was another one yet to come. He applied for a job at a business that made prosthetics, wanting to learn how to make his own leg.

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Rick Simpson has helped so many people. Now he needs help!

Dear Friends,
We have some important news to share.
Many of you have been wondering why Rick Simpson hasn’t been present in the public arena for the past few years. We have decided to inform the public that, in May 2018, Rick suffered a stroke and has since been in the process of recovery.
Being a very private person, neither Rick nor his family wanted to make this information public earlier so that he could be fully focused on his recovery.
It is needless to say that a stroke and its aftermath often prove to be an extreme challenge for the person who suffered from it as well as their immediate family.
Since Rick’s stroke, his sole caregiver was and still is his wife Danijela, with whom he had for the last seven years been diligently working on educating people about the benefits of medicinal cannabis through lectures, interviews and consultations worldwide, while holding a base in Europe.
Rick has come a long way in the last two and a half years but despite all human efforts to meet and keep up with all of Rick’s medical needs, Rick and Danijela are now facing immense financial challenges.
Therefore, we are organising a fundraising campaign to help cover Rick’s medical expenses, those incurred during the last two and a half years and those which are still on the horizon.
After years of advocating for people’s rights to heal themselves using natural remedies, more specifically cannabis oil today widely known as RSO – Rick Simpson Oil, which a great number of people around the world are using to either cure or help regulate many different health conditions, and after writing two books on the subject, giving countless interviews and lectures, Rick is now in need of some kindness from all of you who are willing and able to help.
How can you help?
You can support Rick Simpson by buying one of his books or by making a donation!
Buy one of Rick’s books at:
Make a donation in support of Rick Simpson via a DONATE button
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A wholehearted thank you!
Rick and Danijela Simpson

Jack Herer Harvest Ale Released by SweetWater Brewing

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Photo of Jack Herer courtesy of Malcolm MacKinnon
The Emperor Wear No Clothes author Jack Herer has long had a cannabis strain named for him created by Sensi Seeds and now SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta has created Jack Herer Harvest Ale as a tribute to the indefatigable hemp activist.
SweetWater tells CelebStoner:

“SweetWater’s Jack Herer Harvest Ale is our version of a Hoppy Red IPA, brewed in collaboration with the estate of Jack Herer, mainly his son Dan Herer who carries his legacy with his Original Jack Herer brand. Jack Herer, and now Dan, are famous cannabis rights activists dating back to the ’70s.
“The SweetWater Jack Herer Harvest Ale features their (non-cannabis derived) terpenes that emulate their actual strain, combined with our proprietary blend of hops, all natural hemp flavors to deliver an authentic nod to the original ‘Emperor of Hemp‘ himself. While there aren’t any ingredients derived from actual hemp or cannabis, just like our G13 IPA and Mango Kush Wheat Ale, the concept of our Strain brews is to emulate profiles of popular strains. For this one, the strain name and the beer’s namesake is Jack Herer.”

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