Where We Are Heading
Over the past several years a great deal of attention has been directed toward cannabis cultivation in America. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, industrial hemp [Cannabis Sativa L. <0.3% THC] officially became a legalized, but regulated, crop. Exiting an 80-year prohibition, industrial hemp has been marketed by legislators as an opportunity for American farmers to thrive again. While industrial hemp has shown promise as one of the most prosperous crops for farmers over the next twenty years, we see opportunities beyond traditional expectations.
Over the past year, we’ve immersed ourselves in the research and education of cannabis. We’ve spoken with a multitude of cultivators to better understand industrial hemp’s real-world medical applications. We’ve met with food scientists to better understand the dietary applications of hemp seeds. We’ve met with physical therapists to witness, first hand, the results of CBD experimentation in athletes. We’ve spoken with university researchers across the country to discover the most current cultivation methods. Very quickly, we began to understand that we had an opportunity to build a business and be a part of an industry that could elevate our lives and the lives of others.
Like many farmers before us, we also see industrial hemp as a chance to provide for our families. In the Midwest, we value “family first” and protect its sanctity at all costs. We’ve found that, for many entrepreneurs, “family” also extends to those they employ. Over the past year, we’ve witnessed pioneering entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry provide living wages and healthcare benefits that have become endangered in America. We admire and respect these pioneers and see an opportunity where our contributions create a sustainable, ethical and prosperous industry.
At United American Hemp, cultivation is planned to start in the second quarter of 2019 with the experimentation and refinement of multiple indoor growing methods. We will begin testing hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics and traditional soil-based cultivation methods that are aimed at producing high yield, high quality industrial hemp. While we have found that over 97% of the industrial hemp industry plans to cultivate industrial hemp outdoors, we believe indoor cultivation is an important segment to the long term sustainability of the industrial hemp industry – especially in urban areas.
Research & Education
We deeply believe in the cliche that a rising tide lifts all ships. That is why, as we refine our cultivation practices, we will begin publishing our research and opinions online. We believe in the power of information and transparency. It’s our hypothesis that if facts, research and first-hand experience prevail within our industry, we are all better positioned to be successful. We also believe that a more educated consumer makes a healthier and happier industry. Misinformation is rampant in today’s society and we are steadfast in our approach to providing the most accurate, refined, evidence-based information possible.
We’re an open book and welcome industry professionals and consumers alike to engage with us in any way they feel comfortable. It is an exciting time to be in the industrial hemp industry and we look forward to making a positive impact.