March 25, 2023

Hemp Comes to Lehigh Valley

You may be thinking, “Wait, you- you mean like, weed, right?”

No. A conference was held at NCC where hemp companies met to discuss the industry.

Hemp is, as said by Matthew Neifert, owner of Agape Blends, “very similar in appearance and smell to marijuana.”

The primary difference lies in THC. 

THC is the chemical that makes Kyle completely zone out on a project and it’s due tomorrow and god, Kyle, can you listen for three seconds please?

Hemp includes about 0.3% or less THC, which means smoking.

Since the Agricultural Act was passed in 2018, it’s been primarily used industrially for different things to make out of it, such as rope, clothing, paper, and oil.

Cameron McIntosh, the owner of Americahanvre, talked about a unique way of using hemp.

Hempcrete is a building material made out of hemp, mostly known for its non-toxic, sustainable qualities.

McIntosh started the company when he was trying to build planter boxes with concrete, and, as he said, “[I] came to the stunning revelation that: concrete is very heavy.” 

Due to Mcintosh’s revelation, hempcrete was made.

Agape Blends is another company that processes hemp into soaps, oils, and chapstick. Matthew Neifert formed the company because he, “didn’t like all the garbage out there on the market.”

Krystal Snyder, an educator who works on industrial hemp production with the Green Industry Team, spoke on how to acquire a permit for growing hemp, the policies regarding hemp, and the fact that an FBI background check is needed to acquire a permit.

Throughout the day, different farmers gave various different tips on how to best grow hemp, alongside jokes about being an entrepreneur is like trying to jump off a cliff and building a plane on the way down.

Podcasting is incredibly popular amongst hemp farmers and salesmen.

You can find McIntosh on The Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast, and Eric Hurlock hosts the Industrial Hemp Lancaster Farming Podcast.

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