ZimmCast 634 – Questions About Growing Hemp

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. This week’s program includes several interviews I did at the inaugural Heart of American Agricultural Hemp Classic in Independence, MO. The event was organized by the Missouri Hemp Association. Farmers have a lot of questions about hemp and in the interviews you will hear from presenters and farmers who have some answers. You can …

Ag Group, Audio, Farming, hemp, ZimmCast

Heart of America Agricultural Hemp Classic Kicks Off

Chuck Zimmerman

The inaugural Heart of America Agricultural Hemp Classic takes place today in Independence, MO. Our MC is Joe Zahner, general counsel, Missouri Hemp Association. Joe is a scientist so he gets to help members on technical issues. We talked about the conference yesterday after the membership of the association met. The program here includes farmers who have experience growing and …

Ag Group, Audio, Farming, hemp

New Topics Added to Agricultural Hemp Classic Agenda

Cindy Zimmerman

Two topics have been added to the agenda for the upcoming “Heart of America Agricultural Hemp Classic” – a hemp producer conference open to growers throughout the Midwest organized by the Missouri Hemp Association. Attendees will now have the opportunity to hear about the “Native Prairie Hemp Subdivision”, which is a small-scale lower-risk opportunity for MHA members to learn hands-on …

Audio, Cannabis, Farming, hemp

U.S. Hemp Growers Association Launched

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Hemp Growers Association (USHGA) was announced this week in Indianapolis as the “only national farmer-directed hemp trade association.” Founding partners that came together to create USHGA include U.S. Hemp Farming Alliance, First Crop, International Hemp Solutions, HiLo Seed, GenCanna and Farm Journal. At launch, more than 300 farmer-members of U.S. Hemp Farming Alliance will fold into USHGA. Caren …

Cannabis, CBD, Farming, hemp

ZimmCast 631 – Hemp in the Heartland

Chuck Zimmerman

In this week’s program you can hear Cindy talk with Wayne Gale, Stokes Seeds and Chairman of the American Seed Trade Association, about the upcoming ASTA CSS & Seed Expo. I then talk with Bill Cook, Executive Director of the Missouri Hemp Association about their inaugural Heart of America Agricultural Hemp Classic (registration started on Black Friday). Wayne talks about …

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Farmers in the Democratic Debate

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers got about two minutes of airtime during the Democratic presidential candidate debate last night. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg was asked whether he would continue the “farm subsidies” that President Trump has authorized to help farmers struggling from the impact of the trade war with China. “We shouldn’t have to pay farmers to take the edge off of …

Audio, Ethanol, Farming, politics, Trade

Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year

Chuck Zimmerman

We couldn’t attend Sunbelt this year but thanks to their staff we’ve got this big announcement from the show this week. Michael H. McDowell of Vernon Hill, Virginia has been selected as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award for 2019. He is a fourth generation Halifax County farmer and cattleman who grows …

Farming, Sunbelt Ag Expo

USFRA “30 Harvests” Focuses on Farmers and Climate Change

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has unveiled a short film called “30 Harvests” that highlights agriculture’s role in battling climate change for the next 30 years. Thirty harvests quantifies the crop cycles left before 2050, the year the global population is expected to be 9 billion people. The docudrama follows the plight of farmer Jay Hill of Dell …

Farming, Sustainability, USFRA

Hemp Farming is Getting Real

Cindy Zimmerman

The seeds planted in the 2018 farm bill legalizing the production of hemp as an agricultural commodity are starting to grow. Florida has officially entered the field with the governor just signing a measure allowing an agricultural hemp program to be developed. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried believes hemp could be the boost the state’s farm sector and rural areas …

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