DENVER, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — After 60 years of industrial hemp growing dormancy in America, hemp grower, Ryan Loflin is set to revitalize commercial-scale hemp growing today in Springfield, Colorado. The historical event will be filmed with Hemp, Inc. (HEMP), the leader in the industrial hemp industry, serving as one of the Executive Producers. The documentary entitled, “Hemp in America: The Revolution and Hemp Canada: Seeds of Growth,” is planned as a two-part film series, to be produced and directed by Diana Oliver, whose credits include, “Hempsters Plant the Seed” which co-starred Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson.
Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc. (HEMP) said, “This is monumental for our industry. It will unlock a clean industrial revolution that will be good for the economy, good for jobs and good for the environment.”
J. Ryan Loflin, owner of Rocky Mountain Hemp, Inc. (RMH) will be excavating sixty acres of his father’s alfalfa farm to plant hemp. In a recent article in The Denver Post, Loflin said, “I believe this is really going to revitalize and strengthen farm communities.” Loflin, with business partner, Chris Thompson, will also install a press to squeeze the oil from the seeds and plans to try different seed varieties in an effort to produce the maximum amount of seed oil, in-house, which is in high demand from food and cosmetics manufacturers.
Colorado Amendment 64 and the Industrial hemp farming Act of 2013, which excludes industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana, that is pending this year in Congress, with bipartisan support will give growers, like Loflin, an economic advantage. Suffice to say, there are many challenges growers face, namely financial, operational and legal, as the U.S. Federal law currently prohibits the sale or import of seed that can be propagated. Industrial hemp growers in America also lack federal crop insurance that conventional farmers have access to.
While Loflin makes history today, credit must be given to Alex White Plume, of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, who openly planted and cultivated a hemp crop within the borders of the United States since the federal anti-drug laws in 1968. U.S. federal drug agents raided his farm and destroyed his crop of industrial hemp before he could harvest it for seed as intended.
Today, the hemp planting is scheduled to begin at 10:00am and will be attended by local Springfield news station KRDO News, the Associated Press, and film crew, Hemp Cleans. As one of the Executive Producers, Hemp, Inc. (HEMP) will provide snippets of this monumental event, as well as interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage on its website www.Hemp.com.
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