By Wesley Holley
April 30, 2019 Comanche County TX - Cherokee Hemp Company™ will start ground breaking on its second hemp processing facility located in Comanche County, Texas to help serve future Texas industrial hemp farmers grow, harvest and process hemp. The state of the art facility will be for hemp seed processing, hemp hurd processing, hemp fiber processing and hemp CBD oil extraction.
Company officials plan to be able to process 10,000 acres of hemp by 2024 at it’s three facilities and work with Texas Co-op hemp farmers to get them the most profit for their harvest in the exciting future of hemp cultivation in the state of Texas.
Our processing facilities will be located in rural Texas, and bring jobs to rural Texans!
In a recent interview with conservative Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller about hemp farming in Texas he stated, “you just watch, there is going to be more hemp grown (in Texas) than we could ever process, and with Texas House Bill 1325 heading to the Senate we plan to close the gap helping Texas future hemp farmers bring their crops to this emerging and exciting future market.”
About Cherokee Hemp Company from cherokeehempco.com:Welcome to Cherokee Hemp Co. where we strive to work with future Texas hemp farmers cash in on the “Texas green gold rush” with the future of industrial hemp cultivation in our great state of Texas! Hemp is a versatile crop with seemingly endless possibilities and a new cash crop for Texans that can save Texas farmers and save Texas traditions.
Our chief objectives are to educate, manage and fully support Texas farmers in the exploding future Texas industrial hemp market. According to Texas A&M AgriLIFE, Texans harvested approximately 4.4 million acres of hay and we look forward to working with those farmers to grow Texas hemp. With no commercial hemp processing in Texas our first processing facility will be located on 40 acres in Cherokee County, Texas to serve future Texas hemp farmers grow, harvest and process hemp in our state-of-the-art facility with a Texas registered certification lab.
Or goal is to have the capacity to process 10,000 acres worth of hemp products by Texas hemp farmers by 2024 at our three future facilities. Cherokee County farms and ranches cover 286,306 acres with 33 percent devoted to pasture crops which is one of the chief agricultural products in the county.
Our second plant Comanche Hemp Company™ will be located in Comanche County, Texas and our third plant Apache Hemp Company™ will be located in South Texas.
We work directly with Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Agents as well as all Texas future hemp farmers to get them the most value from their harvest and help them with Growing The Best Hemp in Texas™
Where corn may yield $350 to $400 per acre and soybeans prices being crushed due to the trade war, cultivating hemp ffor CBD oil can bring $2,500 to $5,000 an acre to future Texas hemp farmers.
Hemp is one of the fastest growing cash crops and within 4 month afters it;s planted hemp grows 10 to 20 feet tall and it is ready for harvesting
One acre of hemp can yield an average of 700 pounds of grain, which in turn can be pressed into about 22 gallons of oil and 530 pounds of meal. That same acre will also produce an average of 5,350 pounds of straw, which can be processed into approximately 1,300 pounds of fiber.
Industrial hemp is an excellent rotation crop because it suppresses weeds and decreases outbreaks of insect and disease. Hemp can also rebuild and condition soils by replacing organic matter and provides aeration through its extensive root system.
Hemp was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. It can be refined into a variety of commercial products that include pharmaceuticals,
cosmetics, paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food products, building materials,animal feed plus many more! Over 25,000 products can be made from hemp!
Hemp Business Journal reported estimates in total retail value of hemp products sold in the U.S. in 2017 to be at least $820 million, including hemp foods (17%); personal care products (22%); textiles (13%); supplements (5%); hemp derived CBD products (23%), consumer textiles (13%); industrial applications (18%); and other consumer products such as paper and building materials accounted for the remaining 2% of the market. The U.S. hemp industry is projected to grow 27% annually to reach $2.6 Billion in 2022.
With cold pressing and CO2 Supercritical Fluid Extractors to produce CBD oil, and high-speed kinematic decortication equipment capable of separating hemp into three streams; bast fiber, hurd, and microfiber. Our hemp decortication machines promise fiber opportunities for future Texas hemp farmers making it profitable to turn the entire hemp stalks into valued hemp-based materials.
Here is an article published in the Lufkin Daily News titled “This Bud’s for You: Passage of bill to legalize hemp will provide a hit for our state’s economy”.
Apr 29, 2019 the Texas House last week gave a unanimous green light to House Bill 1325, which would allow our farmers to legally grow industrial hemp — a move we share in applauding as a victory for our state economy. The bill passed with a 144-0 vote and now heads to the Texas Senate for deliberation.
A cousin of the marijuana plant, hemp is the less-fun relative: It might serve as the textile for the tablecloth at family gatherings, but it won’t be the one that has dabblers doubled-over giggling while raiding the fridge for leftovers in the middle of the night. That’s because hemp contains low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive element in marijuana known as THC.
While hemp-based products that contain no THC — like clothing, topical products and twine — are legal in Texas, the plant cannot be legally grown here, leaving our businesses to source it from other states.
That’s all about to change, which is great news for Texas farmers.
“You just watch. There is going to be more hemp grown (in Texas) than we could ever process,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller told a Dallas TV station. And that’s already good news for East Texas, as a 40-acre hemp processing facility recently announced plans to break ground right in our own backyard.
Cherokee Hemp Company, which is positioning itself as “the first processing facility for Texas’ emerging hemp market,” is setting up shop in Cherokee County. Company officials plan to be able to process 10,000 acres of hemp by 2022, according to a press release.
The facility will be located on 40 acres in rural East Texas, bringing much-needed jobs into the area for processing Texas’ soon-to-be newest cash crop.
It’s not clear just how much money hemp will bring to Texas if farmers are allowed to grow it. But during a hearing on HB 1325 earlier this month, Jeff Lake, who works with a company that partakes in Kentucky’s industrial hemp research pilot program, told the panel of lawmakers that his company, Elemental Processing, pays from $3,000 to $5,000, plus a bonus, for an acre of hemp compared with $350 to $400 for an acre of corn in a good year, according to a recent Texas Tribune article.
The bill would remove hemp from Texas’ controlled substance list and establish a program outlining guidelines for cultivation. It also would legalize hemp-derived extracts like CBD oil as long as they contain no more than 0.3% THC.
Currently, CBD oil is illegal in Texas, except for those suffering from intractable epilepsy who have a prescription to purchase it. If this leaves some readers scratching their heads as to how shops in the state — including some here in Lufkin — are allowed to sell it, “the legal status is at the very least muddy,” state Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) said in a recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram article.
“Also, you don’t know what is really in that bottle. There’s no mechanism to certify it. There could be bad stuff in there,” she said. “The most important aspect of this is that the buyer needs to beware.”
So another plus to the bill’s passage would be the regulation of CBD oil so that more of those who need it can get it, while also ensuring it’s CBD oil they’re getting and not something else — not to mention lessening confusion for law enforcement officials.
There’s one thing no one should be confused about, however: Marijuana will remain illegal, regardless of the bill’s passage.
“No, no, no. Listen, if you are a pothead, this is not going to help you, OK?” Miller said in the interview, promising that Texas was not moving toward legalizing marijuana for recreational use. “No, no. Potheads, don’t get too excited.”
So while Texans won’t be getting high on legal marijuana any time soon, Texas farmers could be in high cotton before we know it. And that’s a hit our economy could use.