Iowa House Agriculture Panel hears advocates of industrial hemp production

Boris Shcharansky Industrial Hemp

Source: Iowa Business Tips DES MOINES – Iowa Republicans report that on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, the Iowa House Agriculture Committee had a presentation about the economic potential for industrial hemp production for fiber, energy and food purposes. Indus- trial hemp is a hemp plant that does not contain measurable amounts of the chemical intoxicant found in illegal marijuana. Prior …

Hemp to Solve Iowa’s Water Problems

Aaron Schoeneman Environment

In 2013, Iowa enacted the Nutrient Reduction Strategy in response to alarming excesses of nitrates, phosphates, and other pollutants in Iowa’s groundwater. These excess nutrients flow to the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico where they pool and evolve into a hypoxic “dead zone” impairs marine life and threatening local economies. Iowa’s water quality problem has been magnified …

Forbes: Industrial hemp might be right for Iowa farmers

Boris Shcharansky Industrial Hemp

Source: The Des Moines Register The next “big thing” for Iowa agriculture could have a home right here in Urbandale. Industrial hemp is enjoying a huge resurgence of interest on the part of industry, farmers, nutritionists and green consumers. Could it be in the mix for Iowa agriculture? Boris Shcharansky of Heartland Hemp Company in Urbandale is lobbying in Iowa …