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Resurrected from the Weeds – Decortication

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Did you know that the first decortication machine was invented by George Schlichten in 1917? He spent $400,000 of his own money over an eighteen year period to perfect his design.

Why should you care about something built 100 years ago?

You should care because this decortication machinery that was once left to rust from neglect and a lack of need has suddenly become an economical savior.

Okay, that may be a little over stated when you consider the fact that we still only have half of the country legally producing industrial hemp. However, if you are watching the news, it seems that each month we are reading about another state government signing a bill overturning the previous ban on industrial farming hemp. (see updated reports on states legally growing industrial hemp)

Hemp, Inc. purchased the nation’s only large-scale decorticator, located in Springfield, N.C. and has been reconstructing it over the last 2Decortication Line years. This year it will go live and begin production.

“This is the critical step we needed to take in order for Hemp, Inc. to help American transition from non-sustainable synthetic solutions to more hemp-based clean, green solutions,” said Bruce Perlowin, CEO, Hemp, Inc.

The decorticator is low maintenance and is able to separate the hemp plants as well as the seeds so it can be used in a variety of ways; a task once completed manually by field hands.  This speed and volume allow Hemp, Inc. to bring one of the largest utilized, but previously domestically unavailable, crops to market.

Here is an example of the vast uses of the hemp plant and the ultimate potential this crop brings to the United States.*

hemp uses chartYou can see the full report on what products can be made with decortication here:

It is important to understand the magnitude of industrial hemp and what this crop can do for our country. As you review the chart above it is obvious that these products are already in use around the country. In fact, the United States is the largest importer of hemp; (most coming from China) which means other countries are benefiting from the economical opportunities.

Hemp, Inc.’s purchase of one of only five decortication machines in the world of its size, is the just the first step in radically changing the landscape of our countries farming. And yes, that pun was intended.

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It is an election year, my friends, and overturning prior legislature on this incredibly value crop is bound to be a win-win opportunity for state leaders. Have you written to your congress leader?