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Volume V, Number 3
July 13, 2010
Dear Reader,

The hemp industry continues to grow and change. Companies all over the world are developing new and innovative products and are adding value to their agricultural crops. The U.S remains the last industrialized nation to prohibit farmers from growing a crop that is seeing a significant resurgence.

Despite the sluggish economy, the combined hemp grocery and body care sales grew by 11% or $3.94 million. The HIA estimates the total retail value of North American hemp food, vitamin and body care product sales to be in the range of $113-129 million for 2009 and the total retail value of hemp products at around $400 million when including clothing, building materials and other non-food or body care products.

Farmers and processors in the U.S. should be able to benefit from this growth and be able to create more value added products and further develop industries that would benefit from the domestic growth and processing of hemp, like the building materials sector.

Please make a contribution to Vote Hemp today to help us continue fixing the situation here in the U.S.

We need and truly appreciate your support!

Best Regards,

Tom Murphy
Hemp News Update Editor
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Hemp News Update Stories
Hemp Shorts:
Marketing Firm Gets Its Moooove On
Hemp Project Springing to Life
HIA Featured Member - Nature's Path Organic Foods
Brewologist: Unusual Ingredient Adds Interest to Refreshing Brew
Hemp Shorts:
Farmer Direct
Farmer Direct Team

Farmer Direct First to Receive Domestic Fair Trade Certification
Farmer-owned business of 70 certified organic family farms is the first business in Canada and the U.S. to receive domestic fair trade certification. Organic consumers can purchase fairly traded, flax, wheat, beans, hemp, peas, lentils and other crops grown in the Northern Hemisphere.

What to Eat to Lose Weight: 7 Snacks Under 200 Calories
Two HIA members are in this slide show from Glamour Magazine: Nature's Path Organic Foods and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils.

Earth Creations Sell Fashionable Clothing With Eco-Friendly Dyes
Martin Ledvina, co-founder of Earth Creations Inc., is a chemical engineer.

Hemp Bar a Healthy Snack Choice
Hemp Power is an energy bar which is made with flax, oats, honey, pea fibre, hemp and sea buckthorn berries from Saskatchewan.

Hemp Textile Wholesalers in the U.S.
The wholesale business for hemp in the United States is a small field. Currently it is host to about five players...

Flying High: Hemp Seeds To Replace Airline Peanuts?
Bad pun aside, this sounds like an interesting opportunity.
Marketing Firm Gets Its Moooove On
Farm Genesis president Keith Hannah (left) and marketing director Markus Schmulgen.
Farm Genesis president Keith Hannah (left) and marketing director Markus Schmulgen. Photo credit: Bruce Bumstead, The Brandon Sun.

By Bill Redekop
Winnipeg Free Press
June 18, 2010

Hemp Moo milk is Waskada firm's first product.

WASKADA -- Many of us can still remember when our parents used to bring home those big red boxes of Carnation skim milk powder.

It was like having a cow in the cupboard. You just dumped a cup of powder in a jug, filled it with cold water and stirred. You never ran out of milk.

A southwestern Manitoba company hopes to introduce a similar product in six months but for milk alternative Hemp Moo.

Farm Genesis has been working on a milk alternative powder mix using super healthy hemp seed after market research showed milk alternatives like 'silk' (soy milk) are one of the fastest growing food items in grocery stores.
Hemp Project Springing to Life
Robin Diether, left, and John Wells
Robin Diether, left, and John Wells stand in Wells' hemp field. Photo credit: 100 Mile House Free Press.

By Ken Alexander
100 Mile House Free Press
July 6, 2010

The 100 Mile House Industrial Hemp Project is up and running again, as a student co-ordinator has been hired and a test plot has been seeded.

Project manager Erik Eising was in 100 Mile last week to meet with Horse Lake resident Robin Diether who was hired as the project student co-ordinator on June 30.

Eising says they had numerous applications for the student co-ordinator position and Diether was the one who stood out for the four-person selection panel.

Diether has already started maintenance and observation work on the test plot and will have numerous tasks to perform throughout the growing season.
HIA Featured Member - Nature's Path Organic Foods
Nature's Path Organic Foods

At Nature's Path, we live for healthy, great-tasting organic foods. It's why we get up in the morning. But we are also a company that wants to do more than just sell breakfast foods. We aspire to advance the cause of people and planet, along the path to sustainability. And we like to think we put our money where our mouth is. Or rather, where our heart is. Because growing organic, healthy foods in a sustainable way is our passion-the cornerstone of our family company. It's where, and how, it all began.

The number one organic cereal manufacturer in North America, Nature's Path is a privately run, family business (currently two generations!) that has been committed to organics and sustainability for 25 years.  The whole, extended Nature's Path family is committed to our values and mission: to be a trusted name for quality organic foods in every home - socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and financially viable. 

All of Nature's Path's products are USDA certified organic, grown using a wholesome process without any synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, herbicides and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).  We believe organic foods are healthier for people and the environment!

But we also know that when it comes down to it-no matter what kind of a difference we want to make as a company, and no matter how much you share those values-if our food isn't delicious and exciting, we're not living up to our fullest potential. Healthy foods don't need to be boring and tasteless. Which is why we spend our days and nights dreaming up new recipes, tracking down exotic new ingredients, and researching the latest (or most ancient) superfoods - sustainable powerhouse foods like hemp!

We were delighted to share our appreciation for this sustainable crop as a proud sponsor of the first annual Hemp History Week, and are even prouder to offer the nutritious benefits of hemp to our consumers' daily diet with our delicious Sunny Hemp Granola Bars, Hemp Plus Granola, Hemp Plus Instant Hot Oatmeal, and Hemp Plus Waffles.

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[If you are a member of the HIA and would like to have your company featured here, please submit a small selection of graphics and a profile of no more than a few paragraphs to, or call 207-542-4998 for more information. Space is limited and is first-come, first-serve. Your member profile will be seen in The HIA Member Newsletter, as well as here in The Hemp News Update which is read by thousands of subscribers.]
Brewologist: Unusual Ingredient Adds Interest to Refreshing Brew
Hemp Hop Rye ale.
Hemp Hop Rye ale. Photo credit: Steve Goble/News Journal.
By Steve Goble
Mansfield News Journal
July 7, 2010

It's not often a beer makes me want a salad, but this new one did. The beer is Hemp Hop Rye, from O'Fallon Brewery. It was introduced in bottles this spring. I hadn't tried many O'Fallon beers, and the unusual ingredients caught my eye when I saw it on the shelf. So, I took a chance.

I've never seen a beer brewed with hemp seeds before, but it actually was the rye that made me pick this one up. Not long ago I tried Red's Rye PA from Founder's Brewing. I liked the dryness of the rye malts, the hint of whiskey flavors and the heavy levels of hops in that Founder's ale. I figured another rye beer might be a good thing.
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