Industrial hemp is possibly the most versatile plant on earth. As a food source, it offers protein, omegas and dietary fiber in perfect proportions to our nutritional needs. As a food product, hemp seeds have it all. Hemp is naturally gluten free, and thanks to almost a century of prohibition in the U.S., hemp is a non-GMO commodity.
Hemp protein is highly nutritious and easily digested. When hemp seed oil is cold pressed it holds all its natural nutritional value. Hemp seed oil is a perfect balance of Omega 3-6-9, ideally suited for optimal human nutrition. Hemp seed/grain is also an excellent source of digestible fiber and a wide array of minerals and vitamins.
Beyond nutrition, the hemp plant provides strong, durable, and long-lasting fiber compared to alternative sources like cotton or synthetic materials. Its flexible characteristics provide durable clothing, building materials, and an endless number of diverse products.
Hemp is also an exceptional organic insulator. It has applications as a high-quality pressboard material, hempcrete, composite and a plastic substitute product.
Equally important are the agronomic advantages of industrial hemp. The climate zones and soil types of North America provide excellent growing conditions for industrial hemp. It is an environmentally friendly crop with beneficial returns to the soil and atmosphere.
Industrial hemp represents significant value for producers, processors, consumers and the economy in general. It has the potential to become one of the most important crops in the U.S. and Cedar Valley is excited to make that potential accessible to farmers everywhere.