In Episode 4 we take you out to the field and behind the scenes to learn with our growers and community about hemp fiber variety trials in Montana and get an inside look at the IND HEMP fiber decortication and processing facility.
We meet in the field with a number of #indhempgrowers, potential growers, Montana Department of Agriculture representatives, and community and state business community members representing banking, agriculture, insurance and more.
IND HEMP President Ken Elliott welcomes the group and MT Dept of Ag Hemp Program Director Andy Gray shares some details of the Montana Hemp Plan, including how Montana uses risk based testing protocols and recognizes those farmers growing from certified seed for grain production and notes that the state will test randomly, not 100% of the fields.
IND HEMP COO Morgan Elliott and Lead Agronomist Ben Brimlow describe the variety trials and other research that IND HEMP is engaged in to help define what works best for genetics and agronomy practices for raising sole purpose hemp fiber varieties in Montana.
All are welcomed to a LUNCH AND LEARN gathering where attendees are treated to a catered lunch featuring locally grown and produced hemp seed ingredients throughout. COO Morgan Elliott shares with the group improvements and investments that have been made in the IND HEMP Oilseed processing facility, including color sorters.
IND HEMP Quality Assurance Manager gives an overview on the nutrition and benefits of hemp seed foods for both humans and animals.
Chief Strategy Officer Trey Riddle presents the overview of what we do at IND HEMP and describes all of the steps required from farm to consumer and where IND HEMP fits into that supply chain. He touches on how it all starts with research and genetics and how IND HEMP has and continues to invest directly in the rights to hemp variety genetics- such at the X59 grain variety and the IH Williams fiber variety.
The day finishes with the true behind the scenes look and tour at the IND HEMP Fiber decortication processing facility in Fort Benton, Montana. Join the group as we follow the material process from raw bales of straw coming in and how that material moves through each step to produce market ready clean bast fiber and hurd. We learn about how hemp hurd can be milled into multiple particle size product streams- for use in biocomposites, bioplastics, etc and how with a compression bagging system hurd can be bagged for animal bedding, hempcrete and other applications and ship more affordably.
Music provided courtesy of Tin Bird Shadow. https://tinbirdshadow.bandcamp.com/