Worldwide Hemp Will Produce Over 500,000 Kilos of AOSCA Licensed Industrial Hemp Seed with American Farmers

CEO Derek Montgomery and senior agronomist Terry Moran in an AOSCA certified hemp seed production field

Senior agronomist Terry Moran walking through a seed propagation field

Fiber industrial AOSCA certified hemp seed

CEO, Derek Montgomery, in an AOSCA certified seed production field in Bialobrzeskie.

International Hemp produces more than half a million pounds of AOSCA certified seeds for two Polish grain and fiber hemp varieties, Henola and Białobrzeskie.

It is our intention to bring the best hemp genetics from our European partners here to the United States and combine them with the highest quality North American AOSCA seed production standards. “

– Derek Montgomery

DENVER, CO, UNITED STATES, Jul 29, 2021 / – International Hemp, a US-based agribusiness company, currently produces over half a million pounds from the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (“AOSCA”). ) certified hemp seeds from two monoecious grain and fiber varieties, Henola and Białobrzeskie. With its ability to produce and import large quantities of hemp seeds domestically, International Hemp is the largest manufacturer and distributor of certified industrial hemp seeds in the United States.

Over the next few years, the demand for industrial hemp growing land in the United States is expected to increase dramatically as regional processing and end markets for hemp-based products develop. Previously, International Hemp worked with European seed manufacturers to import OECD certified seeds. But shipping costs from Europe rose dramatically during the pandemic. Increased shipping costs, coupled with the negative impact of long haulage on seed quality and American farmers’ preference for AOSCA certification, all helped accelerate International Hemp’s transition to domestic AOSCA seed production.

“By building partnerships with American certified seed producers with years of experience in seed production, our intention is to bring the best genetics from our European partners here to the United States and to combine them with the highest quality North American AOSCA seed production standards,” says Derek Montgomery , President and CEO of International Hemp. He adds: “In 2022, our domestic seed production combined with our remaining European certified seed imports will enable us to have enough certified hemp seeds in the United States to cover all of the industrial hemp acreage grown in 2020 USA more than double. By 2022 100% of our current varieties will be produced domestically and AOSCA certified. ”

As additional investment is made in developing hemp grain and fiber processing in North America, reliable, high quality genetics and stable seed supplies will be of vital importance. Adds Mr. Montgomery, “Corporations are investing millions in seed processing and they can’t just hope that their seeds will get here from Europe on time and in good condition. Future hemp grain and fiber processors will demand the quality and reliability that can only be achieved from local AOSCA-certified seeds. ”

While International Hemp has several new early-stage varieties, Bialobrezskie and Henola, bred in Poland by the Institute of Natural Fibers and Medicinal Plants for their fiber quality and high grain yields, are the varieties currently in the United States this summer. Bialobrezskie and Henola were certified according to the OECD Seed Schemes for the first time in Europe and were successfully tested and certified by the Colorado Seed Growers Association in 2018.

The AOSCA certification helps to guarantee varietal purity and seed quality. AOSCA certification of a mono-euced cannabis variety places stringent requirements on field isolation and restrictions on the presence of male plants. AOSCA’s two formal inspections typically count 20,000 plants and AOSCA only allows 1 in 100 (1%) to be all male for the field to be approved for certified seeds and 2 in 10,000 (.02.) . %) to obtain a registered class certificate.

The strict standards require that the purely male and genetically different “off-types” plants are physically removed in order to prevent undesired pollination. While this extra work increases costs, it also helps ensure consistent yields, uniform maturity, and THC compliance. “We want to let the market know that there is a reliable supply of domestic AOSCA cannabis seeds available and ready to be scaled up to meet growing demand. Consistent and reliable seeds contribute to a reliable harvest, which is ultimately what the processors expect, ”says Mr. Montgomery.

In Europe and Canada, farmers are only allowed to grow certified hemp seed, but certified hemp seed is not required for domestic hemp production under the USDA’s tentative final rule, and states are allowed to set their own rules. This has allowed some farmers to take the risk of buying uncertified seeds. Non-certified seeds have no minimum quality requirements, can have low germination, low vitality and may be nothing more than another hemp farmer’s grain harvest. The lack of quality control (s) can lead to poor populations, poor yields and the risk of little to no genetic consistency in subsequent years.

Most importantly, uncertified cannabis seeds can be tested above the 0.3% THC threshold, or worse, above 1% (the USDA threshold for allegation of breeder negligence). Non-THC-compliant plants must be destroyed, which can cause legal problems for the breeder as well as the suspension of the breeder’s license for future hemp production. As a resource for cannabis growers, International Hemp has published a list of questions that can be used to review cannabis seed suppliers.

About International Hemp

International Hemp is a Colorado-based supplier of certified industrial hemp seeds. International Hemp has focused on building the domestic infrastructure for “industrial hemp”, ie fibers and grain.

International Hemp has enabled American farmers to grow thousands of acres of certified industrial hemp. In 2021, International sold Hemp certified hemp seeds to farmers in more than 45 states, Canada, and Latin America, as well as to nonprofit researchers and land grant universities.

Forward-Looking Statements

International Hemp’s entire commercial inventory in the United States and Canada will be domestically produced and AOSCA certified by 2022. International Hemp intends to continue to license and develop the highest quality, highest yielding hemp genetics in North America.
International Hemp is working with food and industrial manufacturers to drive the continued expansion of hemp processing, with a goal of growing 1,000,000 hectares of industrial hemp by 2025.

International Hemp is always looking for strategic partnerships to develop the protein, fiber and carbon credit markets.

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Eric Singular
International hemp
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