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American farmers look across the border in Canada, which export hemp fiber to the U.S. and ask why can’t we grow it. Jeffrey W. Gain, Blue Ridge Company, Hardin, Illinois; NAIHC Director and former CEO of both the National Corn Growers and American Soybean Association.

Industrial hemp might also be a profitable alternative crop to tobacco. A University of Kentucky study found that with the exception of tobacco, industrial hemp would be more profitable than any other Kentucky crop. I first became interested in industrial hemp as an alternative to tobacco. United States farmers need a new crop, which would have a consistent industrial market. I've talked to many older Kentucky farmers who remember profitably growing industrial hemp. Gale Glenn, Durham, North Carolina; NAIHC Vice-Chair and former Kentucky tobacco and cattle farmer.

We are growing, processing and supplying hemp fiber on an increasing basis to replace glass fiber for composites in the automotive sector. Geof Kime, Hempline, Delaware, Ontario, NAIHC Director who runs a hemp fiber separation facility that in 1994 brought in the first crop of industrial hemp in North America since the 1950s after being instrumental in persuading the Canadian government to change its policy.

The largest maker of industrial carpet in the world is focused on producing carpet that is biodegradable and result in full-life cycle sustainability: Research proves that carpet made from industrial hemp is both biodegradable and recyclable. Dr. Raymond A. Berard, Senior Vice President of Technology, Interface Research Corporation, Kennesaw, Georgia and NAIHC Director.

Over half the states have enacted or are considering laws to either allow industrial hemp cultivation and/or petitioning the federal government to reclassify industrial hemp as no longer being legally defined as a drug. North Dakota has changed its laws to again allow for the growing of industrial hemp. My friend across the border in Manitoba, Canada, is making money raising industrial hemp. I am losing money by raising wheat. State Representative David Monson, (R- Osnabrock), Assistant majority leader, ND House of Representatives, NAIHC Director, farmer, full-time school superintendent, and a part-time insurance agent.