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Texas Hemp Summit

Texas Hemp Coalition, the premier advocacy group for the hemp industry in Texas, is hosting its inaugural B2B industry event, The Texas Hemp Summit, this November 11-12, 2022 at the Texas A&M Agrilife Center in College Station.

The event is poised to bring together B2B industry leaders from all across Texas and beyond to discuss farming, processing, cannabinoids, fiber, and retail topics concerning hemp operators through educational conversations and presentations.

The goal of the summit is to address trending issues that are directly impacting our state’s hemp operators, as well as be a learning opportunity for those looking to get into the industry and scale.

Anyone who is interested in getting more involved in the industry, launching a brand, scaling their business, or who may be seeking job opportunities is encouraged to attend.

During these two days, the Texas Hemp Summit will pack keynote presentations, panel discussions, as well as networking opportunities for attendees to get plugged into the most pressing subjects relevant to their passions, and business interests.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Keynote with the Texas Department of Agriculture, Sid Miller
  • A legal fireside chat with Lisa Pittman of Pittman Legal and Cameron Field of Michael Best
  • Overview of Texas A&M University Hemp field research with Dr. Russell Jessup

And more to be confirmed, so check the website for more details.

The event has industry support from: Flex Payment Solutions, Shimadzu, Tejas Hemp, Caprock Family Farms, Sweet Sensi, Drops of Life, Boveda, Agilent, Hemp Industries Association, Hemp Building Ventures, Michael Best, Haus of Jayne, and more who will also be in attendance to meet you and answer your questions in person during the summit.

Tickets are on sale now for $110 at the Early Bird rate until October 24th, 2022 when they will increase in price, and the event is FREE to all students with valid student ID.

To learn more about the event, and purchase tickets visit:

If you would like to explore membership opportunities, the Texas Hemp Coalition holds regular meetings to discuss pressing topics and would love to invite you to join us as an official member to help champion and advocate for hemp in Texas

HEMP PAPER In Demand for more products and textiles.

The majority of the hemp plants are in the stems. Thus a farmer has interest in making the most of this part.

Those growing for medicinal use and CBD oils can turn a profit from the leaves and buds, while hemp oil and hemp seeds per se are proving to be a lucrative market.

For some, what remains is simply left as compost. Which returns back to the soil little

more than carbohydrates. Little nitrogen or other elements of use are given back. The many tons of biomass, in the form of carbohydrates, especially cellulose, are of commercial value.

From charcoal to fine textiles, simple compounds with only carbon, hydrogen and oxygen are raw materials in demand. Cellulose is the most abundant molecule in agriculture, and the most common molecule in products used by man. Paper, lumber, most of our clothing, cardboard, cordage, insulation. We live in and use cellulose. We eat it.

We pay for it. Usually, not much, but in the case of fine threads, some pay thousands for a get up.

Hemp has had its place in the best of textiles, back when the Piedmont region of Italy produced hemp threads as fine as silk.But today most hemp threads are a bit coarse, and the market is dominated by PR China, which both grows hemp and spins it. For the Western farmer there is hope on the horizon that his crop will end up on the catwalk, but more research and development is needed.

However, paper mills are looking for hemp.

In 2000 I hooked up with British environmentalist John Hanson, who had his own paper, with a large hemp leaf watermark. I ordered three tons. He had French grown hemp pulped in Spain and then sent to Scotland for the final operation. I waited with bated breath for the lorry (Brit for truck) to round the bend into my storage locker in Hammer-smith with my stash.

For the three tons of paper I traded an ounce of paper, bearing, of course, the image of Her Majesty and its own watermark; which was not a hemp leaf. However, the paper I traded for the pallets of John Hanson TreeFree (copyright) did use hemp. Many a government, including that of the United States, uses hemp in its currency.

The reason is that hemp is a more interlocking fiber than even flax. Wood does not really even have a fiber. Thus hemp provides a strong basis for other fibers to connect with and form a sheet of matted fibers.

For 2,000 years man has been using this. Americans use on average 200 lbs. per person. And most of this, almost all – is made in Southeast Asia. From wood. American paper used to be made from hemp, flax, and recycled rags. America used to lead the world in the production of paper. Now there are few mills here, most with a production of under 10,000 tons per year. Some of those are specialty mills. Very few use hemp.

Some use farm waste, a practice championed by Woody Harrelson, who encouraged the use of wheat stems in paper making. His move was good both ecologically and economically. And it was good for farmers, adding value to their harvest of food crops.

With his action, he was sowing a seed for the revival of the US paper industry. A paper industry in the US not only provides jobs, but is good for the ecology if farm wastes along with hemp bast are used. Add to that the value of recycling our rags and the argument is made.

Hemp – and other plants, can be dual crops as we revive the paper industry in the US.

Tune in next issue for a more specific discussion of this subject.

March Digital Edition

March 2021 Edition delivers to all Austin area HEBs & Whole Foods March 5th. We get ready for the spring season here in Texas as farmers prepare to plant. Read about our seed to sale process, seed companies like Trilogene Seeds, & Hemp Depot. The Last Prisoner Project gets a victory, and we interview the Father of the Legal Cannabis Industry Steve DeAngelo, as well as Sweet Sensi CEO Greg Autry .

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Episode #14 – Hydroshack Hydroponics

The Texas Hemp Show can also be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Tune-In.

Hydroshack Hydroponics is a hydroponic, aquaponic, and organic supply store located in the Houston Heights. They have a large variety of growing media, nutrients, lighting, heirloom seeds and organic soil. Additionally, they offer the only 100% biodiesel fuel pump in Houston. Known for our customer service, the owners and employees of Hydroshack are happy to offer advice to get you started in your hydroponic growing adventures! Not in Houston? Check them out on-line at and on Facebook at

Chris Powers talks with Jessie & Russell about the 2020 season and what we can expect with the
upcoming spring grow for Texans in 2021. For more information on Chris and his staff send an email to
[email protected] or call them at 713-292-1921.

Interview: Riverside Hemp

Where are you located? 

Hempstead, Texas

When did you begin farming? 

We have been growing ornamental landscaping plants since 1992 and started growing Hemp in April 2020.

Is hemp your primary crop?  And what do you produce (pulp, CBD, textiles)? 

No, hemp is not our primary crop. Riverside Hemp is currently growing hemp seedlings for indoor and outdoor farmers with a focus on CBD varieties.

Do you offer any specialty products you would like to talk about (organic body care, construction materials)? 

We are not producing any specialty hemp products at this time, but we are researching all possible outlets.

Can you describe your growing/processing operation? 

The growing processes at Riverside Hemp are organic methods and indoor greenhouses for the highest quality consumable CBD products.

What are your hopes or expectations for the future of hemp farming? 

Our roots run deep in Texas Agriculture. We want to see additional avenues that will help our local ag families thrive.

How have the challenges you encounter every day helped you become a better farmer? 

We have been growing for 28 years. You learn from your mistakes and you grow everything with a scientific and methodical approach. Look for the best varieties in your region and through trial and error you figure out what doesn’t work. The Hemp industry isn’t any different. Always set yourself up for success.

Has growing hemp presented any special challenges?

There haven’t been any unique challenges in growing our hemp seedlings, but there is always something to learn when producing a new crop.

Do you find hemp farming a more rewarding endeavor than your ornamental landscaping business? 

It is not more or less rewarding than our ornamental plants for landscaping. It is definitely different. It is exciting and an honor to be making history with Texas.

What were the major steps involved in adding hemp farming to your operation?  

The major step was updating greenhouses to be better suited for hemp plants, as well as additional security. We are also very strict on sanitation stations before entering to keep the most sterile environment for our plants.