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HEMP U.S. AGRICULTURE HISTORY

Left, is a picture of the Mayflower II built in 1957 and equipped with hempen cordage. (National Geographics)  Early Settlers from Europe brought hempseed to the Americas.  England wanted another colony with the ability to grow hemp for their massive navy, but farmers grew the more profitable crop -tobacco.  Much of the hemp grown was used locally as homespun fabric and rope.
George Washington was great in so many ways, it has been forgotten that he was a hemp farmer and advocate of hemp industry.  He said, "Make the most of the hempseed and sow it everywhere."
U.S. President Thomas Jefferson was a hemp farmer.
It is ironic that the prohibited hemp plant produced the material for both the early American flags and the paper upon which our Supreme Law is written.
This Hemp Museum print of a hand-painted botanical illustration was made when hemp was a free plant. 
Hemp seed.  It is 30% oil by weight, has a complete protein of very digestible quality.
YEARBOOK:  U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE:  1913. Fig. 1, Cutting hemp by hand.
Hemp Shocks and Hemp Stack from the above YEARBOOK, 1913.
In 1938, it was estimated by Popular Mechanic Magazine that there were 25,000 viable commercial products possible from the hemp plant.
The hemp leaf was given a bad name by the U.S. Government in the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which turned into a full prohibition.
"Book of the World." - 1853. Hemp botanical drawing hand painted. The female plant is on the left, male on the right, hemp seeds below.  Hemp was legal for all uses in 1853.
Hemp photo from "Luther Burbank:  His Methods and Discoveries, Practical Applications," 1914, p.117.  "Hemp plants:  Hemp is grown in America chiefly for its coarse fiber, used in making ropes, cordage, and warp for carpet.  Its seed is little utilized, although it makes a valuable oil."
In the year 2001, we need hemp as an energy crop, and lots more, food, paper, textiles, plastics, and medicine. 
"At present there are comparatively few plants and a limited number of trees that will yield cellulose economically for quantity production. The plants are those containing vegetable fibers in the form of cotton, flax, hemp, jute, sugar cane, straw, espartro, and corn stalks. Of the trees there are spruce, balsam, fir, jack pine, hemlock, southern pine, poplar, and cottonwood." - Hunter.
The Hemp Industries Association, is a group of business people interested in restoring hemp to the  U.S. "free market."  There is no free market without hemp.  Our neighbor Canada has now grown hemp for several years, and  England for almost ten years.
Buy a hemp farm.  More than ever we need farmers to experiment with energy production, paper production, and resource development with hemp.
The Curator at a California Certified Organic Farmers meeting with the beginnings of the Museum in 1991.  Flanked by hemp plants.  He was a member of CCOF for 13 years.
Bundling and tying hemp to be shocked.  Note the shocks in background.
This 'new' machine was designed to separate the fiber from the wood and do for hemp what the cotton gin did for cotton.
Hemp Museum dried hemp stalks, wild and domestic.
George Washington Carver was the greatest agricultural researcher in American history.  He showed you could make almost anything from farm products and agricultural waste.  Carver developed hundreds of products out of the peanut.  Henry Ford used his ideas in building his early Ford cars.
Given lots of room, hemp plant branches profusely for seed or medicine.
 How big does hemp grow in one season?  This medical - seed plant has a three inch diameter stalk.  Is it any wonder it skyrockets to 15 feet in a short season of growth when planted close together?
Tap roots of wild hemp grown in Nebraska.  Great to hold the topsoil and add humus to the soil.
Spreading roots of a medicinal - seed plant with lots of room between plants.
Calendar cover for the Kentucky Hemp Museum, showing historical photo of shocked bundles of hemp (shocks), drying in the field. 1997 calendar.
International Hemp Seed Stamp from Canada.  CANNABIS, INTERNATIONAL.

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