High Grade Hemp Seed, a Santa Fe Farms company, announces certification of their hemp varietal, Matterhorn CBG, by the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) 

LONGMONT, Colo. – May 4, 2021 High Grade Hemp Seed, a Santa Fe Farms company and a leader in the production and sales of premium hemp genetics, has received AOSCA certification of its top-performing CBG varietal, Matterhorn CBG.

The Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) is dedicated to the production, identification, distribution and promotion of certified classes of seed. Its certification of Matterhorn CBG paves the way for High Grade and its trusted affiliates to distribute to States, Countries and Native American Nations where certification of seed is required for entry into their ag markets as well as other markets where certification is unnecessary.

Mike Lauder, CEO of High Grade Hemp Seed, explained, “Obtaining certification for our hemp strains is critically important to provide farmers around the world with access to the seed needed to consistently produce healthy, compliant, high-yield hemp crops across a broad spectrum of cannabinoids. It’s a mission fully supported by our parent, Santa Fe Farms, as we seek to improve the quality and performance of our genetics and enhance the global supply chain for hemp.”

While THC and CBD have long been cannabinoids of focus, today’s researchers, manufacturers, and hemp breeders are teaming up to advance production and adoption of CBG. Farmers are actively seeking out new strains that deliver high yields of CBG over other cannabinoids in response to market demand and favorable prices for CBG biomass.

AOSCA certified Matterhorn CBG seeds are available for purchase today at highgradehempseed.com and through trusted affiliates, including iHEMPx and CBD National.

 

About High Grade Hemp Seed

HGH Seed, Inc., founded in 2011, is a Colorado-based hemp genetics company committed to farming top-quality, consistent strains of hemp. High Grade has been pivotal to the reintroduction of industrial hemp to the global supply chain. The company is known for its proven track record of compliance, high feminization and germination rates, and high cannabinoid levels. To learn more about High Grade, visit highgradehempseed.com or call (833) 867-7333.

About Santa Fe Farms

Santa Fe Farms has positioned itself to become a preeminent leader in the development,  production, extraction, manufacturing, and distribution of THC free hemp-based  phyto-cannabinoids as well as the vast range of other important hemp products, both chemical  (i.e. Advanced Carbons) and industrial (i.e. Building Products and Systems.) For more  information, visit www.santafefarms.com 

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Acquisition helps boost hemp ecosystem growth plan to maximize benefits of hemp on planet

SANTA FE, N.M. & LONGMONT, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Santa Fe Farms, an emerging regional, national and international leader in the development, production, and distribution of THC-free cannabinoids and other important industrial hemp products, announced that it has acquired High Grade Hemp Seed, a global leader in the production and sales of premium hemp genetics. The acquisition is part of its hemp ecosystem growth plan, to strengthen its portfolio of hemp-centric companies, with the goal of elevating the hemp industry on a global scale and maximizing its impact on the planet and its people.

Founded by seasoned investor Steven Gluckstern, Santa Fe Farms recognizes the critical importance of genetics to successful hemp farming and production, and High Grade fills that role. For High Grade, joining Santa Fe Farms provides a strong foundation in the supply chain side of hemp agriculture, as well as a springboard into industrial hemp and its rapidly growing list of potential applications.

As with any agriculture-based business, it all starts with the seed. Santa Fe Farms, its Latin American joint venture partner, AgribiotecnologÍa de Costa Rica, and High Grade share the mutual vision of continuing to evolve hemp genetics, working together to develop strains that will adapt to climate change, as well as serving customers’ and consumers’ needs and desires. The opportunities to transform hemp into end products that will change the nature of health, technology, housing and climate are vast, and the companies recognize that evolving hemp genetics is playing, and will continue to play, a major role.

“In addition to their expertise in the cannabinoid genetics space, High Grade Hemp Seed brings expertise in the industrial hemp space,” explains Steven Gluckstern, Santa Fe Farms’ CEO. “We are setting the stage for what will be the future of Hemp production not only in the U.S. but internationally as well.”

“There are multiple benefits in becoming part of the Santa Fe Farms ecosystem,” says Bodhi Urban, founder of High Grade Hemp Seed. “High Grade has had a goal of expanding into the industrial hemp space. It feeds nicely into the Santa Fe Farms ecosystem that has ties to industrial research, as well as the ongoing pursuit of genetics for CBD as an ingredient. Aside from the economic and growth benefits for both companies, we are all committed to powering a global supply chain for a better, healthier and more sustainable world.”

High Grade recently announced that it is a Platinum Partner at the prestigious South by Southwest® (SXSW®) 2021.

About Santa Fe Farms
Santa Fe Farms has positioned itself to become a preeminent leader in the development, production, extraction, manufacturing, and distribution of THC free hemp-based phyto-cannabinoids as well as the vast range of other important hemp products, both chemical (i.e. Advanced Carbons) and industrial (i.e. Building Products and Systems.) For more information, visit www.santafefarms.com.

About High Grade Hemp Seed
HGH Seed, Inc., founded in 2011, is a Colorado-based hemp genetics company committed to farming top-quality, consistent strains of hemp. High Grade has been pivotal to the reintroduction of industrial hemp to the global supply chain. The company is known for its proven track record of compliance, high feminization and germination rates, and high cannabinoid levels. To learn more about High Grade, visit highgradehempseed.com or call (833) 867-7333.

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Hemp genetics leader top billing in premier annual event signifies evolution of  hemp industry as a global force in agriculture, economic development

Longmont, CO – February 3, 2021High Grade Hemp Seed, a global leader in the production and sales of premium hemp genetics, announces Platinum Partner sponsorship of the prestigious South by Southwest® (SXSW®) 2021. SXSW is a yearly gathering of top global talent in the fields of film, culture, music, business and technology. The 2021 event will be virtual, billed as SXSW Online, and attendees will be treated to intimate online presentations ranging from this year’s featured keynote speaker, Willie Nelson, as well as an impressive agenda of conference sessions, music festival showcases, film festival screenings, world class networking, and more. 

Almost a year to the day since COVID-19 upended the world, High Grade will use its voice at SXSW to speak to the revolutionary potential of hemp. A Hemp Industry Daily/Nielsen Company report (1) suggests that as a result of COVID, at least 20 percent of consumers used more CBD products. The trend of managing health concerns such as anxiety, relaxation and sleep proactively with hemp related products will help strengthen the industry across economic and social platforms. 

As a Platinum Partner, High Grade will have the fortuity to connect with great leaders and creative thinkers, including Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) who has accepted an invitation from High Grade to participate in an expert-rich panel discussion on the exciting developments in the hemp industry. 

“We are honored to participate in SXSW as a Platinum Partner,” says Isaac Cohen, CFO of the Colorado-based company. “As we look to the future, our goal is to become more involved in impactful events. We are excited to hold space with the thinkers and leaders who are committed to driving social consciousness, and turn the global spotlight on hemp as a game-changing agricultural and economic force. We have a real opportunity here to share and amplify the message around our mission. Additionally, our partnership with SXSW reinforces High Grade as the leader in maturing the hemp marketplace, specifically in regards to supply chain and creating consistency and traceability for brands who want to use CBD, CBG or other hemp derivatives and technologies.”

High Grade’s premier panel discussion “HempFORWARD: Regulation and Free Market Collide in Hemp’s Rapidly Emerging Industry” will focus on the evolution of hemp, its worldwide resurgence in legalization and popularity, and the value of hemp as a transformative crop that is only beginning to be explored. From food to fashion, industrial applications to personal care, hemp holds great promise as a versatile, affordable and sustainable solution to global challenges. The key to the re-adoption of hemp and rapid industry innovation is acceptance by consumers, regulators and retailers alike. 

The panel will be facilitated by Eric Steenstra from Vote Hemp, and features Senator Ron Wyden, a vocal proponent of the hemp industry, and Adrian Zelski, President of Center Pivot Group and Business Development Lead of High Grade Hemp Seed, and will examine the future of hemp from diverse perspectives encompassing inter-industry players to retail giants and government. 

Key takeaways will include:

  • Why the world’s largest consumer brands are pushing forward on CBD and other hemp-derived products;
  • What’s happening in Washington D.C. for regulatory support, directly from the political leaders in the trenches;
  • How industry pioneers are tackling the supply chain and infrastructure immaturity required to power this emerging market.

Attendees may register for the panel through the main event registration link sxsw.com/attend.

“Senator Wyden has been a leader in the effort to bring back hemp farming and his presence at SXSW is a key indicator of the trajectory that hemp is on” says Steenstra. “I am extremely optimistic about the future for the hemp sector and looking forward to exploring it further with this esteemed panel.”

“We are excited to have High Grade Hemp Seed on board as a Platinum Partner this year,” said  Hugh Forrest, SXSW Chief Programming Officer. “Hemp has been an exciting topic of conversation at SXSW for several years now, particularly within the Cannabusiness Track. We think hemp will be part of the SXSW narrative for many years to come as the role of this industry continues to increase in global economics.”

  •  How to Navigate the Complicated World of CBD in Retail, Hemp Industry Daily,  in partnership with The Nielsen Company, June 2020.

 

About High Grade Hemp Seed

HGH Seed, Inc., founded in 2011, is a Colorado-based hemp genetics company committed to farming top-quality, consistent strains of hemp. High Grade has been pivotal to the reintroduction of industrial hemp to the global supply chain. CEO Bodhi Urban and the High Grade team introduced foundational strains such as Cherry Wine and Berry Blossom that are the basis of hemp genetics today. The company is known for its proven track record of compliance, high feminization and germination rates, and high cannabinoid levels. To learn more about High Grade, or to inquire about purchasing hemp seeds and starts, visit highgradehempseed.com or call (833) 867-7333.

About SXSW

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conferences and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. In 2021, the event moves to a digital format. SXSW Online offers conference sessions, music showcases, film screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. An essential destination for global professionals, SXSW Online 2021 will take place March 16 – March 20. For more information, please visit sxsw.com. To register for the event, please visit sxsw.com/attend

 

Press Credentials: Applications are now being accepted for SXSW Online press credentials at https://www.sxsw.com/press-center/. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

Hemp genetics leader to boost growth, further commitment to industrial hemp through major capital investment

Longmont, CO – February 17, 2021High Grade Hemp Seed, a global leader in the production and sales of premium hemp genetics, announces that is has received a major capital investment from Santa Fe Farms, a leader in the production, extraction, manufacturing and distribution of THC-free hemp-based phyto-cannabinoids. Founded by seasoned investor  Steven Gluckstern, Santa Fe Farms recognizes the critical importance of genetics in successful hemp farming and production. Bringing High Grade into its fold boosts the company’s quest to round out its portfolio of hemp-centric companies, with a mutual goal of elevating the hemp industry on a global scale. 

For Santa Fe Farms, adding High Grade brings a strong genetics partner into its portfolio of companies. For High Grade, the union provides a foundation with strength in the supply chain  side of hemp agriculture as well as a strong springboard into industrial hemp and its rapidly growing list of potential applications. 

As with any agriculture-based business, it all starts with the seed. Santa Fe Farms and High Grade share the mutual vision of continuing to evolve hemp genetics, working together to develop strains that will adapt to climate change, as well as serving customers’ and consumers’ needs and desires. Additionally, the opportunities for industrial hemp are vast, and both companies recognize that this is and will continue to be a major focus for hemp production in the future. 

“This is a win-win for all of us, as High Grade Hemp Seed rounds out a comprehensive hemp enterprise at Santa Fe Farms,” remarked Steven Gluckstern, CEO of Santa Fe Farms and Chair of the Board of Managers. “Now, Santa Fe Farms has a complete operation with verticals in each significant area of hemp production: seed genetics; cultivation; post cultivation services; processing and manufacturing; consulting; wholesale, white label and retail sales; and the development of HempTraxx, a ‘Supply-Chain as a Service’ blockchain based software.” 

High Grade executives are enthusiastic about the opportunities through the new relationship with Santa Fe Farms family of companies. “There are multiple benefits in becoming part of the Santa Fe Farms ecosystem,” says Bodhi Urbann, Founder of High Grade Hemp Seed. “High Grade has had a goal of expanding into the industrial hemp space. This agreement provides capital and resources to allow us to continue research and investment into industrial genetics. It feeds nicely into the Santa Fe Farms ecosystem that has ties to industrial research, as well as the ongoing pursuit of genetics for CBD as an ingredient.”

High Grade recently announced that it is a Platinum Partner at the prestigious South by Southwest® (SXSW®) 2021. The sponsorship is a boon for Santa Fe Farms as well, aligning with the company’s goal of ingraining the hemp industry onto the radar of the high profile audience that flocks to the annual conference.

“Aside from the economic and growth benefits for both companies, we are all committed to powering a global supply chain for a better, healthier and more sustainable world,” adds Urban. “All indicators show that the potential of this amazing plant has yet to be tapped, and we are on a mission to tap it.”

 

About High Grade Hemp Seed

HGH Seed, Inc., founded in 2011, is a Colorado-based hemp genetics company committed to farming top-quality, consistent strains of hemp. High Grade has been pivotal to the reintroduction of industrial hemp to the global supply chain. Founder Bodhi Urban and the High Grade team introduced foundational strains such as Cherry Wine and Berry Blossom that are the basis of hemp genetics today. The company is known for its proven track record of compliance, high feminization and germination rates, and high cannabinoid levels. To learn more about High Grade, or to inquire about purchasing hemp seeds and starts, visit highgradehempseed.com or call (833) 867-7333.

About Santa Fe Farms

Santa Fe Farms has positioned itself to become a preeminent regional (New Mexico and Colorado), national and international leader in the development, production, extraction, manufacturing, and distribution of THC free hemp-based phyto-cannabinoids as well as the vast range of other important hemp products, both chemical (i.e. Advanced Carbons) and industrial (i.e. Building Products and Systems.) Furthermore, by incorporating regenerative farming practices on our own farms and encouraging the farmers we work with to do the same as standard operating practice, we are poised to become a leader in environmental sustainability within the Hemp Industry ecosystem with the goal of leaving a negative carbon footprint. For more information, visit www.santafefarms.com.

High Grade Hemp Seed and Center Pivot Group introduce initiative to start with the end in mind, making consistent, compliant hemp production a reality for maturing market

LONGMONT, Colo., Oct 13, 2020 Recognized as a maturing market, the hemp industry’s biggest challenge is stabilization: achieving a balance between demand, supply, and production to yield profit for both farmers and buyers. As demand for hemp products increases, farmers are eager to grow the crop, yet a lack of standardization and gaps in the supply chain have stymied long-term growth to date. High Grade Hemp Seed, a market leader in the production and sales of premium hemp genetics, announces a game changer for the industry today: the introduction of a Farm Partner Program (FPP). Co-created by Center Pivot Group (CPG), this first of its kind program will effectively make consistent, compliant production a reality for the US hemp market. The FPP debuts at hempFORWARD, a virtual event launching on Oct. 13, 2020 co-sponsored by High Grade Hemp Seed and Center Pivot Group, and produced by The Farm Journal. 

The new Farm Partner Program will provide an infrastructure for hemp producers that guarantees a price for hemp flower at harvest, with the condition that it has been grown in accordance with guidelines laid out in the partnership agreement. For farmers who have purchased High Grade Hemp Seed genetics and followed specific standards laid out for crop management, this helps to assure a return on their original investment. Likewise, buyers and manufacturers can be assured of consistent and compliant hemp extract produced through the Center Pivot Group supply chain which will in turn fuel confidence in the marketplace. High Grade is committed to raising global standards for growing and producing hemp, and will be revealing news of new initiatives at the hempFORWARD event. 

“The industry is growing vigorously, but we have recognized the barriers faced by farmers and buyers in terms of long term stability,” says Isaac Cohen, CFO of High Grade Hemp. “We are focused on solutions, which start with the end in mind. The Farm Partner Program addresses the needs not just of small farmers, but large scale agricultural producers who want certainty in terms of how to cultivate and harvest on a mass scale.”

The FPP will roll out immediately in the US – primarily in Calif., Colo., Minn., N.Y., Ore., and Texas – before looking towards international markets. Initially, the FPP will be open to experienced hemp farmers who purchase HG genetics. At point of seed sale, farmers will be introduced to end market contracts for their extracted hemp flower at harvest.  

Contracts for biomass will be based on the trading value of hemp seed at purchase, with a revenue split after harvest between HG and the farmer. According to Global Market Insights,the worldwide market for CBD is expected to reach $89 billion by 2026. Demand for hemp and derivatives is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years.

“We want to support farmers throughout all points of the supply chain so that achieving a return on their investment becomes possible year after year,” says Adrian Zelski, president of Center Pivot Group. “To make that a reality, it’s critical for buyers to access a stable market to purchase consistent and compliant hemp, just as they do any other commodity. We’re excited and confident that the Farm Partner Program will be the instrument that underpins the hemp market as it matures,” he adds. 

To learn more, visit HighGradeHempSeed.com. To register for the free hempFORWARD virtual event, or to access the press briefing and other content after the event, visit https://www.hempforwardevent.com  

About High Grade Hemp Seed

HGH Seed, Inc., is a Colorado-based hemp genetics company committed to farming top-quality, consistent strains of hemp. High Grade has been pivotal in the reintroduction of industrial hemp to the global supply chain.  CEO Bodhi Urban and the High Grade team introduced foundational strains such as Cherry Wine and Berry Blossom that are the basis of many hemp genetics today. The company is known for its proven track record of compliance, high feminization and germination rates, and high cannabinoid levels. To learn more about High Grade, or to inquire about purchasing seeds and starts, visit highgradehempseed.com.

About Center Pivot Group

Center Pivot Group is a hemp farming and manufacturing matchmaker. It provides partners with stability in a complex market by connecting clients directly to hemp farmers and companies. Its in-depth farm profiles help with sourcing feminized seed, hemp flower, biomass, or concentrates. All of CPG’s hemp supply is screened for heavy metals, additives, and pesticides. For more information visit https://www.centerpivotgroup.com/

 

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 Global Market Insights, “CANNABIDIOL (CBD) MARKET SIZE BY PRODUCT”, Feb 2020, Sumant Ugalmugle, Rupali Swain

Leaders in hemp industry gather to demonstrate “there’s more to hemp than CBD”

Longmont, Colo., Aug. 12, 2020 High Grade Hemp Seed, a global leader in the production and sales of premium hemp genetics, announces its sponsorship of Global Hemp Day on Aug. 26, 2020 beginning at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Global Hemp Day is being produced by CannaTech and The Arcview Group, and is billed as a “globally-oriented virtual hemp event” offering attendees a deep dive into the global hemp market, showcasing the scientists, entrepreneurs, companies, and products shaping the industry. 

The event expects to draw approximately 1000 participants from dozens of countries, with about 20 virtual sessions and 40 expert presenters, covering the entire value chain, emphasizing leading-edge practices, people, and products.

Until the 2020 season, the focus of High Grade Hemp Seed was on the U.S. market, which is projected to lead the global hemp market in acres under cultivation over the coming years, based on 2019 statistics. This year, High Grade announced expansion into European markets, and international events like Global Hemp Day are a critical part of the company’s strategy to open up its proven premium genetics to the global marketplace. High Grade’s participation and leadership in Global Hemp Days will help deliver updates on cutting edge research and standardization in hemp agriculture.

As the hemp industry grows, all indicators show that having well-rounded expertise in all aspects of hemp production including genetics, cultivation, extraction, supply chain and retail is key to success and risk management for farmers. High Grade will be participating on a hemp genetics panel during the global event to explore the importance of selecting the right genetics, recent advances in the hemp genetics space, and new innovations coming from hemp breeders.

“We’re looking at the entire value chain: addressing everything from what hemp looks like, to how and where it grows, all the way through to product manufacturing and branding,” says Saul Kaye, CEO and Founder of CannaTech. “We’ll take a journey from seeds to farming to product manufacturing. We’ll also hear from experts on global market size, legal, regulatory and compliance issues, and future market ‘predictions’.”

Kim Kovacs, CEO of The Arcview Group shared, “We are honored to be co-hosting this event and are prepared to equip the audience with the knowledge that will allow them to get further depth of understanding in the ever-evolving hemp industry. Event participants will have the opportunity to interact with many of the industry’s top experts and receive exclusive insights regarding the people, companies, and products driving growth and innovation in hemp around the world,” she stated. 

Interested participants may register at https://www.canna-tech.co/global-hemp-day/. A Pitchfest Winner’s Circle will showcase the top 3  most innovative, early-stage hemp companies from around the world.

“High Grade is committed to advancing the hemp industry, not only in the U.S. but across the globe,” says Bodhi Urban, Founder and CEO of High Grade Hemp Seed. “Our deep experience in all aspects of hemp genetics, combined with a slate of leading-edge speakers and sponsors,  will provide Global Hemp Day participants with valuable insight into the backbone of the hemp industry, as well as a glimpse of what the future may hold.”

Event partners include Tress Capital, Zuber Lawler, Collective Growth Hemp Company, and Golden Eagle Partners, and others. Featured speakers include Steve DeAngelo, and Bruce Linton. 

About High Grade Hemp Seed

HGH Seed, Inc., founded in 2011, is a Colorado-based hemp genetics company committed to farming top-quality, consistent strains of hemp. High Grade has been pivotal to the reintroduction of industrial hemp to the global supply chain. CEO Bodhi Urban and the High Grade team introduced foundational strains such as Cherry Wine and Berry Blossom that are the basis of hemp genetics today. The company is known for its proven track record of compliance, high feminization and germination rates, and high cannabinoid levels. To learn more about High Grade, or to inquire about purchasing hemp seeds and starts, visit highgradehempseed.com or call (833) 867-7333.

About CannaTech

CannaTech is the only globally-focused Medical Cannabis event series offering senior industry leaders, medical and scientific experts, and new ventures a platform to drive innovation, form partnerships and promote knowledge exchange. To learn more visit canna-tech.co. For further information, media inquiries and interview opportunities, contact Carey Fried at carey@israel-cannabis.com

About The Arcview Group

The Arcview Group is the largest and first vertically integrated firm servicing the industry. As a trusted global leader and nexus for investors, companies, entrepreneurs, money-managers and community, Arcview provides an expansive ecosystem that delivers a broad spectrum of programs and services to the industry. Arcview is synonymous with best-in-class.  By providing the necessary tools and curating top-notch cannabis companies, Arcview created the playbook alongside our Investor Members, that have enabled them to invest hundreds of millions in more than 300 private cannabis startups. For more information, please visit https://arcviewgroup.com/ or contact us at media@arcviewgroup.com.

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High Grade Hemp Seed Announces International Distribution in Europe

High Grade Hemp Seed, in partnership with Swiss Cannabinoid, now offers full catalog of premiere hemp strains to customers throughout Europe.

LONGMONT, Colo., June 16, 2020 – High Grade Hemp Seed is answering the demand for best-in-class hemp cultivars in Europe with a powerful new distribution partnership, making High Grade’s entire catalog available internationally. This is the first of many steps toward streamlining full international distribution, and opens up the European market in a way that was previously difficult to navigate. It also ensures faster access, facilitating easier processing and rapid shipping timelines within the European Union, as well as providing access to previously difficult to obtain best-in-class hemp genetics.

All High Grade Hemp Seed strains are now available for sale as seeds in Europe.

“Amidst the turmoil in import/export regulations and the ever-changing political landscape, having an established neighbor in a growing European market helps pave an easier path for the hemp farmer,” says Mike Leago, COO of High Grade. “It takes strong relationships built on trust and transparency to create a partnership that is effective across the ocean. We have that faith in Swiss Cannabinoid to stand beside us as we help elevate seed genetics worldwide. This expansion will encourage European hemp cultivators to try new varietals, better diversify their crops, and increase profitability.“

High Grade Hemp Seed and Swiss Cannabinoid launched its official collaboration earlier this year by paving the way in CBG production in the U.S. with the release of its highly popular new strain, Matterhorn CBG. This international distribution agreement builds upon that partnership, making the entire High Grade portfolio of proven hemp genetics available to European buyers.

Matthias Ghidossi, founder of Swiss Cannabinoid, has been a key player in the European hemp industry for years. Of the High Grade partnership, Ghidossi shared, “After kick-starting a highly synergistic relationship with the High Grade team on Matterhorn, becoming their European distribution partners was a natural progression. As one of the largest and most respected hemp genetics companies in the world, this fresh infusion of hemp cultivars into the European market will be a great benefit to farmers across the EU.”

Isaac Cohen, Chief Financial Officer at High Grade Hemp Seed, stated, “Our team has successfully navigated regulatory hurdles, distribution and fulfillment complexity, and customer service considerations to build a robust distribution ecosystem capable of selling and shipping our hemp cultivars to farmers throughout Europe. This has been a huge endeavor, and I’m immensely proud of our team for getting the job done in time for 2020 planting.”

Looking ahead to 2021 and beyond, High Grade is pushing R&D with 20 new terpene crosses and leading edge genetics focused on high-potential minor cannabinoids. The company’s mission continues to center on the needs of farmers, delivering the best genetics and superior results to power their success.

For the full list and background on High Grade’s best-in-class varietals, visit HighGradeHempSeed.com . For Europe orders, visit https://swisscannabinoid.ch/

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About High Grade Hemp Seed
HGH Seed, Inc., is a Colorado-based hemp genetics company committed to farming top-quality, consistent strains of hemp. High Grade has been pivotal in the reintroduction of industrial hemp to the global supply chain. CEO Bodhi Urban and the High Grade team introduced foundational strains such as Cherry Wine and Berry Blossom that are the basis of hemp genetics today. The company is known for its proven track record of compliance, high feminization and germination rates, and high cannabinoid levels. To learn more about High Grade, or to inquire about purchasing seeds, visit highgradehempseed.com.

About Swiss Cannabinoid
Swiss Cannabinoid is a pioneering company focused on research and development for new genetics of Cannabis Sativa l. In the past several years, the company has been pivotal in the development of new strain lines with low THC content. Today Swiss Cannabinoid collaborates with pharmaceutical companies and key players in the cannabis industry, ranging from North America to Eastern Europe. They are also extending their role across the supply chain and are a key distributor for High Grade in Europe. To learn more, visit swisscannabinoid.ch.
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Diversifying crops with profitable CBG hemp strains helps growers weather economic uncertainty.

LONGMONT, Colo., June 2, 2020 High Grade Hemp Seed, global leaders in the production and sales of premium hemp genetics, has a solution for farmers looking for diversification during economic uncertainty: grow hemp. The industrial hemp industry has been expanding exponentially in the past few years as more states legalize hemp production. Yet, the industry is still maturing and farmers are navigating new, uncharted ground.

High Grade Hemp Seed is leading the charge in helping farmers stay ahead of the trend and meet the growing market demand. The company, founded in 2011, is continuing to test new varietals, develop diverse strains, work within the industry to ensure compliance, and foremost: sell high quality hemp seed to farms around the United States and the world.

Its most recent debut is a highly anticipated new strain, Matterhorn CBG.

Cannabigerol (CBG) is the mother of popular Cannabidiol (CBD), and is lower in Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THC), easy to farm and highly resilient. Matterhorn flowers have up to 15 percent CBG, and Matterhorn is remarkably even lower in THC. In addition, adding CBG crops allows farmers to diversify. Matterhorn CBG is a vigorous, revolutionary strain of European industrial hemp, with potential uses in both the medical field and in consumer goods.

Matterhorn CBG is a smart choice for both smokable flower growers and farmers concerned with regulatory compliance. This terpene-focused varietal has a palate of effervescent lemon and lime with skunky notes of hops. When grown properly, even harvested late, Matterhorn delivers reliable compliance with recent USDA interim draft rules for hemp production.

Through two years of field trials, Matterhorn CBG has proven to be uniform, stable, and unique. Germination rates are at 95 percent and feminization rates at 99.98 percent, producing one male to every 4000 females. A high level of CBG combined with reliable THC compliance make the strain a good option for farmers entering the hemp market or diversifying beyond CBD-rich hemp or non-hemp crops.

“Never has there been a more important time to focus on hemp genetics,” says Bodhi Urban, CEO of High Grade Hemp Seed. “Sourcing your seeds from the right partner is crucial. High Grade is committed to the highest quality hemp seed in diverse strains, and also offers farmers the resources and assistance to succeed.”

What is CBG and why is it a good alternative to CBD?

CBG is a precursor to all other cannabinoids such as CBD, CBN (Cannabinol), CBC (Cannabichromene) and THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid). As with CBD, CBG has several early studies showing potential health benefits, including studies on cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and general pain relief, but with even lower THC implications. CBG attaches to both CB1 and CB2 receptors. This means that the entire endocannabinoid system can be targeted, opening doors to new treatments. The genetics of the plant is the primary price factor. Breeding strains with higher CBG levels lowers the cost to extract the CBG as less biomass is needed. Matterhorn CBG is a viable force in the hemp industry with high levels of CBG, consistently testing at 12.46 percent and up to 15 percent CBG. These high levels are reached while maintaining compliance with THC regulations. Matterhorn CBG’s THC levels test at 0.09 percent.

Bright Future for Hemp Farming Despite Pandemic

Since the end of the decades-long prohibition on industrial hemp, there has been a surge in market demand for hemp-derived products. Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill has led farmers across the country to transition their operations to include fields or greenhouses of industrial hemp. Industrial hemp markets are poised to continue their upward growth. Projections are that the industrial hemp market will grow from 4.6 billion in 2019 to 26.6 billion by 2025. Diversifying into hemp farming offers farmers a way forward during times of economic uncertainty.

“High Grade is helping the hemp industry move forward so farmers can come back strong after this pandemic,” adds Urban. “Those considering a 2020 harvest can order seeds now, and seedlings are delivered on-demand with a two-week lead time customized to meet field preparation timelines.”

“High Grade is on the forefront of innovation in the hemp genetics industry,” says Christy Thiel, Director of Education and Partner Relations at Seed2System, a Colorado producer and distributor of high quality hemp CBD products. “We are really excited about the potential of this new Matterhorn CBG strain, both for its usage potential, but also what it could mean for farmers’ livelihoods.”

About High Grade Hemp Seed

HGH Seed, Inc., is a Colorado-based hemp genetics company committed to farming top-quality, consistent strains of hemp. High Grade has been pivotal in the reintroduction of industrial hemp to the global supply chain.  CEO Bodhi Urban and the High Grade team introduced foundational strains such as Cherry Wine and Berry Blossom that are the basis of hemp genetics today. The company is known for its proven track record of compliance, high feminization and germination rates, and high cannabinoid levels. To learn more about High Grade, or to inquire about CBG hemp seeds and starts, visit highgradehempseed.com or call (833) 867-7333.

In support of the future of hemp, iHEMPx and High Grade Hemp Seed are donating hemp seed and expertise to a way-paving North Carolina College.

 

BOULDER, Colo., May 21, 2020 iHEMPx (International Hemp Exchange) and High Grade Hemp Seed, global leaders in the production and sales of premium hemp genetics, are partnering with Warren Wilson College in North Carolina to support a student-led regenerative agriculture and research project in industrial hemp.

The Warren Wilson hemp farming project will act as a demonstration area for local farmers who are interested in learning more about hemp and sustainable land management. Students and professors will study industrial hemp as a food source for animals, as well as for clothing, CBD oil, biofuel, and vegetable oil, among other uses. 

“This is an exciting development for the college’s agricultural program,” Dave Ellum, Dean of Land Resources at Warren Wilson College, said. “We’re able to demonstrate novel methods for growing hemp and deliver crucial knowledge that will improve farmers’ results in the field. The project also offers the opportunity to provide incredible student experiences through research and education focused on this sustainable and valuable crop, and it supports the diversification of agriculture in the region.”

Under license of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program, Warren Wilson College planted its first plot of industrial hemp on college land in July of 2019. The goal was to test the efficacy of a late-season planting, comparing direct seeding to greenhouse starts.

The industrial hemp program is part of Warren Wilson College’s unique Land Innovation initiative, which uses the college’s applied learning philosophy to share land management information with regional landowners, as well as spread hope and encourage meaningful action against climate change.

iHEMPx and High Grade Hemp Seed are donating hemp seed for the research project, as well as providing advice and support for students and professors during the 2020 hemp growing season. With staff located in nearby Asheville, iHEMPx will be actively supporting the project by offering the expertise of their team – some of the first licensed hemp farmers in the U.S. – to students in the field. High Grade and iHEMPx will also support students and staff through coordinated webinars and question-and-answer sessions through the growing season.

Mike Leago, Founder of iHEMPx, shared, “When we were approached about contributing to the hemp farming project at Warren Wilson College, we leapt at the chance. Along with donating seed, our entire team is looking forward to supporting the project in more hands-on ways throughout the season.”

Bodhi Urban, CEO of High Grade Hemp Seed, continued, “The quality of research, and the value of the student experience, hinge on best-in-class hemp genetics for planting. High Grade is proud to offer our varietals to the students at Warren Wilson College for this pioneering project.”

Research from the hemp program will provide information to farmers about how to grow hemp sustainably and successfully, so they can focus on monetizing their crops and contributing to the local economy. For students, the hemp farming project will build deep expertise in sustainable and regenerative agriculture and practical experience farming one of the most promising and lucrative crops of the 21st century, seeding the hemp industry of the future.

To follow the project, visit the iHEMPx blog at ihempx.com/hemp-blog/, visit hempTALKS at hemptalks.today, subscribe to Warren Wilson College’s Conservation Exchange newsletter at https://www.warren-wilson.edu/about/land-innovation/, or follow the Conservation Exchange on Facebook (Conservation Exchange at WWC) or on Instagram (@conservationexchange).

About Warren Wilson College

Warren Wilson College is a vibrant, independent college with an innovative curriculum that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and experiential learning with community engagement and work experiences to prepare students for not only professional success, but also a life of meaning. Located on a 1,135-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, the College enrolls approximately 600 undergraduates and 100 graduates in a learning community committed to sustainable practices, cross-cultural understanding, and the common good. Visit www.warren-wilson.edu for more information.

About iHEMPx

Founded in 2016 in Colorado, iHEMPx (International Hemp Exchange) serves the hemp industry and allows consumers and businesses to connect. IHE works with the best partners in the industry to bring expertise and connectivity to domestic and international clients across the hemp supply chain, from farmers to processors to manufacturers. The company produces and distributes the most genetically superior seeds available, and provides the support and education to turn those seeds into highly profitable crops.

For more information on iHEMPx, or to follow the Warren Wilson College project on our blog throughout the season, visit www.ihempx.com or contact #877-FARM-HEMP (327-6436).

About High Grade Hemp Seed

HGH Seed, Inc., founded in 2011, is a Colorado-based hemp genetics company committed to farming top-quality, consistent strains of hemp. High Grade has been pivotal to the reintroduction of industrial hemp to the global supply chain.  CEO Bodhi Urban and the High Grade team introduced foundational strains such as Cherry Wine and Berry Blossom that are the basis of hemp genetics today. The company is known for its proven track record of compliance, high feminization and germination rates, and high cannabinoid levels. To learn more about High Grade, or to inquire about purchasing hemp seeds and starts, visit highgradehempseed.com or call (833) 867-7333.

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