Hemp: An Old Commodity

Hemp is a product that has been a part of America's history since its very first days. The very first drafts of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights were very likely inscribed and printed on paper derived from the pulp of the plant. Presidents Washington and Jefferson grew it on their plantations as a cash crop. Ships of that time used the hemp fiber for rope, sails, clothing and dozens of other uses.

It would seem that a district, such as LD38, that depends on water for its survival would be more than eager to look to a crop that uses considerably less water than does corn, soybeans, sunflower, wheat, or milo.

An added benefit of bringing hemp to Nebraska could be a growth in all of the industries that use the product. New economic opportunites could attract new industries, and provide better paying jobs for many of LD38's younger workers. With more income, there would be more tax revenue collected, possibly helping land owners to get some relief on their property taxes.

Hemp for Victory

Produced by the U.S. Government in 1942.

Hemp on Currency

Hemp has long been a normal crop in America. It was such an important crop that it was featured on a $10 Federal Reserve note in 1914.

  • This is a good site that answers many questions you might have about hemp production and harvesting.

U.S. Industrial Hemp Legislation

  • This is a good site for up-to-date information concerning legislation on hemp throughout the United States.