Justin Trowbridge added to NE Hemp Industries Association Board

Justin Trowbridge

The Nebraska Hemp Industries Association has added our Business Development Officer, Justin Trowbridge, to their board this week.

Trowbridge, who has an extensive background in connecting industries to technology, will be advising on the technology piece of hemp production.

Contrary to what many people think, Agriculture has gone high tech in recent years. The farms of today are light years beyond what was imagined even 20 years ago. As technology advances the data driven decisions that can be made increase by the minute.

In my lifetime, AG Tech went from “You can’t do that!” to “Why can’t you do that yet?”. And that’s pretty cool.

– Justin Trowbridge

As the Business Development Officer for Contemporary Analysis, a data science consulting firm and parent company to Hemp Batch Tracker, he sits at the crossroads of agriculture and technology.

As we (Hemp Batch Tracker) move forward we’re excited to be a part of the educational component of Hemp in our home state.

To learn more about the Nebraska Hemp Industries Association or to see who else is on the board visit their website: www.nehia.org/board

Nebraska Hemp Industries Association

The Hemp Paradox: Are you transporting legal or illegal product?

Hemp is a unique crop for US Agriculture. If you think about corn producers they just grow a crop and sell it. At no point along the line are they threatened with legal action if they can’t prove its not soy beans. And not at face value either! They need to prove its corn with licenses, certificates, chain of custody, and more.

That is the hemp paradox. Unlike other crops people assume you’re growing cannabis until you can prove otherwise. This is especially difficult for law enforcement. They are looking for people who are breaking the law not people who are running a legitimate business.

Law Enforcement has a rough job. If you pull over a truck transporting plant matter you’re either dealing with hemp or cannabis. If you’re in a state where cannabis isn’t legal yet you could be dealing with a dangerous criminal element. Illegal marijuana is a lucrative business and a truckload could represent millions of dollars.

Compound the situation with the lack of ability to test in the field. A traffic stop for illegal marijuana could lead to a shootout or even worse. The last thing you want to do is lower your guard until you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, its safe. At the very least its a mountain of paperwork to handle.

So to minimize the danger while doing their due diligence its easier and safer to confiscate and detain until all is clear. While this may be a safe way to do things, its counter productive to getting your legal product to market.

An article in the New York Post highlights such an incident. What was, at first, considered a massive drug bust was legal CBD. Read the full article here. The company had all the necessary documentation for their product, but a lack of understanding from a delivery driver caused the issue.

At Hemp Batch Tracker we are hoping to reduce or eliminate the stress involved with encounters with law enforcement. Our system allows quick and easy referencing of all the chain of custody documents needed to prove your product is Hemp. By cooperating with law enforcement from day 1 we hope to build a newfound trust between producers and regulators.

In their first year, U.S. hemp farmers struggle with bad weather, mold, inexperience

In the article “In their first year, U.S. hemp farmers struggle with bad weather, mold, inexperience” by Sophie Quinton and April Simpson, Stateline/Pew covered a topic that we are uniquely able to solve. Yes there is a glut of hemp this year, mainly because the infrastructure isn’t in place to handle processing.

Add to that the ability for the processors to pick and choose who they want to buy from and you’ve got a bottleneck. Hemp Batch Tracker gives farmers a new bargaining chip…hard data.

According to the laws of supply and demand Hemp is in the midst of a shift. High supply of raw material, low demand at the processor level (from capacity limits) and a high demand on the consumer level. In an environment like that you need something that makes your offering stand out.

When you track your hemp though Hemp Batch Tracker you have an advantage when you sell it. A processor will want quality hemp when they are spoiled for choice. With our solution you can prove your hemp is disease/mold free and compliant with all the regulations. One simple report gives your buyer all the data in a level of detail that your competitor is hard pressed to match.

Want to learn more about Hemp Batch Tracker? Contact Us to learn more today.

Hemp Batch Tracker supporting Future Farmers of America (FFA)

Our friends over at the Nebraska Sorghum Board invited us to a Future Farmers of America fund raising lunch. With a good meal and great company on the menu we were happy to go.

As hemp continues to grow the farmers of today will turn to the farmers of tomorrow to be successful. Hemp is unlike any other crop grown in the US. Federally legal, quasi legal at the state level, and producers are required to prove its not something else at every turn.

Imagine asking to see lab results on a bushel of corn every time it changed hands. Hemp farmers will need tracking like ours to keep on top of things and remain compliant.

The Future Farmers of America does a phenomenal job teaching kids how to be successful in agriculture. Farming is becoming a high tech high stakes game and technology is leading the charge. We’re excited to be a part of a growing industry that embraces technology early on.

At Hemp Batch Tracker we’re here to be an advocate for the farmer and a voice of reason for the legislation. Our goal is to help everyone win with hemp.

Hemp Batch Tracker

Welcome to the Hemp Batch Tracker website! We’ve been busy working on the solution itself. “The cobblers children have no shoes” goes the saying. And its somewhat true here.

We’re excited to be gaining so much momentum through presentations and events, even without this website. Now that we have it we’ll be better equipped to get the word out and let everyone see what we’ve been working on!

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to helping a growing industry (pun intended) get ahead of regulations for long term success!

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