Recently our U.S. government hinted that they may purchase the Ukraine’s hemp seed to bolster their economy. Ukraine, the world’s fourth-largest producer of hemp seed, is seeking aid from the International Monetary Fund, for its battered economy.
Our own USDA headed by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, said in a interview: We are now involved in trying to figure out ways in which we might be able to use the ihemp seeds produced in the Food basket of the Ukraine’s farm land. This past year Ukraine produced 900 metric tons of hemp on about 2,100 hectares (5,200 acres).
At one time in history, Russia produced the best hemp for fiber and seeds. At present the Russian government is trying to take Ukraine back into its grip hold of the old Soviet Union.
The thought of America buying Ukraine’s hemp seed is troubling to the Kremlin.
Russia is trying to cultivate hemp once again, after decades of absence, they want to keep these seeds from the Ukraine for themselves. (Please remember) that the War of 1812, was fought over hemp by the U.S., and by Napoleon at the same time titled Hemp War of 1812.
Putin will not let this happen, will direct his army to invade, because of unrest and turmoil, from Russians still living in the Eastern part of Ukraine.
As a iHemp specialist here in America, I am afraid we will venture into a qualm-are
Let me explain: Yes we need hemp seed in America to start planting, but we need infrastructure in place, before acquiring any hemp seed from any country.
- Are the seeds sterile or unsterile
- How old are these land race cultivars
- Have they been stored properly
- Will they even grow here in America
- At what price, do we as Americans pay for these seeds.
Just a few questions that needs to be addressed.
Hemp-Up America, but to what degree for our farmers to once again cultivate Russian Hemp Seed as we did in the 1850’s to 1950’s. “Please be careful in what you are about to embark upon.” The USDA needs professionals in acquiring any land race cultivars from the Ukraine or any other sources. We do need seeds, but not just any seeds.