Hemp Feed Coalition (HFC) a 501(c)(3) dedicated to obtaining federal approval for the use of hemp grain products in animal feed, is pleased to announce a landmark achievement with the tentative approval of Hemp Seed Meal (HSM) for Laying Hens at the recent Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Mid-Year Meeting. With the FDA-Center for Veterinary Medicine’s (FDA-CVM’s) recommendation for approval, the Ingredient Definition Committee approved the HSM tentative definition on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, with no opposition. This will go before AAFCO’s Board and members for final approval, and then be adopted into the Official Publication later this year. This historic milestone has been more than three years in the making and will allow processors to formulate with HSM in the diets of laying hens as a source of protein and fat at an inclusion of no more than 20%. To see the ingredient definition in its entirety, please visit hempfeedcoalition.org/applications. This hemp grain derivative is a highly nutritious ingredient with a wide range of essential vitamins, minerals, healthy oils, and a complete protein profile. Research confirms the nutrition profile and functionality of hemp feed resemble that of soy and canola while alleviating concerns about its suitability as an ingredient. Evidence also shows increased value over typical feed sources, with significant improvement in egg quality as HSM concentration increases in the hen’s diet. Notably, hemp-fed hens lay eggs enriched with essential fatty acids such as ALA, DHA, and GLA, and increased amounts of Lutein which are known promotors [...]
January 9, 2024 New West Genetics (NWG) hemp hybrids; NWG10 and NWG12, have been approved by the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies’ (AOSCA) Hemp Variety Review Board as qualified for Certified seed status. "This is the first approval of industrial hemp hybrids made using a genetic system, to be recognized by the AOSCA Variety Review Board. Previous hemp hybrids accepted by AOSCA were created through chemically feminized seed to serve the CBD flower market. In contrast, AMPLIFY hybrids can be made at commercial scale, realized through a patent-pending trait; a genetic gender skew defined by an average ratio of 90% female plants and 10% male plants in a population, rather than the average 50/50 mix found in industrial hemp varieties. The high proportion of female plants along with hybrid vigor leads to drastic increases in yield that will fundamentally change the economics of industrial hemp grain production for growers and processors. NWG is using the knowledge gained over the past 100 years of hybrid crop improvement to accelerate our breeding program.“ reports NWG Chief Technology Officer Rich Fletcher. NWG AMPLIFY’s non-chemical, non-GMO technology combines genetic traits, hybrid vigor, and skewed female populations to enable hemp grain to reach and even exceed the yields of crops like soybeans and canola while offering the same protein levels, and a higher quality and quantity of oil. This jump in vigor, yield, and reliability is revolutionizing the economics of hemp production, paving the way to greatly scale hemp's application for food, feed, and sustainable fuel markets. Because AMPLIFY [...]
Support the US Hemp Industry; Source US produced genetics. New West Genetics develops US-adapted high-yielding certified hemp seed for various markets. Our varieties are bred for scaled production systems and possess traits that improve ROI for farmers and processors. As the hemp industry grows, processors and producers are looking for ways to improve yields and reduce the risk of crop failure. Investing in US-bred hemp genetics is one of the most effective ways to achieve these goals. Adapted genetics offer several benefits, including improved germination, uniform emergence, early season vigor, high harvest index, and high yield potential. In addition to being selected and bred in the US, New West Genetics produces Certified seed that meets AOSCA’s standards for purity and germination. In addition to our internal seed production, NWG works with experienced US seed producers to maintain high-quality seed lots. Seed is always thoroughly cleaned, conditioned, and third-party tested to verify seed lots meet quality standards. High germination is especially important for processors and producers looking to maximize their yields and improve ROI. Producers that source and plant US-bred hemp genetics also benefit from early-season establishment and vigor. NWG selects for hail, pest, disease resistance, and other adverse environmental conditions. We also have selected for early canopy establishment to help out-compete the weeds. This can be especially important for processors and producers susceptible to early season environmental pressure - NWG is dedicated to seeing every crop off to a strong start to reduce customer risk. These [...]
The Genotype x Environment x Management Symposium at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL invites NWG CSO, Dr. John McKay to present his research on cropping systems root genetics and drought and carbon adaptation. Event Information: https://hos.ifas.ufl.edu/advertisement/gxexmsymposiumII/
Hemp agronomy isn’t completely simple, magical, or inordinately complex. It combines research, trial and error, and farmer know-how: experience, familiarity with conditions, and regional differences. NWG promises its customers to share what we’ve learned over the past ten years and to tell you when we don’t know the answer, which happens. In these cases, we do our best to collaborate with customers to come up with the best solutions. We are there every step of the way. Over the years, we found that newer producers utilizing our agronomic support program see improved weed control, strong stands, ease of harvest, and higher yields than those without. New West Genetics’ pre-season webinars help producers get off on the right foot, and in-season phone and video support keep things running smoothly. We provide in-person field visits and a producer web portal with production resources at your fingertips for qualified orders*. We are vested in your success! “Daniel was the 2nd person from the NWG team that reached out when we started growing hemp. He’s been there for us every step of the way. Whether it’s agronomy advice, seed depth, plant population, harvest advice, and taking phone calls throughout the season, both years we grew hemp, he came out to look at the crop and advise on improvements. His knowledge, along with his passion for growing hemp, makes life as a grower easier and stress-free!” - NWG Hemp Producer Trust NWG for US bred [...]
🔬🌱Hemp Research Alert 🧪🧬 A consortium of scientists at Cornell University and Colorado State University, including NWG CSO Dr. John McKay, study the interactions of cannabinoids and chewing herbivores. The paper Cannabinoids Function in Defense Against Chewing Herbivores in Cannabis sativa L. in the Journal Horticulture Research finds, “On detached leaves, Trichoplusia ni (cabbage looper) larvae consumed less leaf area and grew less when feeding on leaves with greater concentrations of cannabinoids.” This groundbreaking research shows the agronomic value of cannabinoids produced by hemp plants. It also offers detailed genetic outlines of the pathways for cannabinoid production, exhibiting the clear role genetics play in THC production and CBD production. Access the paper here: https://doi.org/10.1093/hr/uhad207 Research like this is vital to the growth and development of the industry. We want to thank the researchers (the Smart, Moore, Wang, and Rose labs), Cornell AgriTech, Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station campus area farms, Colorado State University, and New York State Department of Agriculture - Empire State Development Grant AC477 for contributing to industry-advancing research.
Seed production harvest is complete, and we couldn’t have asked for better conditions. The NWG agronomy team Daniel Willis, Jack Mangels, and Rich Fletcher swathed and combined our NWG AMPLIFY™ hybrid seed production field, the CSU ARDEC variety trial plots, and our NWG 4113 seed production field. Seed harvest is a fine art of achieving optimum seed maturity and ease of threshing, while minimizing shatter. Swathing helps to dry down material before harvest -improving threshing and maximizing seed quality. Once the seed has dried down to less than 20% moisture, we combine the windrows. Thanks to good breeding for stalk diameter and uniformity these stands cut very well.
NWG offers its best pricing in the form of early season discounts for qualified orders*. Monthly discounts start in September. This is your opportunity to get premium, US bred, certified seed for a fraction of the price. Available varieties in the ABOUND multi-purpose family include NWG 2463, NWG 4113, and NWG 2730. Agronomy support included with qualifying orders of NWG’s US bred, certified seed. For Seed Sales contact email@example.com or 800-970-1615 Success starts at the seed. *Qualified orders are 40 acres or more
New West Genetics CSO, Dr. John Mckay attends the University of Kentucky Hemp Education Sessions & Field Day on Tuesday September 12th in Lexington, KY. NWG AMPLIFY™ hybrids are on display at UK along with other hemp varieties. Dr. McKay will talk with attendees about our current commercial varieties from the NWG ABOUND® family, and more on our soon-to-be released family of hybrids with the AMPLIFY™ trait. A morning Grain Series sponsored by Victory Hemp Foods occurs from 8:30AM to 1PM (ET) followed by the afternoon Education Session from 1PM to 4:15PM. Field tours are from 4:30PM to 7:30PM. Special shout out to Victory Hemp and to Dr. Bob Pearce for all their hard work making this event happen.
Success starts at the seed. The New West Genetics agronomy team produces US bred ABOUND® and AMPLIFY™ seed in Northern Colorado. Seed production is challenging yet rewarding, and in-house seed production leads to improved quality and yields. Our NWG 4113 seed production field shows excellent uniformity, and our agronomists expect record yields. This fiber-forward variety offers outstanding performance in commercial fields across the US this summer. The NWG AMPLIFY seed production field is solid and on its way to an impressive harvest. Seed production can be painstaking, but close stewardship is worth it. We’re ready for these exceptional yields and quality seed! Trust NWG for US-adapted hemp seed varieties, top yields, and vigorous stands. For Seed Sales contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-970-1615