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Lani Estill has built a good life and strong business around fine-wool sheep on the California-Nevada border. Far from a one-woman enterprise, running 3,000 Rambouillet sheep across a half-million acres of public and private lands involves Lani’s family and contract herders.
Lani Estill and Linda Poole...

Compostable molded pulp packaging products are becoming increasingly popular, but the recycled newspaper that has traditionally been used to make them is becoming less available. Oregon State University researchers explored whether apple pomace, the waste left when juice is extracted, could be used as the basis of a packaging material. The research also explored using other fruit and vegetable processing byproducts. The researchers concluded that fruit pomace could be a feasible source of fiber for packaging, and they also explored additives that would make the packaging more water-resistant while still being compostable....

This video is the fourth and final webinar in NCAT's four-part hemp webinar series featuring the nation's leading hemp experts and focusing on hemp production and cultivation on the West Coast. This webinar focuses on current and future federal hemp regulation, testing and compliance, plant breeding and seed certification, California and Oregon's current regulatory climate, how to obtain licenses, and hemp crop insurance options. Our panel of experts includes: Mike Lewis, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT at the Northeast Regional Office; Jody McGinness, the Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association; Courtney Moran, LL.M, founding principal of EARTH Law, LLC;...

This webinar is the third in NCAT's West Coast Hemp webinar series. It focuses on hemp harvesting, processing, and marketing on the West Coast. In this webinar we discuss harvesting how-to for CBD, grain, and fiber; processing how-to for CBD, grain, and fiber; harvesting and processing equipment and infrastructure; compliance and quality standards testing; market trends, market forces, and market risks; how to succeed in a competitive market; and finding and navigating contracts. Our expert speakers include Rob Porcella of Pacific Hemp Consulting; Ryan Loflin of Rocky Mountain Hemp; Andrew Bish of Hemp Harvest Works; Tom Dermody of Artis Cannabis Exchange;...