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Swiss, U.S. firms partner to bring new cultivars to Europe

Posted By: HempToday® June 19, 2020

U.S.-based High Grade Hemp Seed has partnered with Swiss Cannabinoid, Stabio, Switzerland, to bring High Grade’s entire catalog of CBD-rich hemp strains to Europe, the companies have announced.

High Grade said the move is the first step toward streamlining full international distribution, facilitating order processing and shortening shipping timelines within the continent. Most importantly, the partnership gives European customers access to previously difficult to obtain best-in-class hemp genetics from Longmont, Colorado-based High Grade.

All High Grade Hemp Seed strains are now available for sale as seeds in Europe.

Established partner

“Amidst the turmoil in import/export regulations and the ever-changing political landscape, having an established neighbor in a growing European market helps pave an easier path for the hemp farmer,” said Mike Leago, COO at High Grade. “This expansion will encourage European hemp cultivators to try new varietals, better diversify their crops, and increase profitability.“

High Grade Hemp Seed and Swiss Cannabinoid started collaboration earlier this year by paving the way for CBG production in the U.S. with the release of Matterhorn CBG, a new strain.

Considered by many in the industry to be the leading edge in hemp compounds, CBG (cannabigerol), like THC and CBD, is one of 120 cannabinoids found in cannabis. While stakeholders have long been focused on developing THC and CBD, researchers and hemp breeders are now teaming up to better understand CBG, and developing CBG-rich cultivars. The compound is known as the “mother” or “OG” cannabinoid, due to the fact that it is the precursor to all other cannabinoids.

Synergies

The companies said the European distribution agreement builds on the successful collaboration on Matterhorn.

“After kick-starting a highly synergistic relationship with the High Grade team on Matterhorn, becoming their European distribution partners was a natural progression,” said Swiss Cannabinoid founder Matthias Ghidossi, a long-time veteran on the European hemp scene. “This fresh infusion of hemp cultivars into the European market will be a great benefit to farmers across the EU,” he said.

Swiss Cannabinoid pioneered R&D of new genetics of Cannabis Sativa l. The company has played a pivotal role in the development of a new strain with low THC content, and collaborates with pharmaceutical companies and key players in the cannabis industry in North America and Eastern Europe.

Complex process

Isaac Cohen, CFO at High Grade, said it was a “huge endeavor” to establish European distribution in time for the 2020 planting. The company had to navigate regulatory hurdles, and sort out complex distribution and fulfillment issues as well as customer service considerations in building a robust system to deliver the company’s hemp cultivars to farmers throughout Europe.

High Grade, which has been a leader in the reintroduction of industrial hemp to the global supply chain, also said it is pushing R&D with 20 new terpene crosses and genetics focused on high-potential minor cannabinoids.

HGH seeds can be ordered through Swiss Cannabinoid, which is processing orders the day they are received, and estimates 2-3 days for delivery.

The partnership gives European customers access to previously difficult to obtain best-in-class hemp genetics from Longmont, Colorado-based High Grade.

High grade hemp seed now available

Grow an in-demand, sustainable crop that yields incredible profits

PUBLISHED ON June 16, 2019

LONGMONT, Colo. — As more states approve hemp as an agricultural crop, farmers have a phenomenal opportunity to grow an in-demand, sustainable crop that yields incredible profits, according to Bodhi Urban, owner of High Grade Hemp Seed Inc. (HGH), which has a new inventory of certified seeds available for distribution in hemp-friendly states across the U.S.

“Whether you’re a small farmer or a large-scale farmer growing crops like corn and soybeans, you’re in a position to start making money again if you start with the right hemp seed,” said Urban, a farmer and seed and genetics specialist who founded HGH Seed in Longmont, Colo., named America’s First Certified Hemp Farm in 2014 and widely regarded as the leader in the CBD seed industry.

For example, “farmers who currently are putting in long days to grow corn, soybeans or alfalfa fall somewhere between breaking even or, if they’re lucky, clearing $400 per acre,” said Urban. “They could see a profit of $20,000 to $50,000 an acre with high quality hemp genetics.”

Currently the industry faces a shortage of reputable genetics, “so farmer beware,” said Urban, who points to a $21 million lawsuit in Oregon over seeds that didn’t perform as advertised. The key to a successful crop is seed that delivers high quality, consistent plants that meet government standards.

While some hemp seed suppliers promise a 70 to 75 percent germination rate, HGH customers are reporting a 98 percent germination rate, according to Urban, who said HGH puts its seeds through extensive trials to assure the best plants.

“We’ve been able to achieve consistency with all of our seed varieties through the expertise of our team and by working closely with the Colorado State University (CSU) Seed Laboratory and other lab partners that go above and beyond national requirements to ensure the most consistent and purest genetics,” he said. HGH provides a consistent supply of seeds as well because of its skilled farming partners across the U.S.

“Holding ourselves to the highest standards and delivering on our promises is important to us as we work with farmers across the country so they can continue doing what they love – planting, growing and harvesting sustainable crops that provide value to consumers and making a decent living to provide for their families.”

Ensuring a quality crop is important, but finding markets is critical and there’s no shortage.

While some hemp farms focus on the production of cannabidiol (CBD) for oils, health and wellness products, beverages and food, others produce industrial hemp that can be used for making everything from biodegradable plastic and construction materials like siding and drywall to paper, soap and clothing.

“Our team not only offers assistance with cultivation, propagation, testing, quality control and harvesting, but we work with farmers to find end users so they know their harvest is going into some really great products,” said Urban. HGH partners with CBD seed distributors Seed2System and iHempX, regarded as leaders in the U.S. hemp industry.

It’s an exploding market and Urban encourages farmers who are interested in learning more to reach out.

“The benefit of working with HGH Seed is that we get it. We are farmers,” he said. “We know you don’t have hours to spend every day learning all of the intricacies that growing requires, so we’ve done that for you. We simplify the process by providing a roadmap from cultivation to the final product.”

For more information contact HGH at (833) 867-7333 or [email protected]

HGH Seed Inc., located in Longmont, Colorado, is dedicated to producing the highest quality farm-proven hemp genetics. The HGH team prides itself on the best ecological practices with a focus on air and sustainable partnerships with farmers and researchers. HGH sees its work in the hemp industry as an opportunity to create positive changes in the world and is humbled to be a part of a community full of talented farmers, scientists, geneticists and more.

High grade hemp seed now available Grow an in-demand, sustainable crop that yields incredible profits PUBLISHED ON June 16, 2019 LONGMONT, Colo. — As more states approve hemp as an