Dallas-based Delta Agriculture, formerly Delta Ag Partners, has launched a rebrand in tandem with the unveiling of its new hemp fiber line. The company’s brand shift signals its transition from production of primarily hemp flower to production and processing of raw industrial hemp. The mission of Delta Agriculture is to pave the path to a carbon-negative economy by harnessing the power of the soil-friendly, air-friendly, renewable hemp plant.
Hemp, a member of the cannabis family, is legally defined as having no more than 0.3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
Hemp is a crop whose suppressed history is intertwined with the founding of America. The sails upon which early colonists sailed to the “New World” were made of hemp. In 1619, the Virginia Assembly passed legislation requiring all farmers to grow a plot of hemp, as it was a vital source of fiber for ropes and canvas. The ground upon which the Pentagon sits was used for farming hemp for government research in the early 20th century.
Finally, after generations of prohibition and the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is once again recognized as an agricultural commodity. Texas farmers can now farm this miraculous crop, but, of course, not without heavy regulation.
Hemp is a plant that not only sequesters significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere but can be used as food, fiber, and fuel. The potentials of this incredible plant are seemingly endless. Every industrial sector has a use case for hemp or a hemp derivative. Anything as simple as the clothes you wear, the paper you write on, to the walls and insulation of your home, and one day soon, the battery in your electric vehicle.
Delta Agriculture wants to ensure “America’s trajectory towards a carbon-negative future,” and their transition to being the nation’s largest industrial producer and processor of raw hemp proves their momentum towards that goal.
Delta Agriculture operates on more than five thousand acres of farmland across West Texas, Colorado, and Kentucky. Ten thousand acres are planned to be planted this year, and they plan to scale to more than twenty-five thousand acres in 2022.
“Delta Ag is currently the nation’s top supplier of hemp, scaling at pace to eventually produce enough raw goods to be a sustainable alternative to petroleum-derived plastics, tree-based papers, and other non-renewable products that currently contribute to global pollution and waste… Delta Ag is harnessing the power of the hemp plant to make a carbon-negative future possible right here at home and one day, globally.” – George Overby, CEO of Delta Agriculture.