The Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast

Telling stories of the innovators and pioneers creating businesses in hemp in the U.S.

Episode 038 Bob and Alex Escher - Escher Design

November 12th, 2019

This week on the Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast we check in with a former guest, Chris Fontes of Hemp Exchange to see what hemp products are selling for this Fall, what's popular and how the new USDA program may affect farmers and businesses in the next growing season.

Our featured guests, Alex and Bob Escher run Escher Design and Hemp Hollow, an architecture and consulting firm focused on hemp as a building material.  Bob is the president of the newly formed U.S. Hemp Building Association, an organization that wants to bring hemp building materials mainstream.  


Episode 037 Ana Konopitskaya & Chris Hertz - Design Philadelphia

October 27th, 2019

We hosted two panels a few weeks ago at Design Philadelphia, an annual festival celebrating design and architecture in the City of Brotherly Love.  It was our first live podcast and it was fun with a lot of audience participation.  Our first panel was focused on hempcrete as a building system.  We had Chris Hertz of Limeworks, a restoration specialist, hemp lime guru, and previous guest on our podcast and Ana Konopitskaya of Coexist Build, an architect with a vision to create and incorporate healthy building materials into the built environment to disrupt the construction industry.  Please like, share and subscribe to the Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast and follow us on instagram @hempentrepreneurpodcast.

Episode 036 Sarah Yetman - Sovereignport

October 17th, 2019

Do you need to ship CBD biomass or any cannabis product overseas or into the U.S. and don't know where to start?  This week we have a conversation with logistics and supply chain expert in the hemp space and CEO of Sovereignport a company that can make sure your delivery reaches its destination.  We discuss foreign trade zones and why they're important, import tax and much much more.  Please like, share and subscribe to the Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast and follow us on instagram @hempentrepreneurpodcast.


Episode 035 Big Mike - Advanced Nutrients

October 14th, 2019

This week we have a conversation with Big Mike, CEO of Advanced Nutrients a leading company dedicated to making sure plants get what they need.  Over the course of 30 years he's propelled his company into the 100 million mark and expects continued growth especially through his new product line Advanced Hemp.  He has some great insight and lessons for all entrepreneurs out there so please like, share and subscribe to the Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast.


Episode 034 Anthony Sullivan & Dave Christian - MontKush

October 3rd, 2019

This week we have a conversation with Anthony Sullivan and Dave Christian of MontKush in Vermont.  Both Anthony's name and his story should be familiar, "Hi, Anthony Sullivan here for Oxyclean,".  Yes, the Oxiclean guy is a hemp farmer along with his lifelong friend and fellow farmer Dave.

Anthony and Dave are a not-so-odd couple that teamed up first for a televised extreme race in the early 2000's.  Since then, Anthony's daughter had begun to suffer from daily seizures so severe that doctors prescribed a notorious and powerful sedative for which the side effects were often as devastating as the seizures.  If this story sounds familiar, it is because of the countless children across the nation who have been suffering from daily seizures and found miraculous relief from CBD.

These stories were powerful enough to sway the tide of public opinion in favor of rescheduling industrial hemp away from its psychoactive cousin.  It was a revelation powerful enough to convince Anthony that, if ever there were a product deserving of elevation via his skillset, that high CBD hemp was that product.  

Tune in to hear about Anthony and Dave's experience on their farm as new farmers in a small community where local self reliance is a necessity and not a luxury.  Please continue to like, share and subscribe to the Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast. We look forward to bringing you more inspiration and motivation from guests like this, and ask that you continue to let us know who is making a splash in the industrial hemp space.



Episode 033 Michael Townsend - Hemptown USA

September 27th, 2019

Biomass, top flower, CBG and many more hemp raw material is coming to market.  It's harvest time and that means everyone needs to have a plan.  This week we have a conversation with Michael Townsend of Hemptown USA, a large producer of hemp operating in 3 states.  They have over 1000 acres of hemp in the ground and ready for harvest.  It's an elaborate operation that's been well thought out.  So tune in this week to find out out more.  Please like, share and subscribe to the Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast to find out more!


Episode 032 Brad Wenger - New Holland

September 19th, 2019

Every crop is different so constant adjustments need to be made to equipment for a smooth harvest.  New Holland Agriculture has been making farm equipment for 125 years so we decided to see what their experience has been harvesting hemp this year and had an opportunity to do so while they were harvesting a tall hemp and kenaf crop.  Please like, share and subscribe to the Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast to find out more!


Episode 031 Shawna Koch - IEC Thermo

September 12th, 2019

When you think of hemp you may not think of industrial dryers, but they're a key part of hemp production.  Many people hang dry their crop, but as scalability becomes an important edge industrial dryers are the only option.  They dry fast and effectively.  Dryers are used for a wide range of crops, but one company has made a line of dryers specifically for hemp.  This week we have a conversation with Shawna Koch of IEC Thermo to learn more.  Please like, share and subscribe to The Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast to hear more stories about the innovators and pioneers creating businesses in hemp.


Episode 030 Landin Butterfield - Swan Lake Farms

September 6th, 2019

It’s harvest season and it’s important to have a plan of action so this week we sit down with Landin Butterfield of Swan Lake Farms who’s been farming cannabis and hemp for the last 20 years.  He’s growing for flower and biomass this year - two completely different approaches come harvest season.  We discuss what he's learned and what his three pillars of success are for a productive crop.  



Episode 029 Mattie Mead - Hempitecture

August 26th, 2019

Do you hempcrete?  This week we have a conversation with Mattie Mead of Hempitecture.  He's a key figure in the American hempcrete culture and has been involved in some very exciting hempcrete projects over the last 5 years.  He's organized the first U.S. Hemp Building Summit in Ketchum, Idaho that is bringing together some of the legendary figures from Europe for later this Fall as a platform to learn and exchange.  We discuss all of that and more!

Please like, share, and subscribe to The Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast!  We love to hear back from our listeners about innovators in the industrial hemp space who are making a splash!