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The University of Saskatchewan is a Canadian public research university, founded in 1907, and located on the east side of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. An "Act to establish and incorporate a University for the Province of Saskatchewan" was passed by the provincial legislature in 1907. It established the provincial university on April 3, 1907 "for the purpose of providing facilities for higher education in all its branches and enabling all persons without regard to race, creed or religion to take the fullest advantage". The University of Saskatchewan is now the largest education institution in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.The university began as an agricultural college in 1907 and established the first Canadian university-based department of extension in 1910. 300 acres were set aside for university buildings and 1,000 acres for the U of S farm, and agricultural fields. In total 10.32 km2 was annexed for the university. The main University campus is situated upon 2,425 acres , with another 500 acres allocated for Innovation Place Research Park. The University of Saskatchewan agriculture college still has access to neighbouring urban research lands. The University of Saskatchewan's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization facility, develops DNA-enhanced immunization vaccines for both humans and animals.Since its origins as an agricultural college, research has played an important role at the university. Discoveries made at the U of S include sulphate-resistant cement and the cobalt-60 cancer therapy unit. The university offers over 200 academic programs. Duncan P. McColl was appointed as the first registrar, establishing the first convocation from which Chief Justice Edward L. Wetmore was elected as the first chancellor. Walter Charles Murray became the first president of the university's board of governors. Wikipedia.


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Joseph "Joe" J. Dierker, Q.C., Counsel, McDougall Gauley LLP, has joined The Expert Network©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Mr. Dierker has been chosen as a Distinguished Lawyer™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career. Mr. Dierker outshines others in his field due to his extensive educational background, numerous awards and recognitions, and career longevity. With his sights set on a career in law, Joe continued at the University of Saskatchewan to obtain his Juris Doctor in 1960, commencing employment at McDougall Gauley thereafter. He was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1961 and continued as part of the McDougall Gauley legal team. In 1976, he earned a Certificate in Corporate Finance from Harvard Business School with an eye toward expanding his knowledge of finance to better serve his clientele. With over 50 years dedicated to law, Mr. Dierker brings a wealth of knowledge to his industry and, in particular, to his areas of specialization, corporate, commercial, financial, and legislative issues faced by financial institutions. When asked about his decision to pursue a career in law, Mr. Dierker said: "I had a feeling that in order to accomplish a full life, I had to know how to deal with the rapidly changing economic and social structures and their diverse impact on people, so I continued with my pursuit of my undergraduate courses and then ultimately in law, to follow that concern and care." Throughout his career, Joe has been highly involved in the drafting of credit union focused financial institutional legislation for both the government of Canada and the province of Saskatchewan, including the recent laws permitting credit unions to become part of the national Canadian banking structure. As well, he has advised on the establishment of numerous financial institutions and structuring their operations to meet prudential and regulatory needs. Today, he dedicates a significant portion of his practice to helping financial enterprises restructure or consolidate as well as advising them on major financial arrangements. Joe continues to advise clients on regulatory laws for Canadian and international credit unions. Over the years, he has become known as the “Godfather” of the Credit Union System, an organization that honored him with the Hall of Fame Award in 2013 for five decades of excellent work. Additionally, Joe participated in the design and incorporation of First Nations Bank of Canada, the first Canadian bank owned by First Nation communities that is focused on the unique financial service needs and priorities of these communities. Joe has worked extensively on the development of laws for, and the structuring of Canadian and international co-operative entities, that provide a wide range of operations and services. He has participated significantly in the development and implementation of Canadian tax laws for credit unions and co-operatives. 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He has paid particular attention to the safe operations of these entities to ensure prompt and safe clearing and settlement of cheques and other financial instruments, both domestically and internationally. He continues to work with credit union regulatory bodies, both in the oversight of the taking of deposits and the assurance to depositors against any possible failure of the financial institution. Outside of his legal career, Joe has been an active participant in serving his community. He is an active member of his local Rotary Club and through it, is involved in providing assistance, particularly educational and health assistance, to both local and international communities. As an example, his local Rotary Club built a school in Haiti after the disastrous 2010 earthquake. Joe is an active participant in his faith community and provides many hours of singing support, including to senior and handicapped residences. Joe’s children and grandchildren are working and attending college in widely dispersed areas of the world. An important part of his family function is to provide “cookie care packages” that he personally makes, to them, around the world. For more information, visit Mr. Dierker's profile on The Expert Network© here: https://expertnetwork.co/members/joseph-%22joe%22-j-dierker,-qc/1301b0912cba6cc9 The Expert Network© has written this news release with approval and/or contributions from Joseph "Joe" J. Dierker. The Expert Network© is an invitation-only reputation management service that is dedicated to helping professionals stand out, network, and gain a competitive edge. 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VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / April 18, 2017 / Cornerstone Metals Inc. (TSXV: CCC) ("Cornerstone" or the "Company") announces the appointment of Michael Mracek, P.Eng., to its Advisory Board, effective immediately. Mr. Mracek is a professional mining engineer registered in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in 1970, he spent his summers working underground at Eldorado, United Keno Hill, and Placer's Craigmont sublevel caving operation. He moved to Thompson, Manitoba in 1970, where he spent 10 years with Inco, learning his craft from the bottom up. In the 1980's, he moved on to Dickenson, Amok Cluff Mining, and Terra Mines, becoming a Chief Engineer, Mine Superintendent, and finally, Mine Manager. In 1990, he moved to Timmins, where he spent 5 years for Royal Oak as General Manager at several mines including: Pamour, Hope Brook, and Colomac. Commencing in 1996, spent 11 years overseas where he worked in Ghana, Armenia, and Tanzania for Ashanti Goldfields, Sterlite Gold, and Barrick Gold in various capacities, including VP and General Manager. He returned to Canada as Chief Operating Officer for Tournigan Gold before returning to Ghana as VP and General Manager of Golden Star's Wassa operation. Since 2011, he has provided consulting services through Mracek Consulting, working for major consulting firms, including SRK and SNC-Lavalin, advising on various studies, including feasibility studies. The Company is pleased to have Mr. Mracek join the group. Over the past 6 months, the Company has taken significant steps to strengthen its Boards of Directors and Advisors with the addition of experienced, highly regarded professionals in their respective fields of expertise. Collectively, the Company now has the advantage of a deep and broad skill set ranging from financing, to mineral exploration, to mine development, construction and operations, including mining and processing - a unique attribute compared to many of its peers. Cornerstone's objective is to advance exploration/development stage copper and precious metals properties to production in the Americas. The Company's Management and Board Core Competence is in exploration, permitting, development, construction, and operation of mining projects. Cornerstone owns 100% (subject to 1.5% NSR) of the West Jerome property, near Jerome, Arizona, on the west side of Freeport McMoRan patented lands. The property, in a Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide camp, is a high-grade, massive sulfide target located 2.4 km south of the past-producing United Verde (32 million tons grading 4.4% copper, 1.5 oz/t silver and 0.04 oz/t gold). The West Jerome property has attractive untested drill targets. On Behalf Of Cornerstone Metals Inc. For further information, please contact: Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


CALGARY, ALBERTA / ACCESSWIRE / May 4, 2017 / Daniel Gundersen and Kingsway Financial Services Inc. ("Kingsway" and, together with Daniel Gundersen, the "Concerned Shareholders") have concerns about the future of Eagle Energy Inc. (TSX: EGL) (OTC PINK: EGRGF) ("Eagle" or the "Company"). In late 2015, Mr. Gundersen negotiated the sale of Maple Leaf Royalties Corp. ("Maple Leaf") to Eagle. He was the CEO of Maple Leaf at the time. In that transaction, Maple Leaf shareholders received 7,141,815 common shares of Eagle, which represents 16.7% of the outstanding shares. The Concerned Shareholders currently exercise control or direction of 1,631,254 common shares of Eagle, representing 3.8% of the outstanding shares. On March 13, 2017, Eagle announced a new plan that included increased debt, suspension of its dividend and an expensive and onerous term loan. This announcement forced the Concerned Shareholders to respond. The Concerned Shareholders have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Company's plan and recommended changes that would be in the best interests of shareholders. Their requests were rejected. The Concerned Shareholders believe that the Company is in immediate need of a stronger leadership team. Therefore, the Concerned Shareholders have submitted notice to Eagle that it will nominate four new independent directors for election at the upcoming Annual General Meeting to be held on June 14, 2017 (the "Meeting"). Need for Change at Eagle The Concerned Shareholders have developed a business plan to address Eagle's current problems and maximize value for shareholders. 1. Replace the Board of Directors - A change of direction is required. We have nominated four highly-qualified and talented individuals for election. 2. Reduce Overhead - Immediate steps will be taken to reduce the cost structure of the business. 3. Sell Assets - The most logical and lowest-risk source of capital for Eagle is to sell assets. 4. Reduce Debt - Proceeds from asset sales will be used to reduce debt. By reducing debt, we will lower the risk profile of the company, and also decrease interest payment costs. 5. Maximize Value of Remaining Assets - Sale of assets will make Eagle a much simpler entity that would be more attractive to prospective buyers. The Concerned Shareholders intend to file and disseminate an information circular in due course in order to permit shareholders of Eagle to make an informed decision in advance of the upcoming Meeting. Replacing the current board of Eagle with four independent, aligned and highly qualified business professionals offers shareholders a great opportunity from this point forward. The Concerned Shareholders have the people and a plan to minimize shareholder risk and maximize shareholder value. The proposed nominees of the Concerned Shareholders (the "Nominees") are as follows: Mr. Gundersen has over 20 years of direct oil and gas industry experience. Since February 2016, Mr. Gundersen has been an independent businessman managing oil and gas assets and providing consulting services to industry. From November 2014 to January 2016, he was CEO and director of Maple Leaf Royalties Corp., a TSX-V listed oil and gas royalties company. From October 2013 to October 2014, he was an independent businessman with active oil and gas interests and also providing consulting services to various industry clients. From January 2011 to September 2013, he was Vice President, Energy Finance for Sandstorm Metals and Energy Ltd., a TSX-V listed commodities streaming company where $33 million was deployed into oil and gas streaming transactions. From 2008 to 2010, he was the Vice President, Engineering for DeeThree Exploration Ltd., a TSX listed oil and gas exploration and production company. He was Vice President, Engineering at Dual Exploration Inc., a TSX listed oil and gas exploration and production company from 2005 until the company's sale in 2006. He also held management roles with Cyries Energy Inc., a TSX listed oil and gas exploration and production company, from 2007 to 2008, and Devlan Exploration Inc., a TSX listed oil and gas exploration and production company, from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Gundersen is a professional engineer, a member of APEGA, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. Mr. Fong has had a 23 year career in the area of investments, financial and business analysis and public markets. From 2012 up to September 2016, he was the Director of Equity Capital Markets and Compliance & Disclosure for the TSX Venture Exchange in western Canada. During this period, Mr. Fong was responsible for the strategic direction of the public venture markets and all aspects of operations for the TSX Venture Exchange in western Canada, while at all times ensuring and protecting the integrity of the venture capital markets. Prior to this, Mr. Fong worked for and represented various independent investment dealer firms as the senior regional executive and business leader overseeing retail brokerage, public venture capital investment banking and compliance functions. Mr. Fong is a graduate of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta and is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Mr. Gilewicz has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Journey Energy Inc. since September of 2012. Previously, Mr. Gilewicz served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at Vero Energy Inc. from November 2005 to August 2012. Previous to that, Mr. Gilewicz served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Devlan Exploration Inc. and its spinoff company, Dual Exploration Inc., from September 1999 to November 2005. Prior to this, Mr. Gilewicz served as a Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Gilewicz has served as a director of several publicly traded oil and gas and service companies and has also been the chair of the Finance Committee for the Exploration and Producers Association of Canada. Mr. Gilewicz is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Mr. Porter has over 35 years of diverse oil and gas experience which began with field operations and progressed to senior levels of management. An independent businessman, he has served as a board member for a number of public and private corporations in both the service and producing sectors of the oil and gas industry. Currently he serves on the board of Granite Oil Corp. (formerly DeeThree Exploration Ltd.) and Return Energy Inc. (formerly DualEx Energy International Inc.) Prior to founding DeeThree in January 2007, Bradley was Executive Vice President, COO, and Director of Dual Exploration from July 2005 to the sale of the company in December 2006. From 1996 to July 2005, he was Executive Vice President, COO, Director and Secretary of Devlan Exploration Inc. Prior to founding Devlan, he co-founded Bredal Energy Corp., a private oil and gas company. He served as President and a director of Bredal until its sale in October 2016. Mr. Gundersen has over 20 years of direct oil and gas industry experience. In late 2015, as CEO of Maple Leaf, he negotiated the sale of Maple Leaf to Eagle. Maple Leaf shareholders received 7,141,815 common shares of Eagle, which represents 16.7% of the Company. In October 2016, Mr Gundersen submitted an offer to Eagle to purchase certain Eagle assets. Eagle declined his offer. Kingsway is a holding company functioning as a merchant bank with a focus on long term value creation. The company owns or controls stakes in several insurance industry assets and utilizes its subsidiaries, 1347 Advisors LLC and 1347 Capital LLC, to pursue opportunities acting as an advisor, an investor and a financier. The common shares of Kingsway are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "KFS." The Nominees are Robert Fong, Gerald Gilewicz, Daniel Gundersen, and Bradley Porter. The table below sets out, in respect of each Nominee, his name, province or state and country of residence, his principal occupation, business or employment within the five preceding years, and the number of common shares of Eagle beneficially owned, or controlled or directed, directly or indirectly, by such Nominee. 1. Information set out in the table above has been provided by each Nominee. To the knowledge of the Concerned Shareholders, no Nominee is, at the date hereof, or has been, within ten (10) years before the date hereof: (a) a director, chief executive officer or chief financial officer of any company that (i) was subject to a cease trade order, an order similar to a cease trade order or an order that denied the relevant company access to any exemption under securities legislation that was in effect for a period of more than thirty (30) consecutive days (each, an "order"), in each case that was issued while the Nominee was acting in the capacity as director, chief executive officer or chief financial officer, or (ii) was subject to an order that was issued after the Concerned Shareholders Nominee ceased to be a director, chief executive officer or chief financial officer and which resulted from an event that occurred while that person was acting in the capacity as director, chief executive officer or chief financial officer; (b) a director or executive officer of any company that, while such Nominee was acting in that capacity, or within one (1) year of such Nominee ceasing to act in that capacity, became bankrupt, made a proposal under any legislation relating to bankruptcy or insolvency or was subject to or instituted any proceedings, arrangement or compromise with creditors or had a receiver, receiver manager or trustee appointed to hold its assets; or (c) someone who became bankrupt, made a proposal under any legislation relating to bankruptcy or insolvency, or became subject to or instituted any proceedings, arrangement or compromise with creditors, or had a receiver, receiver manager or trustee appointed to hold the assets of such Nominee. To the knowledge of the Concerned Shareholders, as at the date hereof, no Nominee has been subject to: (a) any penalties or sanctions imposed by a court relating to securities legislation, or by a securities regulatory authority, or has entered into a settlement agreement with a securities regulatory authority; or (b) any other penalties or sanctions imposed by a court or regulatory body that would likely be considered important to a reasonable security holder in deciding whether to vote for a Nominee. To the knowledge of the Concerned Shareholders, none of the Nominees, nor any associates or affiliates of the Nominees, has any material interest, direct or indirect, in any transaction since the commencement of Eagle's most recently completed financial year or in any proposed transaction which has materially affected or will materially affect Eagle or any of its subsidiaries. The information contained in this press release does not and is not meant to constitute a solicitation of a proxy within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Shareholders are not being asked at this time to execute a proxy in favour of the Nominees. In connection with the Meeting, the Concerned Shareholders intend to file a dissident information circular (the "Information Circular") in due course in compliance with applicable securities laws. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Concerned Shareholders are voluntarily providing the disclosure required under section 9.2(4) of National Instrument 51-102 - Continuous Disclosure Obligations in accordance with securities laws applicable to public broadcast solicitations. This press release and any solicitation made by the Concerned Shareholders in advance of the Meeting is, or will be, as applicable, made by the Concerned Shareholders, and not by or on behalf of the management of Eagle. All costs incurred for any solicitation will be borne by the Concerned Shareholders, provided that, subject to applicable law, the Concerned Shareholders may seek reimbursement from Eagle of the Concerned Shareholders' out-of-pocket expenses, including proxy solicitation expenses and legal fees, incurred in connection with a successful reconstitution of the Board. The Concerned Shareholders are not soliciting proxies in connection with the Meeting at this time, and shareholders are not being asked at this time to execute proxies in favour of Nominees. Any proxies solicited by the Concerned Shareholders will be solicited pursuant to the Information Circular sent to shareholders of Eagle after which solicitations may be made by or on behalf of the Concerned Shareholders, by mail, telephone, fax, email or other electronic means, and in person by directors, officers and employees of the Concerned Shareholders or its proxy advisor D.F. King or by the Nominees. Any proxies solicited by the Concerned Shareholders in connection with the Meeting may be revoked by instrument in writing by the shareholder giving the proxy or by its duly authorized officer or attorney, or in any other manner permitted by law and the articles of Eagle. Neither of the Concerned Shareholders or, to their knowledge, any of their associates or affiliates, has any material interest, direct or indirect, by way of beneficial ownership of securities or otherwise, in any matter proposed to be acted on at the Meeting, other than the election of directors to the Board. Barrel of Oil Equivalent: Where amounts are expressed on a barrel of oil equivalent ("boe") basis, natural gas volumes have been converted to boe at a ratio of 6,000 cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil equivalent. This conversion ratio is based upon an energy equivalent conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent value equivalence at the wellhead. Boe figures may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. Eagle's principal business office is 2710, 500 - 4th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2P 2V6. A copy of this press release may be obtained on Eagle's SEDAR profile at .


SPRING HOPE, NC--(Marketwired - Apr 26, 2017) - Hemp, Inc. ( : HEMP) executives are pleased to report on the progress of its industrial hemp processing facility in Spring Hope, North Carolina. According to David Schmitt, COO of Hemp, Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary, Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC, the mechanical installation of the bale shredder was completed last week. "This system starts with a very large metal detection system to insure that there are no metal objects in any of the bales of kenaf or hemp. If the metal detector senses anything metallic, it will shut the system down. This is a safety feature to insure no metal goes into the milling system." Schmitt continued, "Next, the bales go up an incline conveyor into the shredder. Here the material is reduced in size to a 1-inch particle. It is then carried on a conveyor into the first stage of the milling operation. We have now started to run conduit and wiring to all of the electric motors on the shredding system. I am anticipating about two weeks to complete the electrical work. The milling operation will then be able to run in a fully automatic mode and we will begin processing the 18 million pounds of kenaf we have in inventory. We have been running the milling operation in a manual mode to confirm operation of all of the motors, sensors, filters, rotary valves, etc. All of the machinery is working properly." The company is working to get their hemp seed into North Carolina so that the first hemp crop can be planted in the next few weeks. "Our Nuaxon super critical CO2 extraction machine is scheduled to be delivered next week. We must then build a GMP compliant building to house the extraction unit as well as all of the post processing equipment. Once this is done, we will begin installation and commissioning of the extraction machine to begin producing CBDs," said Schmitt. The industrial hemp industry is burgeoning into one of the fastest growing industries in America, along with its distinct counterpart, marijuana. The American attitude on marijuana usage has been undergoing a seismic shift over the past couple of years as more states are legalizing it and realizing the economic benefits of legalization. Like its conservative cousin (industrial hemp), marijuana is big business with potentially billions of dollars to be made. Small growers, advocates, and big businesses alike are battling it out with the American justice system to bring marijuana mainstream. Today, this massive growth curve and economic boom is for marijuana. Tomorrow, it will be for industrial hemp. While thousands of people have joined the lucrative marijuana business, only a handful are pioneering the industrial hemp industry. The following facts are indicators of what is to come for industrial hemp, putting Hemp, Inc. ( : HEMP) an easy 5 years ahead of the curve. It's been called "The Marijuana Revolution" and here are 25 interesting facts you may not have known: 1. The North American marijuana market posted $6.7 billion in revenue in 2016, up 30% from the year before. U.S. legal sales could reach $50 billion by 2026. (source) 2. Colorado has collected more than $150 million in taxes from legal marijuana sales, including nearly $50 million from a specific excise tax that directs funds to school construction projects. The first $40 million collected annually from the excise tax is earmarked for the school projects. (source) 3. Fifty-seven percent of Americans supported legalizing marijuana in 2016 compared to just 52 percent of the country in 2014. Support for legal cannabis has been steadily increasing among Americans since 2006 when it reached 35 percent. (source) 4. By 2020 it is estimated that country-wide legal marijuana sales will generate more annual revenue than the National Football League. (source) 5. Cannabis is the largest cash crop in the United States, exceeding corn and wheat combined. (source) 6. The first e-commerce transaction to take place on the Internet was the sale of cannabis. (source) 7. In Colorado, medical marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks locations three to one. (source) 8. A pot smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response. (source) 9. Research has found that Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC (the main active component of marijuana), has a growth-inhibiting effect on the cancer cells in liver. (source) 10. The word "canvas" is derived from the word "cannabis" because canvas used to be made from hemp fiber. The ropes, sails, and caulking of the Mayflower were all made from hemp fiber. (source) 11. Marijuana seeds are a source of all amino acids. They are one of only a handful of substances that man can sustain off indefinitely with no other food and provide all known amino acids. (source) Hemp seeds are an excellent 3:1 balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote cardiovascular health and are high in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential omega-6 fatty acid found in borage oil and egg yolks that has been proven to naturally balance hormones. (source) 12. The University of Mississippi operates the United States' only legal marijuana farm, on behalf of the government. (source) 13. The difference between hemp and pot is a single genetic switch. In 2011, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan announced that they'd discovered the genetic alteration that allows psychoactive cannabis plants (Cannabis sativa) to give users a high (as compared to industrial hemp plants, which are no fun for smoking). Industrial hemp plants are the same species as marijuana plants, but they don't produce a substance called tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). This is the precursor to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in pot. Hemp plants fail to produce this substance because they lack a gene that makes an enzyme to produce THCA, according to University of Saskatchewan biochemist Jon Page. In contrast, marijuana plants do produce THCA but don't create much of a substance called cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), which occurs in abundance in hemp but competes with THCA for raw materials. Thus, hemp is rich in nonpsychoactive CBDA, while marijuana is chock full of mind-bending THC. (source) 14. In 2016, researchers measured the levels of marijuana's active ingredient, THC, in more than 38,600 samples of street marijuana seized by the Drug Enforcement Agency over 20 years. They found that the levels of THC rose from about 4 percent in 1995 to about 12 percent in 2014. (source) 15. Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington grew hemp on their plantations. The British crown even ordered the colonists to grow the plant. (source) 16. Since 2015, marijuana has become the fastest growing industry in the U.S. If marijuana becomes legal in all 50 states, the industry will become larger than the organic food market. (source) 17. During the temperance movement of the 1890s, marijuana was commonly recommended as a substitute for alcohol. The reason for this was that use of marijuana did not lead to domestic violence while alcohol abuse did. (source) 18. Paraguay is believed to be the world's largest producer of marijuana. (source) 19. Twenty-three percent of people who visited Colorado in 2015 said the availability of marijuana positively influenced their decision to vacation in the state. (source) 20. Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, highway fatalities have hit a historic low. (source) 21. The first two drafts of the United States Declaration of Independence were written on paper made from hemp. (source) Bob Crumley, founder of Crumley-Roberts Attorneys at Law, FoundersHemp.com and the NC Industrial Hemp Association says the first 5 Presidents of the United States were all hemp farmers. (source) 22. The very first thing sold online was a bag of weed. It took place in 1971 at Stanford. Students used the Internet, then Arpanet, to make the transaction. (source) 23. Marijuana mimics your body chemistry. Marijuana's active ingredient, THC, is shaped very closely and acts similarly to anandamide, which your body naturally produces. It is part of the endocannabinoid system that plays a role in regulating mood, sleep, and appetite. (source) 24. Like people, animals with debilitating diseases can also get help from cannabis' medical properties. Veterinarians have reported improved health in cats and dogs who suffer from anxiety and seizures that have been prescribed medical marijuana products like Canna-Pet and other non-psychoactive cannabis-based tinctures. (source) 25. The Jamestown colony in 1619 passed legislation forcing settlers to grow cannabis. Hemp was a mainstream cash crop that was used to make rope, fabric and ship sails. It was literally against the law not to grow it. (source) Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc. ( : HEMP) said, "This migration from marijuana to hemp is prevalent everywhere I go. Most large hemp growers got their start by growing marijuana and just like us migrated from that sector into the new promising industrial hemp where the pioneers all have 'First Mover's Advantage'. I see this in every state I go to from California to Oregon to Nevada to Kentucky (but not North Carolina for some reason)." As the marijuana industry continues to find its place and settle in mainstream America, so will industrial hemp. Senate Bill 1726, that was filed with the Florida state senate last month, has been placed on the senate's Special Order Calendar for today. The bill authorizes the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to oversee the development of industrial hemp pilot projects for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and authorizes the universities to develop the pilot projects in partnership with public, nonprofit, and private entities. The legalization of industrial hemp has a strong possibility of passing. Today, Floridians are aware of the need to diversify their state's economy, thus Senate Bill 1726 and related House Bill 1217, have an excellent chance of passing. Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc. ( : HEMP), said, "It's time for hemp to make its rightful return to the American landscape. Florida is another step closer to being the next state. As home to the largest, commercial, industrial hemp decorticating facility, Hemp, Inc. is also pleased to be a part of the industrial hemp movement and making America great again by making America hemp again." In other industrial hemp news, Missouri House Bill 170, as of 2 days ago, the executive session (senate) voted "do pass". As previously reported on 4/12/17, HB 170 passed the state house with a 126 - 26 vote in favor of legalizing industrial hemp, yesterday, and has been passed to the state senate for the senate's first read. HB 170 would allow those licensed by the Department of Agriculture to grow, harvest, and cultivate industrial hemp. According to a recent article, "supporters call the bill a development opportunity that could be a boon for farmers and help cultivate new business." Under the proposal, people who want to grow hemp must apply with the Department of Agriculture and submit to a background check. Crops would also be subject to inspection. The 900-member North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association (NCIHA) is a 501(c)(6) trade organization that represents all the stakeholders helping to build a thriving hemp industry in North Carolina. The NCIHA is responsible for the lobbying effort behind the passage of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. Through education, dedication and fundraising, North Carolina can be accelerated to the forefront of global growth in Industrial and Medicinal Hemp. North Carolina can and should lead the country in cultivation, processing and support the consumption of hemp's many beneficial products. Hemp was, for almost 200 years, a legal and fundamental crop in North Carolina and should be again. Visit www.ncindhemp.org for more information. To join the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association, click here. IN THE NEWS: HEMP ON TRACK FOR LEGALIZATION Arizona: As reported by Hemp, Inc. on 2/22/17, Arizona State Legislature, SB1337, that was in review by the Senate has passed the Senate with a 26-4 with bipartisan support in the Senate and is now in the House for consideration. SB 1337, if passed, would legalize the production, processing, sale and distribution of industrial hemp for commercial purposes. Whether it's Alaska or Arizona, Hemp, Inc. is on the ground more often than not conducting business in those states. In Arizona, for example, Hemp, Inc. plans to grow up to 300 acres on a 500-acre Veteran Village Kins Community. Aligned with Hemp, Inc.'s Triple Bottom Line approach, CEO Bruce Perlowin is exploring the possibilities of developing "Hemp Growing Veteran Village Kins Communities" in North Carolina and considering several other states similar to the 500-acre demonstration community being built in Arizona. He currently has 2,500 acres (and counting) of land in Kingman, Arizona where he's building a veteran village on 500 of those acres that would consist of 160 lots of 2 1/2 acre parcels for Kins Domains (eco-villages). Each parcel would grow 1 acre of hemp as well as having organic gardens, natural beehives, a pond, a living fence and other elements that make up a Kins Domain. An additional 100 acres of hemp will be grown in each one of these 500-acre communities. The revenue from fifty of those acres is used to support that community. The revenue from the other fifty acres of hemp will be used to purchase 2 additional 500-acre parcels of land, thus keeping up with the needs of a large number of veterans that exist now and in the future. The eco-friendly "Veteran Village Kins Communities" were inspired by the book series, The Ringing Cedars of Russia (https://www.ringingcedars.com). Perlowin has since found a way to incorporate it into Hemp, Inc.'s strategy of building hemp growing, CBD-producing "communities" or "villages." The first part of these "Veteran Village Kins Communities" is a "holistic healing and learning center" whose function in each community is obvious by the title. The prototype Veteran Village Kins Community in Arizona is expected to be completed by mid-2017. Perlowin has been personally creating the Arizona "Veteran Village Kins Community" since 2013 as a solution to America's multifaceted veteran problem. To date, forty-four percent of the homeless are veterans. Twelve percent of that group are combat woman veterans with children. Twenty-two veterans commit suicide EVERY DAY. Two million veterans are on food stamps. As for the future, 238,000 veterans are leaving the armed services every year. From rehabilitation to job creation, Perlowin says this model presents a comprehensive holistic solution to those individuals that all Americans owe a great debt of gratitude towards... the American veterans. Perlowin expects this model to produce very lucrative revenue for Hemp, Inc., the veterans themselves and the local communities these Kins Communities are built near. "The infrastructure for 'The Hemp Growing, CBD-Producing, Veteran-Village Kins Community,' which takes time to build, is already in place in Arizona. I've been building this infrastructure since 2013 and it can be duplicated for any state," says Perlowin. To see a series of videos on what a Kins Domain is, visit http://www.kinsdomain.us/. Hemp is a durable natural fiber that is grown as a renewable source for raw materials that can be incorporated into thousands of products. It's one of the oldest domesticated crops known to man. Hemp is used in nutritional food products such as hemp seeds, hemp hearts and hemp proteins, for humans. It is also used in building materials, paper, textiles, cordage, organic body care and other nutraceuticals, just to name a few. It has thousands of other known uses. A hemp crop requires half the water alfalfa uses and can be grown without the heavy use of pesticides. Farmers worldwide grow hemp commercially for fiber, seed, and oil for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products. The United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop on a large scale, according to the Congressional Resource Service. However, with rapidly changing laws and more states gravitating towards industrial hemp and passing an industrial hemp bill, that could change. Currently, the majority of hemp sold in the United States is imported from China and Canada, the world's largest exporters of the industrial hemp crop. To see the video showcasing the dramatic footage of our hemp and Kenaf grows, click here. To see 1-minute daily video updates (from Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin) on the final phases of completion of Hemp, Inc.'s 70,000 square foot industrial hemp processing facility and milling operation and other developments, click here. (Remember to scroll down to see the other videos of this historical event of building an American industrial hemp processing facility and factory from the ground up.) HOW HEMP CAN CHANGE THE WORLD Fuel. While the industrial, medicinal and commercial properties of hemp have been known to mankind for a very long time, its benefits to the environment have just been realized in recent years. One of the compelling things hemp offers is fuel. Reserves of petroleum are being depleted. Right now we are depleting our reserves of petroleum and buying it up from other countries. It would be nice if we could have a fuel source which was reusable and which we could grow right here, making us completely energy independent. Industries in search of sustainable and eco-friendly processes are realizing hemp as a viable option. Hemp can provide an alternative, more efficient source of energy in the fuel industry. "The woody hemp plant is low in moisture; it dries quickly and is an efficient biomass source of methanol. The waste products produced by using hemp oil are a good source of ethanol. Both methanol and ethanol are produced from hemp through the efficient and economical process of thermo-chemical conversion. One acre of hemp yields 1,000 gallons or 3,785 liters of fuel. Hemp allows a lesser reliance on fossil fuels, which are non-renewable sources of energy and will not be able to meet the increasing global demands for long. Petroleum fuel increases carbon monoxide in the atmosphere and contributes heavily to global warming and the greenhouse effect, which could lead to global catastrophe in the next 50 years if these trends continue. Do you want to find out if they are right, or do you want to grow the most cost effective and environmentally safe fuel source on the planet? Using hemp as an energy and rotation crop would be a great step in the right direction. To see 1-minute daily video updates (from Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin) on the final phases of completion of Hemp, Inc.'s 70,000 square foot industrial hemp processing facility and milling operation and other developments, click here. (Remember to scroll down to see the other videos of this historical event of building an American industrial hemp processing facility and factory from the ground up.) UPCOMING HEMP EVENTS 1. The Hemp University's Farming HEMP for Profit (April 29, 2017 in Spring Hope, North Carolina) The Hemp University will be doing its second event for landowners, farmers, entrepreneurs and investors. This will also be the last "introductory" event, as following classes will be focused on a high-end technical education series. These will be similar to what you would expect for experienced professionals in their fields or those wanting the latest information on a specific topic. 2. Marijuana Business Conference and Expo (May 16 - 19, 2017 in Washington, DC) The Marijuana Business Conference and Expo is the largest gathering business community of mid to large wholesale growers, dispensaries and recreational retailers, infused product makers, ancillary companies ranging from grow technology to legal services, and, angels and VCs investing in privately-held firms. The conference highlights the latest advances and networking opportunities in the cannabis industry. MJBizCon, as it is referred to, has continued to set industry-wide attendance records and is by far the world's largest gathering of executives and exhibitors each and every season. The show continues to be curated by the editors of MJBizDaily, the industry's most trusted professional news service. The upcoming expo expects 3,500-4,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than a dozen nations including a large Canadian contingent. 3. The Hemp University's Farming HEMP for Profit (May 27, 2017 in Spring Hope, North Carolina) The Hemp University will launch the first of these events focused on Greenhouse and Indoor Growing. As May/June mark the end for the outdoor planting season, The Hemp University will bring the best in class Greenhouse and Indoor Growing experts to educate and train attendees on the opportunities, challenges and what is needed to succeed. 4. Hemp on the Slope (July 22, 2017 at Salt Creek Ranch in Collbran, CO from 11:00am to 5:00pm) Presented by Salt Creek Hemp Co. and produced by the Colorado Hemp Company, this celebration will feature speakers, workshops, exhibitors, live music, hemp food, networking and more. Hemp on the Slope seeks to educate and inform the community on the amazing benefits of hemp and the economic opportunities that exist. This event is hemp-centric and focused on all of the industrial, nutritional, and nutraceutical benefits of non-psychoactive cannabis-hemp. This event is not a medical or recreational marijuana event. Those who attend the upcoming Hemp on the Slope! event in Colorado will be able to see Hemp, Inc.'s 17,000 CBD clones growing up close. Dr. Michael Villa, CEO of Innovations in Science and Business Research and Development, based in Colorado, is in negotiations with Hemp, Inc. for the planting, harvest and purchase of 17,000 high CBD-rich hemp clones. According to Dr. Villa, his company will be growing 17,000 plants for Hemp, Inc. in Colorado for CBD production. The clones will be made up of 8 different strains and is expected to be planted in late May of this year and harvested late September/early October. The crop will be dried and processed in Colorado. The CBD oil, to be extracted, will be prepared for the nutraceutical market. There are to be 1,000 plants per acre so the total crop will cover 17 acres. The whole process is expected to create jobs for up to 25 people or more. Taking into account the infrastructure, testing facilities and retail outlets, Colorado can expect a nice influx of job creation for its economy. 5. Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition (June 14 - 16, 2017 in New York, New York; September 13 - 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California; and October 4 - 6, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts) The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCBExpo) is the definitive business event for the cannabis industry. Exhibitors and sponsors bring cutting-edge solutions to owners and managers of businesses in this fast-growing industry, and a wealth of opportunity and knowledge to those looking to enter the market with potential partners and investors. The Northeast CWCBExpo (New York) will offer the depth and breadth of information and products for these industries expected to top $20 billion in the next three years. There is a huge platform taking a more comprehensive approach to learning with a strong emphasis on industrial hemp due to Governor Cuomo's commitment to making hemp a $1 billion industry in New York. The "Make America Hemp Again" will be presented by Hoban Law Group/CPS Education. 6. The Hemp University's Farming HEMP for Profit (June 24, 2017 in Spring Hope, North Carolina) The Hemp University will bring you The Art and Science of Extraction. Potentially the greatest single opportunity in the cannabis industry are the products created via extraction. With over 120 currently discovered cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis -- extraction and refinement are paramount to creating top tier consumer products. To list your hemp event here, email events@hempinc.com. "Hemp, Inc. Presents" is capturing the historic, monumental re-creation of the hemp decorticator today as America begins to evolve into a cleaner, green, eco-friendly sustainable environment. What many see as the next American Industrial Revolution is actually the Industrial Hemp Revolution. Watch as Hemp, Inc., the #1 leader in the industrial hemp industry, engages its shareholders and the public through each step in bringing back the hemp decorticator as described in the "Freedom Leaf Magazine" article "The Return of the Hemp Decorticator" by Steve Bloom. Freedom Leaf Magazine, one of the preeminent news resources for the cannabis, medical marijuana, and industrial hemp industry in America, is published by Freedom Leaf, Inc., a fully reporting, audited, publicly traded company on OTC Markets. Stay in the loop with Freedom Leaf Magazine as it continues to deliver the good news in marijuana reform with some of the most compelling art, entertainment, and lifestyle-driven industry news in the cannabis/hemp sector. On the go? Download the Freedom Leaf mobile app to stay connected as they transform the delivery of cannabis news and information across the digital landscape. Get the mobile app on Apple iOS or Google Play. "Hemp, Inc. Presents" is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by visiting www.hempinc.com. To subscribe to the "Hemp, Inc. Presents" YouTube channel, be sure to click the subscribe button. NHA represents hemp farmers, processors, manufacturers, start-up businesses, entrepreneurial endeavors, and retailers and strives to build a viable industrial hemp economy by providing education about the benefits of hemp and providing expert consultation to producers and processors entering the hemp industry. NHA has developed close relationships with local and state government agencies to establish regulations that benefit the hemp industry across the nation. We provide a wealth of expertise in fields ranging from mining and agriculture to hemp materials processing and the latest developments pertaining to laws and regulations. For more information on the National Hemp Association, visit www.NationalHempAssociation.org. The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is a non-profit trade association representing businesses, farmers, researchers and investors working with industrial hemp. The HIA is at the forefront of the drive for fair and equal treatment of industrial hemp. Since 1994, the HIA has been dedicated to education, industry development, and the accelerated expansion of hemp world market supply and demand. For those who are currently involved in the hemp industry, thinking of starting a hemp business, a farmer interested in hemp or to support hemp commerce, please consider becoming a member of the HIA. To join, please click here for benefits, more information and an application. With a deep-rooted social and environmental mission at its core, Hemp, Inc. seeks to build a business constituency for the American small farmer, the American veteran, and other groups experiencing the ever-increasing disparity between tapering income and soaring expenses. 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News Article | April 19, 2017
Site: phys.org

Ducks harvested by hunters in the Saskatchewan River Delta have given scientists new insight into the migration patterns of North American waterfowl. Credit: M. Carriere Knowing where migrating birds came from and where they're headed is essential for their conservation and management. For ducks, most of this information comes from long-term bird-banding programs, but this type of research has limits—despite all the birds harvested by hunters, only a small percentage of banded birds are ever recovered. A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications takes on the challenge of gaining information from unbanded birds by using stable isotope ratios, which reflect where birds were living while growing their feathers. These results reveal that the northern reaches of Canada may have underappreciated importance for North America's waterfowl. Canada's Saskatchewan River Delta is North America's largest inland delta and is a key stopover site for migrating ducks. To learn more about the origins of ducks using delta habitat, Christian Asante of the University of Saskatchewan, Keith Hobson of the University of Western Ontario, and their colleagues analyzed the isotopes in feather samples from 236 ducks from five species, all harvested by hunters in the region during migration in 2013 and 2014. Hydrogen and sulfur isotope ratios give scientists different information—hydrogen isotope ratios vary predictably with latitude, while sulfur isotope ratios reflect the type of food a bird eats and underlying geology—but together they indicated that as many as half the ducks using the delta during migration originated in the vast and nearly inaccessible areas of boreal forest and wetlands to the north. The research required close collaboration with the area's hunters. "Working on this project was a great experience," says local community member Michela Carriere, who was hired to do the field work for the study. "I spent a few weeks collecting samples from the ducks and getting to know the hunters and the guides. Twice a day a load of ducks would come in and I would collect samples and label and package them, plucking feathers and extracting tissues. The hardest part was the labeling, which has to be done meticulously. I would spend hours each day collecting and organizing the samples." The results show that the boreal habitat's contribution to North America's waterfowl populations, though poorly documented, may be crucial. This region faces increasing threats from climate change and other factors, and isotopic monitoring offers a new means of tracking the effects on birds. "Our study is important for two reasons," says Hobson. "First, it demonstrates clearly that the delta is a major fall refueling station for birds breeding in the north. Second, it shows once again how origins and regions of productivity can be determined using the simple isotope approach with feathers from hunter-killed birds. This major potential tool in waterfowl management has been largely overlooked in North America for too long." Explore further: Combining techniques provides new insight into bird migration More information: "Tracing origins of waterfowl using the Saskatchewan River Delta: Incorporating stable isotope approaches in continent-wide waterfowl management and conservation" April 19, 2017, americanornithologypubs.org/doi/abs/10.1650/CONDOR-16-179.1


News Article | April 19, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Knowing where migrating birds came from and where they're headed is essential for their conservation and management. For ducks, most of this information comes from long-term bird-banding programs, but this type of research has limits--despite all the birds harvested by hunters, only a small percentage of banded birds are ever recovered. A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications takes on the challenge of gaining information from unbanded birds by using stable isotope ratios, which reflect where birds were living while growing their feathers. These results reveal that the northern reaches of Canada may have underappreciated importance for North America's waterfowl. Canada's Saskatchewan River Delta is North America's largest inland delta and is a key stopover site for migrating ducks. To learn more about the origins of ducks using delta habitat, Christian Asante of the University of Saskatchewan, Keith Hobson of the University of Western Ontario, and their colleagues analyzed the isotopes in feather samples from 236 ducks from five species, all harvested by hunters in the region during migration in 2013 and 2014. Hydrogen and sulfur isotope ratios give scientists different information--hydrogen isotope ratios vary predictably with latitude, while sulfur isotope ratios reflect the type of food a bird eats and underlying geology--but together they indicated that as many as half the ducks using the delta during migration originated in the vast and nearly inaccessible areas of boreal forest and wetlands to the north. The research required close collaboration with the area's hunters. "Working on this project was a great experience," says local community member Michela Carriere, who was hired to do the field work for the study. "I spent a few weeks collecting samples from the ducks and getting to know the hunters and the guides. Twice a day a load of ducks would come in and I would collect samples and label and package them, plucking feathers and extracting tissues. The hardest part was the labeling, which has to be done meticulously. I would spend hours each day collecting and organizing the samples." The results show that the boreal habitat's contribution to North America's waterfowl populations, though poorly documented, may be crucial. This region faces increasing threats from climate change and other factors, and isotopic monitoring offers a new means of tracking the effects on birds. "Our study is important for two reasons," says Hobson. "First, it demonstrates clearly that the delta is a major fall refueling station for birds breeding in the north. Second, it shows once again how origins and regions of productivity can be determined using the simple isotope approach with feathers from hunter-killed birds. This major potential tool in waterfowl management has been largely overlooked in North America for too long." "Tracing origins of waterfowl using the Saskatchewan River Delta: Incorporating stable isotope approaches in continent-wide waterfowl management and conservation" will be available April 19, 2017, at http://americanornithologypubs. (issue URL http://americanornithologypubs. ). About the journal: The Condor: Ornithological Applications is a peer-reviewed, international journal of ornithology. It began in 1899 as the journal of the Cooper Ornithological Club, a group of ornithologists in California that became the Cooper Ornithological Society, which merged with the American Ornithologists' Union in 2016 to become the American Ornithological Society.

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