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In Tauranga, New Zealand, Gourmet Foods continues to improve sales through innovative recipes for its meat pie products and by slightly altering the way its products go to market. While the company is known for its fresh products there is a market for frozen products as well. Gourmet Foods is now aggressively exploring that niche with the anticipation that providing a selection of frozen products will allow them to ship further distances and reach areas of the country previously not pursued. In order to prepare for increased production demands and to create more efficiencies in daily operations, Gourmet Foods has purchased and installed a new oven. The new oven not only produces a more consistent and controlled temperature environment it also expands baking capacity by 66%, positioning the company for future sales growth and higher profit margins through efficiency. In Saskatchewan, Brigadier Security Systems reinvested some profits into acquiring a new fleet of vehicles. With offices in Regina and Saskatoon, Brigadier services the majority of the province and replacement of the aging fleet of service trucks and vans will help them continue uninterrupted. The service vehicles so familiar to Saskatchewan residents will now sport an even more attention-getting look with revitalized graphics and fresh new color schemes. Also announced during the quarterly period, the Regina office of Brigadier Security Systems (Elite Security Systems) was awarded the President's Award from SecurTek as the top selling dealer in Canada based on sales and customer service. Barely edged out was the Saskatoon office who was runner up. Concierge congratulates the entire Brigadier Security Systems team. David Neibert, Chief Financial Officer of Concierge, commented; "Over the past year we have been focused on acquisitions and all that entails. With talented management teams concentrating on their specific areas we are now realizing gains in these subsidiaries through improved operations and sustainable growth. We couldn't be happier. As Concierge Technologies continues its acquisition strategies by putting our cash reserves to work, I'm confident the effort will be supported by the consistent performance of our operating base of companies. In short, the strategy is working. Our acquisitions are contributing to the consolidated income of Concierge Technologies rather than becoming a drain on resources. In turn, a heightened value is expected to be realized by our shareholders, which has always been our underlying focus." About Concierge Technologies Founded in 1996, Concierge Technologies, Inc. today is a global conglomerate with operating businesses in financial services, food manufacturing, security systems and data streaming.  Concierge's common stock is listed as "CNCG" on the OTC QB Exchange. 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Katie Rooney is a registered representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc. ALPS Distributors, Inc. is not affiliated with Concierge Technologies, Wainwright Holdings, Inc. or USCF. USCF Funds distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. 1290 Broadway, Suite 1100, Denver, CO 80203. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/concierge-technologies-reports-continued-growth-in-all-subsidiaries-for-first-quarter-2017-300461736.html


News Article | May 18, 2017
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Huffman Engineering, Inc., a leader in control systems integration, today announced the recent hiring of Mechanical Engineer Jared Nelson, Electrical Engineer Justin Gilg, and Marketing & Administrative Assistant Gabrielle Wythers to support the company in its development and execution of turnkey automation projects for manufacturing and utility customers. “Jared, Justin and Gabby are outstanding additions to the Huffman team,” said Howard Huffman, CEO, Huffman Engineering. “I admire their enthusiasm for gaining knowledge and experience, and I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish at the company in the coming months and years.” Jared Nelson joins Huffman Engineering after his recent graduation from the Iowa State University Honors Program with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Nelson gained professional experience at Omaha Public Power District as an Operations Engineer and at Hood Packaging Corporation as a Processing Engineer. While at ISU, Nelson worked as a mechanical engineering peer mentor for freshmen students and was a tour leader for the Iowa State Engineering Ambassadors and Mentoring Program. Justin Gilg joins Huffman Engineering as an Electrical Engineer, after working at the company as a co-op student for the past two years. Gilg is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. While studying at UNL, he received the James Canfield Scholarship and was an Engineering Dean’s Scholar. Gilg is an Eagle Scout with the BSA. Gabrielle Wythers joins Huffman Engineering as a marketing & administrative assistant. Wythers is a recent graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Administration and minor in Human Resource Management. Wythers also studied at Iowa Lakes Community College where she maintained an exceptional GPA. Wythers was previously employed as a mediator for the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and as an assistant at Heinisch and Lovegrove Law Office. About Huffman Engineering, Inc. Huffman Engineering, Inc. is CSIA Certified control systems integration company offering turnkey engineering design and control systems integration services to manufacturing and utility customers. The company’s highly-skilled team of electrical/mechanical engineers, and experienced technicians practice a proven, results-driven project methodology to consistently deliver optimal industrial automation solutions. Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, with a second office in Greenwood Village, Colorado, Huffman Engineering has served the Midwest since 1987. The company specializes in pharmaceutical, life science, machine, and utility process control applications. For more information, visit HuffmanEng.com.


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Current Opinion in Plant Biology | Year: 2014

Despite the proven correlation between gene transcriptional activity and the levels of tri-methyl marks on histone 3 lysine4 (H3K4me3) of their nucleosomes, whether H3K4me3 contributes to, or 'registers', activated transcription is still controversial. Other questions of broad relevance are whether histone-modifying proteins are involved in the recruitment of Pol II and the general transcription machinery and whether they have roles other than their enzyme activities. We address these questions as well as the roles of the ARABIDOPSIS HOMOLOG OF TRITHORAX1 (ATX1), of the COMPASS-related (AtCOMPASS) protein complex, and of their product, H3K4me3, at ATX1-dependent genes. We suggest that the ambiguity about the role of H3K4me3 as an activating mark is due to the unknown duality of the ATX1/AtCOMPASS to facilitate PIC assembly and to generate H3K4me3, which is essential for activating transcriptional elongation. © 2014 .


University of Nebraska-Lincoln chemists partnered with medical researchers from the National University of Singapore to develop a molecule that can inhibit an enzyme linked with the onset of stroke. Most strokes occur when a disruption of blood flow prevents oxygen and glucose from reaching brain tissue, ultimately killing neurons and other cells. The team found that its molecule, known as 6S, reduced the death of brain tissue by as much as 66 percent when administered to the cerebrum of a rat that had recently suffered a stroke. It also appeared to reduce the inflammation that typically accompanies stroke, which the World Health Organization has estimated kills more than 6 million people annually. "The fact that this inhibitor remained effective when given as post-stroke treatment ... is encouraging, as this is the norm in the treatment of acute stroke," the researchers reported in a March 9 study published by the journal ACS Central Science. The inhibitor works by binding to cystathionine beta-synthase, or CBS - an enzyme that normally helps regulate cellular function but can also trigger production of toxic levels of hydrogen sulfide in the brain. Though hydrogen sulfide is an important signaling molecule at normal concentrations, stroke patients exhibit elevated concentrations believed to initiate the brain damage they often suffer. Chemist David Berkowitz and his UNL colleagues modeled their inhibitor on a naturally occurring molecule produced by the CBS enzyme, tailoring the molecule's structure to improve its performance. By swapping out functional groups of atoms known as amines with hydrazines, the team ultimately increased the inhibitor's binding time from less than a second to hours. "We wanted a compound that would bind well, specifically to this enzyme," said Berkowitz, a Willa Cather Professor of chemistry. "But we also wanted one that could be synthesized easily. Those are two very different considerations." Berkowitz and his colleagues achieved the latter goal, in part, by plucking out the molecule's carbon-sulfur bond and replacing it with a double bond. Slicing that double bond gave the researchers two identical halves of the molecule. With the assistance of a Nobel Prize-winning technique called cross-metathesis, the team was then able to "synthesize two halves of the molecule for the price of one," Berkowitz said. To test the effectiveness of the 6S molecule in treating stroke, Berkowitz and fellow UNL chemist Christopher McCune reached out to Peter Wong, professor of pharmacology at the National University of Singapore. "We started researching this and came upon Peter's work pretty quickly," Berkowitz said. "We saw that he was one of the protagonists, one of the guys who is on the leading edge of understanding how (hydrogen sulfide) signaling works." Though the research teams have never actually met in person, Berkowitz said videoconferencing and a steady stream of emails have helped overcome the barriers of time and distance. In the process, he said, each team has developed a profound appreciation for the other's work. "Peter ended up latching onto the chemistry more than we did, and we ended up latching onto the biology," Berkowitz said. "It's actually been really fun. These are two kinds of science that are pretty far apart, and that's probably the most exciting thing about this: the interdisciplinary nature." Because the 6S inhibitor has demonstrated its effects in cell cultures and the brain tissue of rats, Berkowitz cautioned that it represents just an initial step toward developing a stroke-treating drug for humans. However, he said the proof-of-principle experiments effectively illustrate the concept's promise. Berkowitz also expressed optimism that the synthesis method detailed in the study could streamline the more general production of enzyme-targeting inhibitors. "We started out with a very fundamental-science perspective on understanding the chemistry of this whole class of vitamin B6-dependent enzymes," he said. "We're in a good place now, because that science has allowed us to make these inhibitors and many others. We're now working on several enzymes that may represent important targets for translation of the basic inhibitor chemistry into truly therapeutic goals."


News Article | December 12, 2016
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Optomec - a leading global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals – today announced that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has ordered a LENS 3D Metal Hybrid Controlled Atmosphere System. The controlled atmosphere hybrid 3D metal printer is part of the new LENS Machine Tool Series from Optomec, which was announced at the International Machine Tool Show (IMTS) earlier this year. (Click here for more information.) The LENS Machine Tool series combines a high-quality CNC vertical mill from Fryer Machine Systems with industry-proven Optomec LENS Print Engine technology to enable low-cost, high-value metal additive and subtractive metal working at a breakthrough price point. “This is the first Powder Fed Directed Energy Deposition system that is both hybrid and has a controlled atmosphere chamber, which is exactly what we need to maximize our industry research and enable us to work with reactive materials. As an early adopter of this unique new system, we gain 3D printing capabilities matched nowhere else in the world,” said Michael P. Sealy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at University of Nebraska. “We’ve invested in establishing leadership in hybrid manufacturing research and are pleased to partner with Optomec to further this position. This printer will be a core tool for our College of Engineering and will enable us to tap the full potential of our industry-driven research.” UNL will use its Controlled Atmosphere system to advance research in key areas such as heavy machinery, medical devices, and aeronautics. To maximize research potential, UNL needed a machine that could perform both additive and subtractive processes, but also operate in an enclosed environment so that oxygen can be purged from the system to allow for the printing of metals such as titanium and aluminum. The LENS 3D Metal Hybrid Controlled Atmosphere System is the first commercially-available machine of its kind to provide hybrid manufacturing capabilities for reactive metals and aluminum. The LENS 3D Metal Hybrid Controlled Atmosphere System is one of three models that comprise the new LENS Machine Tool Series. Pricing for the new series starts at $249,500 for the LENS 3D Metal Additive System. Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 200 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries. LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) is a registered trademark of Sandia National Laboratories. Aerosol Jet and Optomec are registered trademarks of Optomec Inc.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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SPRING HOPE, NC--(Marketwired - Feb 28, 2017) - "Industrial hemp has absolutely no recreational applications. It only has medical and industrial applications. Sorry, you can't get high on hemp. If there is any federal pushback against recreational marijuana, this would not affect industrial hemp or Hemp, Inc.," said Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc. ( : HEMP). For the past six days, Hemp, Inc. has reported on a series of states that are on track to legalizing industrial hemp -- Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois. Nebraska joins that list today with hopes of bolstering research and development of industrial hemp for use in agribusiness, alternative fuels and opportunities in other areas. "With the succession of states legalizing or on track for legalizing industrial hemp, the industrial hemp industry in America is rapidly reaching a tipping point," says Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc. ( : HEMP). So what is making industrial hemp so important to Americans and so important to states that they are willing to simply ignore a federal ban now? As the uninformed become informed on the difference between hemp and marijuana and the fog of ignorance dissipates, a miracle crop stands in clear sight as ways to help the economy and expand sources of revenue are sought. Last week, legislative bill (LB) 617 was heard in the Nebraska Agriculture Committee. Introduced by Senator Justin Wayne of Omaha, LB617 would create the Industrial Hemp Commission within the state Department of Agriculture. The commission would oversee a five-year research project conducted with the University of Nebraska that would include seed research and the planting, cultivation and analysis of industrial hemp demonstration plots. "We have expert farmers, scientists, industrialists and centuries of history to prove that hemp is safe and can be used to make money for Nebraskans," said Sen. Wayne. According to The Nebraska Legislature official news source, there was a lot of support for legalizing industrial hemp in Nebraska. John Hansen, president of the Nebraska Farmers Union, said, "Nebraska farmers are exploring alternative crops such as wheat, small grains, legumes and hemp that can withstand the hotter, drier climate predicted by a 2014 UNL study on the implications of climate change for Nebraska. Hemp is drought tolerant and well suited to Nebraska growing conditions. I think this particular crop has a lot of potential because it is so versatile." Bill Hawkins of the Nebraska Hemp Company also testified in support of the bill. He said, "Nebraska is one of the only states that has not eradicated wild hemp, often called 'ditch weed.' This means that the plants' genes are valuable for breeding and research." A lot of Nebraskans are comparing their current law on hemp to Kentucky and feel that Nebraska "is losing the race to develop hemp production to Kentucky, which has 40 hemp processing companies." Hawkins also voiced, "All we're asking for is that opportunity to get back in the race." No one testified in opposition to the bill and the committee took no immediate action on it. Industrial hemp can be used for a wide range of products, including fibers, construction, food, paper, insulation materials, textiles, cosmetic products, and beverages, to name a few and is estimated to be used in more than twenty-five thousand products spanning multiple markets (agriculture, textiles, recycling, automotive, electronics, furniture, food/nutrition/beverages, paper, construction materials, personal care and others). Hemp, Inc. forecasted this tipping point years ago and started developing the solid infrastructure for what is in place today. That infrastructure includes Hemp, Inc.'s commercial multi-purchase industrial hemp processing facility in North Carolina, industrial hemp farming in North Carolina, Nevada, Arizona (and more states soon), marketing systems to market in the U.S. and globally, and an educational component ('The Hemp University' in North Carolina). This has put Hemp, Inc. at the forefront of this multibillion dollar emerging industry as a leader while it continues to collectively build a new clean green agricultural and industrial American Revolution. Under the proposed Nebraska law, "the Industrial Hemp Act is to assist the State of Nebraska in moving to the forefront of industrial hemp production, development, and commercialization of hemp products in agribusiness, alternative fuel production, and other business sectors, both nationally and globally and to the greatest extent possible." While prospective hemp growers would still have to take federal law into consideration, by eliminating the state requirement for federal permission, the Nebraska law would eliminate a major obstacle to widespread commercial hemp farming within the borders of the state. "It's no doubt that industrial hemp industry is here to stay and it's only going to grow. Trying to slow that evolutionary progress down is like trying to sweep back an incoming tide with a broom. State legislatures are taking action to promote industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity and now the time is approaching for Nebraska to do the same," said Perlowin. As more states legalize industrial hemp, more opportunities become available for Hemp, Inc. to process the raw hemp. Hemp, Inc.'s commercial, large scale, 70,000 square foot industrial hemp processing facility, on 9 acres of land in Spring Hope, North Carolina is the only one of this magnitude in the entire western hemisphere. The milling portion of Hemp, Inc.'s industrial hemp processing facility has just been completed which strategically expands the company's worldwide industrial base for producing hemp-based products. Hemp, Inc.'s industrial hemp processing facility is bound to become the mecca of this new clean green agricultural and industrial American revolution. To see the most recent video of the mill being completed, click here. To see the video of America's largest hemp processing facility (70,000 square feet under roof, on 9 acres) and 60-foot silo installation, click here. Aligned with Hemp, Inc.'s Triple Bottom Line approach, Perlowin is exploring the possibilities of developing Hemp Growing Veteran Village Kins Communities in Nebraska (similar to the 500-acre demonstration community being built in Arizona where Perlowin plans on growing 300 acres of hemp this year) that would consist of smaller lots for Kins Domains (eco-villages). "The eco-villages would also include organic gardens, natural beehives, a pond, a living fence and other elements," said Perlowin. From rehabilitation to job creation, Perlowin says this model presents a 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 which I've been building for the last 4 years and can be duplicated for Nebraska," concluded Perlowin. The Hemp University has been established to be the blueprint for farming, navigating and thriving in the industrial hemp revolution. With the goal to educate its attendees on key topics such as transitioning from traditional farming to organic farming, different hemp cultivar strains, how and where to get certified seeds, planting and harvesting industrial hemp, an in depth history of hemp and its many uses, agronomy, permaculture, ecological advantages and many more courses with an ever expanding curriculum. Hemp, Inc. ( : HEMP) has secured an outstanding lineup of experts from at least a dozen states all over the country, including New York, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon and Kentucky and more for the 2017 season. Classes will also cover such topics as organic certification, potential licensing fees, what's happening with industrial hemp in different states around America, high CBD strains and different CBD extraction technologies (which will also be installed and showcased at Hemp, Inc.'s processing facility) and marketability of the crop. The seminars are expected to start March 18, 2017. Hemp retail products from all around the country will be showcased at The Hemp University. Attendees will also be able to connect with potential industrial hemp distributors and product manufacturers. Our new "Hemp Hub" will be a one stop shop for every aspect of industrial hemp from seed and soil to sale. Providing as many resources as possible to our American farmers and land owners to successfully grow hemp and have sales channels for the potential 25,000 products our hemp industry can produce. For those interested in attending, teaching, touring the hemp field and hemp processing facility or showcasing your company's hemp products, at The Hemp University, visit www.thehempuniversity.com. With less than 30 days and 50 slots available for land owners and farmers, it's advisable to purchase your ticket(s) today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farming-hemp-for-profit-tickets-32189961040. "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. 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 as a nutritional food product for humans and pets, 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 Industrial, medicinal and commercial properties of hemp have been known to mankind for decades. Cultivating hemp does not require any particular climate or soil, and is thus found in all parts of the world and has been found to be a better alternative than other raw materials. Hemp products can be recycled, reused and are 100% biodegradable. The growth speed of the plant is fast enough to meet the increasing industrial and commercial demand for these products. Switching to hemp products will help save the environment, leaving a cleaner and greener planet for the next generation. "The hemp crop grows dense and vigorously. Sunlight cannot penetrate the plants to reach the ground, and this means the crop is normally free of weeds. Its deep roots use ground water and reduce its salinity. Also, erosion of topsoil is limited, thereby reducing water pollution. The roots give nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil. After the harvest, this soil makes excellent compost amendments for other plants, and hemp cultivation can follow the rotation of agriculture with wheat or soybean. In fact, the same soil can be used to grow hemp for many years, without losing its high quality. The hemp plant absorbs toxic metals emitted by nuclear plants into the soil, such as copper, cadmium, lead and mercury." (Source: www.HempBenefits.org) 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.) "Through education we believe that the law of our state can be changed to allow the growing, processing, and sale of Hemp and Hemp products within North Carolina in a responsible manner. 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. Farmers should be able to grow and consumers buy Hemp products grown and processed in our state." Visit www.ncindhemp.org for more information. To join the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association, click here. 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. Hemp, Inc. ( : HEMP) seeks to benefit many constituencies from a "Cultural Creative" perspective, thereby not exploiting or endangering any group. CEO of Hemp, Inc., Bruce Perlowin, is positioning the company as a leader in the industrial hemp industry, with a social and environmental mission at its core. Thus, the publicly traded company believes in "up streaming" a portion of its profits back to its originator, in which some cases will one day be the American small farmer, American veterans and others -- cultivating natural, sustainable products as an interwoven piece of nature. By Hemp, Inc. focusing on comprehensive investment results -- that is, with respect to performance along the interrelated dimensions of people, planet, and profits -- the triple bottom line approach can be an important tool to support its sustainability goal. 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.) Forward-Looking Statements are included within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements regarding our expected future financial position, results of operations, cash flows, financing plans, business strategy, products and services, competitive positions, growth opportunities, plans and objectives of management for future operations, including words such as "anticipate," "if," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "could," "should," "will," and other similar expressions are forward-looking statements and involve risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control, which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from anticipated results, performance, or achievements. We are under no obligation to (and expressly disclaim any such obligation to) update or alter our forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


News Article | December 5, 2016
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American Business Continuity Group, LLC (ABC Group), in conjunction with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), has developed breakthrough construction methodologies and proprietary conductive shotcrete shielding that protect buildings from High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP), Intentional Electromagnetic Interference (IEMI), Emanations Eavesdropping (TEMPEST), terrorist ballistic / blast attacks and natural disasters. ABC Group’s EMP (electromagnetic pulse) shielding compliant prototype building, based in Lakeland, Florida, is the result of three years of an ambitious and ongoing joint sponsored research program with UNL. Technology developed during the joint sponsored research agreement has been exclusively licensed by ABC Group from NUtech Ventures, the commercialization affiliate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Decades of research by UNL’s world-class experts in conductive concrete and EMP shielding, engineering professors Christopher Tuan and Lim Nguyen, preceded ABC Group’s commercial construction applications. ABC Group’s proprietary and innovative construction methods utilize the patent protected EMSS-Electromagnetic Shielding Shotcrete, enabling high strength, rigorously tested structures that exceed the electromagnetic shielding requirements of Mil Std 188-125 as well as the higher frequencies of IEMI (Intentional Electromagnetic Interference) weapons and Tempest. "EMP is very lethal to electronic equipment,” said Tuan, professor of civil engineering. “We found a key ingredient that dissipates wave energy. This technology offers a lot of advantages so the construction industry is very interested,” Tuan continued. “The concrete can provide what we call a multi-threat structure," said Nguyen, professor of electrical and computer engineering, who traveled to Florida to evaluate the prototype building. "The structure has to be able to withstand an attack either by an explosive or an electromagnetic attack or other scheme." ABC Group’s Omni-Threat Structures™ include scalable, cost-effective hardened buildings configurable to customer-defined levels of protection for critical infrastructure, power generation and distribution facilities, the military, financial institutions, and other critical infrastructure facilities. In comparison to higher cost, traditional methods requiring a separate metal structure within a building, ABC Group constructs a single structure that combines the physical security of concrete with electromagnetic shielding. This breakthrough method results in a shorter, more economical construction cycle, and lower building life cycle costs. Elimination of the building within the building negates the need for separate architecture, engineering and specialized construction. Specific to the power grid, ABC Group’s buildings offer secure storage of replacement electronic devices including test equipment and diagnostic sensors for a grid black start. Facilities that are particularly vulnerable include regional command centers, substations, disaster recovery facilities, operations control buildings and SCADA Rooms (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition). ABC Group’s Omni-Threat Structures ™ are ideally suited to secure critical aspects of the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure. Military applications for the structures include physically secure / hardened facilities such as TEMPEST data-communications centers, command and control operation centers and facilities to protect high-value assets such as aircraft. American Business Continuity Group has three decades of success as a high integrity industrial general contractor, a decade of success with specialized design-build hardened structures and experience in the nuclear power industry, building Fukushima Flex/ Beyond Design Basis structures that meet NRC Regulatory Guide 1.76 standards. Building on a history of success, the company now constructs EMP - IEMI shielded structures that also incorporates protection from ballistic /blast, natural threats, including Cat 5 hurricanes, EF-5 tornados, and seismic events. The group is currently constructing the Vertical Electro-Magnetic Pulse Simulator (VEMPS) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland. In addition to the ongoing work with University of Nebraska-Lincoln and NUtech Ventures, ABC Group has assembled a team of experts in the EMP / IEMI field, with a broad base of experience to support delivery of products and services to the power industry, the U.S. Military and all Homeland Security Critical Infrastructure Sectors. For further information, please contact Lisa Schunack, Marketing Director, American Business Continuity Group, LLC. lisa.schunack(at)americanbcg(dot)com 2500 NW 39th Street - Miami - Florida 33142 305.918.1222 For further information regarding technology developed at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, please contact Mauricio Suarez, Licensing Director, NUtech Ventures at msuarez(at)nutechventures(dot)org About NUtech Ventures: As the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s intellectual property and commercialization affiliate, NUtech Ventures facilitates the commercialization and practical use of innovations generated through the research at Nebraska. NUtech, protects, markets and licenses the university’s intellectual property, and connects innovators with the resources needed to start companies, develop products and create job.


2 Son elegibles para la oferta promocional los clientes básicos que estén en los siguientes planes: Unlimited Freedom; Unlimited, My Way; Everything Data; Simply Everything/ My All-In; $70/$75 UNL/ Best Buy One. Requiere un dispositivo capacitado para GSM y LTE. El uso principal debe realizarse en la red de Sprint de EE.UU.


OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Baby, it’s cold outside, so Sprint (NYSE: S) invites customers with Unlimited Freedom and Sprint Open World to warm up and receive unlimited high-speed data while roaming in Mexico and the Caribbean until March 31, 2017.1 Unlimited Freedom is the best value for data lovers in the U.S., and Sprint Open World extends that unlimited data value to Mexico and the Caribbean throughout the winter season. Customers with these great plans2 will enjoy unlimited high-speed data at no extra charge in vacation hot spots such as Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, the Virgin Islands and most other destinations in the Caribbean. For a full list of destinations, please visit www.sprint.com/sprintsouth. “Snowbirds looking to warm up make the holidays and winter months some of the busiest travel periods of the year,” said Roger Solé, Sprint chief marketing officer. “We want to make it easy and affordable for our customers to stay connected with friends and family as they travel abroad. This winter our customers traveling to Mexico and the Caribbean can enjoy some fun in the sun without worrying about high roaming charges or costly overage fees.” Year-round, customers traveling to North, Central and South America can enjoy unlimited text, talk and 1GB of high-speed data as part of Sprint Open World. Customers can learn more about Sprint Open World or other international calling options by browsing www.sprint.com/openworld, visiting a Sprint or RadioShack store, or calling 1-888-226-7212. Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 60.2 million connections as of Sept. 30, 2016, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint. 1 Data is at the highest speed made available by local provider. Unlimited data is for a limited time: Dec. 9, 2016 – March 31, 2017. 2 Base customers on the following plans are eligible for the promotional offer: Unlimited Freedom; Unlimited, My Way; Everything Data; Simply Everything/ My All-In; $70/$75 UNL/ Best Buy One. Requires GSM and LTE capable device. Primary usage must occur on the U.S. Sprint network.


News Article | April 8, 2016
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Drones – and promises about drones – seem ubiquitous these days. And some of what we associate with drones comes with varying degrees of scariness. We think of automated planes shooting missiles, drones flying near sensitive nuclear power plants or quadcopters crashing into crowds while filming. If we think about everyday possibilities, we envision toys for children or companies promising deliveries, which sounds like a futuristic version of Hitchcock’s horror film “The Birds.” However, drones – or, to use the technical term, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – show promise to help with a large number of societal and environmental problems. As a researcher in aerial robotics, I’m trying to bring some cutting-edge ideas for using drones closer to reality. Some of these projects aim to keep sensors alive, measure hazardous or remote environments, and deal with scenarios that would be dangerous to humans. As our world becomes more filled with sensors – such as on roads and bridges, as well as machines – it will be important to ensure the increasingly distributed monitoring devices have power. Here, drones can help. UAVs can provide wireless recharging to hard-to-access locations such as sensors monitoring bridges or floating sensors on lakes. Dr. Carrick Detweiler at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and I have developed a systemthat allows a UAV to fly to a bridge, identify which battery to charge, and wirelessly recharge it, in a manner similar to those pads on which you can just drop your cellphone. Over time, the UAV can visit repeatedly, recharging all of the batteries and keeping all the sensors live. That will provide more data to determine when the bridge needs repair. Lack of even one or two key pieces of data can make the rest of the monitoring less helpful, so having functioning, charged sensors is critical to keeping the information flowing. Our ongoing research also explores how to retrieve measurements from floating sensors, which will allow us to monitor water quality. Similar to working with bridge monitors, the UAV flies over the sensors, collecting data from each one and returning to a base station. This speeds up data processing, and improves data collection: without the UAV, researchers would have to get in a boat to collect all of the sensors. This is tedious and can be expensive, as the scientists need to drive a boat to a boat ramp, spend all day collecting the data from the sensors, reset the sensors and then analyze the data. If a sensor has failed in the time since the last visit, the scientist will discover this only when collecting data and will have lost all potential data, creating a hole in the data set and making it more difficult for the scientist to understand that environment. With a UAV, the scientist can relax in her office, send the UAV out for data on a daily basis, quickly identify failed sensors and have the UAV replace those sensors. The likelihood of gathering a good set of data that the scientist can use to learn more about our environment then increases. In addition to supporting monitoring devices, UAVs can take measurements themselves. Research at UNL is using UAVs to measure agricultural crop heights; Arizona State University scholars are gathering remote imagery to study the role of water in the environment; and Swiss researchers are mapping forest trails. Without UAVs, these tasks are harder. Crop heights would require farmers to visit all of their fields; ecohydrology would need expensive satellite or plane data collection; and forest trail mapping would require regular confirmation from hikers. These are only a few of the many ways that UAVs can help gather hard-to-measure things in hard-to-reach locations. UAVs can also help respond to disasters. We are exploring how UAVs can monitor rivers to predict floods, an extension of our prior work that only used sensors. Timely prediction of flooding requires extensive data, something easily obtainable in urban, developed areas. For rural and less developed areas, though, the infrastructure to measure rivers and weather for prediction is often too expensive. UAVs can supplement measurements to easily provide the appropriate information to improve predictions and save lives. Dr. Detweiler is also looking at how to start controlled burns with UAVs, to help fight wildfires and help with land management. Fire breaks help restrict wildfire movement, but creating them is dangerous to firefighters who are directly in the line of the fire. A UAV can fly close to the fire and drop small capsules in precise locations. Those capsules self-ignite and start a small controlled burn. Firefighters do not have to get close at all; they just have to identify the location for the UAV. They can also help with more man-made disasters. A group at DePaul University uses UAVs to monitor the Dead Sea and reveal archaeological sites that are being looted. Typically solving this problem would use satellites, where measurements are expensive and rare. UAVs provide more frequent and cheap options that could allow archaeologists to save these sites. As promising as UAVs are, though, much of the potential of these systems remains distant. Until the FAA decides how best to manage these systems (especially in the commercial context), UAVs will not fly around freely, especially out of the eyesight of a pilot. In addition, technical challenges remain, including reliable methods for avoiding obstacles and handling changing weather conditions (such as sudden high winds). Overall, UAVs have great potential for the good and useful. Hopefully, we remember that when the news focuses on the dangerous and frivolous.

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