The Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast

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

Episode 041 Luka Fajs - Eclipse Diagnostics

December 1st, 2019

If you're growing hemp, testing it is just part of doing business.  It can be expensive, time consuming and sometimes render inconsistent results. But Imagine if testing could be done on site and in the field in about 5 minutes.  Well this week we sit down with Luka Fajs, CEO of Eclipse Diagnostics to discuss their new testing tool that could make it easier for all farmers to test their hemp crop.  It's small, easy to use and affordable.   

As a PhD in microbiology, Luka brings expertise to an industry that is growing fast and is looking to bring his new tool to market in 2020.  As always please like, share and subscribe to the Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast!


Episode 040 Taimour Azhar - The Hempville

November 24th, 2019

This week we talk with Taimour Azhar, an ambitious hemp processor in North Carolina.  Trained as an electrical engineer and having extensive experience in large scale manufacturing, Taimour is well suited to become a leader in decortication and wants to share his knowledge so the industry can continue to grow.

It's never easy being early in an industry still in its infancy, but he's starting to hit his stride this year and hopes to grow his production to over 2500 acres.  He offers hemp fiber, hurd and micro fiber for the American market and demand seems to be insatiable.  

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Episode 039 Ryan Doherty - Hemp Ventures

November 20th, 2019

This week we speak with Ryan Doherty of Hemp Ventures an innovative startup exploring the possibilities of hemp from textiles to 3D printing.  As a former employee of the now defunct Sunstrand, Ryan has gained significant industry knowledge of hemp processing, retting and product development. Through education he's helping to bring industrial hemp to the mainstream.  Please like, share and subscribe to the Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast and follow us on instagram @hempentrepreneurpodcast.   


Episode 038 Bob and Alex Escher - Escher Design

November 12th, 2019

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

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


Episode 037 Ana Konopitskaya & Chris Hertz - Design Philadelphia

October 27th, 2019

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

Episode 036 Sarah Yetman - Sovereignport

October 17th, 2019

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


Episode 035 Big Mike - Advanced Nutrients

October 14th, 2019

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


Episode 034 Anthony Sullivan & Dave Christian - MontKush

October 3rd, 2019

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

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

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

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



Episode 033 Michael Townsend - Hemptown USA

September 27th, 2019

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


Episode 032 Brad Wenger - New Holland

September 19th, 2019

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