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Industry group aims to develop high-CBD varieties that won’t go hot

A coalition of hemp farmers plans to screen seed-propagated hemp varieties to determine which ones may be able to produce mother stock for clones that will consistently meet federal THC limits. The project aims to get more cultivars listed with the global Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA). The project grew out of a state-appointed panel of hemp entrepreneurs in Colorado tasked with finding strategies to help the new industry. It was developed by the…

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Protecting Your Hemp Intellectual Property

The non-profit organization Agricultural Genomics Foundation (AGF) and The Fat Pig Society (FPS) want to invite you to participate in a third party neutral project that will protect  hemp farmers by accelerating the identification, validation and listing of clonally maintained CBD hemp plants. We intend to help identify hemp plants with the highest production and the lowest risk, while ensuring that your  Intellectual property rights and royalties are protected. See More

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Expansion of production

In order to fulfill on its promises to provide up to 20 small organic hemp farmers with $100K incomes from 2020’s harvest, Fat Pig Society is taking on the responsibility of attempting to increase its capacity to process that volume of material using their existing system. 2020’s proposed increase represents 10-20x increase over FPS’ 2019 volumes. FPS’ Operations (Scaling) FPS is working on techniques to increase their on-site extraction output by 300-400% ( and is…

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Expansion of Sales

In order to fulfill on its promises to provide up to 20 small organic hemp farmers with $100K incomes from 2020’s harvest, Fat Pig Society is taking on the responsibility of attempting to increase its retail and bulk sales to match this growth. 2020’s proposed increase represents 10-20x increase over FPS’ 2019 sales volumes and revenue. Bill shared his ideas about how FPS would increase its capacity this year. Bill envisions a strategy combining: 1)…

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CBD & “holistic health and wellness”

Bill and Iginia have each been using CBD for a decade to treat chronic pain problems. Our co-founding member John Long, who passed away from cancer in 2017, used high doses of CBD to treat his pain and related conditions. FPS is proud to report we have given away thousands of jars of CBD–about 30% of our total production, as a norm. We know countless individuals have benefitted and have become loyal customers through this…

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Why FPS Wants a Producers COOP

According to USDA statistics, the average age of farmers continues to rise, while farm incomes continue to decline. In Colorado and across the U.S., the phrase “succession crisis” indicates that many farms are at risk of being lost forever unless there is some way to make farms more profitable. Organic farms face additional economic barriers and are thus often further marginalized.  Fat Pig Society is a worker-owned co-op and “research and development think tank,” incubating…

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The Path to Certified Hemp Varieties

This year, across the U.S., most farmers who try help will get burned. Half of what was planted this year is likely to not be harvested. This is due to lots of bad actors in that space, and few protections for farmers. Indeed: many hemp operations in the U.S. now have been funded through illegitimate means (“briefcases full of cash,” which Bill himself has been approached with numerous times by unscrupulous individuals). And there is…

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The business model

FPS is exclusively interested in organic farming, and therefore, in targeting their ultra-organic, “clean” “whole plant” product to the LOHAS market (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability). By maintaining rigorous organic standards for the crop as well as the finished product, FPS boasts the highest quality for taste in the industry. The LOHAS sector also highly values the social impacts of their purchases and when given a choice between purchasing from farmers who need the money…

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THE NEED FOR A CBD PRODUCERS COOPERATIVE

We intend to accomplish our mission through eventually offering our existing “fat pig” model (a demonstration of the economic potential possible through vertical integration) to become owned and controlled by a future independent producer-owned cooperative that we refer to as “Colorado Organic Farmers” or “COF.” Through our best efforts, COF would gradually be incubated from this initial group of farmers coming together around this unique offer. By expanding our vertically integrated operations for up to…

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Fat Pig Society- NO MORE FARMER RIP OFF

We believe strongly in cooperative practices and the cooperative business model. “Farmers gets a penny, store gets a dollar” is the reason farms are hurting economically. We believe in cutting out middlemen to directly empower farmers through economic cooperation and vertical integration. Capturing all the value added of our products is the key to preserving farm land and farm businesses for multiple generations. We want to do this in order to save family farms, not…

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