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We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a three year CRAiLAR® Flax fiber supply agreement with Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP starting Sept. 1, 2011.
In March of 2011 we announced a short-term purchasing agreement with Georgia-Pacific using CRAiLAR Flax fibers. This allowed Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products to purchase CRAiLAR Flax fiber from NAT for additional product testing.
“It is extremely gratifying to conclude this commercialization agreement for CRAiLAR Flax fibers with Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products,” said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT. “Our agreement with Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products holds considerable potential in the fields of use indicated thus far, and we will be able to continue to explore further uses for CRAiLAR Flax fiber.”
We are pleased to announce that we have entered into an agreement with Carolina Eastern Precision Ag, of Pamplico, S.C., to provide agronomic consultation to our company and our contractors in the region. Under the terms of the agreement, Carolina Eastern will assist us in the recruitment of growers and contractors, and advise on all cultivation related to flax that will be turned into our branded CRAiLAR fibre including seeding rates, fertilization and weed control. We plan to contract more than 15,000 acres of flax, grown as a winter crop, in the first year. The harvest will be the first used under a purchasing agreement with HanesBrands for CRAiLAR Flax fibre announced in March 2011. This follows an 18-month pilot program with HanesBrands and the United States Department of Agricultureʼs Agricultural ResearchService (USDA – ARS), which verified the opportunity for flax growth in the region.
By the first quarter of 2012, we anticipate we will build an integrated facility in Williamsburg County capable of producing 300,000 lbs. of CRAiLAR Flax fiber per week. S.C. is one of two flax fibre producing regions we’ve strategically chosen for the location of facilities. “This announcement is a culmination of a two-year process that took a significant amount of effort from South Carolinaʼs Department of Commerce, the USDA – ARS, Williamsburg County, and HanesBrands,” said Jason Finnis, our founder and COO. “We are confident in the experience and relationships that Carolina Eastern brings to our team,” continued Finnis, “And we anticipate that their teamʼs knowledge of the region, from both the agronomic and economic standpoints, will allow us to quickly and smoothly ramp up production demand to bring CRAiLAR Flax to market”.
The Carolina Eastern team will be led by Charles “Russell” Duncan, who spent 27 years as an agricultural extension agent in the Pee Dee area of S.C. with Clemson University. A native of S.C., he worked in Clarendon, Florence, Marion and Williamsburg counties during his tenure, and served as administrator for the Clarendon and Williamsburg offices. He is currently serving as chair of the International Certified Crop Adviser board, a national program of the American Society of Agronomy, which has established benchmarks for education, experience and ethics in agronomy.
“CRAiLAR Flax fibre is one of the most well-researched agronomic opportunities weʼve seen in South Carolina in my entire career,” said Duncan. “Between their partnerships with a well established end-user in HanesBrands, along with institutional research and the potential for local financing, we are excited about the opportunity we will be presenting in coming months and hope for a long-term opportunity to be established among farmers looking for winter crop alternatives.”
Farmer Field Day
A farmer field day, to be held on Wednesday, August 3 in Kingstree, S.C., is expected to attract more than 100 farmers in the region who are interested in growing an alternative cash crop to wheat in the winter months. We will be hosting this event with Carolina Eastern, and it will be supported by the USDA office in Clemson, S.C., HanesBrands and Arbor One Farm Credit. We intend to leverage regional sustainable agricultural initiatives to fund a portion of the capital requirement to grow better established in this region.
CRAiLAR Flax Fiber Production in South Carolina
We have recently completed winter growing trials in a combined study with the USDA – ARS and HanesBrands, and have identified the varietals that will produce the best fibre yields in a growing season that traditionally can only produce winter wheat. Dr. Jonn Foulk, Research Scientist, USDA – ARS, assisted with the research. He has studied flax production in the region for nearly a decade, “As a winter crop, we found that South Carolina offers significant upsides to growing varietals of flax that are needed to produce CRAiLAR fiber,” said Dr. Foulk. “The climate is ideal, the fertilization and weed control are minimal and the winter rainfall provides adequate irrigation. Additionally, production in the southeastern U.S. has the potential to enhance rural economic growth and to supply a natural domestic source of fibre to industries.”
In August 2010 we signed a ten month sublease on a facility in Kingstree, S.C., where we’ve scaled-up flax fibre production by conducting the decortication process of CRAiLAR Flax fibre. The facility was originally established to conduct processing of flax fibre under a USDA initiative.
Companies with which we are currently engaged in purchasing or development agreements include Georgia-Pacific, Levi Strauss & Company, Cintas Corporation, Ashland Inc. and HanesBrands.
We are pleased to announce that we’ve entered into a short term CRAiLAR® Flax fiber supply agreement with Georgia-Pacific LLC (GP) beginning April 2011 to support evaluation of processing CRAiLAR flax fiber in formed materials.
Recently completing product-forming trials using CRAiLAR flax fibers, the supply agreement will allow for GP to purchase CRAiLAR flax fiber from NAT for additional product testing.
“We are excited to explore this aspect of possible development,” said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT. “Our partnership with GP has proven to be a truly collaborative effort. We believe this step is important to identifying potential applications of our technology beyond those we are already exploring.”
Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging and building products . They have approximately 300 manufacturing facilities across North America, South America and Europe, ranging from large pulp, paper and tissue operations to gypsum plants, box plants and building products complexes.
A group of hemp farmers and business leaders were arrested earlier last week for digging up the DEA headquarters lawn to plant industrial hemp seeds.
Among those arrested were Will Allen, a 70 year old organic sunflower and canola farmer from Vermont, Wayne Hauge, a 51 year old grandfather that grows garbonzo beans in North Dakota, Isaac Nicholson, owner of sustainable lifestyle clothing line Livity and David Bronner, president of US based multi million dollar soap company Dr. Bronners Soaps. For years now, both Nicholson and Bronner have been forced to buy hemp cross borders due to the DEA’s restrictions on industrial hemp.
Although we agree with the message and can completely understand their frustration, we have to disagree with the tactics used. Acts such as these encourage stereotypes of hemp activists and dilute the real story of a crop that has such great potential.
We’ve believe that it’s important to influence law makers by initiating and proving out the market potential for industrial hemp products. We are showing through our relationships with some of the worlds leading consumer brands, such as Hanes and Georgia Pacific, that there is a consumer pull for the product on a massive scale. We believe this pull will demonstrate hemp’s viability and will influence lawmakers and farmers to re-legalize and grow hemp.
Currently nine states – Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont and West Virginia – allow industrial hemp production but federal law, which requires nearly “impossible to obtain” permits in order to grow hemp, trumps state laws.