U.S. group applies to feed hempseed meal and cake to laying hens

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The U.S. Hemp Feed Coalition (HFC) said it seeking approval of its first hemp product – hempseed meal and cake for laying hens – from the Association of American Feed Control Officials and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

The application was prepared by hemp and feed industry experts and researchers over two years, and is based on clinical trials and shared Certificates of Analysis from across the United States that demonstrate hempseed cake and meal can be consistently grown and processed.

HFC said it will now turn its attention to researching other hemp by-products: oil, sediment, hulls, pulp and screenings to investigate their potential as feed ingredients.

“Commoditizing safe and healthy by-products from hemp processing will provide farmer and processor revenue and build a steady supply as the industry matures in the next few years,” said Hunter Buffington, Executive Director of the HFC.

The Hemp Feed Coalition began in 2018 as a pilot project, and formed as a non-profit organization in 2020.

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