Hemp is actually quite useful! As you mention it can be used for rope, oils and chicken feed. Go for it:-)
I did an article awhile back on industrial hemp. And I also have hulled hemp seed in my fridge right now from Bob's Red Mill. I love it. It tastes like pine nuts.
PAPER PRODUCTS: Cardboard, filter paper, fine specialty paper, newsprint, packaging paper, stationary
BUILDING PRODUCTS: Concrete blocks (I picked up a piece of concrete made from hemp. It was VERY light and very tough), fiber board, fiberglass substitute (Henry Ford made and ran a whole car from hemp, the 'fiberglass' he hit with a sledgehammer in cold weather and it didn't even mar.), insulation material, mortar, and stucco. Hempcrete is easier to work than traditional lime mixes and acts as an insulator and moisture regulator. It lacks the brittleness of cement and consequently does not need expansion joints The building material also is self-insulating; resistant to rotting, rodents and insects; and fireproof, waterproof and weather resistant.
OIL: Personal Hygiene: bath gels, cosmetics, shampoo, soaps.
OTHER OIL: Industrial oils, food products, cooking oil
TEXTILES: Apparel (I have a dress made from hemp and it is so soft, needs no ironing, its mildew resistant which is why hemp is also great for shower curtains, and the longer you use the material, the softer it gets)(also they had a 25 year old t-shirt there, but looked brand new, though the writing was faded from usage), canvas, carpets, denim (the 1st denim jeans were made from hemp fiber), handbags, socks, shoes, work clothing.
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS: Agri-fibre composites, brake/clutch linings, caulking, nets, rope, tarps, twine
INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS: Coatings, fuel oils, lubricants, and oil based paints, printer inks, putty's, solvents, varnishes.
FOODS: Food supplements, granola, margarine, coffee, protein rich flour, salad oil, seed cakes. (I had some bread, which sort of tasted like Russian rye? And some granola snack stuff.
Both were good. Sorry didn't try the coffee)
Some FACTS about INDUSTRIAL hemp:
#1 producer of biomass per acre in the world
If grown for the production of biomass fuels, can provide all of our gas, oil and coal needs and end dependency on fossil fuels. Biomass fuels offer a clean alternative to fossil fuels.
Has a heating value of 8,000 BTU/lb with virtually no residual sulfur or ash during combustion.
One acre will produce as much pulp for paper each year as 4.1 acres of trees will over a 20-year period.
Using hemp paper could replace 40-70% of all tree pulp used for corrugated boxes, computer paper and paper bags.
The hemp papermaking process requires no dioxin-producing chlorine bleach and uses 75-85% less sulfur-based acid.
Produces the strongest, most durable soft-fiber on earth. Until the 1820's up to 80% of all textiles and fabrics for clothing, canvas, and linens were made from hemp
Is more stronger, more durable, warmer and more absorbent than cotton, best of all, it can be grown more places than cotton.
An acre of land will produce 2-3 times more fiber as cotton, about 1,000 pounds per acre.
Hemp seed has an oil content of 34%, more than any other seed. Second only to whale oil in quality.
Once hemp seeds have been harvested of oil, the remaining seed cake is second only to Soya bean for protein content and is an excellent source of nutrition for either farm animals or humans.
The whole seed contains about 25% protein, 30% carbs, 15% insoluble fiber, carotene, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, Vits E,C,B1,B2,B3 and B6, Hemp seed is one of the best sources of Fatty acids with a perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega6 Linolenic acid and Omega3 Linolenic Acid.
Has a short growing season of 90-110 days
Is very easy on the soil and returns 60% of the nutrients taken from the soil when dried in the field. The roots also help alleviate soil compaction
Is heat and drought tolerant.
Requires no herbicide, pesticide or fungicide
Ok.. sorry to sidetrack there