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As you now know, the industrial revolution of the 19th Century was a setback for hemp in world commerce, due to the lack of mechanized harvesting and breaking technology needed for mass production. But this natural resource was far too valuable to be relegated to the back burner of history for very long.
By 1916, U.S.D.A. Bulletin 404 predicted that a decorticating and harvesting machine would be developed, and hemp would again be Americas largest agricultural industry. In 1938, Popular Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering and others introduced a new generation of investors to fully operational hemp decorticating devices, bringing us to this next bit of history. Because of this machine, both indicated that hemp would soon be Americas number-one crop!
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