The oil and fiber of industrial hemp - the nonpsycho active variety of the Cannabis sativa plant - are legal to import but not to grow and are used by a number of manufacturers in both food and personal care products.
356 inform June 2009, Vol. 20 (6) Students turn corn, soy into new products Three teams of Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, USA) students that created new uses for corn and soybeans— melt-away cupcake liners, biodegradable cork, and toilet paper—took top honors in the 2009 Student Soybean and Corn Inno- vation Contests. The competition, sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, focuses on teach- ing students how to become innovative entrepreneurs. The awards were presented in March. “These contests are about more than just creating new products,” said Bernie TerraMat, a soy-based cork product created by Purdue University students Jacob Smoker, left, Tao, Indiana Soybean Alliance professor of and Mohamad Abiad, tied for the top prize in the 2009 Indiana Student Soybean Innovation soybean utilization at Purdue and an AOCS competition. Courtesy of Purdue Agricultural Communications. Photo by Tom Campbell. member. “These contests help the students take what they have learned in class and “Our team was thinking about creat- This year’s competition drew a record apply that knowledge to solve real-world ing waxed paper from soybeans or corn, 33 students on 12 teams—nine of which issues.” but we decided we wanted a more novel competed in both corn and soybean catego- Purdue’s TerraMat (see photo) and product,” said Erin Rosswurm, one of the ries. Other products in this year’s compe- Melt-A-Way Cupcake Liners teams tied for product’s inventors. “I was thinking one tition included a decomposable flowerpot, top honors in the soybean portion of the night about how waxed paper could be snow removal and de-icing solution, car competition, earning $17,500 each. improved and came up with the idea for a wax, paint balls, disposable cups, biode- TerraMat, a cork product that can cupcake liner. Our entire team has cooking gradable cigarette filters, hydroplaning be made of both soybeans and corn, was and food science experience, so the project solution, biodegradable shotgun cartridge created by Jacob Smoker and Mohamad used a combination of our interests and casings, and a biodegradable garden Abiad. backgrounds.” container. “We spent hours on the phone and in Rosswurm’s teammates were Victo- the lab, on conference calls and in meet- ings, trying to come up with an idea that ria Horton, Marci Colglazier, and Anna Verseman. Action on industrial hemp in the United would be new and innovative,” Smoker “One of my favorite memories from said. “One day while we were brainstorm- the contest was our first trial run, when ing in the lab, Mohamad noticed a synthetic cork board and suggested we try a natural, the cupcakes came out of the oven with no major problems,” Rosswurm said. “I States biodegradable cork product. We researched was so scared that we would have smoking Cultivation of industrial hemp in the United it and found that there were no corn- or soy- cupcakes or some other disaster and that States may become legal if a bill introduced bean-based cork products on the market.” we would have to start the process from in Congress is passed by both houses. With that, TerraMat was in the works. scratch.” The oil and fiber of industrial hemp—the The product can be used i
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