Cannabis Center in Jasper hosts ribbon-cutting
Agriculture leaders came together to celebrate the official opening of one of the largest hemp centers of its kind: Green Point Research Cannabis Center of Excellence
Green Point Research celebrates the official opening of its operational headquarters in Hamilton County, Florida, February 1, 2021. -Photo: Submitted
By Robin P. Pate, Green Point Research
JASPER, FL, February 1, 2021— Green Point Research, an international phytocannabinoid-rich biomass originator and processor, celebrated the official opening of its Hamilton County headquarters and 32-acre Cannabis Center of Excellence with a ribbon-cutting event held in partnership with Hamilton County Board of Commissioners and Hamilton County Economic Development Authority (EDA), and North Florida Economic Development Partnership.
The event comes just several weeks after the company announced its purchase of the property, located in an Opportunity Zone, in an economic development agreement with the County. David Hasenauer welcomed attendees and shared his vision for the future of the campus location that he expects will be a Southeast hub for innovation, sustainable agriculture, and economic prosperity. Guest speakers included Deborah Tannenbaum, Florida’s Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture; Holly Bell, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Director of Cannabis; Randy Ogburn, Hamilton County Board of Commissioners Chairman; and Chadd Mathis, Hamilton County Economic Development Authority Executive Director.
The campus is already serving as a logistics and drying hub for the company. In December 2020, over 150,000 pounds of hemp biomass were shipped out of the facility to customers across the Southeast, primarily in Florida. The company’s hemp dryer has also now been installed at the facility and provides unique large-scale capacity with its ability to dry greater than 4 input tons of hemp her hour. Extraction and laboratory equipment is being installed this week that will allow the company to extract and process cannabidiol (CBD), and other refined cannabinoid products.
“Our goal has always been to serve farmers by providing them with the hemp services they need to be successful,” said David Hasenauer, Green Point CEO. “The newly-installed dryer and infrastructure additions will help provide farmers with the scale, accessibility, and expertise needed to more productively and profitably farm hemp. We could not be more pleased to be Cultivating A Better Future in Hamilton County, one of the top producing agriculture counties in the country.”
“Florida’s reputation as an agricultural and economic powerhouse is driven by its superior environmental conditions such as abundant sunlight and rich soil, and a culture of growth and innovation, as demonstrated by this facility,” said Deborah Tannenbaum, Florida Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture. “Congratulations to Green Point Research and Hamilton County on the significant progress with this facility and for the agriculture industry.”
Florida’s Director of Cannabis, Holly Bell, provided context on the growth of the hemp industry and the opportunity that exists for the county. “Florida has over 23,000 acres approved for cultivation, yet in 2020, only 293 acres were planted,” Bell stated. “Over a third of the acres successfully planted in the State in 2020 were in Hamilton County with Green Point Research and local farms. Hamilton County has demonstrated its capacity for agriculture excellence, and we look forward to continued progress with Green Point’s newly expanded capabilities.”
“Hamilton County’s friendly business climate and superior environmental conditions make it an ideal location for agriculture activity,” said Randy Ogburn, Hamilton County Board of Commissions Chair. Ogburn continued, “We are very excited to see the progress Green Point Research has already made in its infrastructure and facility build out.”
“We continue to be impressed with David Hasenauer’s vision for Green Point Research and the impact the company will bring to our region,” said Chadd Mathis, Hamilton County Economic Development Authority Executive Director. Mathis continued, “As a result of this investment, we expect the agriculture and manufacturing interest in this area will continue for decades to come.”
The company successfully yielded two hemp harvests last year, including one that was deemed the largest legal hemp harvest in the State’s history. Green Point is gearing up for a busy hemp planting season this spring as many farmers will be looking for expertise and services as they prepare to expand current hemp farming acreage or add hemp to their existing crop rotations.
Green Point Research (GPR) is a vertically integrated hemp phytocannabinoid-rich biomass originator and processor founded in 2016. GPR controls its supply chain from seed to processing bulk cannabinoids for business-to-business sale. Satividol, a cannabidiol (CBD) softgel, is among the products the company produces. Contact Green Point Research at 954-500-HEMP to learn more about the Green Point Method® and how to purchase seeds, seed starts, and clones. For more information, please visit www.greenpointresearch.com.