What Are The Kenaf Challenges,  Solutions and Opportunities in the USA?

  How does one get started in the kenaf industry for their particular needs and wants? 

    "Right here at Kenaf Partners USA" 

   Myself and many of our current partners have asked where do we start and how do we get started? 

   It is from the Permaculture Design courses I learned about the many benefits of plant guilds and how different plants provide different benefits to other plants. Working together each plant thrives and a state of regeneration comes into existence. With this in mind I hope we find a way to work together and share our talents, resources and knowledge in a way that benefits each of us and we become a "Regenerative Sharing Community".

   You are not alone and it will take a team of partners to help you get started and keep your business growing! This is your place to learn, share and connect with others in this new industry.

   Selecting the right seed, connecting with buyers, sellers, investors, farmers, processors, manufacturers and entrepreneurs and the sharing of information for decision making and more, begins right here.

Why Am I Doing This

   It started in 2011 having a discussion with a veteran Permaculture Designer about the importance of watersheds and watershed management. As a result I have looked into various aspects of this topic and found important statistics that I could not overlook. It was the culmination of these statistics and getting through the processes to get to the bottom of "why" regarding flooding, drought, pollution, human health, environmental health, economics in the USA etc. that drove my hunger to find an entry point that made sense and could have a beneficial outcome in each of these areas. What I have discovered is kenaf has the potential of improving conditions in each of these areas.

Statistics Affecting and Related to our Largest Watershed

  • The Mississippi Watershed includes 37 states and 2 Canadian Provinces.
  • In 1945 the US with 5% of the world population was producing 45% of the worlds consumable goods from this watershed.
  • Agriculture in the USA is the largest industry in the USA by 20 times the next largest industry.
  • Agriculture pollution is the largest polluting industry in the USA taking onsite pollution only.
  • Corn, soy, cotton, and wheat farmers are struggling to survive and many have no idea of what would make sense in terms of other choices. 
  • Livestock farming is also dependent upon corn and soy and their waste practices contribute to pollution in various ways.
  • The farming industry supports other industries and plays a key role in the economics of their local communities and the communities that provide the things they need to do business.
  • International trade agreements now and in the future affect supply and demand for our farmers' products, affect market prices and farmer profit, outside the control of our farmers.

The list goes on!


  • Pollution from on site agriculture practices include erosion of valuable soil, tilling releasing stored CO2 in soils, fuel used on site and CO2 released into our atmosphere, use of toxic chemicals that get into our waterways, food, bodies and environment.
  • "Best Practices" taught in our universities, promoted by vested interests and practiced by most farmers are the cause of these pollutions.
  • Vested interests have interfered with alternative choices based on profit and potential competition.
  • Options offered to farmers in most cases are too costly for farmers to take advantage of out of pocket and loans from conventional institutions are not made available for these options. Some of these options take several years to see a return on their investments that farmers cannot afford.
  • Solutions offered are profit motivated and not in the best interest of our farmers' success.
  • More and more farmers are beginning to see that what they are doing is not sustainable and not improving their bottom line. They are also under peer pressure and other social situations, holding them back from stepping out of the social traps and changing the way they do business.

   I see introducing kenaf as a rotational cash crop to farmers as a way of helping them transition gradually through the steps of sustainability, resilience and ultimately regenerative practices while improving their bottom line. In addition proper soil testing, proper plant spacing, key-line plowing on contour, diverse cover cropping, little or no till can help our farmers lower input costs, increase yield and their profit too, as part of their transition! 

   This can be done by lowering input costs, increasing yield and profit while they continue to grow corn, soy, cotton and wheat. The introduction of kenaf, diverse cover crops, little or no-til, key-line plowing, proper soil testing and sustainable amendments for optimum soil health can be part of the transition process, depending on site condition and layout, available resources and community specifics. Utilizing all of these successful actions where and when appropriate would be the ideal scene. It is the ideal scene that we want to work towards and take actions over time based on results.

   By introducing these things and making kenaf seed available and grown in the USA, the farmer can start eliminating pollution on site and help restore the Mississippi Watershed while improving the quality of their own life and the lives of others. 

   Sounds like it could work, but what could possibly prevent this from occurring? The same answer to that question could also be the same for the question "What do we need to do, to make it happen"? Our current estimate is we will need 600,000 acres of seed growing operations in the USA,  to provide enough seed for 11% of the acres currently growing corn, soy, cotton and wheat. This is the first thing that needs to happen. Without a sufficient supply of viable and affordable seed, the rest becomes a mute point.

   Once we have enough kenaf seed available for our farmers to start using kenaf as a rotational cash crop, kenaf fiber growing operations can begin and start supplying USA processors and manufacturers with the quantity and quality of kenaf fibers and wood they need.

   We are currently discovering what seed varieties of kenaf will produce seed in each state. We have 31 varieties pre-selected and the germination reports are coming in. At the end of our 2019 season we will know what seed varieties meet our germination seed yield requirements. This is one key point the Kenaf Seed Pilot Program is designed for. See Research

   Planning ahead goes hand in hand with strategic planning. We know we will need equipment and infrastructure for seed growing operations as well as fiber and wood growing operations. Connecting farmers and investors and lab results for each kenaf variety for manufacturers and processors at these early stages will contribute to the overall success of the kenaf industry in the USA. Like the boy scouts motto "be prepared"!

   At the end of the 2019 Research, we will have valuable information that can be used to predict a number of factors needed to plan for the 2020 seed growing season and beyond.

If you want to make small changes, change how you do things. If you want to make major changes, change how you see things. Don Campbell

Solutions For The Kenaf Industry

    Our solutions at Kenaf Partners USA Headquarters are to address this strategically, connecting the players who can work out the details of doing business with each other.

  1. Our strategy is with interested parties ready to launch the seed growing operations in the USA sufficient to keep up with growing demand for kenaf seed for seed growing operations as well as enough seed for fiber and wood operations.
  2. Oversee and evaluate Research "Results" for prediction and strategic planning with our partners.
  3. Attract investors with the same focus on "Successful Businesses Using Kenaf".
  4. On a continuing basis getting the word "kenaf" out there so others know what it is and what its' potentials are. Books, t-shirts, mugs and other promotional items.
  5. Providing information about new farming practices that reduce input costs, increase yields, reduce pollution, improve health and profit.
  6. Make available promotional material, press releases and other tools that pave the way to successful businesses who use kenaf.
  7. Introducing kenaf, "gradually" as a rotation cash crop for corn, soy, cotton and other crops.

   Over 20 years ago the USDA did research on kenaf in nearly every US state with a positive recommendation as a rotational crop. First we need the seed supply grown in the USA to handle the demand now and in the future.

What You Need to Know About Kenaf 

What You Know We Need

  • We are here to provide you what you need to know to make decisions and make connections to get started. 
  • What you have learned (good or bad) we consider valuable and by sharing it, a regenerative community of Kenaf Partners will be there for you and the rest of us in the future. Special forms (on this web site) will be made available for you to share your knowledge and experience and make connections.
  • We believe we learn best by doing and observing along the way to make adjustments and make improvements. 

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