Since the Farm Bill of 2018 allowed for the legal farming of industrial hemp, with a strict tolerance for all THC present in a plant at 0.3% maximum, farmers have struggled to find affordable, convenient, and reliable testing methods. Today, getting a hemp crop tested for THC levels is costly, averaging $550 and involves having a licensed “handler” come to your farm to cut samples from the number of plants requested by the lab, and then transporting them to said lab. More testing results in more damage to the farmer’s crop as well as a significant carbon footprint. We aim to eliminate much of this expense and carbon foot print with a better technological choice, Raman Spectroscopy.
Mariposa Technology will offer tests that are affordable, convenient, have maximum reliability, and can be conducted in the field. This will eliminate transportation and other chain of custody costs. Furthermore, conventional testing procedures require that the material must be desiccated prior to testing, while RS testing can be utilized on living samples before harvest. This means farmers can test more often and ensure their crop is in optimal condition before deciding to harvest. Current feedback from hemp farmers in Colorado, Florida and Louisiana has indicated that several pain points discussed above could be eliminated with an easy-to-read, hand-held tool which we are proposing to utilize.
The $10K prize will enable Mariposa Technology to launch it's full website, establish dataset partnerships, and build out the farmer contact visitation plans for this season's hemp crop. Not only will the cash prize help tremendously, the added value of winning the pitch.tech startup grind competition will be fantastic!