New findings present that U.S. hemp cultivation will increase are at an all-time excessive and present no indicators of slowing down.

Vote Hemp’s 2019 U.S. Hemp License Report reveals that greater than 500,000 acres of hemp have been licensed this yr, a 476% enhance from 2018. Almost 17,000 researchers and farmers throughout 34 states obtained state licenses for U.S. hemp cultivation in 2019. An extra 13 states even have hemp applications this yr.

Nevertheless, Vote Hemp says that solely about 230,000 acres will likely be planted in 2019. Solely 60% of that can progress to reap attributable to crop failure and failure to adjust to state laws. That is primarily attributable to lack of financing, entry to seed or clones and basic inexperience.

All hemp cultivation remains to be topic to the laws of the 2018 Farm Invoice. Hemp crops might not include greater than 0.3% THC by dry weight. The USDA can also be engaged on laws for hemp manufacturing that must be made obtainable within the fall.

“It’s time to construct the infrastructure and broaden hemp cultivation and the marketplace for hemp merchandise throughout the nation,” stated Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, in a assertion.

Hemp Analysis

The elevated curiosity in hemp cultivation additionally results in a necessity for extra analysis. In June, Oregon State College unveiled the most important hemp analysis heart within the U.S. This analysis heart will embody work in areas akin to public coverage, engineering and meals innovation. There are at present 40 OSU school members who have interaction in hemp instructing, analysis and extension providers.

“Our school are already acknowledged internationally because the go-to specialists for hemp analysis,” stated Alan Sams, Dean of the School of Agricultural Sciences. “The launch of this heart signifies our dedication to proceed to construct upon that established experience.”

Lazarus Naturals and Hemp

Lazarus Naturals is proud to develop its personal hemp on our farm in Central Oregon. Click on right here to be taught extra about Lazarus Farms from Evan Skandalis, our VP of Farm Operations.