Vote Hemp Releases Report: Licensed Hemp Acreage Quadruples in 2019


WASHINGTON, DC — Vote Hemp, the nation’s top grassroots hemp advocacy organization, has released its 2019 U.S. Hemp License Report. The report documents state-by-state progress of hemp legislation passed in 2019, reported licensed acreage of hemp, identifies states with active hemp farming applications and estimates the quantity of hemp that will be planted in this important year following the federal legalization of hemp via the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill. To view the comprehensive 2019 U.S. Hemp License Report, please take a look at:

“We are seeing hemp cultivation significantly expand in the U.S. in 2019, with more than quadruple the quantity of acres licensed in hemp compared to final year and the addition of 13 a lot more states with hemp applications,” stated Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp. “Now that we have lifted federal prohibition on hemp farming, it is time construct the infrastructure and expand hemp cultivation and the industry for hemp solutions across the nation so that all can reap the positive aspects of this versatile and sustainable crop.”

Considering the fact that the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp cultivation in the U.S. has grown swiftly. The quantity of acres of hemp licensed across 34 states totaled 511,442 in 2019—more than quadruple the quantity of acres licensed from the preceding year. State licenses to cultivate hemp had been issued to 16,877 farmers and researchers, a 476% enhance more than 2018. Licensing is a very good indicator to show intent but we know from preceding years that substantially much less hemp is planted than what is licensed due to a wide variety of components such as access to seed and/or clones, a lack of financing as nicely as inexperience. This will be the case once more for 2019 and Vote Hemp estimates that 230,000 acres of hemp will really be planted and 50-60% of that will be harvested due crop failure, non-compliant crops and other components resulting in 115,000-138,000 acres of harvested hemp.

Hemp processors are important to the development of the market and the report also documents dramatic investments and development in hemp processing facilities. States which license processors reported two,880 processing licenses, an enhance of 483% more than 2018. Numerous important states such as Colorado do not license processors so processing capacity is really substantially larger. The development in processors is largely for extraction and positions the hemp market nicely to meet industry demand for extracts but a lot more investment is necessary for fiber and grain processing.

The new 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law by the President on December 20, 2018, involves Section 10113 titled “Hemp Production,” which removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, areas complete federal regulatory authority of hemp with USDA, and permits State departments of agriculture to submit hemp system plans for approval and regulate hemp cultivation per their State distinct applications. The USDA is anticipated to release new federal regulations for hemp cultivation this fall as expected by Section 10114 of the Farm Bill and states with authorized plans can commence regulating hemp cultivation below the new Farm Bill provisions beginning in 2020.

In addition to defining hemp as cannabis that consists of no a lot more than .three% THC by dry weight, the 2018 Farm Bill asserts a ‘whole plant’ definition of hemp, such as plant extracts and removes roadblocks to the swiftly increasing hemp market in the U.S., notably by authorizing and encouraging access to federal study funding for hemp, and removing restrictions on banking, water rights, and other regulatory roadblocks the hemp market at the moment faces. The bill also explicitly authorizes crop insurance coverage for hemp. For a lot more information on the distinct hemp provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill, please verify out Vote Hemp’s weblog post, “Hemp in the Farm Bill: What Does It Imply?”

Amongst the quickest-increasing categories in the organic foods market, hemp seed is a wealthy supply of Omega-three and Omega-six important fatty acids (EFAs), giving each SDA and GLA, hugely-digestible protein, and naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E and iron. An superb supply of dietary fiber, hemp seed is also a comprehensive protein—meaning it consists of all ten important amino acids, with no enzyme inhibitors, producing it a lot more digestible by the human physique. Advancements in hemp study and manufacturing demonstrate the exceptional versatility and item-possible for hemp. Hemp bast fiber has shown promising possible to replace graphene in supercapacitor batteries, which could then be employed to energy electric automobiles and handheld electric devices and tools. Hemp fiber can also be employed to develop environmentally friendly packaging supplies, and challenging bio-plastics for use in all the things from airplanes to car or truck components. Hemp homes are also on the rise, as hempcrete, which is power-effective, non-toxic, resistant to mold, insects and fire, has numerous benefits to synthetic creating supplies, lumber and concrete.

To date, forty-six states have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production. These states are capable to take quick benefit of the industrial hemp study and pilot system provision, Section 7606 of the Farm Bill: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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Vote Hemp is a national, single-concern, non-profit organization devoted to the acceptance of and a free of charge industry for industrial hemp and to adjustments in present law to enable U.S. farmers to as soon as once more develop the hemp commercially. Far more facts about hemp law, legislation and the crop’s numerous makes use of may perhaps be identified at


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