Hemp harvest in USA could hit 138,000 acres, trade group predicts


An estimated 115,000-138,000 acres (46,000-56,000 ha) of hemp will be harvested in the USA this year, soon after farmers had been licensed to develop 511,442 acres (207,000 ha) of the crop, according to a report from sector group Vote Hemp.

Although that total location of licensed fields is 4 occasions the analog information for 2018, some farmers who are granted licenses pick out not to plant, the group noted.

Vote Hemp’s figures are primarily based on an annual survey of state agriculture departments.

Citing trends in earlier years, Vote Hemp estimated that 230,000 acres (93,000 ha) of hemp had been planted, and predicted that only 50-60% of that will be harvested due to crop failure, non-compliant crops and other things.

The enormous raise in 2019 hemp fields comes following passage of the 2018 Farm Bill final December which basically legalized hemp across the USA.

Other development indicators

Also indicating the enormous development of the hemp sector in the United States, Vote Hemp reported: 

  • State licenses to cultivate hemp had been issued to 16,877 farmers and researchers, a 476% raise more than 2018.
  • Thirteen U.S. states set up new hemp applications this year.
  • The total quantity of hemp states now stands at 46 as only Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire and South Dakota have however to establish legal frameworks to establish hemp sector worth chains.

By defining industrial hemp as distinct and removing barriers to its production, states are capable to take benefit of federal hemp analysis and pilot applications outlined in the Farm Bill.

‘Time to develop infrastructure’

Beneath the provisions of the earlier Farm Bill (2014), farmers had been capable to develop crops for restricted hemp analysis applications only. 

“Now that we have lifted federal prohibition on hemp farming, it is time to develop the infrastructure and expand hemp cultivation and the marketplace for hemp goods across the nation,” stated Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp

Noting “hemp processors are essential to the development of the sector,” the report also documents dramatic investments and development in hemp processing facilities. 

States which license processors reported two,880 processing licenses, an raise of 483% more than 2018. But various important states which includes Colorado do not demand licensing of processors so processing capacity is in fact considerably larger, Vote Hemp noted. 

Extraction processing grows

The development of processing is largely for extraction, which  “positions the hemp sector properly to meet marketplace demand for extracts,” Vote Hemp stated, “but extra investment is necessary for fiber and grain processing.”

The new 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law Dec. 20, 2018, incorporates Section 10113 titled “Hemp Production,” which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, putting complete federal regulatory authority of hemp with U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA), and permitting state departments of agriculture to submit hemp plan plans for federal approval such approval permits them to regulate hemp cultivation according to their person state suggestions.

Removing roadblocks

The USDA is anticipated to release new federal regulations for hemp cultivation this fall as essential by Section 10114 of the Farm Bill states with authorized plans can start regulating hemp cultivation on their personal beginning in 2020.

In addition to defining hemp as cannabis that consists of no extra than .three% THC by dry weight, the 2018 Farm Bill asserts a “whole plant” definition of hemp, which includes plant extracts. It also removes roadblocks to the quickly developing hemp sector in the U.S., notably by authorizing and encouraging access to federal analysis funding for hemp, and removing restrictions on banking, water rights, and other regulatory roadblocks the hemp sector presently faces. The bill also explicitly authorizes crop insurance coverage for hemp

The 46 states that have set legal frameworks for hemp in the USA are: 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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