Vote Hemp Releases 2018 U.S. Hemp Crop Report Documenting Industrial Hemp Cultivation and State Legislation in the U.S.


WASHINGTON, DC — Vote Hemp, the nation’s major grassroots hemp advocacy organization, has released its 2018 U.S. Hemp Crop Report. The report documents state-by-state progress of hemp legislation passed in 2018, reported acreage of hemp grown, identifies states with active hemp pilot farming applications and advocacy operate the organization has lead more than the previous year major up to the federal legalization of hemp by way of the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill. To view the total 2018 U.S. Hemp Crop Report, please check out:

“We’ve noticed hemp cultivation considerably expand in the U.S. in 2018, with more than triple the quantity of acres planted in hemp compared to final year and the addition of four much 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 to invest our power in expanding hemp cultivation and the marketplace for hemp items across the nation so that all can reap the positive aspects of this versatile, historic American crop.”

Because the passage of Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill, “Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Investigation,” hemp cultivation in the U.S. has grown quickly. The quantity of acres of hemp grown across 23 states totaled 78,176 in 2018—more than triple the quantity of acres from the earlier year. State licenses to cultivate hemp had been issued to three,544 farmers and researchers and 40 universities carried out investigation on the crop, much more than double the quantity of licenses issued in 2017. The new 2018 Farm Bill, signed into law by the President on December 20, 2018, incorporates Section 10113 titled “Hemp Production,” which removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, locations complete federal regulatory authority of hemp with USDA, and enables State departments of agriculture to submit hemp plan plans for approval and regulate hemp cultivation per their State certain applications.

In addition to defining hemp as cannabis that includes no much 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 quickly developing hemp market in the U.S., notably by authorizing and encouraging access to federal investigation funding for hemp, and removing restrictions on banking, water rights, and other regulatory roadblocks the hemp market presently faces. The bill also explicitly authorizes crop insurance coverage for hemp. The complete text of the hemp provisions in the Farm Bill of 2018 may possibly be discovered at: For much more specifics on the certain 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-developing categories in the all-natural foods market, hemp seed is a wealthy supply of Omega-three and Omega-six necessary fatty acids (EFAs), delivering each SDA and GLA, extremely-digestible protein, and naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E and iron. An outstanding supply of dietary fiber, hemp seed is also a total protein—meaning it includes all ten necessary amino acids, with no enzyme inhibitors, producing it much more digestible by the human physique. Advancements in hemp investigation 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 utilised to energy electric automobiles and handheld electric devices and tools. Hemp fiber can also be utilised to make environmentally friendly packaging supplies, and challenging bio-plastics for use in every thing from airplanes to auto 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 developing supplies, lumber and concrete.

To date, forty-1 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 investigation and pilot plan provision, Section 7606 of the Farm Bill: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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Vote Hemp is a national, single-challenge, non-profit organization devoted to the acceptance of and a absolutely free marketplace for industrial hemp and to alterations in existing law to let U.S. farmers to after once again develop the agricultural crop. A lot more data about hemp legislation and the crop’s numerous utilizes may possibly be discovered at To request


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