New findings show that U.S. hemp cultivation increases are at an all-time higher and show no indicators of slowing down.

Vote Hemp’s 2019 U.S. Hemp License Report shows that a lot more than 500,000 acres of hemp have been licensed this year, a 476% raise from 2018. Practically 17,000 researchers and farmers across 34 states received state licenses for U.S. hemp cultivation in 2019. An more 13 states also have hemp applications this year.

Having said that, Vote Hemp says that only about 230,000 acres will be planted in 2019. Only 60% of that will progress to harvest due to crop failure and failure to comply with state regulations. This is mainly due to lack of financing, access to seed or clones and common inexperience.

All hemp cultivation is nonetheless topic to the regulations of the 2018 Farm Bill. Hemp crops may perhaps not include a lot more than .three% THC by dry weight. The USDA is also operating on regulations for hemp production that need to be produced out there in the fall.

“It’s time to construct the infrastructure and expand hemp cultivation and the industry for hemp solutions across the nation,” mentioned Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, in a statement.

Hemp Investigation

The elevated interest in hemp cultivation also leads to a have to have for a lot more study. In June, Oregon State University unveiled the biggest hemp study center in the U.S. This study center will include things like function in regions such as public policy, engineering and meals innovation. There are at present 40 OSU faculty members who engage in hemp teaching, study and extension solutions.

“Our faculty are currently recognized internationally as the go-to professionals for hemp study,” mentioned Alan Sams, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. “The launch of this center signifies our commitment to continue to construct upon that established knowledge.”

Lazarus Naturals and Hemp

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