The Best States for Growing Hemp in the US

Growing hemp is now legal in the United States, as long as the crop contains a maximum of 0.3% THC in dry weight. But where are the best states to grow hemp? Colorado, Oregon, South Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Idaho, Florida, Delaware, Utah, Minnesota and Maine are all great places to grow hemp. Colorado is one of the best states for growing hemp. The Rocky Mountain State enjoys an established, long-term hemp program with clear and reliable rules.

Oregon farmers also benefit from a business-friendly Department of Agriculture. South Dakota and Nebraska are the most favorable for hemp growth, but neither state is taking sufficient steps to provide farmers with an easy way to grow this cash crop. New Hampshire and Idaho have banned their states and local farmers from growing hemp, even though the federal government legalized it. The licensed interior space for hemp production has grown significantly this year, reaching more than 168 million square feet according to Hemp Benchmarks.

This equates to about 3,800 acres, which is not a big dent in the decline. In Florida, there is a pilot program that allows the cultivation of hemp for research at two universities: Florida A&M and UF. Cyrus said that she knows of at least a million pounds of hemp plants and thousands of kilos of hemp oil stored in her area. Any place that grows corn is ideal for growing hemp, and Nebraska has corn production in the United States. Delaware has passed SB 266 which gives them the freedom to adopt their own policies and regulations that are necessary to grow hemp. Residents of the state can apply for a license after a proper background check indicating the region in which they want to grow hemp.

The Utah Department of Agriculture website offers requests for those interested in growing hemp. In Minnesota, hemp producers are required to follow a pilot program until the USDA approves the State Plan. At meetings hosted by Maine State Department of Agriculture, attendees were told that they were free to grow hemp outdoors in the same way they could grow tomatoes. The Colorado Department of Agriculture also wants to purchase two decortication machines that prepare raw hemp to be converted into yarn and other products. In conclusion, it's legal to grow industrial hemp in the United States as long as you receive permission from your state. After eighty years of activism, the federal government has finally realized what many of us had realized before: that hemp is no drug.

With so many states now allowing farmers to cultivate this crop, it's easier than ever before to get involved in this lucrative industry.

Micaela de Gallardo
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