USDA THC Testing Guidelines
To understand the impact of the USDA's THC testing guidelines on hemp farmers in all 50 states by knowing how much hemp is being grown by state, what the state's current testing protocols are, (Total THC vs Delta-9-THC, how many days pre-harvest testing must occur) and what % in each of those states are CURRENTLY found to be over the limit in order to pitch to investors on why there is going to be significantly reduced capacity by american hemp farmers as a result of the new rules.
Our background research on hemp growing in the US revealed insights. Here are some key pieces of information we found:
US Hemp Growing Overview
- As of September 1, 2019, the Cannabiz Media License Database lists 544 active hemp seed licenses in the United States and 10,672 active cultivator licenses across 30 states and 1,323 active processor licenses as well.
- A U.S. Hemp Crop Report from last year recorded data from 24 hemp growing states of the number of acres grown per state: Montana 22,000; Colorado 21,578; Oregon 7,808; Kentucky 6,700; Tennessee 3,338; North Carolina 3,184; North Dakota 2,778; New York 2,240; Nevada 1,881; Wisconsin 1,850; Vermont 1,820; Minnesota 710; Pennsylvania 580; Maine 550; Oklahoma 445; South Carolina 256; West Virginia 155; Washington 142; Virginia 135; Massachusetts 21; Indiana 5; Hawaii 2; Illinois 1; Nebraska 0.5.
- The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries said more than 2,000 acres of industrial hemp was planted in 2019 in the state.
- Alaska is still in the process of launching a hemp growing program.
- Arkansas are California still considered as new or emerging markets for hemp growers.
- There were 45 states with enacted hemp legislation last year.
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As our initial research only began the process of gathering data about how much hemp is grown per state, we recommend additional research to gather the most recent data available on hemp grown or the status of each state on hemp growing of the 22 remaining states for a comprehensive report.
We also recommend additional research on each of the 45 states with enacted hemp legislation on what the state's current testing protocols are, (Total THC vs Delta-9-THC, how many days pre-harvest testing must occur) and what % in each of those states are CURRENTLY found to be over the limit for a complete report.