2018 U.S. Hemp State Farm Report
Number of Acres of American Hemp
The number of acres of hemp grown was 23,343 in 2017. * double the number of acres from the previous year.
Number of Licensed American Hemp Farms
Only 1,424 American farmers have licensed their land for hemp in 2017. * US has over 408 million acres of agricultural land. Hemp has 25,000 uses.
Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity
"Industrial hemp is an agricultural commodity that is cultivated for use in the production of a wide range of products, including foods and beverages, cosmetics and personal care products, nutritional supplements, fabrics and textiles, yarns and spun fibers, paper, construction and insulation materials, and other manufactured goods.
Hemp can be grown as a fiber, seed, or other dual-purpose crop. However, hemp is also from the same species of plant, Cannabis sativa, as marijuana.
As a result, ...the U.S. market is largely dependent on imports, both as finished hemp-containing products and as ingredients for use in further processing (mostly from Canada and China).
Current industry estimates report U.S. hemp sales at nearly $600 million annually." *Congressional Research Service 2017
33 states have defined industrial hemp and allow its production: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
As Americans, each of us can help play a part in overcoming foreign hemp dominance of what is and will continue to become a more vibrant American hemp marketplace.
We are American hemp.
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