First National Hemp Survey

First National Hemp Survey

Maura Bennett
Maura Bennett

The National Agricultural Statistics Services is conducting the first survey of hemp growers across the country.

The survey will attempt to hear from every known producer to accurately capture the state of the fledgling industry.

Gerald Tillman is with USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Tillman: “Planted acres in open fields, harvested acres in open fields, which of the hemp product uses is hemp grown for, hemp flour for human consumption, hemp for grain for human consumption, hemp for fiber, or hemp for seed that may sell. And also we’re going to get the total pounds produced and sold for the 4 types and uses.”

Tillman says they will also be gathering information about greenhouse and nursery growing operations.

The survey was requested by the USDA’s Ag Marketing Service. The head of that division Bill Richmond says the survey will improve the programs across the entire industry, whether it’s for risk management, insurance, or research on hemp genetics. It will also allow the Ag Marketing Service to target outreach and education for hemp growers.

Results should be ready for publication by February

Georgia’s hemp industry is projected to reach $1.9 billion domestic. product sales by next year.

Within the next few years, hemp farming in Florida is projected to grow to about half the size of the state's citrus industry.

Alabama’s industrial hemp program began in 2019 and grew from 152 growers to 397 licensed growers in 2020. Participation dipped in 2021, according to Ag Department. 12 hemp university and college affiliation licenses were awarded for this year.

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