Georgia Hemp Production Declining in 2022

Jim Rogers Georgia, Hemp

By Clint Thompson The number of Georgia hemp producers and acres decreased from 2020 to 2021. It has happened again this year, according to statistics released by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Georgia currently has 118 licensed hemp producers and one permitted hemp processor, equating to 4,333 field acres and 730,322 greenhouse square footage licensed for cultivation. There were 156 …

N.C. State’s Suchoff to Lead New Hemp Research Consortium

Jim Rogers Hemp, North Carolina, Research

David Suchoff, North Carolina (N.C.) State assistant professor of alternative crops, was selected as the director of the new Hemp Research Consortium, initially funded by the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) for up to $2.5 million. The consortium is a public-private partnership designed to align research-intensive and land grant universities’ research efforts with the hemp industry. The venture …

Rainfall Creates Planting Delays in Alabama

Jim Rogers Corn, Hemp, Weather

By Clint Thompson Increased rainfall last week in Alabama created planting delays in some specialty crops, says Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University assistant professor and Extension specialist. Planting delays are especially true with hemp and sweet corn. “We’re still on the early side of (hemp) planting, so I don’t think it’s going to affect too many growers. But in terms of …

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Industry Expert: Number of Georgia Hemp Licenses to Decline in 2022

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Georgia, Hemp

By Clint Thompson The number of Georgia producers applying for a license to grow hemp is expected to decrease in 2022. Tim Coolong, associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said the level of interest among growers has dropped significantly from previous years. “It’s marketing and the financial side of things. Basically, there’s so …

Hemp Production: Know Your End Game

Clint Thompson Alabama, Hemp

By Clint Thompson Alabama hemp producers need to understand the risks of growing hemp before they begin planting. It starts with knowing what you’re going to do with the product following harvest. It is a point that Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University assistant professor and Extension specialist, still emphasizes to growers. “What are they going to do with their crop at …

South Carolina Hemp Applications Available Through Feb. 28

Jim Rogers Hemp, South Carolina, Top Posts

According to The South Carolina Grower, hemp applications are available for interested growers through Feb. 28. Applications must be completed online here. Processor and handler permit applications are also available on the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) Hemp Farming Program website. The SCDA announced that grower permit fees are reduced from $1,000 to $500. The application fee is $100. …

Reminder: Alabama Hemp Meetings to be Held in January

Clint Thompson Alabama, Hemp, Top Posts

Alabama Extension reminds those interested that hemp licensee orientation meetings will be held at five separate locations in January 2022. The meetings will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and will provide an overview of the 2022 hemp season with changes to the hemp rules, requirements licensees must adhere to, hemp budgets and other procedures and deadlines. Licensed growers, …

South Carolina Hemp Farming Permit Applications to Open Jan. 1

Clint Thompson Hemp, South Carolina, Top Posts

COLUMBIA – The new year means open applications for hemp applications in South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) announced hemp farming permit applications for the 2022 growing season will be available Jan. 1. The South Carolina General Assembly and SCDA’s work over the past four years helped create the Hemp Farming Program. It led to permit fees …