Reasons Farmers Should be Growing Industrial Hemp

Why should you be growing industrial hemp? Well, it is the crop of the future (and the past), it will soon be in high demand and it has the potential to be an economic genie in a bottle.

Hemp takes half the water that wheat does, and provides four times the income. Hemp is going to revive farming families in the climate change era.— Colorado farmer Ryan Loflin

Growing industrial hemp used to be a legal crop however, many years ago a few guys in a room decided it was too close to the marijuana plant and rather than take the time to do the research and learn they were wrong, they just decided to make it illegal.

But times, they are a-changin’. There are now almost 30 states in which farmers are legally growing industrial hemp; some for agricultural study and others as their primary crop.

If you are considering changing out your cotton or wheat or even tobacco for another, more economical and profitable crop, now is the time to research the benefits of growing industrial hemp.

 So What Are the Benefits of Growing Industrial Hemp?

  • The hemp growing season is relatively short and farmers can fit in two growing seasons in a single year.
  • Industrial hemp requires much less water than other crops.
  • It grows in a variety of soil consistencies making it ideal regardless of the terrain or climate
  • Hemp plants do not require pesticides making it more affordable and non-toxic.
  • Industrial hemp plants are used in their entirety, producing more than 25,000 different products and a variety of industries
  • The United States has a multi-million dollar need for the product which has been previously imported so the demand already exists

From a recent Hemp, Inc. press release we learn:

“In 2011, the U.S. imported $11.5 million worth of legal hemp products, up from $1.4 million in 2000. Most of that growth was seen in hemp seed and hemp oil, which finds its way into granola bars and other products.” Other estimates place the U.S. 2013 hemp sales at half a billion dollars ($500 million).

And that is just the tip of the iceberg. From the article announcing Alabama House and Senate Passing the Industrial Hemp Bill we learn:

Thus far in the United States, 27 states which include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Virginia have adopted pro hemp laws.

The United States remains one of the biggest importers of hemp. Over 30 countries produce industrial hemp, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine.

And Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania are set to pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 next.

You can help make the future happen by signing the petition from the National Hemp Association. They need your help to get 1M signatures and raise the money to take this to the federal level and make industrial hemp legal across all 50 states.

It is time to prepare for the future and the future includes farmers growing industrial hemp. Are you on board?