Hemp Cannabis research & cultivation
There has been a lot of research and various studies on the cultivation of industrial hemp have been conducted around the United States, but according to News4, Kentucky has been the most successful in growing Cannabis for commercial purposes. Florida, on the other hand, will be allowing universities to start hemp cannabis research the cultivation for the first time.
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Why only now?
Hemp and cannabis plant studies are difficult to obtain approval for, even after 2014, which was when Congress allowed for the cultivation of the plant in the Farm Bill. A provision of the new medical cannabis law in Florida had allowed state universities to conduct research using hemp and to grow hemp plants. This was a first for Florida, and although it may not be a large hemp producer, it may soon be ahead of Kentucky in terms of research.
Kentucky success with industrial hemp
In 2016, Kentucky is expected to have 4,000 acres of hemp growing. Kentucky has advantages over other states because of its climate. Most states are restricted to one or two crops a year whereas Kentucky farmers can sow three crops a year. Florida, on the other hand, has been slow to take on the cannabis and hemp industry.
The Kentucky commissioner of agriculture says it looks like there’s a bright future for hemp as a crop, and later this month, farmers in Kentucky will be planting their third hemp crop of the year.
Commissioner Ryan Quarrels said, “We know it will grow well in our state,” adding, “We have a long history of farming in our state, but we want to see what sort of products and processors we can attract here and approach industrial hemp as an economic development initiative.”
Florida hopes to follow the Kentucky example
Florida A&M is ready and hopes to jump into the action. The second last line of the medical marijuana bill 2016 allows Florida universities and colleges with programs in agriculture to conduct research on the cultivation of hemp plants.
Tim Moore, FAMU’s vice president of research says, “What we’re going to do is do research on it to make our industry more competitive, make our industry more effective and more ecologically sound.”
Hemp campus and hemp depot
A hemp research campus has now taken over an old tobacco facility just outside Lexington. Researchers, farmers and politicians believe the future of hemp is looking bright, and say it will eventually be the biggest and most profitable crop in Kentucky.
There is also a hemp depot which is stocked up from floor to ceiling with plastic containers of crushed hemp, which was grown on 100 acres of land and is ready to be processed into hemp oil or CBD oil – which is also known as “Charlotte’s web”.
Farmers hope to capitalize
Farmers are saying that hemp production results in revenues that are better than or equal to anything they would have made from soybeans or maize, but a complicated regulation process must be followed in order to cultivate hemp
Kentucky is one of more than twenty-four states that are actively researching cannabis and hemp cultivation, but Florida will be rushing to catch up with Kentucky.