Not that we don’t love our home state of Colorado, but we’re delighted to be able to support our friends in the surrounding states who will be coming on line with hemp production in 2020. Here are our initial thoughts on the states we’ll be covering in 2020:
- Wyoming. Can-do state, organized hemp producer community, supportive state government, (as of this writing) dealing with the usual uncertainties about aligning their state regulatory program with the USDA’s requirements.
- Nebraska. As described in a prior blog post, clearly less committed to the hemp industry at the state level. This makes us even more attentive to the actions of the Department of Agriculture. That is where the regulatory rubber meets the operational road: will they take the small steps that add up to supporting or undermining hemp production in the state?
- Kansas. Taking an intermediate step into hemp production, with a relatively limited number of licenses granted, yet overall support for the license recipients. We attended a recent crop consultant event in Manhattan and were pleasantly surprised by the degree to which some consultants had already taken steps to add hemp to their portfolio, and most expressed interest in expanding their knowledge to support their clients’ operations as those evolved.
- Texas. Big things expected in this state over the long run, but we worry that their seed certification requirements may significantly throttle back hemp production for CBD purposes in 2020. Our sources at Texas A&M indicate that the regs as currently drafted may require certified seed for hemp growing. If you look back at our earlier blog post on the topic, you’ll see why this is problematic. Should make for a lively Texas Hemp Convention in a couple of weeks, if that issue has surfaced more broadly.
- New Mexico. Though legal in 2019, it sounds like there was a shortage of processing capacity. As a result, we expect that New Mexico hemp producers will approach 2020 with even stronger marketing plans.
- Oklahoma. Based on our first- and second-hand knowledge, this was a state that jumped in with two feet in 2019. A surprising number of large farming efforts. Agronomists we spoke to told stories of standing in 120-acre circles where “nothing came up”, and people weren’t sure why. We need to learn more: sounds like there were some painful lessons learned, and perhaps we can help with 2020.
- Arizona. Some big, professionally run producers in the state in 2019 – we’ll watch their production plans for 2020 to see whether the state is bullish or bearish.
- Utah. Slow going getting the first growers’ permits issued, with no clear sense of the timing of license issuance for 2020. Could be a major throttle on in-state production for the coming year.
- Montana. Obviously a state with a demonstrated commitment to hemp production. We think our rapidly maturing auto-flower product should play particularly well there, and look forward to working with our Montana customers on that project.