With 13 percent of the fields testing hot during the State’s initial production year, Iowa hemp farmers reaped both successful and devastating harvests.
Based on the Iowa Department of Agriculture findings, farmers within the state planted hemp on over 680 acres in 2020 to take advantage of the proliferating CBD market.
Before the harvest, the Iowa agriculture department conducted 119 tests on hemp lands. Based on the Des Moines Register, a hundred and three field tests met the threshold; however, 16 fields recorded 0.3 percent above the federal legal THC threshold. The latter had to be partially or fully destroyed.
The state’s hemp production strategy was one of the initial USDA-approved plans during March within the federal agency’s final interim rule. Iowa’s new state law in 2020 will authorize both the creation and sale of consumable hemp products. This initiative may expand the market for farmer’s crops.
Before enacting the law, CBD products were prohibited for sale or purchase in Iowa since CBD still qualified as one of the state’s controlled substances.
The Public Safety and Hemp Consumer Law still prohibits smokable hemp in Iowa. The new regulations impose restrictions and penalties on all harvested hemp used in inhalation like vaporizers, cigarettes, etc.