In one year, the amount of hemp that will be harvested has increased fourfold. Vote Hemp’s 2019 License Report gives the numbers.
- 511,442 acres of hemp were licensed in the U.S.
- 34 States are included.
- 16,877 grower licenses were issued.
- 455% increase from last year.
Being licensed for a certain acreage doesn’t mean that is what will be harvested. Access to seeds and clones can be limited for some hopeful farmers. Then there’s also inexperience in the mix as the masses move to capitalize on the new crop.
Vote Hemp estimates that 230,000 acres will have been planted. Then the estimate is that only 50-60% of crops will be harvested. Facing problems like crop failure, non-compliant crops, and many other factors. The number is in line with the 2018 harvest. This still results in an estimated 115,000 to 138,000 acres of hemp that will be harvested.
Of the 34 states that licensed hemp cultivation, 13 are new programs. Those new states are:
- New Mexico
- Rhode Island
All in all 46 states have enacted some form of hemp legislation. The only hold outs are Idaho, South Dakota, Mississippi, and New Hampshire. As programs mature and new producers gain experience, these numbers will continue to grow.