Industrial hemp has been grown in the United States since our forefathers founded the country. The first drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on paper made from hemp. Hemp is easy to grow, requires very little maintenance and no harmful chemical treatments, and it can be used for a number of things.
Why Does It Matter If The Hemp Is Grown In The United States?
In the current marketplace, it is much more easily available to purchase raw hemp from Europe or Asia. China’s hemp industry has been growing rapidly for the past several years, and many hemp brands regularly source their hemp oil from Eastern European countries. However, when working with foreign farms, brands lose their transparency and quality control. And when it comes to hemp, its cultivation environment is critically important to the quality.
Taking a Look at How Hemp Grows
One of the many amazing properties of hemp as a plant is in how it grows. Hemp has an astonishing ability to grow in harsh environments and requires minimal care once it’s planted. It’s well known for requiring no pesticides and herbicides. That’s because hemp is highly adaptable, with different strains available that can be cultivated to grow in almost any climate on earth. Hemp’s roots dig in deep into the soil and it is “proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants we have been able to find,” according to a research scientist with Phytotech.
In short, hemp is an ideal solution for regions suffering from droughts and poor soil conditions. As it grows, hemp naturally absorbs the toxins in the soil and helps to clean up the land. That’s why hemp has been used and proposed as a solution to clean up toxic soil, most famously for the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster.
But With This Extraordinary Ability Comes Risks That We Should Be Wary Of
The way hemp helps to clean up these toxic soils is by absorbing the toxins. That’s why it’s extremely important to know that your hemp is grown and raised on healthy farm land, preferably locally grown. When using hemp for its extracts, it is imperative to make that the cultivation environment was one of organic standard.
How Hemp Is Grown In the United States
With the Federal Farm Bill of 2014, state governments were allowed to start piloting hemp farming in their individual states. In the past 3 years, hemp farming has grown quite significantly in some states, including in Colorado and Kentucky. These states have now set up a legitimate license and certification process for its farmers to go through. The process entails working with the state Department of Agriculture to ensure that each individual farm and the hemp seeds and crops are registered. The governance by the state programs creates an unmatched barrier to entry. The process required to obtain licenses to grow hemp shows the extra due diligence required working with farmers in the United States.
North Carolina farmers recently harvested their first crop of industrial hemp in September. Several local Randolph County farms were involved in the harvest. With the 2017 results, North Carolina will be a leader in the hemp industry. NC had the largest first year permits and the largest first year acreage permitted.
How to Make Sure You’re Getting US Grown Hemp?
The easiest way to ensure that you’re getting US hemp products is to simply ask. The hemp industry in the US is growing and maturing quickly, and the total acreage of land being used to farm hemp has grown rapidly over the years. More and more locally sourced hemp is available than ever before.