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Newsletter – August 31, 2023

Let's Talk Hemp Newsletter


Newsletter – August 31, 2023

The Future of Hemp is Bright But is the Industry Ready

By Beau Whitney, Whitney Economics

While hemp has faced significant challenges over the last several years, opportunities are on the horizon.

Despite low acreage now, the future of hemp is bright 

In 2019, there were close to 525,000 acres licensed for hemp cultivation. Acres licensed for hemp were below 70,000 in 2022, which is the lowest acreage since the passage of 2018 farm bill. There are questions as to whether the current number of acres can sustain the growth and development of the hemp fiber and grain industries. Huge opportunities exist for hemp fiber in the construction (hempcrete), plastics, automotive, paper and textile industries. At the same time, even larger opportunities for hemp grain animal feed are being stymied by FDA rules. Despite these challenges, the future of hemp fiber and grain is bright.

Congress and FDA resistance to hemp is hurting other industries

Lack of federal regulatory clarity is consistently cited as one of the top issues limiting hemp investment, opportunity and growth. This impact is being felt in other transitional industries as well, like animal feeds, fibers and grains.  The slow roll of federal guidance is forcing states to intervene with sometimes devastating consequences to small business operators, manufacturers and farmers.

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