A Growing Divergence. How will Declining Acreage Impact Hemp’s Potential
By Beau Whitney, Chief Economist, Whitney Economics
Hemp has been a hot topic as of late, even when it comes to adult-use and medical policies. Despite being separated legally, there seems to be an intersection when it comes to how cannabis and hemp can coexist. Despite these discussions, there is a lot of education that needs to be done on hemp in general and the opportunities that expanding the hemp market brings.
Three Industries within the Industry
The three pillars of the hemp industry: Fiber, grain and cannabinoids have had a rough go of things as of late. Not only are policy makers so focused on hemp-derived cannabinoids that they are inadvertently and negatively impacting the fiber and grain sectors, but with falling prices, lack of investors and regulatory murkiness, participation in the hemp industry is at a pre-farm bill low point.
The Surge of Participation Has Declined to the Point of Over Correction
As many in the hemp industry know, the number of acres licensed grew significantly after the passage of the 2018 farm bill. With over 80% of licensed acres dedicated to cannabinoid based cultivation even in 2020 and 2021, the collapse of the hemp cultivation market has seen its steepest declines in that sector, while fiber and grain cultivation has remained steadfast. As a result the U.S. hemp cultivation industry has the fewest licensed acres in the post farm-bill era.
HempFlavin – Health for Equine and Canine
Let’s Talk Hemp recently sat down with Brian Dickerson of Star Manufacturing Hemp, a vertical aligned hemp company, which owns the rights to HempFlavin and uses its own seeds to cultivate, harvest, extract and package its own products all on its property in Labelle, Florida.
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How did your career lead you to hemp?
As a lawyer, representing pharmaceutical companies, I ended up representing a couple of my business contacts who left Big Pharma and then formed their own nutraceutical and dietary supplement companies. Those companies evolved into cannabis and hemp. I then started representing several hemp businesses, including laboratories, contract manufacturers, extraction companies, and even farmers. After being involved with several of my clients selling their businesses to private equity and with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill one of my bio-pharmaceutical clients and I decided to start a business model that would not only grow the hemp and botanicals, but also extract the botanicals, and then manufacture products directly from those botanical extracts. A vertical integration that would ensure the control of the botanicals, including hemp, and exclude the use of pesticides and heavy metals, so that the end product would be a pure dietary supplement or cosmetic. Since 2020 we have created several of our own lines, including Equine Hemp Solutions, Doctors Hemp Solutions, and Canine Hemp Solutions. We also contract manufacture for dietary supplement companies, healthcare companies, and physicians.
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