USDA to collect hemp acreage and production data in the United States
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is preparing to mail its first hemp acreage and production survey to 20,500 growers in the United States. hemp in the domestic market.
“This inaugural hemp survey will set a necessary benchmark and provide much-needed data for the hemp industry,” NASS Acting Administrator Kevin Barnes said in an agency statement this month. âThe information gathered can help inform producers’ decisions about growing, harvesting and selling hemp, as well as the type of hemp they decide to produce. The resulting data will also promote a better understanding of the hemp production landscape among growers, regulatory agencies, state and tribal governments, and other key industry entities.
American farmers are able to produce hemp under the domestic hemp production program created by the Agriculture Improvement Act (Farm Bill) of 2018.
A report released earlier this year by Powder and Bulk Solids on the estimated number of cannabis manufacturing companies in the United States – companies that process or manufacture products with marijuana or hemp – predicted that there are 4,844 licensed hemp manufacturing companies across the country . The number of hemp processors in states that issue processing licenses reached 2,880 in 2019, an increase of 483% from the previous year, according to data collected by the hemp industry advocacy organization Vote Hemp. Business consulting firm Whitney Economics calculated that there were 3,197 licensed processors in the United States that year.
The USDA survey is remarkable because most data on domestic hemp production is currently limited.