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Hemp farming explodes across Oregon

Hemp photo via the Oregon State University Global Hemp Innovation Center

SALEM, Oregon – The number of farmers producing hemp in Oregon is a bumper crop in and of itself. When hemp was finally legal to grow in 2015, there were 13 farmers with 105 acres. That has sprouted into 1,900 growers with 63,000 acres.

“There has been exponential growth to say the least,” Oregon Department of Agriculture Cannabis Policy Coordinator Sunny Summers said.

She said that hemp can be used for a variety of products including CBD, rope, clothing, and other products. She said as with any other crop, it’s going into the area where the demand is greatest.

“It’s all going into CBD,” she said.

CBD, more formally known as cannabidoil, accounts for up to 40 percent of the plant’s extract. Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of CBD. Oregon is one of the best regions in the country to grow hemp. Plants have to be tested before harvest to make sure they don’t exceed the limits on THC.

Summers says ODA doesn’t know when the hemp increase will start to level off.

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