Some growers have already begun investing in the future of the new hemp industry in California, as part of what is being described as the ‘re-
“The different states are having to decide how that will be developed and how we are going to legalize the production of hemp,” said Global Sales Manager of GrowMore Fertilizer, Dr. Tom Quick. “Here in California the state legislature allowed it, but each county is weighing in. So, we have a whole variability on how it’s being utilized in the state; how we’re allowing it to grow.”
Quick noted that the hemp industry presents enormous potential for the production of medicine, food, and fiber. There
“The oil production is minor right now, certainly in California, we’re not planting a lot of oilseed crops and we’re not growing a lot of the fiber crops that you would find say in Colorado,” said Quick. “So, that’s where we are with hemp this year in California. We’re very optimistic in that we have a vertically integrating business.”
Although hemp is not entirely new to the American market, the longstanding prohibition of the crop has created a significant void of information on cultivation. It will take some time for farmers, researchers and agronomists to optimize production techniques, but enthusiasm surrounding the crop remains strong.
“We rarely have in life a situation where a whole new industry develops, something like
Listen to Quick’s interview below.