A new hemp cultivation study conducted by Brightfield Group ranks Arizona 5th in hemp cultivation in the U.S. Arizona farmers have planted approximately 18,000 acres of hemp in 2019. Arizona’s hemp industry launched in June 2019.
Of the tens of thousands of acres of hemp grown in the United States, it’s estimated that 87% is grown for producing cannabidiol (CBD) products, Successful Farming reported.
The top 5 hemp cultivating states are:
- Colorado – 42,500 acres
- Oregon – 29,859 acres
- Montana – 29,400 acres
- Tennessee – 20,000 acres
- Arizona – 18,000 acres
Brightfield Group projects that hemp cultivation will increase by 75% by 2023, which would result in 2.7 million planted acres in the U.S.
Arizona is projected to grow 243,786 acres of hemp in 2023.
In Arizona, industrial hemp is defined as the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than three-tenths percent (0.3%) on a dry-weight basis.