What You Need to Know About Growing CBD Seeds in Arizona
Did you know that because of its arid climate, Arizona is considered one of the best states in the country to grow industrial hemp?
The 2018 Farm Bill made it legal to grow industrial hemp and CBD seeds in all fifty states, including Arizona. At that time, Gov. Doug Ducey signed bipartisan legislation backed that authorized the Arizona Department of Agriculture to license applicants to grow and process industrial hemp. However, there are various restrictions the aspiring hemp farmer must know about.
Some of these restrictions are federal and some pertain specifically to Arizona. Growing a CBD crop is quite different than growing hay, grain, or produce. You’ll need to provide a copy of your Level I Fingerprint Clearance Card, issued by the Fingerprint Division of the AZ Dept. of Public Safety, apply for the annual hemp growers license, and much more. There are even requirements for testing the crop before and after harvest. This is because hemp is a type of cannabis and contains THC, the same as marijuana does. However, industrial hemp used for any purpose, including processing CBD, legally cannot have more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.
Farmers must take great care with this crop, from purchasing seeds with proven genetics for this low level of THC, to the aforementioned testing, and much more. There are only certain pesticides approved by the state, as well. And not only must Arizona hemp farmers be up to date with the current regulations, it bears noting that this is a new industry, regulated by the federal government, and the federal regulations are likely to change.
However, despite the regulations, Arizona farmers are eager to get into this commercial crop. Although industrial hemp can be used to make rope, paper, fuel, insulation, and more, most farmers are interested in selling it for CBD. At this time, CBD offers the most profit for this crop.
For any individual interested in growing CBD seeds in Arizona, we recommend checking out this document: 2019 Industrial Hemp Final Report, published by the Arizona Department of Agriculture. They run Arizona’s hemp program and their site contains a great deal of useful information. We also recommend reading through all the documents on the hemp program page, as linked above.
Also in this article:
- Arizona Regulations for CBD Growing Clones & Seeds – Links to government regulators
- Regions of Arizona where CBD is Grown
- Arizona Hemp & CBD Seed News
- CBD & Hemp Organizations in Arizona
- Contact Us To See if We’re a Good Fit For Arizona CBD Farming
Arizona Regulations for CBD Growing Clones & Seeds – Links to government regulators
Arizona Department of Agriculture: This website should be your first stop in learning about growing CBD clones or seeds as a cash crop. You’ll be able to download the license application, learn the current regulations, and much more.
DOA Industrial Hemp FAQ: Get answers to some of the most common hemp and CBD-related questions here.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): As mentioned, industrial hemp crops are regulated by federal guidelines. Learn more on their site. It’s important to keep up to date with the changing legalities of this crop.
USDA Email Update List: Sign up to learn immediately about any USDA changes to the hemp and CBD guidelines. A simply and convenient way to ensure you stay on the right side of the law!
U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program Overview: Created by the USDA, this is a useful webinar for any farmer growing hemp or interested in doing so in the future.
FDA (Federal Drug Administration): This federal agency is not concerned with the growing of CBD seeds or crops but very interested in the products that are made from them. They also are subject to changing regulations you might want to keep abreast of.
Regions of Alabama where CBD is Grown
CBD hemp plants are hardy and can grow in every state in the US But, there are areas in the US and even parts of Alabama that may be better for growing hemp. Alabama has great farmland. When looking for the best counties to grow hemp, corn counties and cotton counties and areas are ones to look at. Therefore counties in the north of Alabama like Jackson county, Limestone County and Colbert county are top corn producing counties and should work well for hemp.
The top cotton producing counties should work well too and therefore hemp growing counties extend to the south of Alabama in Baldwin and Covington counties. If you don’t see your county mentioned here, you likely still can grow hemp there too so check out the USDA site for more information about farming in Alabama.
Regions of Arizona where CBD is Grown
is called The Cotton State… but now they are joining the move from many traditional crops to hemp and CBD production.
Might they someday be known as the CBD state?
Although only legalized in 2018, by 2019, hemp was already growing in these Arizona counties:
- Apache County
- Cochise County
- Coconino County
- Graham County
- La Paz County
- Maricopa County
- Mohave County
- Navaho County
- Pima County
- Pinal County
- Santa Cruz County
- Yavapai County
- Yuma County
The largest acreage of hemp is found in Yuma and Maricopa counties.
Arizona Hemp & CBD Seed News
2020: Hemp, Inc. Announces Great American Hempathon Competition in Arizona is Now Open for Participants. What on earth is the Hempathon? Take a look at this article to find out all the details!
January 21, 2020: Arizona climate blamed for ‘off the charts’ THC failure in first hemp crops. This startling article is a cautionary tale for hemp and CBD seed farmers in Arizona, detailing the growing pains of this crop. A must read!
September 13, 2019: Arizona hemp farmers start off small in hopes of cashing in big. This article on 12News.com quotes the Arizona Farm Bureau, who says that major growers are being extremely cautious about growing hemp, even as others show how they’re preparing to cash in on it.
CBD & Hemp Organizations in Arizona
does not yet have its own hemp-growers’ organization, but there are several terrific national and international organizations designed to support those in the hemp industry.
Hemp Industries Association: HIA is a 501-C6 non-profit trade organization. According to their webite, HIA’s mission is “to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet.” Find membership information here.
American Hemp Association: “Group of independent hemp professionals and experts dedicated to supporting the diverse sources, networking, advocacy, legislation & education of Cannabis hemp.”
National Hemp Association: “Trade association (501c6) broadly in support of the rebirth of hemp in the U.S.”
Vote Hemp: US hemp farming advocacy organization. According to their website, “Vote Hemp is a Washington, DC based grassroots nonprofit organization working since 2000 to bring back hemp farming in the U.S. We are dedicated to a free market for hemp products and to changes in state and federal law to allow American farmers to grow the crop once again…”
Contact Us To See if We’re a Good Fit For Arizona CBD Farming
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