Growing High-CBD Hemp in California

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”What You Need to Know About Growing CBD Seeds in California” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%23a47c3b” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”hide-desktop”][vc_single_image image=”2565″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”hide-mobile”][vc_column_text]If you are interested in growing industrial hemp/CBD seeds as a cash crop in California, there are many things you’ll need to investigate before taking the plunge. It’s not just applying for and being granted the license. You need to know all the pertinent regulations – both state and federal – and the best practices for growing and harvesting the crop. It’s knowing how and where to sell the crop to make a profit, and which seeds to use to meet the USDA guidelines for low THC content of 0.3%. Hemp farming offers a wonderful opportunity for local farmers as long as you do your research regarding regulations, cultivation requirements, and current market trends. 

CBD Seed Co. is honored to be the trusted CBD seed provider serving the state of California.

Where to Get Licensed to Grow CBD In California

In order to get licensed to grow hemp commercially, farmers must apply for licensing from the California Industrial Hemp Program overseen by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). While all licensing information is available from the CDFA, applicants will need to send in their applications through the county. Unlike other states, California does not have specific state registration and all applications must be processed by respective counties. The CDFA has established an Industrial Hemp Advisory Board to help further develop its registration process, regulations, and fee structures. With a constantly changing regulatory framework, farmers will need to check this website often for updates and changes. The CDFA frequently posts updates and new regulations– we recommend staying up to date in order to ensure your farm is compliant with state law. The CDFA offers email updates for local farmers regarding changes to industrial hemp regulations. Local farmers can sign up for these updates here.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”8px”][vc_column_text]

Leading CBD Seed Genetics for California

CBD Seed Co. has spent over five years in research and development in order to breed high-producing CBD seeds. Our genetics feature options that are ideal for the varied hot desert climate to polar climate that’s dependent on elevation, latitude, and proximity to the coast. We value compliance and always have our seeds independent, third-party lab tested for cannabinoid content, no pesticide exposure, and quality. Learn more about our current available hemp varieties:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

High CBD Hemp Seeds

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BaOX Feminized Seed

“][vc_tta_section title=”Description” tab_id=”1606942789155-d2e177ad-dc76″][vc_column_text]Field tested from California to Michigan and down to Florida, Our BaOX feminized seed Is a no bralner for the large scale farmer looking to use mechanization from start to finish.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_tta_accordion style=”modern” active_section=”2″ collapsible_all=”true” title=”

Cherry HD Feminized Seed

“][vc_tta_section title=”Description” tab_id=”1606942596876-e287b740-1cc6″][vc_column_text]Cherry extracts very well but unfortunately also grows very slow. We set out to change this! We experimented with many different breeding combinations to increase vigor, size and strength without sacrificing terpene or cannabinoid content, the result of these trials is what we call Cherry HD. Cherry HD is a early finishing, bigger plant capable of competing with the weeds and creating a quick canopy. She has a sweet smell with a hint of funk.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Additional Information” tab_id=”1606942716026-5fdb9857-8897″][vc_column_text]• Strong field ready structure
• Heavy resin and terpenes
• Ideal for biomass or flower
• 2-3%CBC
• Early finisher, finishes mid to late September depending on geography[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”4863″ img_size=”642×646″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_section full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1606949101902{padding-top: 5% !important;padding-bottom: 5% !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;}”][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

High CBD Hemp Clones

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Baox High CBD Hemp Clones

“][vc_tta_section title=”Description” tab_id=”1606945375106-2891c28c-bed9″][vc_column_text]This vigorously growing satlva dominant plant will fill In up to S’ spacing and will quickly create canopy to crowd out weeds with tighter spacing (we recommend 30″ x 24″). A true veteran of the hemp world BaOX has strong stalks and stems suited for even the windiest environments with close Inter-nodal spacing making her an excellent candidate for biomass.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Additional Information” tab_id=”1606945375154-51e3d15a-9124″][vc_column_text]• Quick to create canopy
• Excellent vigor and plant strength
• 26:1 CBD to THC ratio
• Excellent uniformity
• Ideal for biomass
• High in terpenes B-Myrcene and B-Caryophyllene[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”4864″ img_size=”642×646″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4865″ img_size=”642×646″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_tta_accordion style=”modern” active_section=”1″ title=”

Cherry HD Hemp Clones

“][vc_tta_section title=”Description” tab_id=”1606945618550-e64a8706-d050″][vc_column_text]Cherry is a short squat plant that grows in a very dense tight bush with thick resinous flowers that stretch to the bottom of the plant. Very resinous with nice tight buds making it ideal for either extraction of flower. Cherry grows a little slower than most so performs best when planted a little denser. While she is smaller she makes up for it with Cannabinoid content.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Additional Information” tab_id=”1606945618740-91b076ba-a06b”][vc_column_text]• High terpene content
• Dense flowers
• 29:1 CBD to THC ratio
• Can reach 15% CBD or more.
• Finished flower has an almost red or purple hue
• High in terpene b-caryophyllene, farsenene, humulene, limonene, linalool and myrcene[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_tta_accordion style=”modern” active_section=”1″ title=”

Spectrum Hemp Clones

“][vc_tta_section title=”Description” tab_id=”1606948427633-1d595f43-1681″][vc_column_text]Clone only Spectrum is a little slower to flower but once she does she packs on the flower weight quickly, not ideal for climates with a shorter growing window but will reward farmers with large resinous buds suitable for extraction or flower. Strong stems and stalks she is field ready for any weather.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Additional Information” tab_id=”1606948427813-504e048e-8c0f”][vc_column_text]• High terpene content
• Grows large dense resin coated flowers
• Ideal for biomass or flower 27:1 CBD to THC ratio[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”4866″ img_size=”642×646″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4867″ img_size=”642×646″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_tta_accordion style=”modern” active_section=”1″ title=”

Spectrum Hemp Clones

“][vc_tta_section title=”Description” tab_id=”1606948893687-468d5904-02b2″][vc_column_text]Clone only Spectrum is a little slower to flower but once she does she packs on the flower weight quickly, not ideal for climates with a shorter growing window but will reward farmers with large resinous buds suitable for extraction or flower. Strong stems and stalks she is field ready for any weather.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Additional Information” tab_id=”1606948893869-a7e479ca-272b”][vc_column_text]• High terpene content
• Grows large dense resin coated flowers
• Ideal for biomass or flower 27:1 CBD to THC ratio[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_tta_accordion style=”modern” active_section=”1″ title=”

CBG Clones

“][vc_tta_section title=”Description” tab_id=”1606949229070-1de889bb-e1a0″][vc_column_text]CBG is a fast growing indica dominant CBG variety suited perfectly for the Smokable flower Market. Fast growing and even faster to flower she makes for quick turnaround time between runs. Heavy resin with large dense flowers make this a win win for grower and customer alike.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Additional Information” tab_id=”1606949229256-5a596d04-2ef5″][vc_column_text]• Kush like terpene profile
• Can reach up to 25% CBG
• Best for indoor growing
• Needs 20+ hours daylight in Veg[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”4868″ img_size=”642×646″][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_row disable_element=”yes”][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion active_section=”0″ collapsible_all=”true” title=”

CBD Seeds Available for California Hemp Farms

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Strain

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CBD:THC Ratio

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Feminization Rates

50:50 female to male ratio[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Germination Rates

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Description

Some individuals have achieved increased percentages of female plants by increasing the nitrogen content of their soil.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Feminized” tab_id=”1605903680326-09512c7a-c931″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Strain

BaOX[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

CBD:THC Ratio

26:1[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Feminization Rates

98%+[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Germination Rates

N/A[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/6″][vc_column_text]

Description

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Strain

Cherry HD[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

CBD:THC Ratio

29:1[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Feminization Rates

98%+[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Germination Rates

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Description

Enjoy an early finisher with heavy resin and terpene content that’s ideal for both biomass and flower. Our Cherry HD[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes”][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion active_section=”0″ collapsible_all=”true” title=”

CBD Seedlings Available for California Hemp Farms

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Strain

BaOX[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

CBD:THC Ratio

26:1[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Feminization Rates

100%[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Germination Rates

100%[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/6″][vc_column_text]

Description

Seedlings are ideal for farmers that are interested in 100% germination and feminization but have a longer planting window that doesn’t require clones.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Cherry HD” tab_id=”cherry-hd-section”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Strain

Cherry HD[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

CBD:THC Ratio

29:1[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Feminization Rates

100%[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Germination Rates

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Description

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CBD Clones Available for California Hemp Farms

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Strain

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CBD:THC Ratio

26:1[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Feminization Rates

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Germination Rates

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Description

Notorious for being the true veteran of the hemp world, BaOX has strong stalks and stems perfectly-suited for the California climate. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Cherry” tab_id=”cherry-section”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Strain

Cherry[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

CBD:THC Ratio

29:1[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Feminization Rates

100%[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Germination Rates

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Description

Cherry grows a little slower than most, so performs best when planted a little denser. This strain can reach 15% CBD or more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Spectrum” tab_id=”spectrum-section”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Strain

Spectrum[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

CBD:THC Ratio

27:1[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Feminization Rates

100%[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]

Germination Rates

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Description

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California Regulations for Growing CBD Clones & Seeds

If you are planning to grow a CBD crop in California, here is some much-needed information. Whether you have questions about the process or want to get going with your applications, please read the information on these websites very closely. It’s important to stay abreast of changing rules and regulations.

California has not yet put their permanent hemp/CBD farming policy into place, and there are current bans against cultivating CBD in certain counties. The CDFA has not submitted a proposed state regulatory plan to the USDA but is still in the process of preparing one. Unlike most US states, instead of receiving a license to grow industrial hemp from the state, you’ll need to apply to the specific county you live in.

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA): This will be your primary resource for the state’s hemp cultivation regulations. All forms, registration fees, regulation updates, and more can be found on the Industrial Hemp Program’s website. The FAQ section includes up-to-date information on both local and federal regulations. This should be your starting point to gather the necessary forms and information needed to get started. If you have any questions, you can email the state’s hemp program at industrialhemp@cdfa.ca.gov or call 916-654-0435.

Here are some useful forms and links to help get you started:

  • California Hemp Grower Application Packet: This comprehensive document includes state regulations and the program overview. Farmers interested in growing hemp commercially will need to read through this packet, complete the application, complete a background check, and submit the form through their respective county for approval. The county commissioner will provide licensing after your application is approved. This packet also contains important information including approved CBD seed cultivars, THC testing, sampling procedures, and more.
  • California County Agricultural Departments: While most counties have legalized hemp farming, these regulations are always evolving. This resource offers all of the agricultural department website links associated with each county. We recommend finding the county you plan on cultivating hemp in and researching county regulations and restrictions before submitting your application. Farmers in California will have to stay compliant with the county, state, and federal regulations.
  • FBI Background Checks: Farmers will need to undergo a background check from the FBI in addition to completing their application and submitting the corresponding $900 fee. State regulations prohibit individuals with convicted felonies related to a controlled substance from registration for a period of 10 years following the conviction date. Hemp growers are also prohibited from committing three negligent violations within a five-year period from registration. Negligent violations are given to farmers whose THC threshold is above the allowed legal 0.3%.
  • Industrial Hemp Application Business and Contact AmendmentIf you need to make any changes to your original application in regards to registered contact, business, or key participant information, this is the form you’ll need. Make sure to always provide regular updates in order to keep your farm compliant.
  • Industrial Hemp Registered Site AmendmentIf you need to make any changes to your original application in regards to the registered site, cultivator, or variety development plan, you’ll need to complete and submit this form. You’ll need to keep up with all of this paperwork in order to stay compliant with both local and state regulations.
  • California Industrial Hemp Application for Testing Laboratory ApprovalThis important document contains guidelines on hemp sampling for the required THC testing. Unlike other states, there is no list of state-provided labs. Farmers must read through this information, find an accredited lab with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) or International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) certification, and submit this form for testing approval. The CDFA must approve this lab before you are able to submit pre-harvest and post-harvest THC testing. Forms can be submitted via email.
  • California Hemp Pre-Harvest ReportThe pre-harvest report requires THC testing of your crops and must be sent to the county agricultural commissioner at least 30 days before your scheduled harvest date. Farmers must notify the county agricultural commissioner of any changes at least five days before their scheduled sampling date.
  • California Hemp Harvest ReportFarmers must complete their harvest report within 72 hours from the completion of their harvest. The harvest report must be submitted to the respective county agricultural commissioner with a laboratory test report with a total THC of less than three-tenths of one percent. The form includes report instructions and the steps you’ll need to take.
  • California Hemp Destruction PlanIf your harvest surpasses the legal THC threshold, your crops must be destroyed. However, you must complete this form with your destruction plan and submit it to your local county agricultural commissioner for approval. Destruction must begin within 48 hours of receiving a lab report with THC content over one percent and must also be completed within seven days.

National Resources for Hemp Regulations

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA): This federal agency provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. They are a researched-based organization that invests in and supports initiatives to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture, now including industrial hemp and CBD. NIFA applies an integrated approach to ensure that groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture-related sciences and technologies reach the people who can put them into practice.
  • USDA: The United States Department of Agriculture is in charge of creating regulations for the industrial hemp industry and the growing of CBD seeds and clones. Their site is comprehensive and a must-read for hemp growers and processors. While there is a state program here, farmers looking for licensing in other states without a hemp program can often obtain licensing directly from the USDA. This federal resource is crucial to keep up with in addition to state regulations.
  • FDAThe FDA is currently creating a legal framework for hemp-derived CBD products. For farmers cultivating hemp in order to produce CBD, this can be a great resource. Once the FDA has established its regulatory framework for CBD products, this could potentially impact farmers as well as manufacturers. Farmers that are also processors and manufacturers of CBD products can also find its current instructions on how to stay compliant in terms of labeling, marketing, and more.
  • Vote Hemp: This nonprofit is dedicated to educating legislators and policymakers, advocating for progressive hemp laws, and defending standing policies that inhibit commerce. In addition to advocacy, farmers can utilize this resource for its regulatory information. The website provides comprehensive regulation education by state including ways that you can help with advancing policies. From legal cases to regular political updates, farmers can keep up to date with the ever-changing legal framework.

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California’s Hemp Biomass Transportation Regulations

The CDFA requires farmers to include an original copy of their hemp biomass lab test report with each person that’s transporting. This policy extends to all raw hemp materials including hemp fiber, cake, oil, seed, or any component of the seed. It is important to note that as of 12/30/20, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the California Highway Patrol do not have additional requirements that apply to transporting hemp. This can change at any time so we recommend that you check with these departments in addition to any applicable city, county, or state officials. California does not currently have any restrictions in terms of importing industrial hemp plants, CBD seeds, or processed hemp products into the state.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Regions of California Where CBD Is Grown

California is a large state with a wide variety of climates, elevations, and types of soil. Hemp is a suitable crop to be successful state-wide. This hardy, pest-resistant plant does extremely well in California’s moderate climate. It grows best in well-drained, highly organic soil, giving farmers an excellent chance for a successful and lucrative crop. The increasing demand for CBD products has many CA farmers are eager to grow it. However, the situation at the moment is quite complicated. Industrial hemp farming is licensed by the individual county, not the state of California. Almost fifty percent of CA counties have a moratorium or ban on the farming of CBD seeds or clones.

For more information as to why certain California counties have a moratorium on the growing of hemp/CBD seed crops, please take a look at this article in Hemp Industry Daily. This article also contains a useful map of all the counties in the state and where they stand on CBD growth. We believe this map will help you make some sense of the confusion! 

Hemp Production Laws by County

Counties with hemp production ordinances passed that are currently producing hemp:

  • Humboldt
  • Shasta
  • Plumes
  • Butte
  • Sutter
  • Lake
  • El Dorado
  • Contra Costa
  • Alameda
  • Stanislaus
  • San Benito
  • Fresno
  • Kings
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Kern
  • Ventura
  • Los Angeles
  • San Bernardino
  • Riverside
  • San Diego
  • Imperial

Counties with no moratorium or passed ordinances, but no current production:

  • Del Norte
  • Lassen
  • Sierra
  • Yuba
  • Colusa
  • Marin
  • Solano
  • San Joaquin
  • Mariposa
  • Mono
  • Madera
  • Merced
  • San Mateo
  • Monterey
  • Inyo
  • Santa Barbara

Counties with moratoriums lifted in 2020:

  • Tehama
  • Mendocino
  • Nevada
  • Yolo
  • Sonoma
  • Amador
  • Santa Clara

Counties with existing bans and moratoriums until at least 2021:

  • Placer
  • Calaveras
  • Tuolumne
  • Tulare

PLEASE NOTE: This information can and will change over time, as different counties lift their current moratoriums on hemp crops, or perhaps add new ones. Due to the current confusion and ongoing changes in California, the best thing you can possibly do is reach out to your county directly.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2570″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeInRight” el_class=”hide-mobile”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2569″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeInLeft”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

California Agricultural Regions for Cultivating CBD Hemp

California provides a wide array of agricultural regions for cultivating CBD hemp.

  • Northern Counties
  • Sacramento Valley
  • Coast
  • San Joaquin Valley
  • Southern California

Each region has a unique climate, topography, and humidity which will require varying cultivation needs. Hemp farmers should always discuss their specific agricultural region when searching for growing advice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

California Hemp & CBD Seed News

With the ongoing changes in regulations across different counties, the state, and nationally, it’s crucial for local farmers to stay apprised of local industry news and regulations. In addition to signing up for email updates from the CDFA, Google Alerts is another great, complimentary resource available. Farmers can sign up for convenient email alerts regarding specific search terms like “hemp farming California” or “CBD market California”. Here are some important news features from 2019 – 2020:

SEPTEMBER 3, 2020: Bill to Legalize CBD in California Fizzles in State Senate

The bill AB 2028 was introduced in order to create a regulatory framework for hemp-derived CBD products, containing regulatory information for testing and labeling requirements. While hemp-derived CBD is federally legal, these products are being illegally sold in California since the state has aligned its position with the FDA. Unfortunately, the bill was not passed, leaving industry stakeholders and consumers hopeful for another push.

AUGUST 17, 2020: The Return of Hemp Research

The 2018 Farm Bill has made hemp research more available, allowing researchers to learn more about the 25,000 different applications the plant has to offer. Researchers across the nation’s different universities have begun these much-needed hemp studies. Regions like Southern California have the competitive advantage of producing higher levels of CBD.

FEBRUARY 12, 2020: California bans drug felons in hemp production to comply with federal rules

California has instituted a 10-year ban for individuals with felonies related to controlled substances in order to stay compliant with a federal mandate. The emergency ruling was issued in order to receive permission from the USDA for regulating the state’s hemp industry. Individuals with convicted drug felonies will have to wait at least 10 years from their conviction date before applying for a growing or processing license.

MARCH 6, 2020: Hemp farmers seek clarity on federal, state regulation

This article discusses the situation for hemp farming in Yolo County, where a moratorium on growing CBD seeds and clones currently exists. Although the moratorium is temporary, it’s likely that the county will not act to change it until 2021. Find out why Yolo County is holding off in this informative and useful article!

NOVEMBER 3, 2019: Millions of cannabis plants in California with ‘black market’ value of $1B seized and destroyed

This article tells the fascinating account of how hemp farms in California, specifically in Kern County, were raided and found to contain cannabis. This means that the THC content of the plants was much higher than the 0.3% allowed for industrial hemp. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office, along with the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and even the FBI searched 459 acres of hemp fields and found the contraband. Whether the farmer or farmers intended to grow marijuana illegally or they simply grew hemp with an illegal amount of THC is not specified in the article. However, it’s definitely a cautionary tale, folks!

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019: CBD oil price likely factor in $100 million payoff predicted for Ventura County hemp crop

This article details how Ventura County is expecting hemp and CBD seed farming to be an enormous boon for that county’s economy. It is expected that the majority of the large hemp crop will be sold to be processed into CBD oil and other CBD products. The county agricultural commissioner sees no need for a ban on growing industrial hemp as there is in many other CA counties and is excited that his county could rank second or third in hemp production for the state.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”4792″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeInRight” el_class=”hide-mobile”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”4795″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeInLeft”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

CBD & Hemp Resources for California Farmers

Along with the USDA and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, there are many industrial hemp/CBD organizations in the state. They are ready and eager to assist hemp farmers and processors with the information they need to be successful.

California-Based Hemp Organizations

  • California Hemp Council: The Voice of the California Hemp Industry. According to their website, “The California Hemp Council (CHC) represents the statewide interests of the hemp industry in The Golden State, including the protection and expansion of in-state cultivation, manufacturing, and use of hemp. The main goal of the CHC is to influence legislative and regulatory issues impacting the hemp industry and its related products and to ensure that the industry has a strong, unified voice in Sacramento.”
  • California Hemp Association: Advocating for the NEW Multi-Billion Dollar Industry. According to their mission statement, “The mission of the California Hemp Association (formerly known as the California Hemp Alliance) is to promote commerce and research of industrial hemp and its applications. As a member-driven entity, CHA operates with industry stakeholders to bolster innovation and expansion of hemp as a recognized and valued commodity for the California industry and the greater public. CHA administers resources, education, public affairs, and networking opportunities to companies and individuals seeking guidance and counsel in participating in California’s hemp industry.
  • California Hemp Foundation: The California Hemp Foundation is an education and research-based organization. They offer industrial hemp seeds from their research farms for industrial application. The organization has local hemp farmer researchers that can provide invaluable information for cultivating hemp in the different regions here. 

National Hemp Resources

  • Hempstead Project Heart: Hempstead is an educational, environmental, and economic advocate for industrial hemp. This organization strives to raise awareness of industrial hemp for tribes and local communities. By focusing on raising awareness on the benefits of hemp, Hempstead hopes to help redevelop successful hemp economies and connecting tribal, urban, and rural communities. Farmers can find more general information regarding hemp if they’re interested in learning more about the industry and finished product opportunities.
  • National Hemp Association: Membership is available for entrepreneurs, farmers, professors, researchers, manufacturers, investors, organizations, and businesses involved in the hemp industry. This is an excellent resource for beginner farmers and experienced farmers alike looking to joining an extensive network. Since this association serves farmers, processors, businesses, manufacturers, and researchers, you can connect with different individuals from various sectors of the industry. While local organizations are always important, having a national network can help you expand your business and find potential biomass buyers. From member directories to state-specific resources, this is a wonderful starting point.
  • Hemp Industries Association: Hemp Industries Association has worked as a hemp advocacy group for almost 30 years. The organization has fought to legalize and establish hemp as a federal commodity through legal action, advocacy, and education. They offer a great trade association for hemp farmers with reasonable membership pricing. Membership benefits include incredible networking benefits with other individuals in the industry as well as lawmakers. With significant educational resources and highly transparent access to other members, hemp farmers can create connections and find invaluable information.
  • US Hemp Roundtable: This coalition of leading hemp companies and organizations is committed to safe hemp and CBD products. The US Hemp Roundtable works with political officials for passing legislation that supports both hemp farmers and consumers. This organization also provides education and advocacy to help create a viable path for safe, legal hemp-derived products. Gain access to complimentary state action, industry updates, and federal resources when you sign up for their newsletter.
  • US Hemp Authority: Achieve better credibility, compliance, and more by getting certified through the US Hemp Authority. If you’re only interested in growing hemp then selling your biomass to a buyer or processor, this certification is not for you. This resource is for California farmers that plan on producing CBD in-house or would like to sell hemp-derived products. For farms interested in branding themselves and selling directly to consumers, having a US Hemp Authority certification can provide better trust for your customers. Since the CBD industry is currently unregulated, this certification provides assurances that your growing and manufacturing standards are high.
  • US Hemp Growers Association: Gain access to hemp research and incredible resources that help farmers stay up to date on regulatory developments, certified CBD seed, and more. This farmer-specific national organization is great for connecting with other licensed growers and certified crop advisors. They offer a free six-month trial membership and have various membership levels to choose from. With comprehensive educational resources, this can be a great jumping-off point for novice hemp farmers. US Hemp Growers Association also provides extensive industry and regulatory resources in addition to events you can attend.
  • American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp: The trade association is a great place for both marijuana and hemp industry professionals. Their mission is to professionalize industry representation. Unlike the other hemp-specific associations, this one provides support for both cannabis industries. This can provide a wonderful networking opportunity for fellow individuals in the hemp industry as well as the marijuana industry. By focusing on advocacy and education, ATACH hopes to make cannabis mainstream and provide professional industry representation.

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Hemp Biomass Selling Tips for California Farmers

  • Hire a hemp broker: There are licensed hemp brokers that can help you negotiate the best price for your hemp biomass. You’ll want to look for an experienced individual with many connections in the industry and a great track record. Organizations like Central California Hemp Brokers can help you find hemp biomass buyers and other networking connections.
  • Presell your biomass: This is an ideal option since the window for selling your harvested biomass is short. Having a buyer lined up can help alleviate stress post-harvest while giving you the competitive advantage of growing specific strains that potential buyers are looking for.
  • Sell directly to buyers: If you have the connections, it may be a good idea to cut out the middle man. Selling directly to buyers can help you maximize your profits but it will require more work.
  • Profit-sharing agreements: For farmers interested in joining the hemp industry but don’t have the upfront finances, profit-sharing agreements may be a good option for you. Profit-sharing works by finding a buyer willing to pay for all upfront costs and recoups these expenses after harvest.
  • Hemp future contracts: This type of agreement is signed before you start your season with a set price arranged for your biomass. While the price provided in future contracts is usually less than the price available with the open market, this is a good option for better stability and minimizing fluctuation risks.
  • Networking: Joining a hemp association or attending a hemp trade show can offer networking opportunities for connecting with potential buyers. The more places you can find to network, the more opportunities you’ll find.

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California Hemp Farming & CBD Seed FAQ

[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title=”Can individuals grow hemp for personal use in California?” tab_id=”1609382858993-412d18d7-27f7″][vc_column_text]California law does not allow for personal cultivation of industrial hemp like the Adult Use of Marijuana Act for marijuana.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Can farmers grow hemp and marijuana in the same location?” tab_id=”1609382859088-3bf8a2cb-8333″][vc_column_text]No, the California Food and Agricultural Code prohibits industrial hemp cultivation on any premises that’s been licensed by the CDFA for cultivating or processing marijuana.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”What’s the best irrigation system for California hemp farms?” tab_id=”1609383049216-6f4174ac-9d1e”][vc_column_text]Flood irrigation and pivot irrigation work well for California farms. However, drip irrigation systems are the preferred option due to their high water efficiency, automation capabilities, and minimized mold risks.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”What type of hemp seed do I need?” tab_id=”1609383139140-836f1162-2198″][vc_column_text]Farmers interested in producing hemp for the purpose of industrial applications like textiles, building products, etc. will need to purchase generic industrial hemp seed. For farmers interested in producing CBD, you’ll need to find high-quality CBD seed that is compliant with THC thresholds.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Can I certify my hemp as organic?” tab_id=”1609383254380-50dc3fa0-9489″][vc_column_text]Farmers can certify their hemp as organic– they will need to contact the CDFA’s State Organic Program. Their website contains information regarding labeling and selling hemp as organic.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

California CBD Hemp Farming Resources

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