Growing High-CBD Hemp in Colorado

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”What You Need to Know About Growing CBD Seeds in Colorado” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%23a47c3b” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”hide-desktop”][vc_single_image image=”2618″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”hide-mobile”][vc_column_text]Are you interested in growing a commercial hemp crop, the kind that will yield high-quality CBD oil and be a lucrative addition to your new or existing farm? If so, you are in luck just by living and working in Colorado, which is one of the most (if not the most) hemp-tolerant states in the entire country. With an ideal climate for cultivating hemp, this state offers better flexibility in terms of farming as well as regulations. For farmers that are interested in growing hemp commercially, there are still regulations and farming needs that you’ll need to research in order to have a successful CBD hemp farm. To grow CBD seeds in Colorado, you do need to know various things before you get started, including the legal restrictions and requirements, as well as the ins and outs of actually growing a successful crop. Let’s start out with the legalities, which happen to be different from state to state.

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

Where to Get Licensed to Grow CBD In Colorado

You will need to register with the State of Colorado to grow CBD seeds or any other kind of industrial hemp crop. There is a non-refundable application fee, so if you are new to growing hemp commercially you might want to investigate hemp farming thoroughly before making your application, to ensure it is right for your farm.

The Colorado Dept. of Agriculture has a program known as the Industrial Hemp Program, which regulates the cultivation of this crop. Please note that according to the CO Dept. of Agriculture, “Industrial hemp means a plant of the genus Cannabis and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, containing a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no more than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) on a dry weight basis.” They also administer a certified CBD seed program.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”8px”][vc_column_text]

Leading CBD Seed Genetics for Colorado

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 high elevation as well as all three district climatic regions determined by elevation and proximity to the major mountain ranges. Our genetics were specifically developed on our Yoder, Colorado-based farms, offering the ideal strains for resisting severe winds and extreme weather conditions. 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=”4328″ 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=”4329″ img_size=”642×646″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4331″ 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=”4334″ img_size=”642×646″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4331″ 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=”4331″ 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 Colorado Hemp Farms

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Strain

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CBD:THC Ratio

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Feminization Rates

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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

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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 Colorado 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

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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

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CBD:THC Ratio

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Feminization Rates

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Germination Rates

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Description

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CBD Clones Available for Colorado Hemp Farms

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Strain

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CBD:THC Ratio

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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 Colorado 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

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Germination Rates

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Description

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Strain

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

CBD:THC Ratio

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Feminization Rates

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Germination Rates

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Description

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Colorado Regulations for Growing CBD Clones & Seeds

If you are growing, or are interested in growing industrial hemp for CBD in the state of Colorado, you already know there are many government regulations. Unlike other cash crops, hemp is highly regulated at both the state and federal level. But you cannot just find out the current regulations and carry on since those regulations are in flux. Keep abreast of the changing regulations to ensure the greatest chance of success and high profits with industrial hemp and CBD. In addition to federal regulations, you’ll need to ensure that you’re following state regulations as well. 

Colorado Department of Agriculture: The CDA runs the state’s Industrial Hemp Program and has all the information you need to know to get licensed and registered. It also has a wealth of information on other necessary topics, including pesticides, CDA approved seeds, inspection, and testing, and much more. It would be foolhardy to get into growing CBD seeds or clones without making use of the information found on this site. Farmers interested in contacting the Industrial Hemp Program for further information can email the department at industrialhemp@state.co.us or call (303) 869-9084 for general program information, application assistance, and customer service.

Here are some useful links in order to get the hemp licensing process started:

  • Colorado Commercial Industrial Hemp Registration ApplicationApplicants interested in cultivating hemp commercially must apply by submitting this application with corresponding fees and citizen verification. The hemp grower application can be completed online or sent via mail. The application packet also includes important paperwork for farmers that are approved. These documents include Industrial Hemp Material Declaration for Inclusion form and a Pre-Planting Report.
  • Hemp Mapping Information: Farmers are required to provide detailed mapping information in regards to the location of their hemp crops. This link includes important tools and information for creating the most accurate hemp mapping information. These details must be submitted to the CDA.
  • Change of Contact InformationThe CDA requires that farmers inform the program of any address changes within 10 days of the change. However, the physical address or location of your Registered Land Area is permanent and can’t be changed. This form can either be emailed or mailed.
  • Colorado Hemp Planting & Harvest ReportHarvesting reports are required by every state. The CDA requires that farmers submit this hemp planting report within 10 days after planting hemp, transferring hemp into a Registered Land Area from another source, or transferring hemp within or moved into a Registered Land Area for replanting into a larger container with the same indoor location. Harvest reports are due at least 30 days before your anticipated harvest day. You must notify the CDA Commissioner of any changes in the reported harvest days immediately by submitting an amended harvest report if the changes are more or less of an excess of five days.
  • Colorado Hemp Pre-Planting ReportFarmers are expected to submit one pre-planting report before planting CBD seed. This is only required once per the annual registration method. You’ll need to include your planned varieties, however, these varieties can change and must be outlined in your planting report which must be submitted within 10 days of planting.
  • Request to Amend RLAIf you have additional greenhouses or indoor space that you need to add to your Registered Land Area, you’ll need to fill out this form and submit it to the CDA. Please note that farmers can only add additional indoor square feet to a Registered Land Area and it must be within the boundary lines drawn on the original map that was submitted with your hemp grower application. The acreage of your RLA can’t be changed.
  • Colorado Reporting Schedule ComplianceSince reporting at multiple stages is required, this handy document details your required reporting schedule. The reporting schedule includes required reports, a timeline, and penalties associated with each form.
  • CDA Approved Seed VarietiesThis link includes comprehensive information regarding the accepted seed varieties approved by the CDA. Farmers can find the variety submission application, certified seed PR, certified seed PowerPoint, letter to hemp seed purchasers, CSGA comm registration application, as well as a list of approved varieties.

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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Colorado’s Hemp Biomass Transportation Regulations

There are no current regulations regarding hemp biomass transportation, however, the CDA does recommend including the following documents with any shipment:

  • The COA from an accredited lab that shows your hemp biomass only contains 0.3% THC or less
  • A travel manifest or bill of landing that includes the origin and destination for the shipment as well as any registration or license information for both
  • Any of the following documentation or licensing that applies to the transporter
    • Colorado-issued hemp grower license
    • Colorado-issued hemp processor license
    • Colorado Department of Agriculture Commodity Handler License (This is for individuals purchasing raw hemp biomass for processing or resale)
    • A phytosanitary certificate that’s issued from the originating state department of agriculture for plant materials being shipped out of state

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Regions of Colorado Where CBD Is Grown

Colorado continues to lead the nation in acreage devoted to growing industrial hemp specifically for CBD. With 87,008 acres of hemp in 2020, farmers across the state can take advantage of the pro-industry regulations and ideal growing climates for hemp. Although Colorado is known for the Rocky Mountains and legal recreational pot, it’s also a huge agricultural state and many farmers are finding success with CBD crops.

It turns out that the climate and soil in Colorado are perfect for CBD growing. Colorado is known as an arid state, as opposed to some of the southern states and west coast states that get a lot more rainfall. However, CO is still an excellent place to grow an industrial hemp crop because it simply does NOT require a lot of water.

In fact, of Colorado’s 64 counties, 60 counties have at least one registered hemp operation.

Some of the main Colorado regions that already sustain hemp/CBD farming, via seeds or clones, include:

  • Pueblo County: In an effort to attract and support hemp farming, the county has instituted zoning that is particularly friendly to hemp. They are offering valuable tax credits and even cash grants for hemp farms and other hemp operations that meet the required job quotas.
  • The Uncompahgre Valley: This extremely fertile agricultural area already has more than 250 registered hemp fields. In many cases, traditional crops like corn, soybeans and alfalfa have been replaced with fields of CBD seeds and clones.
  • The Western Slope and Delta County, where a huge hemp/CBD processing plant has opened.
  • Greeley: This large agricultural city now hosts hemp-related round-table discussions on a regular basis. Farmers can get together and discuss state regulations and changes they would like to see with city officials.
  • Montrose: At least 108 hemp growers are already registered and hard at work.

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Colorado Agricultural Regions for Cultivating CBD Hemp

Colorado offers three distinct agricultural regions which all serve as ideal locations for hemp cultivation:

  • The Colorado Plains: The semi-arid climate and little rainfall are ideal for producing a wide variety of cash crops including hemp. The hot days and snow-melt irrigation offer a great environment for hemp to thrive in. The flat, dry land can help minimize certain mold and pest concerns.
  • The Western Slope: This region features cool nights and warm days, making up approximately 40% of the state’s land area. The weather is milder than other regions and offers river water access. However, irrigation can be a concern here due to soil conditions. The Western Slope still provides a great opportunity for growing hemp.
  • The Rocky Mountains: The Rocky Mountains have a shorter growing season and chilly temperatures, making it ideal for CBD hemp production. Farmers can opt for strains that have a shorter plant cycle in order to thrive in this region.

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Colorado Hemp & CBD Seed News

For information about how industrial hemp and CBD are affecting the state of Colorado, check out some of these fascinating articles. Whether you’re merely interested in how the legalization of industrial hemp has changed the state or you are a grower or processor of CBD, these articles contain some must reading! We always recommend keeping up to date with local hemp and CBD industry news. This can help you stay compliant, understand the market, and better prepare for certain trends. A great way of staying up to date with local news is with Google Alerts. You can sign up for these complimentary alerts that send you a daily or weekly email. Try notification terms like “hemp farming Colorado” or “CBD market Colorado” in order to receive important industry news. 

AUGUST 20, 2020: USDA Orders Colorado to Revise Hemp Plan 

Colorado submitted its state regulatory program for USDA review back in June 2020. However, the draft has been going back in forth with revisions. The CDA has been overseeing hemp licensing since 2014 and had the most licensed acreage for hemp cultivation in 2020 in the nation. Due to the constantly changing regulations on the federal level, the CDA continues to work on the approval of its state plan in order to create a stable, sound regulatory environment.

MARCH 10, 2020: Hemp, CBD Industries Thankful for Less Federal Interference 

This must-read article in Westword explains the temporary suspension of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s involvement with industrial hemp testing, which has Colorado hemp growers rejoicing. It also details the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement of a more collaborative approach toward future CBD regulations with stakeholders of the hemp-derived CBD industry.

FEB 25, 2020: Colorado hemp farmers say they know more than the feds and want to keep regulation in state hands

This article in the Colorado Sun talks about the plans the state has in progress to bypass proposed federal rules that threaten to wither the promise of the state’s hemp industry. Since Colorado has already run a successful hemp regulatory program for over six years, the CDA plans on continuing its regulatory oversight. Due to this longstanding experience, Colorado policymakers have more experience than those working at a federal level in Washington DC.

JAN 24, 2020: Farmers Look Back on Colorado’s First Six Years of Hemp 

This article contains interesting interviews with some of Colorado’s hemp farmers and their experiences growing this durable crop over the past six years. Learn from their mistakes and successes! This interesting read also contains information regarding growing industrial hemp for other applications besides CBD. 

OCT 24, 2019: A hemp green rush is remaking agriculture in Colorado  

In this article: “80,000 acres of cropland have been converted to hemp by farmers projecting big profits from CBD sales. But Colorado’s regulatory framework hasn’t kept up with the boom.” Learn more about the local industry, the lack of regulatory accommodation, and needs in the supply chain.

JULY 1, 2019: Colorado Agriculture Director Has Big Plans for Hemp

This article has a fascinating and informative interview with Colorado Department of Agriculture director Kate Greenburg, who expounds on her ideas for the growth of hemp and CBD production in Colorado. The pro-industry state regulations have made Colorado a great place for farmers to grow hemp.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2621″ 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=”4894″ img_size=”250 x 250″ alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeInLeft”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

CBD & Hemp Resources for Colorado Farmers

With the growth of hemp and CBD production in Colorado, there are many organizations that provide support, community, and assistance. We always recommend joining these organizations in order to create a better network, identify potential buyers, and find resources that are specific for the local and federal hemp industry.

Colorado-Based Hemp Organizations 

  • Colorado Hemp Industries Association (COHIA): This organization is actually a non-profit trade group for the hemp CBD industries including the U.S and Canada. The Colorado chapter “is a member-driven organization propelling the hemp industry in Colorado through reliable information, public policy work, and agriculture and market development.”
  • Colorado Hemp Education Association: According to their mission statement, “Uniting To Build The Industrial Hemp Industry For A Sustainable Future.” CHEA believes that “the industrial hemp plant offers the best, most sustainable solutions on earth for human health, planetary health, and economic health.” They are located in Carbondale, CO.
  • National Hemp Association, Colorado Branch: The NHA’s mission is to “support the growth and development of all aspects of the industrial hemp industry.” They seek to accomplish these goals by:
    • Educating and informing the public about the health, environmental, and economic benefits of reviving an industry that has been prohibited for over seventy years;
    • Building a community of individuals, businesses, and organizations to facilitate the growth of the industry; 
    • Working collaboratively with industry, government officials, and the scientific community to create and implement industrial hemp standards, certifications, and regulations.
  • NOCO Hemp Expo: Not exactly an organization, NOCO is the world’s most comprehensive hemp exposition and trade show, held annually in Denver at the National Western Complex. The expo is for farmers, processors, retailers, and any others involved in the sales and marketing of hemp-related products. The upcoming expo for 2021 is on March 25-27.
  • Grow Hemp Colorado: This organization calls themselves “your number one resource for all things hemp/CBC in Colorado.” They focus on the “new laws, rules & regulations which benefit the whole, not just a select few of “pay to play” members.” They have recently revamped their website and are now inviting people involved in the hemp/CBD industry to participate in one of their new Hemp Stakeholder Work Groups, post your hemp business, event, or offer in their Hemp Hemp Biz Directory, and much more. You can become a member and receive their newsletter.

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 Colorado 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 Colorado 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. Companies like Colorado Hemp Institute offer hemp broker services, providing a potential buyer for your hemp biomass.
  • 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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Colorado Hemp Farming & CBD Seed FAQ

[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title=”Who regulates the processing or extraction of hemp-derived CBD products?” tab_id=”1610568524056-3b3b7981-2df2″][vc_column_text]The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has the regulatory authority over processing, processed hemp material, and any products intended for human consumption or use. Processors will have to register with the CDPHE.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Is there a limit for how many acres farmers can register for growing hemp?” tab_id=”1610568524164-1b91217c-3628″][vc_column_text]No, there are no restrictions when it comes to the size of your hemp farm. The Registered Land Area will require single registration and needs to be one continuous area.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Does Colorado require a criminal background check for hemp farmers?” tab_id=”1610568974803-faab8ef8-d7f8″][vc_column_text]Currently, the CDA does not require a criminal background check for farmers applying for hemp cultivation. The USDA does require criminal checks, however, the adoption of the 2018 Farm Bill is still in progress. There is no timeline available in regards to when this will be implemented– new developments will be available on the CDA’s hemp program website.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Do Colorado hemp growers have to grow CDA-approved certified CBD seed?” tab_id=”1610569127656-d48370f2-6235″][vc_column_text]No, this is not a requirement of the CDA. Hemp growers are allowed to use any CBD seed source, especially an open-source seed. The CDA recommends doing your research and purchasing from a trusted source.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”What is the reporting timeline for registered hemp growers?” tab_id=”1610569250412-598fd9f6-13c3″][vc_column_text]Farmers must submit all three reports at the required times in order to avoid penalties and fines. There are three separate reports required:

  • Pre-planting report (This form is labeled as Appendix B and is included in the application packet)
  • Planting report (Required within 10 days of planting)
  • Harvest report (Required at least 30 days before harvest, there is a 5 day window allowed for changing your submitted harvest date)

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Colorado CBD Hemp Farming Resources

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