What You Need to Know About Growing CBD Seeds in Delaware
No matter which state you grow hemp in, it can be a challenge because of all the new and interim regulations. In order to be a successful hemp farmer, you need to have a deep understanding of the local regulations in Delaware. To properly and profitably grow hemp, you will need to be aware of current and changing legalities alike. Information like where you can buy CBD seeds, which pesticides to use, and by whom CBD can be processed vary from state to state.
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Where to Get Licensed to Grow CBD In Delaware
The first place to start is looking at Delaware’s Domestic Hemp Production Program. The website provides all the information you need in order to get licensed and legally begin cultivation. It is required to have your licensing approved before you can commercially grow this crop. You will need to undergo a background check and can issue your application through the online portal found on their website. Since there may be new regulations from the USDA and the Delaware Department of Agriculture and Industries, it’s best to periodically check to ensure you stay compliant.
Leading CBD Seed Genetics for Delaware
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 humid, subtropical, temperate climate. 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:
High CBD Hemp Seeds
BaOX Feminized Seed
Cherry HD Feminized Seed
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.
• Strong field ready structure
• Heavy resin and terpenes
• Ideal for biomass or flower
• Early finisher, finishes mid to late September depending on geography
High CBD Hemp Clones
Baox High CBD Hemp Clones
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.
• 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
Cherry HD Hemp Clones
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.
• 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
Spectrum Hemp Clones
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.
• High terpene content
• Grows large dense resin coated flowers
• Ideal for biomass or flower 27:1 CBD to THC ratio
Spectrum Hemp Clones
• High terpene content
• Grows large dense resin coated flowers
• Ideal for biomass or flower 27:1 CBD to THC ratio
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.
• Kush like terpene profile
• Can reach up to 25% CBG
• Best for indoor growing
• Needs 20+ hours daylight in Veg
Delaware Regulations for Growing CBD Clones & Seeds
Once you decide to farm hemp in Delaware, and after you begin, the rules in the state where you live are critical to be aware of and abide by. For years the regulations on hemp farming in Delaware were tied to research facilities like universities. Even after the passage of the 2018 farm bill. However, the new state guidelines, as of 2020 allow for hemp farming for reasons other than research. There is a $300 application fee and your hemp farming license must be renewed every three years. Hemp growers must assign a unique lot ID including information like Plant variety and planting date. The DDA will same each lot within 15 days of harvest. Like federal law, the THC content must be below .3-percent or risk being destroyed.
Delaware Department of Agriculture: This is your primary resource for the state’s hemp farming regulations. Their website will provide all of the up-to-date information that you need. If you have any additional questions, you can email the Domestic Hemp Production Program at DDA_HempProgram@delaware.gov or call the DDA at (302) 698-4500.
Here are some other useful links to help get you started:
- 2021 Delaware Domestic Hemp Production Program Participant Guide: This is an excellent starting point for anyone interesting in producing hemp. The comprehensive guide includes all of the information you need for forms, reports, sampling, testing, and more. The guide also includes important information for processors and handlers.
- Delaware Domestic Hemp Grower Application: Applicants must complete this form along with a criminal background check in order to grow hemp commercially. The licenses are valid for three years and do not automatically renew. Farmers must also submit their $300 application fee.
- Annual Indoor Growing Hemp Site Registration Form: In order to cultivate hemp indoors, farmers need to fill out this form and submit it to the DDA. All hemp growing sites need to be submitted. The DDA requires an additional fee for growing site registration.
- Indoor Hemp Growing Site Modification Form: If you need to make any changes to your registered hemp site, you’ll need to submit this form to the DDA. The state also requires an additional fee for any growing site modifications you need to make.
- Annual Outdoor Hemp Growing Site Registration Form: For outdoor hemp cultivation, you’ll need to register your site. Site registration requires a fee of $500. A map of your growing site with at least two roads and point of entry identified is required.
- Outdoor Hemp Growing Site Modification Form: Outdoor and indoor sites must be listed separately. If you need to make a modification to your outdoor growing site, you’ll need to make the amendment via this form. Be aware that any site modification results in an additional fee.
- Delaware Domestic Hemp Production Program Sampling Request Form: The DDA requires all licensed hemp growers to notify the state department at least 15 to 30 days prior to the expected harvest date. You must submit this form in order to request that a sampling agent conduct the regulatory protocols. These forms can be submitted via email.
- Sampling, Testing, and Reporting: Once you’ve submitted the Sampling Request Form, you must complete the harvest within 15 days following the collection. Your THC results will be sent to you via email. In addition to sampling and testing, reporting is also required. Farmers must submit the following reports:
- 1 annual report to the DDA with total acreage planted, total acreage harvested, total acreage disposed, and plant storage records
- 1 annual report to the FSA once planting is complete. This report must include an FSA map of your farm with tract and field numbers, information on the crops you intend to plant, intended use of your crops, number of acres of crops you are reporting, and an approximate crop boundary, planting pattern and dates, irrigation practices, and producer shares
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.
- FDA: The 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.
Delaware’s Hemp Biomass Transportation Regulations
Delaware currently does not have any regulations regarding the transportation of hemp biomass. We recommend always carrying a copy of your THC lab results when transporting your biomass. It is also wise to keep a copy of your hemp grower license with you while transporting. Having the proper documentation can help minimize any misconceptions or issues.
Regions of Delaware Where CBD Is Grown
CBD hemp plants grow in nearly every state in the US. However, like any crop, there are areas of the US that are better for growing hemp. Delaware has a great environment for growing hemp and, by no coincidence, is a state where many other crops grow well. While you should be able to grow hemp nearly anywhere in Delaware, some counties are proven agricultural hot spots. These areas should be considered some of the best areas in Delaware for high CBD hemp. Based on corn and soy yields, which account for almost $250 million in revenue, all counties of Delaware, Kent, New Castle, and Sussex should easily accommodate hemp.
Delaware Hemp & CBD Seed News
Since regulations and the local market are in constant flux, farmers will need to stay up to date in order to stay compliant and make the most informed decisions regarding their farm. A great way to keep up with all current news is with Google Alerts. You can set up convenient email notifications daily or weekly. Try setting up these alerts with terms like “hemp farming Delaware” or “CBD market Delaware”. Here are some of the most important news updates from the past year:
DECEMBER 8, 2020: Hemp producers in Delaware must register growing sites annually
This news update from the Delaware government includes new regulatory information for hemp farming. While farming licenses are issued for a span of three years, farmers will still need to register their growing sites each year. In order to stay compliant, farmers must adhere to this new regulation.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2020: Delaware State wins National Science Foundation hemp grant
The Delaware State University was granted $592,000 for a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation. This research funding is intended for undergraduates developing new hemp applications. The school plans on using this grant to study chemical extraction techniques, the effects of hemp extract on drug-resistant parasites, and the effect of CBD on cancer cells.
FEBRUARY 4, 2020: Hemp is coming. Will Delaware farmers embrace it?
The USDA approved Delaware’s state production program as of January 27. This is only one of two East Coast states that have had their plans approved. With the regulatory program in place, farmers are still experiencing some of the issues stemming from missing parts in the hemp production chain.
JANUARY 24, 2020: Delaware Is Ready for Hemp Approval
This update is regarding the state program being under review by the USDA. Three state plans were already approved, with a federal answer expected in February. This approval of the state program would enable hemp farmers to grow commercially in Delaware.
CBD & Hemp Resources for Delaware Farmers
Read more about all the different local and federal resources available for hemp farmers on farming advice, CBD regulations, and more. It’s always a good idea for beginner hemp farmers to find a few organizations to join to help network and find the support they need for potential buyers.
Delaware-Based Hemp Organizations
- Delaware Industrial Hemp Coalition: This is the only hemp-devoted advocacy group that’s located locally. They provide support for all aspects and sectors of the cannabis industry with research focused on the future of industrial applications.
- Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network: While this advocacy group is more focused on other cannabis industries, it may provide networking opportunities for hemp farmers. Their mission is to build and support a network of business owners, professionals, and activists that advocate legalization.
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 Delaware 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.
Hemp Biomass Selling Tips for Delaware 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.
- 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.
Delaware Hemp Farming & CBD Seed FAQ
Yes, but you must apply for a Delaware Nursery License. This license is free of charge.
Hemp farmers must have a unique lot ID associated with all indoor and outdoor growing sites. These lot IDs must include the following information and be maintained in record form:
- Plant date
- Plant variety
- Plant site
At this time, the DDA is accepting all applications, forms, and reports via email. Farmers can email them directly to the DDA’s hemp program via DDA_HempProgram@delaware.gov.
In 2019, research-only outdoor production totaled 82.36 acres and indoor production totaled 419,620 sq. ft. In 2020, under full-production licensing, outdoor production totaled 75 acres and indoor production totaled 34,000 sq. ft.
Farmers interested in producing end products like textiles, building materials, etc. will need to purchase standard hemp seed. Farmers interested in producing CBD will need to find specialty genetics with high CBD and low THC ratios. Always look through COAs and make sure you find high-quality CBD seed for your investment.
Delaware CBD Hemp Farming Resources
Read more about local industry news, region-specific growing advice, and more for your hemp farm:
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