What You Need to Know About Growing Hemp Seeds in New Mexico
Are you interested in farming CBD seeds in New Mexico? If so, whether you’re a brand new farmer or have decades of experience, there are some important things you need to know.
The growing of industrial hemp for CBD requires being approved for a license by the NM Department of Agriculture’s Hemp Program. You’ll need to pass an extensive background check. The licenses are annual and must be renewed each year.
There are also various laws and regulations that must be followed to ensure a successful and profitable crop. These regulations can change, so staying on top of them is vital.
It’s important that the seeds/clones used are female, with no males. In fact, choice of CBD seeds or clones is one of the most important decisions the farmer needs to make. We suggest buying from a company that has proven genetics, to ensure a crop with the highest amount of CBD and THC within the legal guidelines. Without the optimal CBD the plants can have, a farmer will be leaving money on the table. With too high a level of THC (over 0.3% per dry weight), the crop may be considered “contraband” and might even have to be destroyed, which would be a tragic loss.
We strongly recommend learning everything you can about the regulations and the actual growing/harvesting of industrial hemp… before the first seed goes into the ground. We cannot stress this enough!
Also in this article:
- New Mexico Regulations for CBD Growing Clones & Seeds – Links to government regulators
- Regions of New Mexico where CBD is Grown
- New Mexico Hemp & CBD Seed News
- CBD & Hemp Organizations in New Mexico
- Contact Us To See if We’re a Good Fit For New Mexico CBD Farming
New Mexico Regulations for CBD Growing Clones & Seeds
If you are planning to grow a CBD crop – whether using seeds or clones – you’ll need to know the regulations before the first seed/clone goes into the ground! The two websites that provide the info you need are the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture.
New Mexico Department of Agriculture – Hemp Program: You can register for a hemp growing license here. A lot of this website was still under construction at the time of this writing, however the NMDA recommends going onto the USDA site, which has an enormous amount of information about regulations, growing a crop, and much more.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Domestic Hemp Program: Here are some of the important links on this site:
- Information for State Departments of Agriculture and Tribal Governments
- Information for Producers
- Information for Sampling Agents
- Information for Laboratory Testing
- Hemp Analytical Testing Laboratories
- Frequently Asked Questions
USDA Email Update List: Since regulations and legalities of growing and selling hemp and CBD seeds/clones are in flux, we recommend subscribing to this update list. Get all the news you need to know, right into your email inbox.
Regions of New Mexico where CBD is Grown
To date, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture has licensed more than 7,000 acres and more than 8.3 million indoor square feet for hemp production.
Southern New Mexico has become a hotspot for growing industrial hemp and CBD seeds and clones, in part due to its long hot summers and long history of agricultural production. But heamp farms are spreading across the state, all the way north to Indian Country in the northwest part of the state.
Areas with hemp farming include: Bernalillo, Doña Ana, Rio Arriba, San Juan, Santa Fe, Taos and Valencia counties along with Berino, Las Cruces, Colombus, Estancia, the Hatch and the Mesilla Valleys. If you can grow a food crop, you can grow hemp in the same area!
New Mexico Hemp & CBD Seed News
Feb 27, 2020: Burgeoning hemp industry takes root in southern New Mexico. This article in the Chicago Tribune says that not only is hemp farming booming in New Mexico, CBD processing companies are also flourishing there.
Dec 23, 2019: New Mexico’s hemp growers still waiting to strike gold. The hemp farming industry in New Mexico experiences serious disappointments and growing pains. An important read before getting started… learn from others’ mistakes!
The article details farmers’ issues with seeds, crops containing too much THC, and difficulty in finding buyers for the crops after harvest.
Nov 4, 2019: Hemp industry in New Mexico growing like a weed. Learn how the hemp industry in New Mexico is expanding, faster than authorities ever expected.
CBD & Hemp Organizations in New Mexico
New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association: Although not specifically a hemp/CBD organization, the New Mexico FMA does hold a 2-day hemp workshop to educate farmers.
Hemp Industries Association: If you’re looking for an organization devoted to promoting hemp and CBD products, we recommend the HIA (Hemp Industries Association).
This nationwide trade organization’s mission is to:
- Educate the public about the exceptional attributes of hemp products.
- Facilitate the exchange of information and technology between hemp agriculturists, processors, manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
- Maintain and defend the integrity of hemp products.
- Advocate and support socially responsible and environmentally sound business practices.
Contact Us to See if We’re a Good Fit For New Mexico CBD Farming
Our highest quality, organic hemp and CBD seeds and clones come from plants we raised on our own Colorado farms.
They have proven genetics and are designed to grow a crop with the highest amount of CBD, but only the legal limit of THC.
This process can be a bit complicated and we’re here to help. Why not take advantage of our years of experience?
Please peruse our website, it’s filled with useful information!