Michigan releases hemp pilot report

The Michigan Department of Agriculture has issued a final report following the first year of growing industrial hemp in the state.

Program director Gina Alessandri tells Brownfield farmers in 2019 harvested about 4,000 acres of industrial hemp with a large portion grown in the Thumb region.

“Huron County and Berrien County were the counties that had the highest acreage planted followed by Saginaw, Tuscola, Genesee, and Lapeer.

She says most hemp was intended for CBD oil but with the market flooded last year, many growers have yet to sell their crops.

“We definitely will need more processors in the state as this industry continues to evolve.”

More than 550 growers and nearly 450 processors have registered for the 2020 growing season with intentions to plant more than 13,000 acres which is comparable to last year’s intentions.

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