As the Texas Department of Agriculture begins to get ready to issue licenses to grow hemp in the Lone Star State, there are many who are looking forward to the opportunity to be involved in this agricultural renaissance of America. The passage of the Farm Bill in 2018 made hemp – once again – an agricultural commodity in the nation and that has allowed for farmers throughout the United States to consider the high yield crop.
Being leaders in hemp farming and agribusiness, Hempton Farms has been managing, consulting, growing and extracting federally legal hemp throughout the United States. From their consistent seed genetics to their compliant execution for hemp-based manufacturing, Hempton Farms has been instrumental in revitalizing farming communities throughout the country.
It is with this experience that CEO Janson Hoambrecker shares some top tips for Texans as they may be contemplating growing hemp.
“Be mindful of where you plan to grow, and work with those you know,” Explains Hoambrecker. “This is not a standard crop – because of regulations and requirements – so it is important to not treat it like anything else they may have grown before.”
Regulations between various federal and state governmental entities will all have a voice when it comes to the work and where the resulting crop may end up.
Of the many regulations, the most important is the percentage of THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the cannabinoid in cannabis genre of plants that renders the psychoactive effects (the “high”) and its percentage in the makeup is what will label the end crop as “Texas legal” or not. To be able to grow compliant hemp for the masses, the crop must be able to pass testing showcasing a THC level of .3% or less.
For hemp to be able to be grown as agriculturally compliant, that percentage of THC is managed through comprehensive seed genetics and the diligent management of growth through harvest. Of the many companies that offer seeds, Hempton Farms seeds are genetically engineered to be nationally compliant.