Florida agriculture officials have completed preparations to grow hemp in Florida and say they’re hoping to plant seeds in 2019.
This is potentially much much sooner than was originally expected.
Florida legalized hemp production in 2017 through industrial hemp farming, but officials such as Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, said Florida’s ability to produce hemp for a burgeoning oil, fiber and feedstock industry is appealing, but still daunting.
Jerry sais “Given the challenges associated with obtaining industrial hemp seed from other states, Canada and even Europe, it may be late 2018 into 2019 before the first trials are in the ground”
The struggle will be to cultivate seeds that could grow under the 0.3% THC limit in Florida’s tropical climate.
Quincy, Hague and Homestead have been selected this far for hemp production.
There is still no official timetable for private commercial hemp production to begin, but with all of the substantiated continued research its looking to be just around the corner.
Imported seeds are planned to be put in the ground as early as spring 2019.