cbd hemp farmDecember 15, 2021
“Go Bobcats!” said Drew Jones. “Alex knows best. So whatever Alex says goes and we just kind of do it. He knows a lot of what he’s doing. So sometimes it’s tough being told what to do. But you know we’re a family and it all works out.”
“A lot of backbreaking days, every day for hours and hours and hours coming out here and planting, coming through and de-vining, pulling weeds and weed whacking,” said Drew Jones.
Currently, there is one drug that the FDA has approved, Epidiolex, which contains a purified form of CBD for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome in patients 2 years of age and older.
What You Need To Know.
CBD can be derived from both the hemp and marijuana plant, which are the same species. However, CBD products are only federally legal if they’re derived from the hemp plant as the hemp plant contains up to 0.3% THC and is nonpsychoactive, so it won’t get users high. Although CBD is technically legal at the federal level, some states have their own mandates and guidelines restricting the growth and usage of hemp. Cannabigerol or CBG is also federally legal if it is sourced from hemp plants containting up to 0.3% THC.
Alexander got his bachelor’s degree in environmental and plant biology at Ohio University and a master’s degree in environmental studies. Drew got his bachelor’s degree in business administration, entrepreneurship and marketing.
LANCASTER, Ohio — Seven family members in Lancaster recently have come together with one purpose, to bring CBD and CBG to Ohioans.
Now they’re seeing the fruits of their labor come to life on their own farm.
It’s an industry with a lot to discover and one that the Lancaster family is ready to explore.
“The Department of Agriculture comes out and they test our product to make sure that the THC percentage is lower than 0.3%,” said Drew Jones. “And we use natural farming methods. So we’re not using pesticides, we’re not using herbicides.”
“You have to keep up with the Jones’,” said Drew Jones.
According to Harvard, studies show that CBD may help aid in anxiety relief, pain relief and may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep, among other benefits. CBG is being marketed for the alleviation of anxiety, pain, infection, inflammation, nausea, and even the treatment of cancer, yet virtually all studies on CBG have been done on animals so it’s difficult to infer its effects on humans.
Alexander and Drew Jones are brothers and Ohio University graduates. They teamed up with their uncle, John, cousins and aunt in March to create the hemp farm, Wilde Honey Farms.
The brothers approached Uncle John earlier in 2021 as he had recently moved to a new house on five acres of land.
“Many people have experienced benefits from using CBD products made from hemp,” said Alexander Jones. “However, many products are not approved by the FDA yet.”
“It lit a kind of a fire under me specifically saying, you know, why? Why are we doing this for everybody else, when we can do this for ourselves, too,” said Drew Jones.
“We had five acres just sitting there doing nothing,” said John Jones. “I was just mowing the field to hit golf balls in. So this is a better use of the land.”
“We’re all Jones’, we’re all related,” said John Jones. “All family members are partners in the organization. So we’re all equal.”
“It’s been a long summer,” said Alexander Jones. “We battled a little bit with a drought early on, but we’ve been really benefiting lately from these rains the past couple of weeks and things are really starting to look great.”
State lawmakers passed legislation in 2019 that okayed hemp farming in Florida. Since then, Cannabis director Holly Bell says the industry has taken off. Hemp is made from the same kind of plant as marijuana, but hemp plants are non-euphoric. In Florida, Bell says most of the hemp grown is produced for CBD products.
“We’re talking about citrus groves that weren’t producing, that had been killed to greening, lost, weren’t producing any revenue. So those are being dug up and the land is being repurposed to bring in revenue and create new jobs,” Bell says.
Bell says in many ways hemp has also proven itself to be pandemic proof. While some farmers struggled to sell their produce this spring as restaurants shut down as part of an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, hemp demand increased.
Bell says other farmers, like blueberry farmers, have also turned to hemp because they were struggling to make a profit.
“At this moment Florida has 22,078 licensed acres of hemp cultivation after just seven months. This acreage is nearly identical to three of our key crops—tomatoes, watermelon and snap peas and is double that of what we have in production of strawberries here in the state of Florida,” Fried says.
Within the next few years hemp farming in Florida is projected to grow to about half the size of the state’s citrus industry. Much of that growth is driven by CBD production.
Bell says hemp farming is offering a profitable alternative for farmers, including citrus growers who have been struggling with a tree disease called greening.
“ CBD stores were left open during the pandemic. Sales flourished. Some of them even saw dramatic increases, so therefore the factories continued to produce and grow in revenue,” Bell says. “We have several major factories that produce it here in the state of Florida and we’re not talking about small factories. I’m talking factories that gross $40-50-million a year and we’re just in year one or two of this program.”
“Because of the competition they’re facing South of the boarder they just weren’t making any money,” Bell says.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says hemp cultivation is overtaking some of Florida’s best known crops.
Bell estimates about 95 percent of Florida hemp farmers are growing hemp to be used for essential oil. She says only a handful of Florida farmers are growing hemp for use as a fiber or protein source.
“There are two categories I talk to people about. There’s the industrial fibrous hemp side that makes all those products I talk to people about. And there’s essential oil. Essential oil is what CBD we all hear about right now is made from and because that market is out there and had caught on, predominately that is what grown in Florida and everywhere right now,” Bell says.
Bell says she expects to see continued growth in the industry over the next several years. Copyright 2021 WFSU. To see more, visit WFSU.
Maine law requires that hemp be planted using a certified seed source which is defined as a source of hemp seeds that are certified by a third party as producing hemp having a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis. Certification may include a certificate of analysis from a third-party ISO 17025 accredited laboratory that indicates the parent plant seed source tested at or below 0.3% delta-9-tetrahdrocannabinol on a dry weight basis. To comply with the certified seed source requirement when you purchase seed, seedlings or clones, you must retain documentation that could include a letter, form, or other written verification or combination of documents that at a minimum includes:
Please note that the fees charged will now cover THC testing for each separate variety at a grow site.
To implement a USDA approved hemp licensing plan in 2022, amendments will need to be in place to bring state statutes into conformance with the USDA final rule for hemp. Once the new statutes are in place the Department will have to amend the current licensing rules in CMR 01-001 Chapter 274 to fully implement an approved state plan for the 2022 growing season.
Maine law requires that the Department cover the costs of operating the hemp program by charging an application fee, license fee and a per acre fee. These fees are as follows:
Although some out-of-state sellers are still requiring that growers be licensed in order to receive shipment, this restriction should not apply. Legal hemp and hemp products can move across state and tribal borders and can be shipped through USPS. Some states may require phytosanitary certificates for state-to-state movement of hemp seed and live plants; Maine currently does not.
How to apply for a license ?
There is no longer an application deadline . We ask that you apply 30 days before you intend to plant your crop so that you have a signed license agreement in hand before you plant.
The licensee will allow the inspection and sampling of the hemp crop at any and all times that the Department deems necessary. The licensee will be notified prior to inspection and sampling. During the inspection and sampling the licensee or authorized representative will allow complete and unrestricted access to all hemp plants within the licensed growing area(s).
Plants will be randomly sampled in each hemp lot and tested for THC content.
You must submit this documentation with your planting report, which is due within 14 days after planting.
Fees collected will cover Departmental costs including, but not limited to:
Despite hemp’s antiquity as a cultivated plant, hemp as a modern crop has some catching up to do. There are many types of hemp advertised as varieties, cultivars, strains and crosses. They may not have been bred and stabilized as other crop plants have been. They may exhibit unstable traits. Few have been certified by AOSCA and those that have are typically varieties grown for fiber and grain, not CBD. To grow a more uniform and predictable crop, some growers plant clones. Whatever you decide to use, choose your hemp seed or clones carefully, and make sure you get third-party laboratory documentation about the THC concentration of the parent plants (see below). As you farm, take notes about crop performance, monitor your crop’s THC content while buds form, and test for other cannabinoids if you are growing for a CBD market.
For hemp to be hemp, its delta-9-THC concentration must not exceed 0.3% on a dry weight basis. While genetics have a role in determining THC expression, many environmental factors can influence it, including plant maturity, temperature, water, soil fertility, and any number of stressors.
Maine does not certify hemp seed nor does Maine publish a list of approved or prohibited hemp strains/varieties/cultivars. Maine does license plant nurseries and some are licensed hemp growers who have seedlings and clones for sale to the public. Maine law permits an individual to grow up to three hemp plants for personal (non-commercial) use.
If the hemp crop has not been inspected and sampled 25 days prior to the anticipated harvest date, the licensee will notify the Department of intent to harvest.
Crops testing above the allowable THC limit (0.3% THC on a dry weight basis) will be destroyed in a manner approved by the Department. The licensee is responsible for paying all costs associated with crop destruction.