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Virginia’s First Legal Commercial Hemp Crop Is Ready To Harvest

Hemp Farm in New Market, Virginia, October, 2019
Hemp Farm in New Market, Virginia, October, 2019. (Photo: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services)

The first legal commercial hemp crop in Virginia since 1937 is ready for harvest.  Virginia farmers appear eager to learn how it fares as a cash crop.

Hemp is now being harvested on farms in every corner of the state

Erin Williams:  As of October 25th, VDACS has issued 1,139 grower registrations, 247 processor registrations, and 105 dealer registrations.

Erin Williams, Virginia Department of Agriculture, says hemp is cannabis without the high

Williams:  No greater than 3% THC.

Amendments to the Virginia Hemp Law this year eliminated the requirement that hemp be grown only for research and permitted the production of industrial hemp.   But this year’s crop is still an experiment. 

Williams:  I am hearing of some successful crops for sure in Virginia.

Industrial hemp is used for fiber, grain and floral varieties, which produce CBD oil used in health products.

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