USDA Launches National Survey Of 20,000 Hemp Farmers To Inform Policy And Industry Stakeholders

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is moving forward with a large-scale survey to gain insight into the hemp market that’s emerged since the crop was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. After requesting permission from the White House earlier this year to conduct the survey of about 20,000 hemp farmers, the agency’s National Agricultural Statistics Service announced on Thursday that the forms are being finalized to be filled out via mail or online. USDA is asking questions about plans for outdoor hemp production, acreage for operations, primary and secondary uses for the crop and what kinds of prices producers are able to bring in. The questionnaire lists preparations such as smokeable hemp, extracts like CBD, grain for human consumption, fiber and seeds as areas the department is interested in learning about. Frequently Asked Questions for @usda_nass’s 2021 Hemp Acreage and Production Survey are now available. The survey will collect information on the total planted and harvested area, yield, production, and value of #hemp in the United States. Learn more: https://t.co/ulHsYPgmYP pic.twitter.com/CtfTATkaSV — National Agricultural Statistics Service (@usda_nass) August 26, 2021 The survey also goes over whether farmers are hand-trimming the hemp they produce, if they plan to extract cannabinoids or terpenes from the crop, what kind of yields they’ve harvested and how they obtain the seeds and clones they use. “The purpose of the proposed initial survey is to develop national and State estimates of the hemp planted and produced in 2020,” a USDA explanatory document says. “The survey will be conducted annually. The questionnaires used for this survey will collect data for hemp produced in the open as well as under cover (greenhouses, low or high tunnels, hoop houses, etc.).” “Hemp produced in the open will have data collected for five categories of hemp (flower, grain, fiber,…

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