The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act (Senate Bill 566, Chapter 398, Statutes of 2013) was signed into law to authorize the commercial production of industrial hemp in California.
Hemp in Sonoma County
In Sonoma County, there is a moratorium on growing hemp that expires in April 2020. The Agricultural Commissioner's office proposed a county ordinance at the January 6, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting.
The proposal was accepted and the ordinance is being written. The Sonoma County Dept of Agriculture hopes to start accepting registrations in the near future, planting cannot start until 4/30/2020 (due to the moratorium).
California Industrial Hemp Program CA Dept of Food & Ag webpage for the program.
Hemp & Farm Programs USDA Farmers.gov page.
U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program USDA Ag Marketing Service page.
Crop Insurance for Hemp
See also: Ask the Expert: A Hemp Q&A about USDA's Multi-Peril Crop Insurance hemp pilot program to insure hemp on USDA's Farmers.gov
Industrial Hemp Workshop Presentations
From the November 2019 workshop at SRJC Shone Farm.
- Iverson Farm presentation by Ken Iverson, keynote speaker farming hemp in Oregon on a diversified farm
- Hemp Cultivation in California presentation with CDFA
- California Hemp Seed Certification presentation by Alex Mkandawire, UCDavis at 2019 Industrial Hemp Workshop
- Agronomic Practices & Lessons Learned presentation by George Sellu, SRJC professor
- Regulating Industrial Hemp in Sonoma County presentation by Tony Linegar, Agricultural Commissioner
- Workshop Agenda
- CBD Hemp Vs Industrial Hemp: What You Need to Know, by Joy Smith for Medical Cannabis Brief
- Herbicide Damage Symptoms on Hemp UC Davis, Dept of Plant Sciences and UCCE Sutter-Yuba, Feb 2020
- Opinion challenges to reviving hemp by Craig Schluttenhofer and Ling Yuan from CellPress Reviews
- Feminized Seed and the Ethics of Cannabis Farming white paper by Oregon CBD, 2017
- Should Growing Male Hemp Outdoors by Banned by Medicinal Genomics
Best Management Practices for Cannabis Growers Video
Sharing from Mendocino County RCD.
Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) teamed up with Happy Day Farms to produce an 8-minute video, based on the Watershed Best Management Practices for Cannabis Growers and Other Rural Gardeners guide. “The video is a great way to reach a wide audience in practical ways to conserve water, enhance soil health and protect watersheds,” says project lead Patty Madigan. “A video is a powerful educational tool to communicate conservation guidelines.”
Featuring panoramic vistas and gorgeous footage of a biodiverse enterprise, the video was shot on a northern Mendocino County organic farm that integrates its production with farm-grown veggies, flowers and eggs—and legal Cannabis. The focus of the 8-minute video is “what it means to be a good steward of the land”. Funding for the video was obtained through the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, through grants from the Resources Legacy Fund and the Campbell Foundation.
Video: BMPs for Cannabis Growers
Some Hemp History
Hemp for Victory from USDA in 1942 encourages growing hemp for the war effort and goes on to educate farmers how to grow this ancient crop.
Although it was deemed illegal in 1937, during World War II, the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was lifted briefly to allow for hemp fiber production to create ropes for the U.S. Navy but after the war hemp reverted to its illegal status.