This is a informational blog about Oregon hemp, farmers, regulation, and overall information of why Oregon hemp is one of the best in the country.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture

The Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Hemp Program provides another opportunity for Oregon agriculture to grow. 

Hemp means all non-seed parts and varieties of the Cannabis plant, whether growing or not, that contain an average tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. (OAR 603-048-0010)

The program ensures that hemp growers, hemp handlers, and agricultural hemp seed producers are registered and that pre- and post-harvest testing of hemp and hemp products are conducted as required by Oregon hemp statutes and regulations.  ​

As the department regulates hemp in Oregon, it is our goal that this program provide: 

  • assurance of compliance to state laws, 
  • continued good health, and
  • safety and welfare to Oregon’s citizens. 

Oregon State University Seed Certification Service

The Oregon State University Seed Certification Service manages seed certification in Oregon. Separate standards for essential oil and fiber hemp are in development.

  • “Approved variety” means any variety of hemp approved through one of the Oregon Seed Certification Service (OSCS) variety approval processes.
  • “Seed certification” means the process to ensure varietal purity and seed quality through review and retention of crop production records and a series of field and laboratory evaluations resulting in a final certification tag or certificate being issued for each container of seed

Oregon Global Hemp Innovation Center

OSU’s Global Hemp Innovation Center is home to the world’s leading experts in hemp research. The largest of its kind in the nation, it promises to advance the research of hemp and its market potential across multiple diverse industries and research fields to serve the growing international demand for innovative approaches to food, health, and fiber.

Prime Location

Oregon’s location on the 45th parallel is optimal for hemp growth. In fact, a unique hemp germplasm – the material used for breeding – was developed in the state over the past several decades. Oregon authorized hemp cultivation in 2009, but the Oregon Department of Agriculture didn’t license its first hemp grower until 2015. Just three years later, Oregon ranked 3rd in the United States in licensed hemp acres planted behind Montana and Colorado.

As of mid-May 2019, the state has licensed 1,342 growers to plant 46,219 acres this year, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture. That’s up from 7,808 acres in 2018. Nationally the number of licensed acres devoted to hemp cultivation increased by 204 percent from 2017 to 2018.

As the home to more than 220 agricultural commodities, Oregon farmers and producers have the diversity of innovation expertise to successfully navigate the future development of hemp. In fact, Oregon is projected to be number one in overall profitable production land for hemp, with 20% of all production acres registered as hemp. Further, the state legislature is sponsoring a bill (HB 2740) that would form a commission similar to the existing 23 commodity commissions in the state, to direct funding for hemp research. 

Expertise

With the launch of the Global Hemp Innovation Center, OSU restores its original position as the nation’s premier hemp research institution. OSU was the site of the country’s only hemp research center from the 1880s to the 1930s. We are the largest comprehensive hemp research center in the nation with 40 faculty across 19 disciplines conducting research in 10 locations across the state and four locations around the world in Asia and Europe. As the only hemp seed certifier in the state, and one of only four in the country, OSU is able to provide growers access to a source of certified seed for planting in the state. 

Sources:

https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/hemp

https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/Hemp

https://seedcert.oregonstate.edu/crop-information/hemp


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