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UF/IFAS is working to identify varieties and planting recommendations that can be profitable for growers and environmentally responsible, with variety trials to find marketable hemp that grows well in Florida‹s diverse soils, climates, latitudes. Economic research is being conducted to find the input costs and expected market value. Additionally, we are conducting a study for risk of invasiveness.

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2020 UF/IFAS Extension Industrial Hemp Permitted Acreage Report

AG453/SS-AGR-452by Matt Smith, Christian T. Christensen, and Zachary BrymJune 22, 2021The year 2020 marked the first time that commercial industrial hemp was legally grown in the state of Florida. This publication is intended as a reference for permitted acreage in hemp for members of the Florida hemp industry, associated trades, and agencies. Written by Matt Smith, Christian T. Christensen, and Zachary Brym, and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, May 2021.

Cannabis sativa Plant Identification and Its Look-Alikes

AG476/SS-AGR-480by Cliff G. Martin and Zachary T. BrymMay 7, 2024The purpose of this document is to provide an identification guide for Cannabis sativa to be used by growers and land managers by showing key factors to distinguish it from similar-looking plants. The general public and aspiring botanists may also use this document to see how a plant is defined botanically and how those characteristics can distinguish a plant of interest from other look-alike plants. Written by Cliff G. Martin and Zachary T. Brym, and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, March 2024.

Hemp Fertilization: Current Knowledge, Gaps and Efforts in Florida: A 2020 Report

SS689/SL476 by Rao Mylavarapu, Zachary Brym, Luis Monserrate, and Michael J. MulvaneySeptember 10, 2020

Industrial Hemp in the United States: Definition and History

AG458/SS-AGR-457by Mark Tancig, Christine Kelly-Begazo, Navdeep Kaur, Lakesh K. Sharma, and Zachary BrymSeptember 17, 2021This publication provides information about industrial hemp, its origins, and its cultivation. Written by Mark Tancig, Christine Kelly-Begazo, Navdeep Kaur, Lakesh K. Sharma, and Zachary Brym, and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, September 2021.

Is a viable hemp industry in Florida’s future?

FE1116/FE1116by Trent Blare, Martha Rivera, Fredy H. Ballen, Zachary BrymMarch 15, 2022Disease and foreign competition have made many growers question the viability of traditional commodity crops such as tomatoes, citrus, and avocados. Industrial hemp appears to be an attractive alternative, as the 2018 Farm Bill permitted its production. Florida has followed several other states in approving permits in 2020 to allow production of industrial hemp. Markets for industrial hemp products were promising in the first years of production, but market prices started to decline dramatically in 2020 with many growers unable to sell all their product. In this publication, we examine the hemp value chain with a focus on opportunities in the Florida market. Better coordination between regulators, processors, financial institutions, research and Extension services, and the retail sector to build confidence, harmonize policies, and lower transaction costs would help the industry flourish and ensure growers, consumers, and hemp-related enterprises can benefit from this emerging market.

Uses of Raw Products Obtained from Hemp: Fiber, Seed, and Cannabinoids

AG459/SS-AGR-458by Navdeep Kaur, Lakesh K. Sharma, Christine Kelly-Begazo, Mark Tancig, and Zachary BrymSeptember 17, 2021This publication discusses three main harvestable products of hemp: fiber, seeds, and cannabinoids, along with their current and potential uses. Written by Navdeep Kaur, Lakesh K. Sharma, Christine Kelly-Begazo, Mark Tancig, and Zachary Brym, and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, September 2021.

Using Supplemental Lighting to Grow Hemp in Florida

HS1452/HS1452by J. Desaeger, J. Coburn, and S. AgeharaOctober 27, 2022With the removal of hemp from the controlled substances list, hemp is now one of the emerging crops in Florida. There is limited information on how to grow this crop in Florida. Like hops, hemp is another recently introduced crop in the state, with one of the major yield-limiting factors of premature flowering induced by inadequate day length. This article provides guidelines for hemp growers in Florida on the use of supplemental lighting to control flowering and improve growth of hemp under Florida’s environmental conditions. Written by Johan Desaeger, Jacqueline Coburn, and Shinsuke Agehara, and published by the UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department; 4 pp.

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A Conservationist’s Insight to Hemp: Why Grow Hemp Organically

Zack BrymOctober 30th, 2023Article by: Ed Geis, PhD, Guest Author Correspondence to: Bald Mountain Botanicals, Edited by: Zack Brym This insights article is part of the blog series Perspectives from the Hemp Industry. Deciding on Organic Hemp growers have a lot of decisions to make. One is whether to use organic or conventional farming methods. Most choose […]

Scientists to deploy hemp crops in ways to combat climate change and support underserved farmers

Tory MooreMay 10th, 2023Initiated this year, UF/IFAS hemp research and Extension teams will prioritize hemp crops with climate-smart management with help from a five-year USDA Climate-Smart Commodities grant. The $4.9 million grant led by Florida A&M University will help researchers support hemp production for conservation and carbon sequestration that can help combat climate change. Carbon sequestration is the […]

UF/IFAS offers hemp informational sessions throughout 2023

Tory MooreJanuary 24th, 2023UF/IFAS hemp researchers and Extension faculty will host a series of free informational webinars throughout 2023. The webinars will share the knowledge gained from the hemp program’s research and Extension efforts over the past four years. “We have learned a lot over the past four years working with the crop and we want to ensure […]

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