Five Item Checklist for Growing Hemp Legally in Kansas
It is an exciting time for the farming and agriculture industry, with the option to get involved in the production of hemp products becoming a reality. In Kansas, while grain prices continue to remain low, hemp is proving to be a great profitable alternative.
Understandably, growers may feel some hesitation before jumping on board the hemp bandwagon due to the still-present regulations on how to produce hemp legally. Luckily, Industrial help is quickly gaining popularity for Kansas growers, and you are not alone in navigating the legality of hemp farming.
Here is a quick checklist of just five items to consider before starting your hemp farming endeavour.
- Apply for a license. This will require a criminal background check, maps of where you intend to plant your crop, and the fees associated. You can find more information about how to obtain a license from the Kansas Department of Agriculture's industrial hemp applications.
- Research your land conditions. Hemp can be grown in many different soil types and climates. It's usually very hardy, but you still need to provide ideal conditions for the variety you choose. Extreme conditions may cause the plants’ THC levels to rise to undesired levels.
- Choose a certified seed variety. Make sure to choose an approved and certified variety of seed that matches your land conditions. Approved varieties can be found on the Kansas Industrial Hemp Research website.
- Know the risks. Talk with your insurance company to make sure you are eligible for coverage. Work with your legal council to make sure you're in compliance. Confirm that you and your business partners are up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations. Since hemp production is new to Kansas, the rules and allowances continue to evolve, so ensure you are in-the-know on the latest updates.
- Find a buyer. It's important to have a buyer for your harvest before you plant. A high-yield crop won't matter if you don't have someone to sell it to. With the CBD industry only gaining momentum, this shouldn’t be much of a challenge. Kancanna has many associations within the storefront side of the industry and we would be happy to help you connect with a buyer.
Questions? Want to chat more about getting involved in the lucrative and exciting hemp industry? We would be happy to give you more insight on the startup process for hemp farming and information on CO2 extraction services to further position your hemp crop for success. Reach out here!