Data collection for the first-ever hemp acreage and production survey by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will begin shortly. Later this month, USDA NASS will be sending survey codes to thousands of potential hemp producers across the country.
Gerald Tillman, Head of the National Agricultural Statistics Census and Survey Division, explains the survey.
“The Hemp Land and Production Survey is basically the very first survey the USDA will conduct on hemp human consumption, hemp for grain for human consumption, hemp for fiber, and hemp for seeds, and then everything it’s grown for by that we don’t know And we try to summarize the pounds produced and sold for the four different uses. In addition, hemp is grown under protection, and we will also target your greenhouse and horticultural businesses. ”
Bill Richmond, USDA AMS Domestic Hemp Program Chief, says this first survey will set the benchmark for hemp land and production to aid regulators, producers, state governments, processors and other key industry companies.
“It will really help us improve our program delivery and offering of USDA programs across the hemp industry division, be it risk management products or insurance products to conduct more targeted research on hemp genetics, for example. And it really enables us to refine and conduct more targeted contacts and training with hemp farmers across the country. So we know this is incredibly important, especially for our new and aspiring farmers, for our underserved communities, and also for our tribal communities. ”
Richmond says it will also serve the hemp industry and breeders.
“It will give the entire hemp industry an excellent insight into who chose to grow hemp, where the concentrations of hemp growers in the United States are, where producers have found value, whether it makes sense for them to grow or not.” Hemp for cannabinoids, or if there is more interest in growing hemp for fiber or grain, all of this will be available as part of this new data collection. ”
Tillman says survey codes for responding producers online will be sent out on October 18 for the 2021 Hemp Land and Production Survey.
“It seems like it has been a bit difficult for hemp producers to get things going and get started, and we intend to do our best to find out all the facts, not just for the USDA but to help the hemp industry as well. There is no other way to find the facts that will support a new industry like this, and as with our other surveys, we have been very encouraged to report back, we here at NASS and the entire USDA are doing our best to to do this we support our farmers and ranchers. ”
The results of the survey will be available in 2022. More information is available at www.nass.usda.gov/go/hemp.