Industrial hemp is an incredibly valuable crop that has been cultivated for thousands of years. It has many uses, including being a key component in building materials that can be used to build more environmentally-friendly homes across the nation. Hemp can also be useful in food production, fiber production, oil extraction and much more.
Florida’s legislature has taken a significant step towards building an industrial hemp industry here in our state. In a refreshing bipartisan effort, Florida lawmakers almost unanimously approved a bill to establish an industrial hemp program within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
In 2014, a farm bill gave research allowances for the study of hemp by universities and other scientific institutions. In 2018, the federal farm bill legalized the production of industrial hemp. Florida’s agriculturists believe that hemp production may be essential in revitalizing Florida’s agricultural sector and bringing exciting business opportunities to our state.
Hemp Industry Services
We have our finger on the pulse of the rapidly-developing hemp industry in Florida. At our recent Lay of the Land conference, we hosted leaders like Holly Bell, Director of Cannabis for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Dr. Zachary Brym, UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project Director. Some of the expertise they shared is available on The Land Journal, our informational resource site for landowners.
Meet Our Hemp Specialist
Carson Futch, a senior advisor in our brokerage, specializes in agricultural and development land. Carson has accumulated over $30 million in sales since 2015 transacting over 3,700 acres. He has represented buyers and sellers of plant nursery operations, cattle ranches, hunting, and recreational properties, citrus groves and nurseries, citrus groves and ranches converting to solar farms, strawberry, vegetable and tree farms, fish farms, commercial properties, and medical marijuana facilities.
In 2018, Carson was appointed to serve on the UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project Advisory Committee. In this role, he is helping to assess and recommend guidelines for growing, manufacturing and processing varieties of hemp for production across Florida as a new agricultural industry.
Through our publishing arm, The Land Journal, we’ve shared many videos, articles, and podcasts about the growing hemp industry in Florida. We are excited to be a part of this excited time in Florida’s agriculture as this new industry takes hold.
The Early History of Hemp
Though hemp and it’s legalization are still hot topics for discussion today, many people do not realize just how integral hemp was in the early history of the United States, and even humanity itself. The cultivation of hemp stretches back ten millennia and is filled with intrigue and controversy.
UF/IFAS Hemp Pilot Project Update 2019
Florida Director of Cannabis, Holly Bell and assistant professor Dr. Zachary Brym from the Department of Agronomy at UF’s Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) sit down to discuss the The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Hemp Pilot program. Zachary is the program coordinator and is overseeing the research for UF/IFAS.
Florida Hemp Update 2019
Florida Director of Cannabis, Holly Bell and assistant professor Dr. Zachary Brym from the Department of Agronomy at UF’s Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) sit down to discuss the growing hemp market and the arrival of the first hemp plants arriving in the state of Florida in the last 70 years.