Montana and Colorado were the biggest hemp-growing states in 2018, each with more than 20,000 acres cultivated, according to new analysis of the industry from Forbes Tate Partners. No other state cultivated more than 10,000 acres last year.
Industrial hemp production became legal in the 2018 farm bill, but states have had the option to create pilot projects since 2014. Roughly half of all states had some hemp farming last year. Nebraska had the smallest program, but that will change soon. The state’s expanded hemp program has received 176 applications.
The USDA is expected to release hemp production rules as soon as this month.