Washington state farmers commit to increasing hemp crops

(Information from: Capital Press, http://www.capitalpress.com/washington)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Washington state farmers have committed to plant significantly more hemp than in the previous two years.

Capital Press reported Wednesday that farmers intend to plant more than 6,000 acres (nine square miles or 23 square kilometers) of hemp this year.

The state Department of Agriculture licensed 35 growers as of May 21, including 21 who also obtained licenses to process hemp.

An official says another 20 to 25 applications are awaiting review.

Officials say that in 2018 Washington’s hemp crop was 140 acres (57 hectares) cultivated by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

In 2017, the first year growing hemp was legal, the state crop increased to 175 acres (71 hectares) mostly grown by one farm.

Hemp can now be grown in Washington for CBD oil.