Agrifood Conversations: The Past, Present, and Future of Hemp Farming

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Delta Valley Farm Management has been farming hemp at scale in North America for four years. From its first 100-acre test farm on the Western Slope of Colorado, it has expanded into Canada and multiple U.S. states. Duer will discuss the trajectory of the emerging hemp industry thus far, the steep learning curve and realities of scale hemp cultivation, current pinch points and infrastructure needs, and the likely evolution of hemp farming within each agricultural region of the United States. She will also delve into the international markets, where our competition on each major use of hemp lies, and what advantages and disadvantages apply to American hemp farmers in a global market.