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USDA 2023 National Hemp Report Released

Total hemp production value in the USA saw an increase in 2023, up 18% from 2022 according to the USDA’s latest National Hemp Report.

Released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the report indicates the value of hemp production in the open and under protection for the USA totaled $291 million in 2023.

While value was well up, the planted area of industrial hemp in the open for all utilizations totaled 27,680 acres, which was down 2 percent from 2022. However, the area harvested for all purposes in the open reached 21,079 acres, up 15 percent from 2022. The value of this hemp totaled $258 million, up 22 percent on 2002.

For hemp grown under protection, 3.24 million square feet was utilized last year, down 33 percent from 2022. The 2023 value of under protection production came to $32.9 million, down 3 percent from last year.

As for floral hemp production grown in the open for 2023, yield was estimated at 8.03 million pounds, up 18 percent from 2022. The value of this hemp totaled $241 million, up 35 percent from 2022. Production of hemp grown in the open for grain in 2023 totaled 3.11 million pounds, up 28 percent from 2022. But the area harvested was estimated at 3,986 acres – down 26 percent – and totaled $2.31 million in value, down 36 percent from 2022.

Seed hemp grown in the open in 2023 was estimated at 751,000 pounds, up a whopping 414 percent from 2022. Average yield was estimated at 559 pounds per acre, up 379 pounds from the previous year. The value of hemp grown in the open for seed totaled $2.91 million, up 96 percent.

The top states in terms of total area planted in acres (figures followed by areas harvested):

  • South Dakota: 3,200/2,900
  • Montana: 2,900/2,450
  • Oregon: 2,300/2,050
  • California: 2,100/1,900
  • Missouri: 1,750 /1,410
  • Colorado: 1,350 / 450

The overall picture indicates improved on-farm efficiencies and a stronger market; painting a slightly brighter picture than in 2022 when the situation was looking rather grim.

The figures are based on results from a national hemp survey sent out to producers in January this year and followed on from surveys carried out covering activities in 2022 and 2021. The full 2023 National Hemp Report can be viewed here and the executive briefing here.

Gillian Jalimnson
Gillian Jalimnson is one of Hemp Gazette's staff writers and has been with us since we kicked off in 2015. Gillian sees massive potential for cannabis in areas of health, energy, building and personal care products and is intrigued by the potential for cannabidiol (CBD) as an alternative to conventional treatments. You can contact Gillian here.

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