The Hemp Gazette experiences
In Australia, the NT Farmers Association (NTFA) is encouraging agricultural producers within the Territory to take a crack at rising industrial hemp now that it’s authorized to take action with a licence.
The Northern Territory Government planted its first crop of industrial hemp in 2016, but it surely wasn’t till May 2019 that the Territory’s Hemp Industry Bill was tabled. The bill passed in August last year and the Hemp Industry Act and accompanying laws came into effect in early May.
Now issues are good to go, NT Farmers Association, the height physique for all plant-based industries within the Northern Territory, has been eager to advertise the crop as an possibility for the Northern Territory’s farmers. It not too long ago grew to become a founding member of the Australia Hemp Council and has been working with researchers and business to develop the NT’s aggressive benefit.
One of the benefits the Territory has is the potential for 2 crops a yr – one probably producing viable seed through a dry season (May–October) crop, and supplying that to different hemp farmers throughout Australia for summer season planting.
“Hemp is an innovative new broadacre cropping opportunity which produces a versatile, environmentally sustainable and profitable products,” mentioned the Association in a recent Facebook post. “NTFA are keen to work with interested producers to make this new opportunity a reality, so if you are keen to find out more or get in touch, email Andrew on firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Industrial hemp can solely be grown within the Northern Territory from authorized hemp seed varieties for fibre, seed and seed oil manufacturing, and hemp grown should not include greater than 1% THC content material by dry weight. Off the desk is producing extracts, resin or isolates – so in different phrases, no CBD manufacturing beneath NT hemp legal guidelines. Also not permitted is leaf materials getting used as inventory feed and industrial hemp crop residues should not be used or offered as hay or silage.
It’s not clear as to what number of NT farmers have utilized for a licence to develop the crop at this level.
More on the Territory’s industrial hemp program can be found here.