The Texas Hemp Growers Association, (THGA) a 501c6 not for profit association that was created to leverage farmer influence on the emerging industrial hemp industry.  

We provide farmers with the resources they need to make decisions regarding the cultivation and marketing of hemp and hemp-derived products. THGA provides the resources, education and practical expertise for anyone wanting to grow industrial hemp.  

THGA is working diligently to ensure that the livelihood of farmers is at the forefront of all discussions regarding hemp in Texas.

Helping Texas Farmers Diversify With Hemp
Legislative Update
The 2021 Texas Legislative Session ended in a loss for Texas hemp. Lobbyist groups opposed to the ban on Delta 8 and other synthetically derived compounds fought hard to kill an otherwise outstanding bill for Texas farmers. 
THGA, in collaboration with Texas Hemp Industry Association with expert advice from The Hemp Feed Coalition, helped to draft several aspects of the bill that would have been of great advantage to farmers. One of the most significant losses was an amendment that would recognize hemp as a commodity and provide guidelines for developing the animal feed industry. 
The Delta 8 (currently banned in over a dozen states)  "compound has narcotic effects at some lower relative degree than regular, or delta-9 THC.  But delta-8 is still essentially a narcotic substance.  Numerous cannabinoid or CBD shops in Texas and elsewhere are selling products containing delta-8 THC." (Dr. Calvin Trostle) The legality and safety of this and other synthetics are still in question. We could see federal intervention in the coming months. 

THGA issued the following statement regarding Delta 8 and the long-term needs of the hemp farmer:

Texas Hemp Growers Association recognizes there are short-term economic benefits to substances like Delta 8. 

House Bill 3948, as amended by the Senate, contains language that increases regulations on synthetic THC, synthetic acids, salts, and isomers, in the Health and Safety Codes, subject to department rules. 

We support the regulation of synthetic hemp products for the safety of Texas consumers and retailers carrying these products. 

House Bill 3948, as amended by the Senate, creates a framework for the development of a vibrant hemp industry for Texas farmers. 

With due consideration to the current situation and future developments, Texas Hemp Growers Association supports HB 3948 as amended by the Senate. 
 

2021 Hemp Contracts Still Available

In 2020 several THGA members partnered with Delta Ag Partners to grow 800 acres of hemp. Using Delta Ag's proprietary genetics, they were successful in growing, harvesting, processing, and most importantly, getting paid for their CBD, grain, and fiber. Delta Ag fiber processing is soon to begin in Slaton, Texas.

 

Delta Ag would contract another 2,000 acres as close to the Slaton facility as possible. Here are some good reasons to consider hemp in 2021: 

  • Improved soil conditions 
  • Early research shows hemp helps control nematodes (simular to sesame)
  • Diversify your income stream
  • Improve rotational system with another cash crop
  • 2021 crop will qualify for insurance if you plant 20 or more acres
  • Delta Ag's incentives 
  • Planting dates as late as the end of June
  • Helping to establish a new commodity crop
  • Contacting 1/4 to 1/2 circles for 2021

For more information contact: 

Tillery Sims

806-240-0210

tillery@deltaagpartners.com

 

Chris Bednarz

806-778-5059
chris@deltaagpartners.com 



 
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2021 Seed Trials

Seed trials have been underway for several weeks. As we celebrate the rain, we, unfortunately, have dealt with bad weather. We did see a good stand on the original planting and will be replanting shortly. 

 
The Path to Hemp Animal Feed

The Hemp Feed Coalition (HFC) is proud to announce the first submission for hemp to become an approved animal feed ingredient has been put forward for consideration by the Association of American Feed Control Officials and the U.S. Food and Drug Association-Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM).


 
National Look at Delta 8
 

Delta-8 THC has become a runaway market hit – and more states are responding by cracking down on access to the product commonly derived from hemp extracts.

From Oregon to Alabama, states are reacting to the popular products by:

  • Rolling out total bans to limit market access.
  • Considering measures to ban the products.
  • Setting potency limits on products containing delta-8 THC.


 
Hemp Around the US


IND HEMP provides innovative agricultural products and services. We connect American farmers with the pioneers and businesses that see hemp as a way to bring real and lasting change to our communities and planet.


 
Hemp is taking up more space in the grocery store. Be watching for the first Texas-grown hemp food products at a United Supermarkets near you.