In Yuma, Arizona, near the borders of California and Mexico, there are about 100,000 residents—and 10,000 acres of certified organic cropland. The contiguous acreage, located in one of the most productive farming areas in the country, was originally earmarked for spinach and lettuce.
But after the 2018 Farm Bill passed in December 2018, legalizing hemp cultivation and declassifying hemp as a Schedule I controlled substance, that plan changed. Seeing an opportunity to ensure every person on the planet has affordable access to the life-changing wellness benefits of phytocannabinoids, Integrated CBD converted the farmland to organic hemp production and is bringing institutional agriculture experience to the fast-growing U.S. hemp industry.
Upon receiving its Arizona license to grow hemp on June 5, 2019, Integrated CBD started planting its first 1,000 acres. Now, at just over 1,200 acres planted, the company expects to plant 3,000 total acres by the fall and begin its first harvest in just a few weeks.
According to Integrated CBD’s director of farming operations, Richard Phelps, “We were able to take advantage of unseasonably mild weather and begin planting in late June. That puts us on track to begin harvesting our first crop in September and start utilizing our state-of-the-art post-harvest processing facility located right here on the farm in October.”
Agriculture Meets Technology to Revolutionize Hemp Farming
Integrated CBD’s approach to growing hemp is far from traditional. Unlike other hemp suppliers that source from a number of farms, Integrated CBD owns and operates all 10,000 acres of its operation, and its acreage is both contiguous and certified organic. By growing hemp alone across the single 10,000-acre plot, Integrated CBD is able to prevent the cross-pollination common among mixed-use farms—and ensure the highest consistency and purity.
The latest agricultural technology is also being deployed to make every aspect of the growing process as predictable and sustainable as possible. For example, the entire farm is outfitted with sub-surface drip irrigation, which allows for year-round growing and 25-40% annual water savings over traditional farming practices. And Integrated CBD is using the Verified Organic Ethereum blockchain platform to track their organic hemp production from seed to final deliverable to provide unprecedented supply chain transparency.
Hemp is being touted as the next American cash crop. And hemp-derived CBD products represent a multi-billion dollar opportunity for forward-thinking skincare, cosmetics, food, beverage, and pet brands.
Contact us to learn more about how Integrated CBD can help you produce high-quality hemp-derived CBD products.