Trees with fading leaves of early fall surrounded a wide field near Livingston at Old Mud Creek Farm, the home of Hudson Hemp. The site is one of the few legal hemp farms in the state, and may be a harbinger of what could become an agricultural economic driver in New York.
“Hemp has tremendous potential, but what it represents is a rethinking of many of our systems for industrial inputs,” Benjamin Dobson, CEO of Hudson Hemp, said. “America desperately needs another commodity crop.”
The market for hemp globally includes over 25,000 products over sub-markets like textiles, automotive and furniture, among others, and U.S. hemp product sales were estimated at $700 million in 2016, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service published in June.
New York in 2017 implemented the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, which allowed farmers, businesses and universities to obtain a license to grow and process industrial hemp. As of April, 62 applicants had been granted permits to grow hemp in 2018.
“We’re documenting everything we’re doing, our yields, our crop,” Dobson said. “(New York State) is letting us do business, and we’re documenting that for them so they can understand the potential, financially, for us as a state.” [Read more at Albany Times Union]