General Hemp FAQs
What is Hemp?
Cannabis sativa L. and “any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers,” with no more than a 0.3 percent concentration of THC.
Is hemp the same as medical or recreational marijuana?
Hemp and medical marijuana come from the same genus plant and contain many of the same chemical compounds; however, the concentration of compounds in the two plant species can be vastly different.
The legal difference is the amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the plant contains. If the cannabis plant contains more than 0.3% THC it is considered marijuana. You cannot produce medical or recreational marijuana with a hemp license.
I want to grow hemp in Wyoming. Where do I begin?
The Wyoming Department of Agriculture’s Wyoming Hemp Program.
Who can I contact in Wyoming for more information about growing hemp?
Wyoming Department of Agriculture - Hemp Program Contact Information:
For Tribal entities and to grow or sample on Tribal Land, please contact the USDA directly for further information and contact info.
Email USDA: Farmbill.Hemp@usda.gov
What part of the hemp plant do you use?
Hemp Stalk - Hurd & Fiber
Hemp Animal Bedding FAQs
What is the Difference between Small Animal Hemp Bedding and Large Animal Hemp Bedding?
Our Small Animal Hemp Bedding is a smaller sized fraction (less than ½ inch on average) that many find more suitable for smaller animals like chickens, gerbils, reptiles, and other smaller animals.
Our Large Animal Hemp Bedding is a larger sized fraction (over a ½ inch on average) that many find more suitable for animals such as horses, goats, and other larger animals.
Wyoming Hemp Company FAQs
What if I need more than just a couple of bags of hemp?
What types of research does your farm focus on?
Our farm is privately funded which allows us the ability to always keep the farmer in mind and run research where we feel matters.
We conduct Variety Trials, Planting Trials, Harvest Trials, Irrigation Trials, Product Application/Test Trials, and Fertility Trials with all applications data being collected on site via several different precision agricultural pieces of equipment.
Some examples of the equipment we use are state of the art irrigation systems, satellite imagery, soil monitoring probes, weather stations, and precision data collection systems and software.
How can I get involved with the Wyoming Hemp Company?
Contact us with and we’ll be in touch.
Do you offer tours?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the details, and we'll coordinate.
Hemp Growing and Cultivation FAQs
What kind of climate and soil is best for growing hemp?
Hemp thrives in temperate climates with moderate temperatures, hot summers, and cool winters. Ideally, daytime temperatures should range between 70°F (21°C) and 85°F (29°C), and nighttime temperatures between 50°F (10°C) and 60°F (16°C).
Consistent rainfall of at least 20-30 inches (50-75 cm) per year is ideal, with heavier rainfall during the growing season. However, hemp can tolerate some drought thanks to its deep root system, but supplemental irrigation might be necessary in drier regions.
Hemp can flourish under irrigation only utilizing 10” to 15” of water.
- Sun Exposure:
Hemp prefers full sun exposure for optimal growth and production.
Well-drained: Good draining loamy soils with a good balance of sand, silt, and clay offer the best drainage and aeration.
Slightly acidic to neutral soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0 is ideal, but hemp is incredibly vigorous and has been grown in soils with PH levels as high as 9.2. High acidic or alkaline levels within the soils can hamper growth.
- Nutrient Rich:
Fertile soil rich in organic matter provides essential nutrients for healthy hemp plants.
- Pests and Diseases:
Although naturally resistant to many pests and diseases, certain regions might require specific pest management strategies.
Hemp Products & Uses FAQs
What are the most common uses for hemp?
Hemp has helped boost economies around the world for centuries because it boasts an astonishingly diverse range of uses spanning several different categories.
The specific uses might vary depending on the type of hemp grown and its characteristics.
Here are some of the most common applications:
- Textiles and Clothing:
Fabric & Apparel, home textiles, industrial textiles
- Food and Nutrition:
Hemp seeds, Hemp Oil
- Building and Construction:
Hempcrete, Hemp insulation
- Automotive and Manufacturing:
Bioplastics, Composite materials
- Paper and Pulp:
Hemp paper, Composites and packaging
These are just a few of the countless uses for hemp. As research and development continues, we can expect even more innovative applications for this versatile and sustainable plant.
What are the environmental benefits of using hemp?
- Water usage:
Compared to thirsty crops like cotton, hemp requires significantly less water, ideal for arid regions or drought-prone areas.
- Can grow pesticide free:
Naturally resistant to pests and diseases, hemp often thrives with minimal or no pesticides, reducing environmental toxins and promoting healthier ecosystems.
Deep root system improves soil structure, aeration, and fertility, aiding in carbon sequestration and preventing erosion. Crop rotation with hemp further enhances soil health and nutrient cycling.
- Carbon Capture:
Hemp plants absorb and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a remarkable rate, making them carbon-negative powerhouses in the fight against climate change.
Unlike petroleum-based plastics, hemp is a renewable resource. It can be harvested multiple times per year and readily replanted, minimizing reliance on non-renewable resources.
- Biodegradable: Most hemp products decompose naturally and return nutrients to the soil, unlike their plastic counterparts that contribute to landfill waste.
- Reduced Footprint:
Compared to conventional agriculture, hemp cultivation generally has a significantly lower environmental footprint due to its lower water and pesticide requirements, and positive impact on soil health.
- Versatility Advantage:
Hemp's diverse range of uses reduces the need for other materials with potentially higher environmental impacts, like cotton, timber, and petroleum-based plastics.
Maximizing hemp's sustainability potential requires responsible practices. Consider these factors:
- Organic Farming:
Using organic methods minimizes environmental pollution and promotes healthy ecosystems.
- Water Conservation: Implementing water-saving techniques further reduces hemp's already low water demand.
- Sustainable Processing:
Employing sustainable processing methods ensures minimal environmental impact during hemp product creation.
By embracing responsible practices and leveraging hemp's remarkable versatility, we can unlock its full potential for sustainable solutions across various industries and contribute to a greener future.
Is hemp a sustainable crop?
Yes, hemp is generally considered a very sustainable crop, offering numerous environmental benefits compared to many other common agricultural options.
Learn more about hemp’s sustainability here.