Explaining the current seed certification landscape
Farmers who grow traditional crops like corn and wheat typically rely on certified seeds to ensure they’re buying genetics that meet accepted standards for germination rates and purity.
Since the reintroduction of hemp in the U.S. is so recent, there is not yet a national standard for certifying feminized hemp seeds. There are a handful of smaller certification programs that are beginning to address the industry’s concerns about hemp seed quality on a state-by-state basis, but currently the definition of “certified hemp seed” is new and vague. Very few hemp genetics companies specializing in high-cannabinoid, feminized strains have begun the process of obtaining any kind of certification.
iHEMPx (International Hemp Exchange) works with the best partners in the industry to bring expertise and connectivity to domestic and international clients across the hemp supply chain, from farmers to processors to manufacturers.
“Because farmers can’t count on uniform, nationwide standards for hemp seed certification, they may end up purchasing poor-quality seeds – which can have disastrous consequences. Farmers who purchase seeds from questionable sources risk accidentally buying non-feminized seeds, having crops perform poorly in the field, or growing non-compliant crops that have to be destroyed.”
Learn about hemp seed certification and how to identify genetics worth trusting for your crop.