Hemp In History - Times Have Changed

Many folks know - at least those that regularly read this blog - that in 1937 a law passed curtailing hemp cultivation thanks to pressures from special interests that saw the crop as a threat.

Prior to this, the hemp industry thrived.

And just four years later, World War II broke out. 

The war machine needed rope for its' fleet of battleships. And hemp farmers were summoned to the rescue.

In a remarkable USDA wartime video from 1943: “Hemp For Victory,” the results of an appeal to farmers previously prohibited from growing hemp included these lines: 

“In 1942, patriotic farmers at the government’s request planted 36,000 acres of seed hemp, an increase of several thousand percent. The goal for 1943 is 50,000 acres of seed hemp.”

Thankfully, the times have changed and hemp farming is once again in the mainstream of agricultural enterprise.