2017 statistics show that the US hemp production more than doubled from 2016; from 9,649 acres to 23,346 acres.
Canada reports 140,000 acres of hemp in 2017
Europe reports 81,000 acres in 2017, mainly in the West.
China leads the industry with about 30,000 acres producing roughly 250 million pounds of industrial hemp, which is ⅕ of the global production.
To be certified to grow hemp in the United States, farms must work with federally funded universities or go through a lengthy licensing and certification process with the state department of agriculture.
It is cheaper to source hemp internationally but quality assurance is more trustworthy when sourced domestically.