Producers marketing a novel crop: a field-level view of hemp market channels

Rebecca Hill, Becca B.R. Jablonski, Laney Van, Ming Wang, Buddhika Patalee, Jonathan Shepherd, Matt Leroux, Tyler Mark, Daniel F. Mooney, Dawn Thilmany

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We assess emerging relationships between production decisions and market channel selection among a small sample of hemp growers (22) in Colorado and Kentucky using qualitative interviews. We found producers differences by market channel, product and state. For instance, producers who relied on intermediated marketing strategies cultivated more acres on average and used fewer distinct market channels and strategies than those relying on direct markets. Product differences were found regarding processing, storage and perishability. Respondents identified four factors critical to their choice of market channels for their hemp products: research, profitability, trust and knowledge. The findings can help inform public and private decision-making regarding best hemp marketing practices and future needs of the hemp industry.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere22
JournalRenewable Agriculture and Food Systems
StatePublished - Apr 17 2023

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  • Colorado
  • Kentucky
  • farm bill
  • hemp
  • market channel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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