Growing hemp in Wyoming is a ways off, but UW has put together a publication. To peruse the whole enchilada, you must copy the links below and post into your browser.
The Hemp in Wyoming publication from the University of Wyoming Extension provides an overview of the annual herbaceous flowering crop, Cannabis Sativa.
When Cannabis Sativa is grown as a field crop for oil, food, or fiber, it is typically referred to as industrial hemp. Some cultivars are grown for their medicinal or psychoactive properties.
This bulletin is for anyone who is curious about hemp as a crop and how it might fit into typical crop rotations in Wyoming, said Caitlin Youngquist, University of Wyoming Extension educator.
“Remember, it is not yet legal to grow hemp in Wyoming,” said Youngquist. “For the most current information about growing hemp in the state, I encourage people to visit the Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) website.”
UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources master technician John Connett commented he has had many years of experience as a field and greenhouse manager and would be happy to discuss any practical questions regarding hemp production. He can be contacted at 307-766-5022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal regulations changed in 2018, which means now any farmer can try her hand at hemp production, see below. Unfortunately, the Ag Department of Wyoming has made it prohibitively expensive, at least for now.
July 2018: http://www.wyofile.com/column/hurdles-hemp-hurt-wyoming-farmers/ -- my very own article on hemp, published in WYOFile.
October 2018. In July of this year the growing of hemp became legal in Wyoming. However, until the Department of Agriculture issues its guidelines, farmers must take a wait-and-see stance. Even the first attempts will be mere "trials" of 1/4-acre plots. Nevertheless, I am taking certain preliminary steps. For example, I secured a state grant to construct a high tunnel, see title page of construction manual to the left. While visiting Colorado hemp farmers I saw they raise their seedlings in high tunnels, then transplant them to the acreage outdoors when the plants are about two foot high.
For the first few years, however, I may not use the high tunnel for hemp plants, since they are still labeled Schedule I in the scheme of the federal DEA, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the state grant is partly funded by federal money. I may have to raise tomatoes until that changes.