Arcadia Biosciences And Partners Introduce GoodHemp Seeds To California Growers
Arcadia Biosciences has entered a strategic partnership with Grow West, an independent marketer of agricultural products in California, and Buttonwillow Warehouse Company (BWC), a family-owned and operated fertilizer and crop protection products company in central and Southern California, to introduce Arcadia’s USDA-compliant GoodHemp seed line to California growers.
Under the terms of the agreement, Grow West and BWC will bring their collective grower relationships to Arcadia’s GoodHemp Innovation Partners platform – a select group of growers with exclusive access to Arcadia’s team of breeders, geneticists and computation biologists, as well as the company’s seed catalog of cutting-edge new hemp varieties.
“With more than 17,000 acres grown in the state last year, and even more planned for 2020, California is a key region for U.S. hemp production,” said Sarah Reiter, Arcadia’s chief commercial officer. “Through this strategic partnership with Grow West and Buttonwillow Warehouse Company, Arcadia gains access to every production acre in the state, including top California cultivators who rely on the crop and pest control advisors of these two companies to make important decisions throughout the growing season. Together, we’ll be working closely to ensure those growers understand and leverage the unique benefits of GoodHemp’s seed catalog.”
Arcadia first introduced GoodHemp, its commercial brand for delivering hemp seeds, transplants, flower and extracts, at the American Seed Trade Association CSS & Seed Expo in Chicago. Since its December launch, GoodHemp has expanded from five seed varieties to ten, primarily focused on compliant cannabidiol (CBD) production, one of the biggest challenges facing U.S. growers in light of the USDA’s guidelines mandating that states test and dispose of “hot” crops that exceed 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In future years, the GoodHemp portfolio is expected to include seed varieties rich in additional cannabinoid extracts, plus grain, protein and fiber hemp types.
In addition to these valuable grower relationships, Grow West and BWC will extend their collective experience cultivating other crops in California’s unique climate to advise Arcadia’s hemp growers on fertility and production practices.
For more information, visit www.arcadiabio.com.