Engineering Consulting & Grant Administration
Farm Industrial Hemp Production Study on Tohono O’odham Nation
The San Xavier Cooperative Association (d.b.a. San Xavier Cooperative Farm), established in 1971, is a 100% Native American owned and controlled cooperative legally incorporated in Tohono O’odham Nation.
In this program, the San Xavier Cooperative Farm will assess the feasibility of cultivating industrial hemp in Southern Arizona and, specifically, the Tohono O'odham Nation.
The program objectives are:
Objective 1: Plan and develop a test-plot for industrial hemp production at the SXCF.
Objective 2: Select and field-test the most suitable hemp varieties and the source of seeds that will thrive in a desert ecosystem.
Objective 3: Conduct required testing of hemp species to ensure the delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration are no higher than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.
Objective 4: Determine the resource required for mass production of industrial hemp.
Objective 5: Assess the required processing which will add value to raw hemp products (i.e. stalks/fibers, seeds, etc.).
Objective 6: Use data generated from test-plot study to determine the most economically feasible final hemp products for SXCF
Objective 7: Establish the relationships with industrial hemp testing labs, processing facilities, and stores that will market the final products.