Marijuana Company Of America Harvesting First Hemp Crop In Oregon

Escondido-based Marijuana Company of America (MCOA) has announced that it has begun its 2019 harvest at the company’s cannabidiol (CBD) hemp farm, Covered Bridge Acres Ltd. (CBA) in Scio, Oregon.

MCOA announced the planting of the crop in June in conjunction with the company’s joint venture partner Global Hemp Group (GHG).

MCOA and GHG-created subsidiary CBA owns the hemp biomass covering the farm’s 35 acres and incorporates environmentally-friendly and biodegradable methods in its farming practices.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has conducted pre-harvest testing on CBA’s current crop, which was found to be within THC-compliant levels, and the farm has commenced a selective flower harvest along with the general harvest for extraction to be completed during the current quarter.

“The initial results of this harvest in Oregon are incredibly promising,” says MCOA CEO Donald Steinberg. “Our commitment to growing only of the most robust and quality plants are providing us with excellent returns that we are confident will be greatly appreciated by our growing customer base. As demand for CBD products continues to escalate, we remain focused on expanding our market footprint, enhancing brand recognition and capturing additional market share.”

While some strains are being grown in greenhouses for the fall harvest program, similar strains in the 2019 outdoor crop are expected to produce CBD levels around 20 percent.

MCOA’s expanded growing operations allow for year-round production in its greenhouses, the first of which occupies 3,000 square feet and is populated for the fall harvest.

The other five greenhouses on the farm, which occupy 19,000 square feet, are currently being used to process the 2019 outdoor crop.

Cultivation will expand into all six greenhouses after processing is finished, and an additional 4,000 square-foot greenhouse will also be installed to increase available indoor growing area.