Hemp Production Information Meeting

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Have you heard that the 2018 Farm Bill has legalized Industrial Hemp as a crop? Did you know that North Carolina operated a Hemp Pilot Program under the former Farm Bill? Are you curious about whether hemp could have a place in your farm’s crop rotations? Can growing hemp generate a profit for High Country farms? What do the legal and market landscapes look like for hemp production in 2019? Are there unique risks or challenges in growing and marketing hemp in North Carolina? Find out the answers to these and other questions you may have at a free meeting on Hemp Production organized by N.C. Cooperative Extension.

The Hemp Production Information meeting will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community space of Family Central (626 Ashe Central School Rd, Jefferson, NC 28640) on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

Featured speakers will include Richard Boylan of N.C. Cooperative Extension, Margaret Bloomquist and Leonora Stefanile of North Carolina State University’s New Crops & Organics Program (which has been growing hemp as part of the Research / Pilot Program since 2017), Dwayne Tate, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Regional Agronomist, and other experienced local growers, buyers, and processors from North Carolina’s emerging hemp industry. Topics covered will include variety choices, production techniques, pests and diseases, legal issues to navigate, economics, and markets.

To register (to ensure enough seating and handouts), please contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Ashe County Center by calling (336) 846-5850 by Monday, January 28, 2019. There is no fee for attending the meeting, and all interested growers from the region are welcome.