Jul 1, 2020
University Of Vermont Webinar Series Focuses On Hemp Education

Farmers who are contemplating growing hemp as a commercial crop can learn about the new federal and state regulations, legal compliance, production and potential financial risks through a free University of Vermont (UVM) Extension webinar series this summer and fall.

The UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program and the Center for Sustainable Agriculture have organized the 2020 Hemp Growing Season Webinar Series to provide farmers with educational resources to make informed decisions about the risks and viability of hemp production, especially during these uncertain times. The sessions will run from noon to 1 p.m. on designated Thursdays.

The series kicked off earlier this summer with sessions on the new Vermont hemp rules and getting the hemp season underway. Recordings of those sessions and topics and connection information for upcoming webinars, which also will be recorded and archived, can be found at http://go.uvm.edu/conferences.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Susan Brouillette at (802) 524-6501, ext. 432, or [email protected]

The remaining webinars in the series are scheduled for:

July 9 — Identifying and managing arthropod pests in hemp with Heather Darby and Scott Lewins of the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program

July 30 —  Identify and managing disease in hemp with Heather Darby and Scott Lewins of the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program

Aug. 13 — Hemp sampling pre-harvest with Robert Shipman and/or Michael DiTomasso of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Sept. 10 — Hemp testing at certified labs with Robert Shipman and/or Michael DiTomasso of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

The webinar series is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Northeast Extension Risk Management Education.

UVM Extension was the first educational institution in the Northeast to develop an industrial hemp research program, launching its program in 2015. To learn more, go to http://go.uvm.edu/nwcropshemp.




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