In 2016, our NWCS team started our industrial hemp research program. Allowed by the 2014 Farm Bill, academic institutions, like UVM, may legally develop research programs to evaluate industrial hemp as a commercial crop in an emerging market. The North American hemp market is currently estimated at over $400 million in retail sales and growing at about 10% per year. Clearly, there is demand for hemp and we would like to help farmers and processors in Vermont and throughout the Northeast evaluate this opportunity and promote sustainable practices for this agricultural crop.
Planning to grow hemp this season? You need to complete a registration application with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. View this PDF containing links and information.
We have also created an Industrial Hemp Booklet for field notes and records that contains several excel spreadsheets for tracking information. We are making printed copies made as well. You can access the excel spreadsheets here.
Industrial Hemp Project Crowdfunding Opportunity
We began our industrial hemp research program in 2016 with the help of program donations – thank you! Interest in the crop and research-based guidance has continued to grow, and we need your help to keep this research project going. To date we have implemented 9 research trials representing 300+ research plots, to study best planting dates, varieties, and field management for hemp fiber, seed, and CBD production.
In order to expand our hemp research, outreach, and education capacity, we need your help! Our goal is to raise $50,000 this year with the majority of these funds focused on purchase of analytical equipment to enhance our research capabilities.
Please help support our Hemp Research and visit our crowdfunding page today.
Hemp Production 101 - Webinar Copy
Learn about hemp production in Vermont facilitated and lecture with Heather Darby. For the first half, Stephanie Smith from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will talk about Vermont's Hemp Program and describe the intersection between the state and the federal governments. The second half will dig into the agronomic aspects of hemp production for seed, fiber and CBD. This webinar aired on May17, 2019 and can be viewed here - http://go.uvm.edu/hemp101
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- NOFA Publishes Organic Certification for Hemp Seed and Fiber (April 18, 2018)
- Universities meet growing demand with Weed 101 (April 20, 2018)