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.


Industrial Hemp Training Program - for Agricultural/Technical Service Providers

UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils (NWCS) program offered this free course in collaboration with the following organizations: Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM), Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), SUNY Morrisville, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA), Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA-NY), and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (NE-SARE). This course was only for Agricultural/Technical Service Providers.

Offerings included up to 13 webinars (7 are required), up to 5 in-field intensives (1 is required), and admission to attend the 2021 and 2022 Industrial Hemp Conferences! You will also be asked to complete a pre- and post- course survey. All this is FREE and you can also earn Certified Crop Adviser credits! View the program flyer (PDF). View the July, August and September 2021 options of Hemp Growing Season Intensives (PDF).

Questions? Please contact Catherine Davidson,, or Heather Darby, or 802-524-6501.


Planning to grow hemp this season? Please go to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Hemp Program website to review the most up to date information and requirements.


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. View the PDF version of the booklet here.


The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) administers federal crop insurance programs. This fact sheet provides current federal risk management programs available for producers growing hemp in 2022 - Risk Coverage for Industrial Hemp.


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 research trials 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 with our continued request for support!

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 -


Research Reports

Visit our research reports page to see results of our hemp research trials to:

  • Evaluate varieties best suited to our region;
  • Determine ideal seeding rates and optimal planting dates; and
  • Assess weed, pest, and disease pressure.