Burlington--Farmers who are contemplating growing hemp as a commercial crop can learn about the new federal and state regulations, legal compliance, production and potential financialĀ 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 susan.brouillette@uvm.edu.

Heather Darby and Scott Lewins, UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program, will lead discussions on July 9 on identifying and managing arthropod pests in hemp and July 30 on identifying and managing diseases in hemp.

On August 13 Robert Shipman and Michael DiTomasso, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, will cover pre-harvest hemp sampling. Their September 10 webinar will focus on hemp testing at certified labs.

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.


Susan Jean Brouillette