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NMSU will host hemp production workshops


Following USDA approval of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s state hemp-production regulatory plan in October 2020, New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Cooperative Extension Service (CES) has created a series of workshops to help stakeholders learn more about the emerging crop for agriculture producers statewide.

The first workshop will focus on research-based information and business advice about growing and processing hemp. CES and ACES faculty will offer a virtual workshop, “Cultivating a Hemp Based Business in New Mexico: Production, Processing and Profitability,” 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25.

“The goal of the workshop is to provide research-based information to anyone interested in developing a hemp business in the state,” said NMSU Extension Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center Integrated Pest Management Specialist Amanda Skidmore.

NMDA representatives will present crop-regulation sessions during the morning of the workshop. Afternoon sessions will focus on production, processing or business operations and marketing. Participants can select a session to attend the day of the event and will receive links to watch recordings from the other two sessions. After the event, registration will remain open for anyone who missed the workshop and would like access to the recordings.

Presentations focusing on growing hemp will include cultivation, soil health, pest management, plant diseases and disorders, and processing options. Results from trials conducted across New Mexico will be shared. Other presentations include a discussion regarding the technical and business opportunities for hemp processing and manufacturing, as well as conducting feasibility studies, preparing budgets and general marketing considerations.

Registration is $70, $25 for current NMSU students. The fee includes access to recordings of sessions.

Online registration is available at https://hempbusiness.ezregister.com.

For more information, contact Amanda Skidmore at 505-865-7340 and skid@nmsu.edu.