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University of Illinois Extension commercial agriculture educators are working with hemp producers to source field data and provide cutting-edge research through the Midwestern Hemp Database. Producers have until July 24, 2022, to apply to participate in the program for the 2022 growing season. Participating hemp producers submit information about their crop and university staff analyze and share that data with the public. In exchange for their involvement, growers receive discounted cannabinoid testing through private laboratories, ranging from $35 to $40 per sample....

Illinois Extension researchers collected data from more than 180 hemp growers over the past two years and are sharing that production information with growers through the Midwestern Hemp Database. The interactive database is a project of Michigan State, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Purdue University, and it offers growers information about production practices and hemp cultivars. It's updated weekly during the growing season. In particular, the database identifies cultivars that are likely to comply with state and federal regulations limiting cannabinoid levels. ...

According to the National Hemp Report released by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the value of hemp production nationally was $834 million in 2021. Data gathered through the 2021 Hemp Acreage and Production Survey indicated that planted area for industrial hemp grown in the open for all utilizations in the United States totaled 54,152 acres. Area harvested for all utilizations totaled 33,480 acres. The value of U.S. hemp production in the open totaled $712 million. Meanwhile, the value of production for hemp that was grown under protection in the United States totaled $112 million, grown in an area that...

On December 7, 2021, NCAT's four-part webinar series focusing on hemp production and cultivation on the West Coast will air as part of the online World Ag Expo's hemp track. This series features the nation's leading hemp experts and includes a wide range of considerations for a sustainable hemp operation. Topics include marketing, production, harvesting, processing, regulation, and insurance....

USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that it is strengthening the hemp crop insurance policy by adding flexibilities around how producers work with processors, as well as improving consistency with the most recent USDA hemp regulation. Producers are no longer required to deliver hemp without economic value for insurability. Additionally, RMA clarified how the amount of insurable acreage is determined if the processor contract specifies both an acreage and a production amount. This change was made in the policy to ensure producers know how their insurable acreage is determined for those contracts. Additionally, RMA added a new requirement for producers...

This video is the fourth and final webinar in NCAT's four-part hemp webinar series featuring the nation's leading hemp experts and focusing on hemp production and cultivation on the West Coast. This webinar focuses on current and future federal hemp regulation, testing and compliance, plant breeding and seed certification, California and Oregon's current regulatory climate, how to obtain licenses, and hemp crop insurance options. Our panel of experts includes: Mike Lewis, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT at the Northeast Regional Office; Jody McGinness, the Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association; Courtney Moran, LL.M, founding principal of EARTH Law, LLC;...

This webinar is the third in NCAT's West Coast Hemp webinar series. It focuses on hemp harvesting, processing, and marketing on the West Coast. In this webinar we discuss harvesting how-to for CBD, grain, and fiber; processing how-to for CBD, grain, and fiber; harvesting and processing equipment and infrastructure; compliance and quality standards testing; market trends, market forces, and market risks; how to succeed in a competitive market; and finding and navigating contracts. Our expert speakers include Rob Porcella of Pacific Hemp Consulting; Ryan Loflin of Rocky Mountain Hemp; Andrew Bish of Hemp Harvest Works; Tom Dermody of Artis Cannabis Exchange;...

This video is the second in NCAT's four-part hemp webinar series featuring the nation's leading hemp experts and focusing on hemp production and cultivation on the West Coast. It addresses planning hemp operations, risks to keep in mind, whole-farm planning, seed selection, genetics, spacing and design considerations, financial planning, labor planning, irrigation, weed control, fertilization, agronomic best practices, the most common hemp pests, IPM, organic hemp production, and other considerations for a sustainable hemp operation. The panel of experts includes: Mike Lewis, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT at the Northeast Regional Office; Dr. Shawn Lucas, professor and...

This video is the first in NCAT's four-part hemp webinar series featuring the nation's leading hemp experts and focusing on hemp production and cultivation on the West Coast. Dr. Gordon Jones, an Oregon Extensionist who works with hemp growers, provides a good overview of hemp to start this video conference. Then, three farmers discuss their experiences with hemp production and some of the challenges they’ve encountered. The farmers note the great potential of hemp, as well as the great need for more information about appropriate cultivars, production parameters (e.g. how much N a crop requires, spacing of seeds/transplants, drying options, processing options,...

This four-part hemp webinar series features the nation's leading hemp experts and focuses on hemp production and cultivation on the West Coast. It includes a wide range of considerations for a sustainable hemp operation. Videos in the series include: West Coast Hemp Webinar: Lessons from the Hemp Field West Coast Hemp Webinar: Deep Dive into Hemp Production and Cultivation West Coast Hemp Webinar: Hemp Harvesting, Processing, and Marketing West Coast Hemp Webinar: Regulation, Compliance, and Insurance The webinars were produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. For more sustainable-agriculture resources, including podcasts,...

Related ATTRA Webinar: Lessons from the Hemp Field The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides has released two short videos featuring organic producers in Oregon who raise hemp, talking about their approaches to pest management. The videos feature small-scale producer True Roots Organics in Nyssa, Oregon, and mid-scale producer Rainshadow Organics in Central Oregon, hemp growers taking preventative approaches through holistic farm management. ...

Jane Harrod and her family operate a multi-generational farm in Clays Ferry, Kentucky. In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT specialist Mike Lewis sits down with Jane to talk about the history of her family land and how a highway divided the land and changed the farm’s economic outlook. A well-known Kentucky native-species specialist, Jane talks about her family’s vision for the future of their farm using an ecologically driven decision-making process. An early adopter of hemp production in Kentucky, Jane also discusses some of the challenges and successes she has had producing this crop. ATTRA Resources: Agroforestry: An Overview ...

In this episode of Voices from the Field, National Center for Appropriate Technology Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale talks with Mike Lewis, a new NCAT sustainable agriculture specialist. From his Kentucky farm, Mike explains that farming is part of his DNA. Mike is a military veteran who founded Growing Warriors, a veteran-oriented food security project. In addition, Mike became the first federally permitted hemp farmer in the U.S. since Prohibition. Listen to his conversation with Margo Hale to learn more about his background, what brought him to NCAT, and the expertise he’ll bring to the sustainable farmers and ranchers we...

Dr. Gordon Jones, an Oregon Extensionist who works with hemp growers, provides a good overview of hemp to start this video conference. Then, three farmers discuss their experiences with hemp production and some of the challenges they’ve encountered. The farmers note the great potential of hemp, as well as the great need for more information about appropriate cultivars, production parameters (e.g. how much N a crop requires, spacing of seeds/transplants, drying options, processing options, etc). Also noted are the stringent regulations that are likely holding back more farmers from planting hemp. These regulations include unrealistic harvest windows (two weeks in...

Hemp can now be sold legally across the country. For the 2020 crop year, the only way to insure hemp is through a unique federally-subsidized Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) policy. This policy protects the value of the whole farm's revenue rather than any specific product a farmer grows. For 2020, industrial hemp in seed, flower, or fiber form can be one of the products insured by a WFRP policy. Jeff Schahczenski, Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist, with NCAT gives an introduction on this whole-farm approach to insuring hemp in 2020....