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Industrial Hemp Seminar

Jan 6, 2020, Denton, TX – Texas A&M AgriLife extension service is holding its first educational program on industrial hemp in Denton County. The emerging crop has peaked interest since the 2018 Farm bill passed allowing producers to grow the crop in the US. The seminar will be Jan 16, 2020 at the Joseph A Carroll building, 401 W. Hickory St. Suite 115 Denton, TX. It will begin with registration at 2:30 PM and welcome at 3 PM.

Since the Farm Bill passed there have been a lot of questions about what this process might look like for producers to grow this crop. Producers were ready to start growing and law makers and government officials had an ample amount of concerns regarding regulations. Luckily in Texas we are getting to the end of the regulatory line. Last month Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) submitted the Texas Hemp Program Outline to United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) for federal approval. It is estimated that rules will be approved by USDA and licensing from TDA will begin in early 2020. Farmers will be required to apply for a license to grow industrial hemp in Texas.

Industrial hemp, cannabis sativa, has been around for hundreds of years.  It has traditionally been grown as a fiber source.  It is currently used in a wide range of products including food and beverages, personal care products, and fabrics and textiles. Industrial hemp became linked with high THC varieties in the 1930s when legislation at state and federal levels banned its cultivation.

The seminar should be able to answer a lot of questions from producers. Dr. Calvin Trostle Extension Agronomist from Lubbock will present growing information and Extension Economist, Dr. Blake Bennett will discuss the economic considerations for the crop.

Topic of the seminar will include:

  • Industrial hemp background
  • Opportunities for hemp fiber, grain, and CBD
  • Major issues surrounding planting and poor seed quality
  • Anticipated TDA regulations
  • Economic risks and considerations.

Registration cost for the seminar will be $20.00 cash or check. Please RSVP by Jan 13 to Denton County AgriLife Extension office, Robin Hill, at robin.hill@ag.tamu.edu 940.349.2894

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