The new Farm Bill includes a provision to allow industrial hemp production in the U.S. While the crop may be an option for farmers looking to diversify their system, there’s a lot of information to gather and consider before major decisions are made.
UMN Extension will be hosting a “Hemp 101” workshop to provide an overview of hemp uses, production, markets, and the potential for cooperative formation. The workshop will be at the St. Charles city hall (830 Whitewater Avenue) on March 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Harold Stanislawski of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute will provide an introduction to hemp and discuss research. Bryan Parr of Legacy Hemp will share information on the production side of the crop. Finally, Kevin Edburg of Cooperative Development Services will discuss the potential for hemp cooperatives, markets, and financial resources. There will be time built in to the program to allow for questions and discussion among attendees.
Supper is being sponsored by the Winona County Farm Bureau and will be served from 6-6:30. Space is limited, Please pre-register using the online form at https://z.umn.edu/hemp19, or call the Winona County Extension office at 507-457-6440. Cost of the program is $10 and can be paid at the door.
This workshop is a part of a series, “Emerging Markets in Ag,” which aims to provide information on alternative crops and markets for farmers interested in diversifying their operation. Future topics for 2019 include niche opportunities in dairy and meat processing and marketing. UMN Extension Advisory Committee member and local farmer Sarah Miles is providing coordination for this program. If you’d like to receive more information from her about these workshop topics or become involved with future meetings on co-op formation, fill out the form at https://z.umn.edu/emergingmarket or call the Winona County Extension office.