Farm Progress is part of the divisionName Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Serving: West
industrial hemp studio023/iStock/Getty Images Plus
cannabis for industrial purposes

NMSU to host state’s first hemp conference May 23-24

Two-day workshop to cover everything from starting a hemp-crop business to licensing to rules and regulations.

New Mexico State University will offer the state’s first workshop for industrial hemp producers in May.

The two-day workshop, hosted by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Cooperative Extension Service, will feature in-depth discussions and presentations on starting a hemp-crop business and cultivating the newly legalized plant for CBD oil, textiles and food items within state and federal rules and regulations.

The workshop will take place May 23-24 in Las Cruces at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road. It will be presented by horticulture agent Jeff Anderson of the Doña Ana County Extension Office.

“This is the first hemp conference in New Mexico,” Anderson said, “and we’re going to cover as much as we can in two days. We have a lot of people who are coming to share their expertise and knowledge.”

TAKING THE LEAD

The conference comes as NMSU prepares to take the lead in hemp research and education in New Mexico, following federal and state measures approved last year that legalized the plant, which is related to marijuana but contains less than 0.3 percent of the cannabinoid chemical THC.

At the conference, presenters will explore a range of topics, including: the history and uses of hemp; the differences between CBD and THC; the costs associated with starting a hemp-crop business; soil production and water requirements; organic vs. inorganic production; licensing and regulations from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture; as well as equipment requirements, extraction and biosecurity.

“We’ll have one presentation on the legal challenges,” Anderson said, “because everyone is going to want to know what are the legal challenges to getting a license. We’ll also have one on hemp-growing basics, which will include everything you have to do from planting to seeding to cultivars.”

Hemp can be an “unforgiving” crop for novice growers, Anderson said.

“If you make a mistake, it can be expensive,” he added. “The license is expensive, and everything you do is going to be expensive. If you make a mistake and go outside of the legal limit of 0.3 percent THC, the whole crop has to be destroyed.”

Registration for the conference is required. The cost is $120 per person and includes dinner, snacks and all workshop materials. To register, visit https://aces.nmsu.edu/2019hempworkshop/.

The conference marks NMSU’s first hemp-related outreach effort. It aligns with the university’s broader plan to start a robust hemp research and education program.

Earlier this year, the College of ACES detailed its hemp research and education proposals in a white paper report. The report identified five areas of hemp research expertise and interests and called for the development of a comprehensive Hemp Research and Extension Center at NMSU, projected to cost an estimated $9.1 million over four years. Funding for the proposed center has not yet been secured.

VALUE-ADDED AG

Still, some of the proposed research would seek to develop the best management practices for hemp production at different locations in New Mexico and eliminate THC production and increase CBD synthesis in hemp. Separately, a proposed value-added agriculture research program would focus on identifying uses of hemp to add value to other commodities.

Hemp research also will be a key component of the new Center of Excellence on Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems at NMSU.

The CESFAS, proposed by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, will be developed in association with General Obligation Bond D, which voters passed by a margin of more than 65 percent in November 2018. The vision is to build a portion of sustainable, vibrant food and agricultural economy in New Mexico through value-added research and education.

Source: is NMSU, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish