The 2018 Farm Bill includes new guidelines for growing hemp. Notably, it moves hemp under the Title 1 commodity program. Early this year, USDA issued a Notice to Trade, stating they are in the process of gathering information to initiate rulemaking necessary to implement this program. USDA’s goal is to issue regulations in fall 2019 to accommodate the 2020 planting season, the agency said in a recent release.
“During the 2019 planting season, the 2018 Farm Bill directs that states, tribes and institutions of higher education may continue operating under authorities of the 2014 Farm Bill until 12 months after USDA establishes the plan and regulations required under the 2018 Farm Bill,” they said in the release.
While USDA works out the regulatory details, farmers can up their smarts on hemp production at Farm Journal Hemp College. During this one-day event, held June 19 in Lexington, Ky., industry experts will discuss the best agronomic practices for hemp production and will also touch upon marketing, legal considerations and policy news.
Educational sessions offered during this one-day event will address:
- How to source high-quality seed
- Hemp nutrient needs from A to Z
- Pest, weed and disease management
- In-season management and harvest practices
- Steps to developing a marketing plan
- Legal considerations for hemp production
- The registration cost for the Hemp College is $149 and includes a continental breakfast and full lunch.
Get more details and register here: https://www.regonline.com/hempcollege