Alabama Extension is ensuring hemp producers have all the relevant data throughout the season in hopes they’ll experience a more profitable season in 2021.
The Alabama Extension H.E.M.P. (Hemp Education and Management Program) webinar series is a one-hour webinar held twice monthly. It provides information on various topics pertaining to hemp production. The next meeting will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Click here to register.
Gail Ellis from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries will provide information on how to submit a grow plan for the upcoming season. Grow plans are due April 30.
“There’s going to be different topics each time, pretty much based on the most questions we get from growers,” said Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist. Hemp webinars will be held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. “The first one we had, there was a risk management extension specialist talking about the USDA Final Rule for hemp. (This) week, Gail is going to talk about the logistics in submitting a grow plan to the Department of Ag.
“Then we will have a grower presenting what’s worked for him to create high CBD plants. We have folks from the U.S. hemp co-op talking about fiber. As we move into May and June, we’ll have someone talk about weed control and then insect control.”
Kesheimer said they are trying to make the webinar meetings regional if possible, so there will be speakers participating from outside of Alabama. Then some are going to be Alabama specific in terms of rules and regulations; how to do the paperwork and how to follow the guidelines and regulations.