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Virtual conference to offer information on hemp production in Vermont | Local News

BURLINGTON – As interest in hemp production grows, so does the need for solid, research-based information. On March 15-16, growers can hear from leading experts on hemp market trends, varietal enhancements, hemp grain and fiber production, pest and disease control, opportunities federal grants and more at the Fourth Annual Industrial Hemp Conference.

The University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (UVM) and the Vermont Agency for Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) are co-sponsoring the virtual event. Registration is $50, payable by noon on March 11. Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors and Pesticide Applicators will be available.

For full conference details, including the agenda, speaker biographies, and a link to registration, go to To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact UVM Student Accessibility Services at [email protected] or (802) 656-7753.

On March 15, the conference will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature Jane Kolodinsky, UVM, and Tyler Mark, University of Kentucky. They will present information on the national hemp acreage and production survey, hemp trends, consumer knowledge, economy and markets.

Three different tracks will be offered with participants having a choice of sessions. Topics will include fiber production and processing, powdery mildew resistance in cannabis, hemp fiber research, the economic impacts of hemp production, and the creation, performance, and benefits of triploid hemp, among others.

The March 16 session will begin at 12:30 p.m. and feature Stephanie Smith and Michael DiTomasso, VAAFM, who will discuss the implementation of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new hemp rules and the changes growers can expect in terms of regulation and compliance. This will be followed by updates on crop insurance from Alex Serano, director of the USDA’s Risk Management Agency regional office in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Concurrent sessions on day two will cover a range of topics, including cold pressing of oilseed crops, disease and pest control, research into the effectiveness of organic fungicides for hemp disease control, and storage. and the hemp calendar for crop quality. Additionally, a representative from the Vermont Cannabis Control Board will provide an update on a state regulatory program for the adult use and medical use of cannabis in Vermont.