When you start a new endeavor, one of the best ways to learn how to succeed often comes from other people—those individuals who are willing to share their knowledge, resources and first-hand experiences with you.
That’s certainly true if you want to grow hemp in 2020 for the first time, or even if you’ve got a couple of years of production and marketing under your belt.
“The No. 1 piece of advice farmers are telling us is you have to know who you're working with, and that can be hard to know sometimes. It can be tricky to identify those sketchy players and figure out your trusted partners—from purchasing your seed to processing, and all the way down the line,” Portia Stewart, Farm Journal content strategy director, producer media, told AgriTalk Host, Chip Flory, earlier this week.
One way to accomplish that is to attend a Farm Journal Hemp College this winter. Later this month, the company is hosting a nationally focused hemp program in Chicago, featuring industry speakers and farmers from around the U.S. To learn more information about the agenda and register for the Chicago event, click here: https://bit.ly/2QVqnsv.
The Hemp College is being held in conjunction with the Top Producer Seminar, Executive Women in Agriculture and the Legacy Project.
“Real farmers from across the United States will tell you their secrets to what has worked and what has not worked for them with hemp,” Stewart said. “You're going to get detailed policy updates. You're going to have an opportunity to network and talk to people who might be good partners and really suss out what hemp could be for you.
“We also like to level set and make sure that you know we're giving you all the information available, so that you don't get in over your head. It's really about making a good choice for 2020 and beyond, if you're taking a close look at this crop,” she added.
Some of the featured speakers and topics at the Chicago event include:
How to Grow Hemp: A Farmer’s Perspective
Speaker: Dion Oakes, Farmer, Monte Vista, Colo.
Best Practices for Tillage, Harvesting and Processing Hemp
Speaker: Corbett Hefner, VP Research & Development, Formation Ag
The Agronomics of Hemp Production from A to Z
Speaker: Bryan Parr, Legacy Hemp
Hemp Seed Genetics, Availability and Selection
Speaker: Jeff Kostuik, Director of Operations, Central Region, Hemp Genetics
Hemp's Hefty Pitfalls
Speaker: Chris Adams, Adams Family Farm
Legislative Outlook for 2020
Speaker: Jonathan Miller, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys