Xenia, Ohio — Hemp processors who are seeking a processing license in Ohio will be featured at the Central State University Extension Hemp Growing and Processing Trade Show, 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at Central State University-Xenia, 336 Progress Dr., Xenia.
Growers are encouraged to attend this free event to talk with processors before planning their crop.
Hemp provides new opportunities to Ohio farmers as a grain, fiber and medicinal crop, says Central State University Extension Ag and Natural Resources Program Leader Cindy Folck.
“Potential growers should evaluate whether the crop fits their needs prior to planting hemp,” she adds. “Determining if hemp is suitable for a farm, as well as incorporating into new or existing practices, can be challenging.”
The term hemp, Folck adds, is often used with marijuana. United State law, however, distinguishes between the two types of Cannabis sativa plants. As defined by state and federal legislation, hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of THC, which is the intoxicating compound found in Cannabis, on a dry weight basis.
Grain hemp produces seed for raw consumption, animal feed, oil and protein cake. Fiber hemp generates two products: bast fiber (the fibrous outer portion of the stem) and hurd, (the woody inner core) that serve as raw materials for numerous industrial applications. Hemp can also be used for specialized medicinal products, such as cannabidiol or CBD.
The trade show will also include other hemp suppliers—such as equipment or seed—as space permits. Trade show participants will be provided one six-foot table with chairs. Preference will be given to processors; suppliers will be placed on a wait list and contacted by March 1 if space is available.
To register for a trade show table as a processor or supplier, email Heather Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact Central State University Extension Ag and Natural Resources Program Leader Dr. Cindy Folck at email@example.com.
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— Central State University Extension
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