MILAN, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension will present an Introduction to Industrial Hemp workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Western Illinois University in Moline and again on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Wy-Hi Stark County Community Center, Wyoming, IL. Regional experts will be covering the same topics both days.
The signing of the Illinois hemp bill has provided opportunities for the cultivation, distribution, and processing of hemp for fiber, grain, and CBD. This versatile cash crop has the potential to empower small farmers and revitalize farming communities. Learn more about the options available in legal hemp production from these presenters:
Hemp Basics will be led by Phillip Alberti, University of Illinois commercial agriculture educator who will cover types of Hemp; production systems; licensing, rules, and regulations; end products; and an update on Hemp in Illinois.
CBD Production will be led on Tuesday by Steve Tomlins, Farm Manager at Turtle Creek Gardens, Delevan WI, and on Wednesday by Andy Huston, American Hemp Research CEO, Seeds & BioMass Production, Roseville, IL. They will cover seed sources; starting from seeds/transplants; growth stages; production concerns; fertility; and pest/disease issues.
Floral Processing Strategies & Equipment will be led by Brian Lavin, Sales Manager at BVV (Building Vision & Variety) in Naperville, IL. He will cover: What is processing and why do you do it? Types of processing methods; benefits and drawbacks of processing methods; processing equipment and costs; and recommendations.
The cost will be $10 per person. Register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs For more information, call the sponsoring Illinois Extension offices for more information: Rock Island County Extension (309) 756-9978, Henry/Stark Counties Extension (309) 932-3447 and Mercer County Extension (309) 582-5106. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, call one of the offices listed.
— University of Illinois Extension
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