The Marshall County Extension Office will be hosting a regional hemp production meeting for the western counties of Kentucky on March 31. These full day educational programs include information on various aspects of hemp production in Kentucky. All programs are open to growers of all experience levels, or those interested in beginning to grow hemp.

The program will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Program topics include: regulatory and field testing, production systems, site selection and soils, budgets and risk management, cultivar information, fertility, planting, pest and risk management, harvest, and harvest equipment.

Speakers include Doris Hamilton, KY Dept. of Ag; Tyler Mark, UK Ag Economics; Jonathan Shepherd, UK Ag Economics; Nicole Gauthier, UK Plant Pathology; Raul Villanueva, UK Entomology; Ric Bessin, UK Entomology; Tim Stombaugh, UK Ag Engineering; Sam McNeil, UK Ag Engineering; Bob Geneve. UK Horticulture; Bob Pearce, UK Plant & Soil Sciences; Frank Sikora, UK Plant & Soil Sciences; and Tom Keene, UK Plant & Soil Sciences

A registration fee of $10 per participant (cash or check only) is required to cover the cost of lunch. RSVP by calling the Marshall County Extension Office at 270-527-3285 by March 23.

Don’t forget, if want to grow hemp in Kentucky, you must submit an application and receive a license from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The application deadline to grow hemp this year is March 15. More information and the hemp grower application is available on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s website, https://www.kyagr.com/marketing/hemp-pilot.html.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expressions, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

— From submitted sources