New Mexico State University will offer the state's first-ever workshop for industrial hemp producers in May.

The workshop will take place May 23-24 in Las Cruces at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road. It will be presented by horticulture agent Jeff Anderson of the Doña Ana County Extension Office.

"This is the first hemp conference in New Mexico," Anderson said, "and we're going to cover as much as we can in two days. We have a lot of people who are coming to share their expertise and knowledge."

The conference comes as NMSU prepares to take the lead in hemp research and education in New Mexico, following federal and state measures approved last year that legalized the plant, which is related to marijuana but contains less than 0.3 percent of the cannabinoid chemical THC.

At the conference, presenters will explore a range of topics, including: the history and uses of hemp; the differences between CBD and THC; the costs associated with starting a hemp-crop business; soil production and water requirements; organic vs. inorganic production; licensing and regulations from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture; as well as equipment requirements, extraction and biosecurity.

"We'll have one presentation on the legal challenges," Anderson said, “because everyone is going to want to know what are the legal challenges to getting a license. We'll also have one on hemp growing basics, which will include everything you have to do from planting to seeding to cultivars,"

Hemp can be an "unforgiving" crop for novice growers, Anderson said.

"If you make a mistake, it can be expensive," he added. "The license is expensive, and everything you do is going to be expensive. If you make a mistake and go outside of the legal limit of 0.3 percent THC, the whole crop has to be destroyed."

Registration for the conference is required. The cost is $120 per person and includes dinner, snacks and all workshop materials. To register, visit https://aces.nmsu.edu/2019hempworkshop/.

The conference marks NMSU's first hemp-related outreach effort. It aligns with the university's broader plan to start a robust hemp research and education program.

Earlier this year, the College of ACES detailed its hemp research and education proposals in a white paper report. The report identified five areas of hemp research expertise and interests, and called for the development of a comprehensive Hemp Research and Extension Center at NMSU, projected to cost an estimated $9.1 million over four years. Funding for the proposed center has not yet been secured.

Still, some of the proposed research would seek to develop the best management practices for hemp production at different locations in New Mexico and eliminate THC production and increase CBD synthesis in hemp. Separately, a proposed value-added agriculture research program would focus on identifying uses of hemp to add value to other commodities,

Hemp research also will be a key component of the new Center of Excellence on Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems at NMSU.

The CESFAS, proposed by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, will be developed in association with General Obligation Bond D, which voters passed by a margin of more than 65 percent in November 2018. The vision is to build a sustainable, vibrant food and agricultural economy in New Mexico through value-added research and education.

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

FILLED: Classified for Silver City church seeking office manager. Check back often for new classifieds.

Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/about/submissions. They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as the editor.

Classifieds: We have changed Classifieds. Check periodically to see if any news ones have popped up. The former software failed us, so it's just a category now, with prices posted. Send your information to editor@grantcountybeat.com and we will post it as soon as we can. Instructions and prices are on the page.

Images: We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. It's a software problem, not easily fixable, other than showing fewer articles per summary page. If you are a frequent visitor, you might not mind fewer articles per page, but if you only come once in a while, you likely want to see more articles to browse. Write me at editor@grantcountybeat.com to let me know your feelings on this issue. 

Compliance: Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised. 

New Columnists: The Beat continues to bring you new columnists.Recent additions  include one about end of life options, Compassionate Care.

The Beat has a column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  


All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

NOTE: If an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

Newsletter: If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Here for YOU: Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Feel free to notify editor@grantcountybeat.com, if you notice any technical problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat. 

Disclaimer: If you find errors in articles not written by the Beat team but sent to us from other content providers, please contact the writer, not the Beat. For example, obituaries are always provided by the funeral home or a family member. We can fix errors, but please give details on where the error is so we can find it. News releases from government and non-profit entities are posted generally without change.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com