With the world of marijuana and hemp slowly but surely advancing through the legal systems of the state, lake area University of Missouri Extension members are hosting a workshop to detail these changes to interested producers. Patricia Barrett, Ag Business Specialist with MU Extension, came forward with the idea of a workshop in order to provide farmers of the substance with facts and legalities of the operation.

With the world of marijuana and hemp slowly but surely advancing through the legal systems of the state, lake area University of Missouri Extension members are hosting a workshop to detail these changes to interested producers. Patricia Barrett, Ag Business Specialist with MU Extension, came forward with the idea of a workshop in order to provide farmers of the substance with facts and legalities of the operation. 

During the workshop, MU Extension field specialists and economists will talk on growing industrial hemp and crop enterprise budgets. Other presenters include representatives from the Missouri Department of Agriculture and Missouri Hemp Trade Association. They will give legislative and regulatory updates, industry outlooks, and information on processing and contracts.

Also in attendance will be Tim Reinbott, director of research farms for the University of Missouri. Barrett says he will be present to talk about test plots of the plant that the university grew last year and discuss the outcomes with farmers. This will be presented with the hope that they can share an idea of the potential outcome before locals attempt to grow. 

“Don’t jump in head-first thinking you'll sell CBD for $40 an ounce without knowing what you're doing before you’re doing it,” Barrett said. 

Hemp is derived from the same cannabis plant as marijuana. They are the same plant, though hemp does not contain the psychoactive THC that brings a high. In order to prove producers are growing appropriately and legally, Barrett says that all state growers will have to pay for licensing to grow and another to process. Within the last two weeks of production, state members will come by local farms to test the product. If it does not pass legal standards, those farms will be met with sanctions by the state. 

These boundaries and more are the types of things Barrett says she hopes to achieve with this workshop. She says that anyone interested will learn from this event, but the main focus is aimed at those with an intent to grow and produce hemp products within the coming year.

To register for the workshop, contact Barrett at Barrettpr@missouri.edu or call MU Extension in Miller County at 573-369-2394. Registration is available online at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/ industrial-hemp-workshop-eldon. 

The $40 fee covers lunch, snacks and handouts. The workshop runs 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Warehouse 55 Eldon MO, 302 E North Street, Eldon, MO 65026-1747.