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Hemp in the High Plains program to be held in Amarillo

Amarillo Globe-News logo Amarillo Globe-News 1/2/2020 By Jayme Lozano, Amarillo Globe-News
a close up of a plant: An industrial hemp plant grows at a University of Florida IFAS hemp test field north of Gainesville on July 30. The difficulty differenciating legal hemp from marijuana is causing problems for the prosecution of minor pot cases in Florida. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun] © Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun/Amarillo Globe-News/TNS An industrial hemp plant grows at a University of Florida IFAS hemp test field north of Gainesville on July 30. The difficulty differenciating legal hemp from marijuana is causing problems for the prosecution of minor pot cases in Florida. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

A program regarding Hemp in the High Plains will be hosted in Amarillo on Jan. 13 to discuss what producers need to know about the popular crop.

The program, called "First Things" Considerations for Industrial Hemp in Texas, is being hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at their Research and Extension Center, located at 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd.

AgriLife Extension specialists will discuss all aspects of hemp at the program, including Megan Eikner discussing the background of industrial hemp and opportunities, DeDe Jones talking about economic risks and consideration, and Calvin Trostle addressing the most common questions about production, preliminary agronomic consideration, Texas Department of Agriculture rules, and planting and quality issues.

The meeting will end with a question-and-answer session about industrial hemp with the experts.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and costs $20 per person, and the program is from 9 a.m. to noon. Those interested are asked to RSVP to Eikner by Jan. 10 by calling (806) 373-0713.

In December, TDA Commissioner Sid Miller announced the Texas Hemp Program outline had been sent for approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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