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Field to Fork Webinars & New Farm Bill Changes Status of Hemp

County Agent News
Dan Folske
December 17, 2018

Field to Fork Webinars

            Want to learn more about starting seeds, growing apples, house plants and other horticultural topics? The NDSU extension Service will be offering a series of webinars that you can register for and participate from your home computer. There is no cost but you must register in advance. If you do not have home internet you can attend these webinars at the Burke County Extension office in the Burke County Courthouse in Bowbells. For more information just give me a call at 701-377-2927.

* Feb. 6: Successful Seed Starting at Home – Randy Nelson, Extension Educator, Home Horticulture and Agriculture Production Systems

* Feb. 13: Hops in North Dakota: What You Need to Know Before You Get Started - Kyla Splichal, Horticulture Research Specialist, NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

* Feb. 20: Growing Apples in North Dakota – Tom Kalb, NDSU Extension Horticulturist

Feb. 27: Trendy and Healthy Houseplants– Esther McGinnis, Assistant Professor and NDSU Extension Horticulturist

* March 6: Cool Fruits for Cold Climates: Selections from the Northern-Hardy Fruit Project – Kathy Weiderholt, REC Fruit Project Manager, Carrington

*March 13: Let’s Not Waste Food: Exploring Food Preservation and Composting – Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist

*March 20: One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four: Best Management Practices to Produce More – Susie Thompson, Associate Professor Potato Breeding

*March 27: How to Identify, Manage and Prevent Common Diseases in Your Garden – Jesse Ostrander, Plant Diagnostician/Director

*April 3: Pollinator Gardens – Janet Knodel, Professor Plant Pathology and Esther McGinnis, Assistant Professor and NDSU Extension Horticulturist

*April 10: Getting Started with Herb Gardening – Yolanda Schmidt, NDSU Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Pierce County

*April 17: Best Practices on Health and Hygiene when Handling Foods for the Public – Julie Wagendorf, director, North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Food and Lodging

The webinars will be held on Zoom. The Field to Fork website (https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/fieldtofork) has a link to register for the webinars.

This project is made possible with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service.

For more information, visit NDSU Extension’s comprehensive Field to Fork website or contact Garden-Robinson at 701-231-7187 or julie.garden-robinson@ndsu.edu.

 

New Farm Bill Changes Status of Hemp

            It is official! Hemp is now a “crop”! Hemp has been produced in North Dakota the last couple of years under a pilot program managed by the ND Dept. of Agriculture. However, like many “new” crops, processing is the big holdup.

            Many of the products that come from industrial hemp are imported.  The most common products include hemp hearts, cold pressed oil, and roasted seeds. So, as more processors come on board, there will become more demand to raise industrial hemp as a crop.

With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, industrial hemp, containing less than 0.3% THC, is no longer considered a narcotic or a controlled substance. However, to use the industrial hemp as a livestock feed source is still illegal. The main products that originate from industrial hemp is the fiber and health supplements.  However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still regulates health products and it is unclear, at this point, if the health supplements are legal or if more details are to still to be worked through.

Even with this change, producers interested in hemp production will still have to work through the ND Dept. of Ag.

Should you consider hemp? One reason for possibly raising hemp is its extreme weed competitiveness. As more and more of our weeds become herbicide resistant, many producers are looking for possible raotationa crops which can provide good weed suppression.

Another consideration is crop insurance. This change of status will make hemp an insurable crop but you will have to have a proven history before you can insure it on your farm.

 

           

 

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