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Wisconsin Hemp

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Virtual Field Day Recording

A recording of the Industrial Hemp Field Day held on September 18 is now available. If you view the recording, please complete the evaluation survey Transcript

Industrial Hemp Virtual Field Day September 18

The Division of Extension UW-Madison is hosting an Industrial Hemp Virtual Field Day on September 18 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. The field day will provide an update on current UW-Madison and the Division of Extension industrial hemp research with essential oils, seed, and fiber production. An update on research projects occurring in the Midwest is […]

Midwestern Hemp Database

Midwestern Hemp Database The goal of this project will be to utilize grower-collaborator networks to provide regional insight into agronomic performance and cannabinoid development of industrial hemp varieties. This page will be updated with cannabinoid time course data and agronomic performance for each variety as that information becomes available. This project is a collaboration between several […]

3/26 WEBINAR! Novel CBD Production: Direct Seeding Dioecious Hemp in a Row Cropping System

See details here for the webinar on Thursday, March 26 from 11 am to 1 pm Novel CBD Production: Direct Seeding Dioecious Hemp in a Row Cropping System

Ask the Expert: A Hemp Q&A with Andrew Kowalski

By Cassie Bable Posted to on March 12, 2020 EXCERPT Ask the Expert is a new series launching on In this Ask the Expert, Andrew Kowalski answers a few questions about how farmers can use USDA’s Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) hemp pilot program to insure their hemp crop.

2019 Wisconsin Hemp Marketing Study

Dr. Shaheer Burney and Dr. Amber Remble conducted a research survey in summery 2019 to collect data from hemp growers focusing on the marketing aspect of the industry.

Federal Government Approves 10 New Pesticides For Hemp Farming

This article posted by Wisconsin Public Radio on December 23, 2019 Any New Tools To Fight Pests, Mold, Weeds Will Help Young Industry, Experts Say By Miranda Suarez Published: Monday, December 23, 2019, 6:10am SHARE: Listen Download Hemp growers in Wisconsin have 10 new options to combat pests after a new round of pesticide approvals […]

Hemp and Farm Bill Programs Available to Hemp Growers in 2020

The United States Department of Agriculture has released a fact sheet summarizing the programs hemp farmers may be eligible for in 2020. Programs include crop protection, conservation programs, and loans.

2020 License and Registration Enrollment Now Open

The 2020 Hemp Pilot Research Program has opened the license and registration period on November 1, 2019. Current licensees will have until March 1, 2019 to apply without incurring a 20% late fee. New licensees can apply at any time.

USDA establishes domestic hemp production program

October 29: Later this week, an interim final rule will formalize the program and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs.

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Wisconsin Hemp Growers Call On DATCP To Change Regulation After Testing Delays

Some Wisconsin hemp growers say state agriculture officials didn’t test their fields on time, making their crop more likely to surpass the allowed THC level.

Under the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program, growers are required to notify the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection that they intend to harvest in 30 days. Growers then pay for the state to test their crop for THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.

FL Morris is president of South Central Wisconsin Hemp, a farmer cooperative growing organic hemp for CBD. She said seven farmers in her cooperative are growing hemp this year and all of them submitted their 30-day harvest notification within a week of each other.

“The discrepancies of when we were actually sampled are huge,” Morris said. “We had one grower that actually gave her 30-day harvest notification one day before another grower, but she was tested 27 days after that other grower.”

As an industrial hemp plant ages, the level of THC continues to rise. Morris said DATCP’s delay in testing could be why one of the growers in her cooperative had a crop test too high for THC. She said state ag officials tested the crop one day after the grower’s target harvest date.

“The difference between one day and the next is the difference between a hot crop or not,” Morris said. “Because DATCP came out too late, they’re out $5,000. And in the meantime we’re paying $250 per test.”

Brian Kuhn, director of DATCP’s Plant Industry Bureau which includes the hemp pilot program, said the state aims to test a crop two weeks before a grower’s expected harvest date.

“We weren’t able to get to all growers within the time frame that we were hoping,” Kuhn saim. “We certainly got to most of them, but there were definitely some in that crunch time when we weren’t there within two weeks in advance of their harvest date and certainly probably a handful that we may have gotten there beyond their planned harvest date.”

But Kuhn said the 30-day harvest notice is an estimate by growers, many of whom are growing hemp for the first time this year. He said DATCP hired 10 staff members specifically for testing this year after the state saw a 10-fold increase in the number of growers approved under the pilot program. Kuhn said 10 additional staff members were pulled in to help with testing and the agency has collected over 2,100 samples so far this year.

If a hemp crop has higher than 0.3 percent THC, referred to as “hot,” Kuhn said the plant is legally considered marijuana and is required to be destroyed.

He said growers knew the risk associated with growing the crop during its second year of the pilot program.

FL Morris examining hemp plants. Hope Kirwan/WPR

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