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Hemp license orientation meetings set for 2022

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Anyone interested in growing hemp as a farm crop in Alabama can learn the basics starting today.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be hosting three meetings for people seeking a state license.

The organizations usually hosts one annual session, but this year meetings will take place in Montgomery, Cullman and the town of Headland.

Katelyn Kesheimer is with the Alabama Extension. She said the groups will focus on state laws and regulations.

“We're operating under the 2018 farm bill, and there's a lot of legal language in that bill,” said Kesheimer. “And what growers can do and what they need to do to stay compliant. And so it's going to be a crash course in what you need to know to be a successful and compliant hemp grower.”

Kesheimer also said that these meetings are open to the public and will cover a variety of topics.

“These meetings are open to anybody. It certainly helps if you're interested in growing and have a license, but it's not required to attend the meeting,” said Kesheimer. “It's really going to be a crash course in a couple of things that are really important if you're going to be a successful hemp grower, including budgeting prices of hemp and seeds.”

Kesheimer also said that the meetings will cover the laws and regulations surrounding hemp. Speakers will also address research and changes to the hemp industry.

Baillee Majors is the Morning Edition host and a reporter at Alabama Public Radio.
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