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NMSU to host hemp workshop series Thursday

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State University has developed a series of workshops designed to help New Mexicans better understand the emerging hemp industry and the new set of regulations surrounding it.

The first workshop, “Cultivating a Hemp Based Business in New Mexico: Production, Processing and Profitability,” will focus on research and business advice about growing and processing hemp, according to a news release from the university.

The virtual workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. In the morning, representatives from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture will present sessions on crop regulation, while the afternoon schedule will feature sessions on production, processing, business operations and marketing, the release said.

Presentations on growing hemp will touch on cultivation, soil health, pest management, plant diseases and processing options, and results from trials conducted across New Mexico will be shared, according to the release.

Other presentations include a discussion regarding the technical and business opportunities for hemp processing and manufacturing, as well as conducting feasibility studies, preparing budgets and general marketing considerations. Participants can select a session to attend the day of the event and will receive links to watch recordings from the other two sessions. Registration is $70. Current NMSU students can attend for $25. Online registration is available at www.hempbusiness.ezregister.com.

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