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West Coast Hemp Webinar 2: Deep Dive into Hemp Cultivation and Production

Join NCAT's live webinar with the nation's leading hemp experts on September 9 at 11 am PDT, as we deep-dive into hemp production and cultivation on the west coast. We will be discussing planning your hemp operation, risks to keep in mind, seed selection, genetics, spacing and design considerations, financial planning, labor planning, irrigation, weed control, fertilization, agronomic best practices, IPM, organic hemp production, and other considerations for a sustainable hemp operation.


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Our expert panel includes:

  • Mike Lewis: Mike is a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with NCAT at the Northeast regional office.  After serving in the Military, Mike began farming hemp as part of the Kentucky Pilot Program and became the first federally permitted hemp farmer in the U.S. since Prohibition. He has won numerous awards for his work in agriculture and farming, including the 2013 and 2014 Local Food Hero award, the 2015 Wendell Berry New Agrarian Kentucky Colonel award, the 2014 Yahoo People That Made the World a Better Place award, and the GRIST 50 award. Lewis is a leading expert on agrarianism, regenerative agriculture, farm safety, veterans in agriculture, and local economics, and he has been recognized as a Farm Aid hero for his work with Veterans and sustainable agriculture.
  • Dr. Shawn Lucas: At Kentucky State University, Dr. Shawn Lucas and his research team conduct studies on diversified organic farming systems that will ultimately help producers answer questions about developing best management practices for their operations. Dr. Lucas coordinates a nationally recognized research program on industrial hemp at Kentucky State University, which has participated in the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program since its inception in 2014. Research efforts have included study of the impacts of field retting of fiber hemp on soil quality, aquaponic production of hemp, investigation of varieties that perform well in organic systems in Kentucky, impacts of hemp in crop rotations, and examination of impacts of several biofertilization products on crop biomass, grain yields, cannabinoid content and flower yield.
  • Dr. Gordon Jones: Gordon Jones is extension agriculture faculty at the OSU Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center located in the Rogue Valley. He holds a B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture from Warren Wilson College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences from Virginia Tech. Gordon conducts research, teaches extension classes, and provides technical assistance around pasture, hay, and hemp management, soil fertility, cover crops, and pesticide stewardship in Jackson and Josephine counties.
  • Dr. Kadie Britt is a postdoctoral scholar working with Dr. Houston Wilson, University of California, Riverside Entomology, located at the Kearney Agricultural Research Extension Center in Parlier, CA. Her postdoctoral research is focused on arthropod pest management in hemp and cannabis, management of navel orangeworm in almonds and pistachios, and monitoring and management of black fig fly in figs, with an ultimate goal of improving the sustainability of pest management in these agricultural systems. Prior to arriving in California, Kadie earned her PhD working with Dr. Thomas Kuhar in the Virginia Tech Department of Entomology where her doctorate research focused on arthropod pest management in hemp.
  • Paul Murdoch is the owner of Horn Creek Hemp, a family owned and operated farm in Southern Oregon. Paul and his family live on their farm in Southern Oregon near Jacksonville.  Following a career with Apple and Cisco Systems, the family returned to their Rogue Valley roots where they operated  a specialty food company.  After a serious leg injury, Paul discovered that CBD topicals were a far better pain solution than opioids.  Horn Creek Farms was subsequently born with a quarter acre experimental hemp plot. Paul is in charge of Horn Creek engineering and sales, and he enjoys building new machines to fix farm problems.


See you there!