Industrial hemp seminar set in Ladysmith
Monday, May 14, 2018
Rusk County Development and the Rusk County Farm Bureau hosted a seminar on the return of Hemp to Wisconsin, and the opportunity to grow Industrial Hemp. The seminar was held on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Ladysmith High School Auditorium. The session was open to anyone and was free of charge. It was held in conjunction with the Rusk County Farm, Home & Garden Show which also was held at the Ladysmith High School.
With prior changes at the Federal level and now within the State of Wisconsin, the opportunity exists to farm industrial hemp on a Pilot Project basis. Licenses to grow hemp will be issued this year in Wisconsin.
Featured speakers at the seminar were Rob Richard of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau who spearheaded efforts to change Wisconsin legislation, and Brian Kuhn of the Wisconsin Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection. DATCP is the State agency overseeing the Pilot Projects and licensing for hemp production and released the administrative rules at the beginning of March. Additionally, Ken Anderson of Legacy Hemp, was present to talk about his company’s experience growing, harvesting and marketing hemp. Legacy Hemp, based in Wisconsin, has already grown and harvested hemp in North Dakota, and is now partnering with Wisconsin farmers to grow and market industrial hemp.