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The Next Green Revolution for Farmers?

Is industrial hemp the next Green Revolution for New York farmers, or just another pipe dream about crop diversification? Find out the real dirt at our NOFA-NY Dairy and Field Crop Conference, at our Friday morning, March 17th workshop. 

Join Chris Logue from NYS Department of Ag & Mkts and Susie Cody from NY Hemp Industries Association to hear the real story about the first field trials in New York State developed by SUNY Morrisville Agronomist and Assistant Professor of Agricultural Science, Jennifer Gilbert-Jenkins.

Industrial Hemp could be the next big cash crop in New York, according to new regulations from Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo is making it a new proposals for the state in 2017 and wants to loosen restrictions and amend regulations and legislation banning it from wide-scale production.

Dr. Gilbert- Jenkins commented, "As soon as all of the regulations come into the 21st century there are no downsides, all I can see are possibilities for the economy of our state."

Governor Cuomo will host a first-ever industrial hemp summit in the Southern Tier later this year discussing issues including the cost of production, potential markets, and profitability of growing the crop.

See you next week!

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