El Paso, Texas (KTSM) – NMSU is showing hope for the future in hemp research. Research efforts are focused on understanding hemp agronomy in accordance with the regulatory framework established by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.
A.D. In 2019, the Faculty of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University allowed government officials to start researching hemp farms, and it became legal to grow that year.
In southern New Mexico, NMSA has partnered with farmers such as Las Cruz-based Rich Global Hemp to help improve soil quality in the area.
Jeffrey Anderson, Doha Anna County Cooperative Expansion Service, said: When the hemp cultivation was legal in 2019, they went in but did not realize what it was. ” Hemp has malnutrition that they are not aware of, and those who have enough farmers are able to identify and correct it.
Anderson recently said there is a renewed interest in hemp-growing companies in the area, but warns that certain parts of New Mexico are more suitable for certain types of hemp and hemp products.
“When you move north, hemp is easier to grow outdoors,” says Anderson. There are now enough grains in hemp oil because there are not enough ingredients to deal with it.
Anderson wants to return to the successful NMSU Hemp Conference, and plans to hold a conference in person in 2022.
While there is great interest in Hem farming opportunities in New Mexico, more research needs to be done on how to develop policies and policies across the country, including the Navajo Nation, said Kevin Lombar. Superintendent of NMSU Agricultural Science Center in Farmington, New Mexico and associate professor of horticulture at NMSU Department of Plant and Environmental Science.
In northern New Mexico, the Farmington Center for Agricultural Science is the only one in the NMSU Agricultural Experimental Station system to the west of the Continental Division, and in 1862 the Land Gift Science Center directly operates on the territory of the sovereign first nations: the Navajo Nation. Special research at the center includes potatoes, corn, alfalfa, small grains, fruit crops and hops.
Until recently, Hemp grew up in Farmington. Lombar reports that the ACC is taking a break from its plot. Two years ago, NMSA signed a memorandum of understanding with Navajo Agricultural Products Industry to explore the potential of Hem farming in northwestern New Mexico.
Since then, Lombar and a team of researchers and members of the Navajo Agricultural Industry have focused their research on three hemp farms: cherry, grapefruit and oysters to determine whether they can grow within or below the state’s THC harvest standards of 0.3 percent.
“The most active interest in New Mexico hemp production is currently CBD production and many other health, food, fiber and industrial uses,” Lombar said.
CBD is a compound used in the FDA-approved Epidiolex anti-epileptic drug.
“The first year was a successful year in terms of better understanding of hemp agronomics in the context of a newly established control system,” Lombar said.
Lombar added that more research and education is needed to determine if hemp is the right crop for them.
“Hemp variability is a major risk for farmers to consider,” Lombar said. “There are new federal regulations that came into force in March. You have to educate yourself in everything you do at Hemp.
NMSU Cooperative Extension Service has hosted a series of workshops to help stakeholders learn more about the growing crop in the state. Researchers Kathy Beer and Rebecca Kramer are scheduled to discuss hemp research in the upcoming field days on August 18 in Los Lunas and August 25 in La Mesa, New Mexico.
This year’s changes include three different hemp experiments, including hemp varieties for CBD production, grains and fiber, in Liedecker, Los Lunas and Alkalde.
“We are monitoring experiments on diseases and pests,” says Kramer. The experiments were started to help farmers as well as extension agents to better understand how different hemp varieties and varieties work in different parts of the region.
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