Murray State University is just one of several universities in Kentucky that has partnered with CV Sciences, Inc., to further the research and development of the industrial hemp industry. This year marks the third year of the relationship, with the first field being planted in May of 2014. This Hemp Field Day, held on Murray State University’s campus — will serve as an opportunity to reflect on both successes and failures when it comes to cultivating the long dormant crop.
The event will feature speakers, research presentations, and serve as an opportunity for all attendees to view the progress of several hemp fields currently in growth.
“As you would expect with any pilot program, there have been bumps along the way, and there are still many unanswered questions but we have to start somewhere to develop this crop,” said Tony Brannon, Dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University. “We were able to get the seed in the ground earlier this year and we are excited to let people view the crop and share what we’ve found and what we’re learning.”
The public event is an opportunity for industry stalwarts to network, share information, and gather new research insights. The field day will also allow those who are curious about the industry to find out more about the past, present, and future of industrial hemp.
Beginning at 1 p.m., the educational program will consist of hemp program updates from Josh Hendrix, director of business development, domestic production for CV Sciences, Inc.; the Kentucky Department of Agriculture; local farmer partner Joseph Kelly; and University of Kentucky graduate researcher Leah Black. Stuart Tomc, VP of Human Nutrition at CV Sciences will deliver the day’s keynote address entitled “The Cannabis Disruption: Bringing Hemp Back,” which will discuss the reasons hemp is relevant and important right now.
The second portion of the day will be devoted to field visits, where attendees will be able to view current research plots and take part in agronomic discussion. At 3:30 p.m., attendees will leave MSU’s West Farm, park at the Cherry West Kentucky Exposition Center and proceed to the Field Sites.
“[T]his is an industry on the cusp of some big developments, but there is still a lot of opportunity for education and for outreach about what it is that we are doing,” said Josh Hendrix, who is a Kentucky hemp farmer in addition to his role at CV Sciences. “We’re looking forward to giving people the chance to see the fields for themselves, as a tangible marker for how far we’ve come and where we might be able to go with this.”