Ag & Markets conduct workshop to explain the process of growing hemp legally

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The state Department of Agriculture and Markets today will host a workshop for farmers, businesses and institutions interested in joining the Industrial Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program.

The workshop, which will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, 203 N Hamilton St., will guide prospective industrial hemp researchers through the program application process. The Watertown workshop is one of three the department began hosting Monday throughout the state including workshops in Binghamton, Batavia and Albany.

Applications for the program are due Nov. 22.

The program was established in 2016 for educational institutions and partner producers. In April, however, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo expanded the program to include both education institutions and private entities.