Survey input from industrial hemp growers needed for MSU research and Extension efforts

Input regarding industrial hemp production practices and challenges will help ensure MSU research and Extension efforts can benefit industrial hemp growers.

Industrial hemp
Industrial hemp (Cannabis satvia) grown for biomass, fiber or grain. Photo by W. Garrett Owen, MSU.

Industrial hemp (Cannabis satvia) has increasingly become a popular crop among numerous U.S. states that have initiated pilot programs to produce biomass, fiber, grain or non-intoxicating cannabidiol (CBD). According to the Michigan State University Extension Industrial Hemp Production in Michigan bulletin (E3402), by law, industrial hemp has less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound of marijuana.

Industrial hemp is primarily planted in-ground in outdoor fields, but crops destined for CBD are most often grown under controlled environmental conditions such greenhouses, high tunnels or indoors, e.g., shipping containers or warehouses. Regardless of production system, some growers have encountered production challenges or seek information related to production, culture, processing and handling, and marketing of industrial hemp. Therefore, researchers at Michigan State University aim to further understand production and identify production challenges with a confidential industrial hemp survey.

Individuals or companies interested or currently growing industrial hemp in greenhouses, high tunnels, indoors or outdoors are encouraged to participate in this quick 10-minute survey. Input about production practices and challenges will help ensure MSU research and Extension efforts can benefit industrial hemp growers. Except for your time, there are no risks or conflicts of interest associated with participation in this study and participation is voluntary. All responses will remain confidential.

Take the Industrial Hemp Survey. 

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Garrett Owen at wgowen@msu.edu or 248-347-0269, ext. 202, or Bridget Behe at behe@msu.edu or 517-353-0346. Please help us where we can help you through research and Extension.


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