This professional development project, conducted by the team of New Jersey’s SARE coordinators at Rutgers Cooperative Extension, is focused on the agronomics of industrial hemp. There are currently 54 farmers with state permits to grow hemp in New Jersey. Because production and market opportunities are expected to grow, the project seeks to address the need for information to support the production of hemp in the state.
During this one-year project, coordinators are creating hemp production resources for future educational programming aimed at both agricultural service providers and farmers. They are building an advisory group, conducting surveys of producers currently growing hemp in New Jersey, gathering educational materials and research results conducted by other institutions in the Northeast, and developing a “NJ Hemp Field Production Recommendations Guide”.
The project team is also engaged in a multi-state study looking at nitrogen composition related to chlorophyll content as an indicator of hemp harvest timing and quality. Project team members are licensed by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to conduct hemp research.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant:
- Development of Hemp Production Resources for New Jersey (SNE20-009-NJ)