New this year, industrial grade hemp production will be discussed at Empire Farms Days Aug. 6-8 at the Rodman Lott & Son Farm on Route 414.
The hemp program will include an Albany update by state Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, chain of the Assembly agriculture committee. She introduced the 2014 bill that allowed hemp to be grown in New York for the first time in 80 years. She spearheaded efforts to get the bill passed and signed into law and has authored several bills to grow and expand the industry.
She and State Senator Jen Metzger recently sponsored hemp extracts legislation that expands the state’s current industrial hemp law to regulate the production and marketing of extracts such as cannabidiol (CBD).
There will also be presentations by academic and industry leaders.