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NMSU Extension to host hemp growers round table discussion in Abiquiu

ABIQUIU – With the legalization of growing hemp in New Mexico, people venturing into the industry have many questions on how to have success with this crop.


“We get calls asking if hemp will grow in the Chama area, or if it will grow in sandy soil, or clay soil,” said Donald Martinez, New Mexico State University Extension agricultural agent in Rio Arriba County. “We all are novice in hemp production and we’re all learning together about this crop and its growing habits.”

Martinez is hosting a round table discussion for hemp growers in Rio Arriba County and the surrounding area. The event will be from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service office in Abiquiu on State Road 544. Snacks will be provided.

“We want to give the growers a chance to meet and learn from each other,” Martinez said. “We are all trying to figure out this industry as we go. By sharing growing tips and production information, we hope they all can have successful seasons.”

Martinez said maybe the group will want to develop a local directory of hemp growers to help stay connected with one another. Also they might want to form a marketing coop to work as a group to promote and sale their product.