• Warren Ag Commission January/February Spotlight: PickTN & Hemp

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    February 12, 2020

    PickTN  

     

    PickTN is part of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture that promotes and connects Tennesseans to their local farms and food businesses at no cost. Their website is a directory to over 2600 farm direct businesses across the state. One can find anything from farmers markets to soap makers to pick your own farms or winerys or even hemp growers at the PickTN website. 

     

    If you are interested in applying to have your business listed for free on the PickTN products website, go to: https://www.picktnproducts.org/apply-pick-tennessee-products-application.html 

     

    PickTN website: https://www.picktnproducts.org/

     

    PickTN Conference 

     

    Join Tennesseans from across the state in the fields of farmers markets, pick your own farms, wine, beekeeping, organics,flowers, Christmas trees, and more at the 2020 Pick TN Conference February 20th-22nd in Franklin, TN. Attendees can attend sessions pertaining to a variety of different fields. Sessions range from social media, hemp, pumpkin patches, produce diseases, and much more. Find more information at https://www.picktnconference.com/ 

     

    Hemp

     

    What is Hemp? Even though hemp and marijuana are both considered cannabis, they are still considered two very different products. Hemp is a dioecious plant, which means it can be separated from male and female. Hemp is commonly used for its fibers (from the stem), proteins (from its seeds), and its oils and smokable portions (from the leaves). 


    In 2014, the Tennessee State House filed a bill which made it legal for farmers to produce industrial hemp on a limited basis. In order to produce hemp you must have a hemp grower permit. As well as an hemp movement permit for transporting for commercial purposes. These forms can be obtained at  https://www.tn.gov/agriculture/farms/hemp-industry.html
    As of November 1st 2019, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports they have issued 3,800 hemp grower licenses in the state of Tennessee. 
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