The Upper Cumberland Hemp Expo will meet for the first time this Friday.
Putnam UT Extension Agent Wayne Key said this event is a good way to provide information to producers and the public.
“This hemp expo is important to let the consumers come out and see the product first hand, ask questions of growers and processors,” Key said. “Growers then have a chance to ask questions, listen to specialists, hear topics related to growing and producing, insurance questions and so forth related to it, and the industry in general.”
The UT Extension office decided to schedule this event in response to a large amount of applications last year to grow and process the plant. Key said at least six extension agents have put together this program.
Key said one of the benefits of the expo is to learn about hemp itself and how it differs from cannabis.
“Hemp is a plant that is closely related to cannabis except that it has genetically been modified in the sense that the THC and CBD level are different in what we find in other plants and other cannabis plants. So with hemp plants, the CBD level oil level is high and the psychosomatic level of THC is low,” Key said.
Key added the plant has many medicinal purposes for back pain, Alzheimer’s, and more.
The expo is $35 at the door, and $25 if registered online. The program will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hyder-Burks Agriculture Pavilion.