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National Hemp Research and Education Conference – Revised Agenda


Here is the most up-to-date agenda: Revised NHREC Agenda



Industrial Hemp: Reemergence of an Alternative Crop in the U.S. – 0.311


Hemp 101: A new graphic-filled fact sheet about hemp

Hemp 101 Infographic


Dear National Hemp Conference Attendees,

Due to the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation, which has led to closures, cancellations or travel restrictions at several US universities, including Colorado State University, my co-PIs and I decided that it is best to postpone the National Hemp Research & Education Conference. We would like to re-schedule the conference for June or July of this year. I will find out the exact dates when the conference venue will be available and do a poll to come up with the two-day period that would work for most of you.

If you decide to attend the conference, we will credit you most of what you already paid in registration fee, i.e., $200 or $300. If you cannot attend the conference in July for valid reasons, we will do our best to reimburse you the registration fee minus an amount yet to be determined to account for expenses we already incurred while preparing for the conference in March, plus postage and processing fees. Or you can find a substitute to attend the conference in your place.

I apologize for any convenience the postponement of the conference may cause you.

Like they say, “Better be Safe than Sorry”.

Thank you,

Abdel Berrada, PhD

Conference Coordinator


Thank you for your patience as we figure out the next steps…

If you have a specific question or concern about the postponed conference, please contact:

Abdel Berrada, PhD –

Brian Mitchell –

National Hemp Research & Education Conference – COVID-19 updates


March 8th, 2020


Dear Colorado State University Community Members (students, faculty, staff and associates),

The university has no greater responsibility than the health of our university and broader community. To honor that responsibility and out of an abundance of caution during the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation worldwide, we have made difficult decisions regarding travel, all effective immediately.

  • All non-essential, non-athletic faculty staff and student international university travel is suspended until further notice. (See CSU definitions of essential and non-essential travel.)
  • All students currently studying abroad may continue in their locations, as International Programs monitors this evolving situation. We may request students already abroad come home as the COVID-19 situation changes in the country where they are studying.
  • All non-essential, non-athletic faculty, staff and student university out-of-state travel within the United States is strongly discouraged, with the recommendation from the university that alternatives to this travel be identified and pursued.
  • Travel within Colorado is not restricted.
  • University-sponsored athletic travel is not restricted at this time. CSU Athletics is in close contact with both the Mountain West Conference and the NCAA regarding best practices and advisories as the COVID-19 situation develops.
  • Any campus community member who returns to campus from a destination where there is sustained COVID-19 outbreak should prepare to self-isolate or be quarantined per CDC guidelines in place at the time of their return to campus.
  • Anyone traveling to a CSU facility or campus from a CDC alert level 2 or 3 country must self-isolate for 14 days after arrival before conducting business with the university or being allowed in a university facility. This protocol applies to students, faculty, staff, visitors and guests.
  • Students enrolled in summer study abroad programs should look for communications directly from International Programs. Summer programs are not canceled at this time. They will be assessed and status updates provided the situation unfolds.
  • We will continue to communicate with you as we monitor current and future public health concerns and their impact on travel, as well as when it appears feasible to resume travel.
  • Please be aware that anyone who chooses to engage in essential university travel may risk exposure to COVID-19 and may also risk being subject to travel delays returning home, as well as mandatory quarantine or self-isolation at their destination or upon returning home.

Personal Spring Break travel (students, faculty and staff):

We know that many of you are currently planning travel over Spring Break to visit loved ones, friends or special destinations. We urge you to follow all travel alerts closely and we strongly discourage you from traveling to countries with high-level travel alerts (Centers for Disease Control level 2 or 3). If you do travel – abroad or in the United States — be prepared to be flexible regarding your plans. You may be required to self-isolated or be quarantined upon your return to campus, depending upon public health concerns regarding your travel destination at the time of your return. Travel alerts may also change quickly as the situation evolves. Students, we urge you to discuss your travel plans with your families and emergency contacts and to give them your detailed travel itinerary.

Thank you,

The Public Safety Team



Dear Extension colleagues,

I hope that you all are doing well and your communities are coming together as we all strive to deal with the  coronavirus 2019 (abbreviated “COVID-19”) in the best ways possible. As noted in the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) latest information, the complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known ( and our public health officials locally, nationally, and internationally are working diligently to better understand the virus and the best way to handle it.  Recent communication has stressed the importance of slowing the spread of the virus by limiting aggregating of large groups of people. In part, this is in an effort to reduce the surge in demand in our hospitals and health care facilities. The CDC has provided some excellent guidance for reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities:   The site states “community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Colorado State University is closely engaged with our national and local officials and is taking steps to protect each of you, our students, and our communities. Here is our campus website with the latest information:   There are multiple meetings a day occurring with a task force to ensure we remain informed and are planning accordingly. The task force is aware that there are questions regarding the university’s response, and is working diligently to answer them as quickly as possible; this is a fluid and complex situation with many factors to consider.

I urge each of you to be up to date with information from your local health officials as well since that will dictate your local actions. Here is a link that has all of the local public health agency information by county:

There are some questions I’ve received that I’d like to address, but before I do that, please know that you and your communities are important and I’ve been in close contact with our administration and they are thinking of you located across the state as we also make Fort Collins campus plans. We discuss you, your communities, your roles, programming questions, travel, etc. As decisions are made for CSU, you will receive email information as well as updates on the university’s COVID-19 response website above. If something isn’t addressed directly in these communications, I’ll be reaching out to you. If there is a question, concern, or something that I can be of help with, of course I’m always available to you.

Working location:

At this time, CSU’s campus is open and employees are continuing to work on campus. In speaking with Provost Miranda and VP Naughton, they agree that you should each follow the guidance of your local health officials and follow county closures based on where you live and work. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, we ask that you work from home. If you cannot work from that location, please contact your supervisor and discuss best options. If you feel ill, contact your health provider and please do not come to work.


Please keep an eye out for CSU emails and the university’s COVID-19 response website regarding travel.


Please consider the CDC information on events (, the age groups at highest risk for complications from COVID-19, the guidance from your local health officials, numbers of participants involved, the gathering of people and subsequent dispersal back into the community, the availability of zoom or other online platforms, and the option of postponing your event as you determine hosting your event/program/etc.  If you want to discuss, feel free to reach out to your supervisor for advice, and again I’m always available.

Emergency operations:

As you collaborate locally with officials and their emergency operations, please reach out if you have specific questions. At this point in time, many health officials are seeking help in communication of information from local or national sources, such as the CDC.


March 6th, 2020

CSU is actively monitoring the ever-evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Please see  for information about COVID-19 and CSU’s response. Please check this page for the most up to date information.

Please check the following websites for the most up to date information regarding their travel destinations- The CDC’s Travel Health Notices. See

CDC Level 3 is “Avoid Nonessential Travel”

For US State Department Travel Advisories see

(The highest level imposed by the US State Department is Level 4- “Do Not Travel”)


If you have questions about CSU’s planning process, please refer to President McConnell’s email ( The task force referenced in the email will be sending communications to university leadership to further engage in the planning process.

As of March 7, there are 8 presumptive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Colorado (this website has information about the situation in CO –


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state health department experts continue to emphasize that the best steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same steps to prevent the spread of seasonal flu or any viral illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with your elbow
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects (typical cleaners already used by the university or in households are believed to be effective against COVID-19, according to the CDC)


Prevention Information:

Additional information from the CDC is available at, including versions in Spanish, English & Chinese.

National Hemp Research & Education Conference – Information about CSU

Here are some helpful links to help you navigate our beautiful campus!

CSU Information:


CSU Campus Map 2019


LORY STUDENT CENTER – 3rd floor map





National Hemp Research & Education Conference – Parking

Please plan to park in Metered Lot #310 at a cost of $2.00 per hour. You can pay for the entire day at once.

Directions: From Laurel Street, turn south onto Meldrum Street into the large parking lot. The area closest to the Lory Student Center (southwest portion of lot) is metered. You need to use the kiosks located throughout the lot.

Alternatively, you can park in the metered lot #195 southwest of Moby Gym for $1.00 per hour. There is a bus that comes every 10 minutes (Around the Horn), that can transport you from Moby to the Lory Student Center.

Directions: From Shields Street, turn east into the main Moby lot (Elizabeth Street), and the lot will be on the right hand side.


More information on parking at CSU may be found here:

CSU maps and parking info –

CSU Pay to Park tips –

CSU parking enforcement –



National Hemp Research & Education Conference – Information about Fort Collins 

Northern Colorado and the City of Fort Collins offer many great indoor and outdoor activities to explore!

Fig. 1 – Old Town Square in Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins Information

Visit Fort Collins Restaurants

Outdoor activities
Visit Fort Collins Outdoors Activities

Visit Fort Collins Breweries

Beer and Bike Tours

Bob Williams

Larimer County Naturalists
Andy Grinstead

Next Adventure Company

March 17 & 18, 2020
Fort Collins, CO


Since the legalization of industrial hemp on a limited basis in 2014 and more broadly in 2018, the hemp industry experienced phenomenal growth. Hemp has multiple uses and the hope is that it will provide an alternative crop to strengthen and diversify producer crop choices and financial performance. However, there are significant gaps in knowledge about hemp and a lack of reliable information about best management practices, markets, and the supply chain. We assembled a multi-disciplinary and geographically diverse team to develop and conduct a national survey and conference to gauge current knowledge and assess research and education needs in hemp breeding, production systems, nutrient and pest management, testing for cannabinoids and heavy metals, economics and marketing, and post-harvest methods, among other topics. We will partner with the hemp industry to develop the questionnaire for the survey, develop the program for the conference, and prioritize the research and education needs.

The conference will be held in Ft. Collins, CO in March 2020. Colorado has been a leader in the hemp industry and the Colorado State University Campus in Ft. Collins is an ideal location to gather researchers, extension specialists, regulators, and industry representatives from all over the US for this much needed and timely conference. We will develop a white paper summarizing the conference findings and recommendations and we will publish the conference proceedings and the survey results. We already received tremendous support for the conference and we will continue to seek input and participation from hemp stakeholders and consumers.

The hemp conference will be followed by the Annual Meeting of the Multistate Research Project group S1084 titled “Industrial Hemp Production, Processing, and Marketing in the U.S.” on March 19, 2020. To find out more about S1084, contact Dr. Lesley Oliver at


Participation to the Conference is by invitation only. To request participation to or for more information about the Conference, email Dr. Abdel Berrada at


***  The deadline for registration was March 5th at 11:30 pm.

Industrial hemp produces large amounts of pollen, providing food for native pollinators. Photo by Brian A. Mitchell

CSU Websites


Insect Management Considerations in Hemp Production/Hemp Insects


Industrial Hemp – Colorado Certified Seed & Seed Programs


CSU Specialty Crops


John McKay’s lab




CSU Hemp Resources


Technical Report 19-03, CSU Agricultural Experiment Station: 2014-2018 Research Results


Current Impacts of Outdoor Growth of Cannabis in Colorado, CSU Extension Fact Sheet No. 0.308


Industrial Hemp October 2015, CSU Extension – Agriculture & Business Management


A Stakeholder Review of the Feasibility of Industrial Hemp By-Products as Animal Feed Ingredients





Colorado Department of Agriculture – Industrial Hemp


Institute of Cannabis Research, CSU Pueblo


Cannabis & Hemp Research, CSU VPR – Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office


University Guidelines on Marijuana Use and Hemp Research, CSU Source





CSU hemp research makes the news in the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Summer 2019 member magazine

Union Farmer – Summer 2019 (RMFU)


CSU hemp program makes headway in research, The Collegian, Linc Thomas, 01.22.19


Brian Campbell helps sequence the hemp genome, The Collegian, Pat Conrey, 02.02.18


Growing Industry: CSU researching industrial hemp, The Collegian, Seth Bodine, 04.20.16


CSU researchers test hemp’s hardiness in US, The Coloradoan, Rob White, 08.29.15

Dual-purpose hemp with symptoms of Beet curly top virus (BCTV) during the 2019 growing season. BCTV is vectored by the beet leafhopper. Photo by Brian A. Mitchell

More symptoms of Beet curly top virus (BCTV) during the 2019 growing season. Photo by Brian A. Mitchell

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