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Hemp Resource Center at Colorado State University

Welcome to the Hemp Resource at CSU.  This site serves as a clearinghouse for hemp research, news, and other resources.


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

Industrial Hemp

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

VIRTUAL National Hemp Research & Education Conference

Virtual Conference Sessions will run July 1st – August 5th, 2020 

The current conference agenda is available below. Download the latest version here: 2020 Virtual Conference Agenda – updated 08.03.20

Session recordings are available here: NHREC Session Recordings

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.

Dual-purpose hemp

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


Beet curly top virus (BCTV) on a hemp plant

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


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