Growing the Bioeconomy in Uncertain Times

February 12, 2021 | 9 am - 12 noon (ET) | Virtual (via Zoom)
Click here for the agenda.
Click here to view keynot speaker Doris de Guzman's presentation slides.

Hemp News and Programs

Ohio Land Grant Virtual Hemp Conference | March 6, 2021
Click here to learn more.

USDA NIFA Supplemental and Alternative Crops (SAC)
Supports for projects that lead to expanded adaptation and increased acres in the U.S. of industrial hemp grown for value added products. Grants supports the breeding, testing, and development of superior performing  industrial hemp varieties and production practices that result in improved cost efficiencies, reduced grower risks, and wider use in production systems. Research results and technology developed are expected to be rapidly transferred to producers and other users through effective extension outreach and other engagement efforts.  |  Details

Innovative state approaches to hemp regulations under the 2018 Farm Bill
Comparison of different programs, including unique approaches to production.  |  White paper

Hemp presentations from 2020 | Click on titles below to watch the replay! 
-  Chemistry and Testing of CBD Hemp | Craig Schluttenhofer, Central State University
Insect Control for Hemp | Luis Canas, Ohio State University
-  Growing Hemp for Fiber or Seed | Craig Schluttenhofer
-  Overview of Hemp in Ohio | Brad Bergefurd, OSU Extension Educator and Horticulture Specialist
Ohio Tri-State 2019 Hemp Research Update and Hemp Production Do’s and Don’ts | James Morris, OSU Extension Educator
-  Plasticulture, drip irrigation and fertigation for CBD Hemp Production | Brad Bergefurd

GROWING HEMP in OHIO: Separating Fact from Fiction  |  January 24, 2020 |  OSU Wooster Campus
Missed the event? Workshop presentations slides are available, click here

Additional information:
Ohio Department of Agriclture (ODA) Hemp Program
-  Information and application requirements for growers and processors, click here
USDA Hemp and Farm Programs
-  Overview of federal rules and crop insurance, click here
Ohio Farmers Hemp Cooperative, click here

Recent selected articles
-  Types of Hemp | OSU Factsheet I click here
-  Ohio hemp growers: Tread slowly | OSU CFAES News |  click here
-  10 things you need to know before growing hemp | OSU CFAES News | click here
-  Industrial hemp production: Culitvation and management | Biofuels Digest | click here
-  Hemp goes 'hot' due to genetics, not growing conditions | Morning AgClips | click here

PROBE, the Program for Bioenergy and the Environment, is an interdisciplinary research and outreach program to facilitate:

INVESTIGATION on the conversion of agricultural crops and animal productin residues, food, and bio-processing wastes to energy, fuels, and chemicals.

COLLABORATION of Ohio State University faculty and students to prepare proposals, develop processes for the production of biofuels and bio-based products, and provide educational and outreach opportunities.

DELIVERY of research results to academia, industry, government agencies, and the general public via workshops, seminars, and tours.


  1. Growing feedstocks for the bioeconomy

    Workshop to focus on bioprocessing

    Aug 20, 2019

    Registration is open for the Advanced Biosystems Workshop, “Bioprocessing and Commercialization,” set for Sept. 10 in western Ohio. Featured will be six presentations by industry and university experts on topics related to bioprocessing, the turning of biological materials—farm crops, for example—into useful and possibly commercial products.  Read more