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SCC offers new class about Hemp farming

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This fall, Southeast Community College will offer a five-hour class titled “Small Scale Hemp Farming.” It will cover basic information such as licenses and permits, seed sources, soil types, growing cycles, sexing plants, harvest time, and state laws surrounding the plant.

“I’m very excited about this class, I have a lot to teach,” said Dave Sanders, instructor of the course as well as a hemp enthusiast.

The class is Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jack J. Huck Continuing Education Center at 301 S. 68th St. Place, Lincoln. The cost is $89. To sign up, log on to http://bit.ly/RegisterCE, keyword: Hemp.

Sanders first became interested in the plant when he used Cannabidiol (CBD) oil for a medical condition. The retired nurse did a lot of research and spent winters in Washington where he’s an apprentice at a hemp farm. In other states, he said it’s a boost to the economy.

“It grows everywhere out in the country, and it’s a beautiful plant,” Sanders said. “There’s plenty of room for people to grow hemp in Nebraska. I think it has the potential to do a lot for the economy.”

The Nebraska Legislature passed the 2019 Nebraska Hemp Farming Act earlier this year, but those who are interested must be licensed by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. One-hundred seventy-six applications were received, and 10 were approved for the pilot program. Without a license, it is still illegal to grow, handle and process hemp.

Sanders is eager to teach everything he knows about the process, and to educate students about misnomers as well.

“I hope people come out of class with a basic understanding of growing hemp,” he said.

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For more information contact:
Andrea Gallagher
Marketing Specialist
402-323-3395
agallagher@southeast.edu