Completed Project Report


Economic & Legal Considerations for Hemp Production in Texas

  • Award Amount: $50,000
  • Regional Center: Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2020 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet
  • Email: tdowell@tamu.edu
  • Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

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Project Overview

Things change quickly in agriculture. When we applied for this grant in 2019, Texas farmers faced low commodity prices across the board & were excited about the potential opportunity to grow hemp for the first time in 2020 and hundreds attended TDA listening sessions.  Then came COVID-19 & an increasing commodity prices for many of Texas' common crops. In this new environment, the number of hemp acres planted in Texas for 2020 was only 5,000. 

In addition to the reduced interest in hemp production, the pandemic prevented us from hosting the in-person meetings we had planned. Our team, however, was able to quickly pivot & still deliver quality educational information online as an alternative. We recorded a series of videos in-studio. These videos, which totaled approximately 3.5 hours in total content, were then published on You Tube for people to watch at their convenience.

We worked hard to publicize the videos and were successful in garnering a variety of press coverage including television stations, Farm Press, radio, and newspapers.  

To date, we have had 3,070 views of the videos on YouTube & evaluations show 100% of respondents would recommend the videos to a friend with a 73% overall knowledge gain.

Number of Participants: 3070

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