Hemp and marijuana (both varieties of Cannabis Sativa) are growing parts of our agricultural landscape here in Jackson County. As with any other crop, hemp and marijuana have an important role to play in the use and stewardship of our natural resources, and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is dedicated to providing the best available information, technical assistance, and other resources to growers in our county.
We suggest that growers, landowners, or anyone seeking to be involved in hemp or marijuana cultivation and production seek support on how to best manage their associated agricultural and natural resources. Our resource conservationists will conduct site visits, develop natural resource stewardship plans, and connect growers and landowners with appropriate financial and technical assistance for hemp and marijuana as we would for any other land use or agricultural product.
We recently hosted a workshop in partnership with a local organic hemp nursery, discussing how you can best steward the natural resources involved in cultivating hemp. If you are planning on growing hemp this year, take some time to watch the recording of this workshop and learn new strategies that will support your production and protect soil and water quality!