This week out at the farm, we had a couple small groups from Ohio State University stop by for tours. Guests included university faculty and researchers who were curious to know what we’ve been up to.
Our CEO, Shawn Cutter, took time out his busy harvest schedule to share his insight on what this first year of hemp farming has been like. He also showed them around greenhouse and new barn that currently houses tens of thousands of drying hemp plants that have been coming off the fields for processing over the last couple weeks of harvest.
Jacob Hagemeyer, our VP of Business, also hosted a group of guests and answered questions ranging from cultivation protocols to extraction methods.
He noted that there is a lot of crossover with ongoing agriculture research projects at OSU and what’s happening on the farm, specifically with a few of the attendees that specialize in indoor vegetable growing.
“Growing corn and beans outside involves more or less a ‘set-it-and-forget-it’ process for a lot of farmers, where growing vegetables indoors – much like growing hemp in a greenhouse – takes a lot more of a hands on approach. You have to factor in a completely different workflow and there is a greater need for a crew of people to monitor day-to-day activities.”
Overall, it was a great opportunity to share ideas and strategies, as well as find ways in which partnerships could benefit ongoing agricultural studies for both Cedar Valley and OSU.