One community college in Vermont is taking a forward position on CBD with its new CBD and Greenhouse Crash Crop Certificate.
The college’s Randolph location will be the first one to offer the class. Christine Motyka, an adjunct professor who will be teaching the class, shared with the Valley News,
“This is a crazy ride, and every step is a learning curve,” said Christine Motyka, an adjunct professor who will teach the class.
“If these students can get a view of the challenges … and understand some things that they can do right off the bat that will save them a lot of time and money, it will be well worth it.”
The class will be three parts and will begin on September 12, 2019. There will be lectures, site visits, and it will teach individuals how to produce hemp and CBD. Motyka added:
“It really looks at what’s going on in the industry right now, the methods that are working, the methods that are problematic and future trends.”
The course may come in handy for those in Vermont, as cultivation of the substance became legal in 2013. Further, production of hemp has increased as well. Motyka stated:
“This is certainly an emerging sector in agriculture in Vermont. As an educational institution that works to make sure that we provide for those entrepreneurs going into agriculture, we felt that we should be offering training in the production of hemp/CBD.”
According to the Valley News, 11 students have thus enrolled in the course, and the maximum allotted spaces are 12. Concerning the influence of marijuana on the state’s industries, Motyka shared:
“I think it will have a place in Vermont agriculture … but I don’t see it replacing dairy or the ags that we have here now. I think whenever you see a new agricultural product or sector emerge really quickly like this, there is an unknown as to exactly what that’s going to look like on the other side.”
She is also optimistic about CBD’s future, stating:
“(CBD) is perceived as medicine. If producers are being paranoid and not sharing a real breakthrough, it holds the whole industry back in producing the best possible product. We want to shine the light of day on this whole industry and make sure that it stays firmly rooted in agriculture.”