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Hemp Grower Spotlight: Sulcanna

FREEPORT, Ill. -- University of Illinois Extension will continue with their “Grower Spotlight” webinar series on Friday April 17th, 2020 from 9:00AM-10:30AM. This webinar series serves as a platform for our local producers and allow other growers and agribusiness professionals to come together to discuss agriculture. Not only will our featured guests be able to discuss their operations in detail, these programs allow participants to ask questions throughout and gain valuable insight from those with experience.

This edition of University of Illinois Extension’s “Grower Spotlight” will be moderated by Phillip Alberti (University of Illinois Extension) and will be focusing on one organization’s model for profitability in an uncertain environment.  Sulcanna Co occupies an historic manufacturing facility in NW Illinois’ Jo Daviess County. Their focus is on hemp horticulture, genetics development, extraction, and product formulation, and they offer marketing, branding, and distribution infrastructure to support farm-branded product sales.  Sulcanna has formed Illinois’ only agricultural hemp cooperative, which consists exclusively of small scale hemp farmers looking to capitalize on their collective knowledge and tap into CBD and CBG retail price points.  

Knowing the ins and outs of this industry before getting involved will be critical to success. The goal of this webinar will be to provide attendees with an overview of the current market structure, economics of hemp production, and what it takes to be profitable in this new industry. Additional topics will include things such as genetics, cultivation practices, compliance testing, harvest, drying, and marketing. 

Throughout the educational program, participants will be allowed to contribute to a live Q and A with our guests Lance Larsen, Stacy McKaskill, and Steve Tomlins. The webinar invitation will be sent via email following registration for the program. Those interested in attending the workshop may register online here: .

There is no cost for this program, but registrations are limited, so register now to secure a spot in the program and the chance to ask questions. The webinar will be posted online at shortly following the program. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please email the Extension office at , early requests are strongly encouraged to allow enough time for meeting your access needs. For additional questions, contact Phillip Alberti, Crop Science Educator with University of Illinois Extension at 815-599-3644 or