Harnessing the Future of Hemp

OSU’s Global Hemp Innovation Center (GHIC) is home to world-leading experts in hemp research, extension, and education and is the most comprehensive of its kind in the nation. GHIC is advancing hemp and its market potential fostering innovation across all segments of the hemp supply chain, leveraging the expertise of faculty from diverse disciplines who partner with federal and state agencies and industry sectors to help solve challenges in meeting the growing demand for food, fiber, chemicals, and other products made from hemp.

Prime Location

Oregon’s location on the 45th parallel is optimal for hemp growth. In fact, a unique hemp germplasm – the material used for breeding – was developed in the state over the past several decades. Oregon authorized hemp cultivation in 2009, but the Oregon Department of Agriculture didn’t license its first hemp grower until 2015. Just three years later, Oregon ranked 3rd in the United States in licensed hemp acres planted behind Montana and Colorado.

As the home to more than 220 agricultural commodities, Oregon farmers and producers have the diversity of innovation expertise to successfully navigate the future development of hemp. In fact, The state legislature sponsored a bill (HB 2740) that formed a commission similar to the existing 23 commodity commissions in the state, to direct funding for hemp research. 


Leading Expertise

With the launch of the Global Hemp Innovation Center, OSU restores its original position as the nation’s premier hemp research institution. OSU was the site of the country's only hemp research center from the 1880s to the 1930s. We are the most comprehensive hemp research center in the nation with 65 faculty across 19 disciplines conducting research in 10 locations across the state and four locations around the world in Asia and Europe. As the only hemp seed certifier in the state, and one of only four in the country, OSU is able to provide growers access to a source of certified seed for planting in the state. 

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Global Reach

OSU’s Hemp research spans the globe with partners in Europe and Asia. We’ve strategically cultivated these partnerships over the past several years in areas that are at the same latitude as Oregon with similar growing conditions and complementary research areas. Our leadership in hemp was recognized by the National Academies of Sciences which tapped OSU to host the first international hemp symposium as part of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources's 75th Anniversary celebration.

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Comprehensive Research

OSU’s hemp research includes the most diverse and comprehensive team of collaborative leaders in critical disciplines that touch hemp, with more than 65 faculty representing more than 19 disciplinary areas across the entire university invested in understanding hemp. Serving as a hub, the Global Hemp Innovation Center at OSU connects plant research, food innovation, pharmacy, public health, public policy, business, and engineering. 

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National Hemp Symposium | National Academies of Sciences

February 9-10, 2021

On behalf of the National Academies of Sciences Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR), Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center (GHIC)  hosted our inaugural National Hemp Symposium. Follow the link below to see up-to-date information about future symposia.

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OSU Hemp Field Day - Klamath Basin

October 1, 2021 

Klamath Basin Research & Extension Center 

6941 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR

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Oregon Hemp Virtual Field Day

September 23, 2020

The Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University hosted the first annual Oregon Hemp Virtual Field Day. Students, Extension and researchers from across Oregon presented highlights of their work thus far in the 2020 season. We provided a view of hemp being grown in the principal regions south to north, west to east.

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Virtual Cannabis Research Conference

August 8-10, 2022

The 6th annual 2022 Cannabis Research Conference (CRC) was held as an interactive, virtual experience. This multi-disciplinary, three-day virtual conference attracted attendees both nationally and internationally. The Cannabis Research Conference comprehensively explored the latest in cannabis science and innovation for applications in medicines, foods, materials, and textiles that can improve people’s lives and better society. 

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June 5-7 European Industrial Hemp Assoc. Conference Prague, Czech Republic
June 11 USDA Agrifood Innovation Symposium Showcase Washington, DC
June 21 Hemp and its Applications (virtual) UNR | SAS 1 Project
June 25 Hemp Growers Monthly Meetings SOREC-Central Point, OR | Hosted by Govinda Shrestha
July 23 Hemp Growers Monthly Meetings SOREC-Central Point, OR | Hosted by Govinda Shrestha
July 26 Disease and Pest Management; Postharvest Processing of Hemp (virtual) UNR | SAS 1 Project
August 7-9 Cannabis Research Conference Ft. Collins, CO | Co-Hosted by GHIC and CSU-Pueblo
August 20 Hemp Growers Monthly Meetings SOREC-Central Point, OR | Hosted by Govinda Shrestha
August 30 Tribal Engagement UNR | SAS 1 Project
September 24 Hemp Growers Monthly Meetings SOREC-Central Point, OR | Hosted by Govinda Shrestha
September 26 Hemp Federal and Nevada State Programs UNR | SAS 1 Project


Extension Hemp Events

Extension Hemp Events Feed

2024 Washington County Fair

Dec 31, 1969

[1928 July 2024]

4-H youth showcase the projects they've worked on to the public as well as judges. Competitions and contests are held as qualifiers for youth to advance to attend the Oregon State Fair.

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2024 Coos County Fair & Rodeo

Dec 31, 1969

[2327 July 2024]

The Coos County Fair is a local favorite every summer since 1912.

4-H and open class animal exhibits and contests, static exhibits and vendors, rodeo, food and carnival.

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QPR Suicide Prevention Training for the Agricultural Industry (in English)

Dec 31, 1969

[28 August 2024]

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an evidence-based suicide prevention program where participants are empowered to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Similar to CPR, QPR provides lifesaving knowledge and skills to help someone in crisis.

One myth about suicide is that once a person decides to commit suicide, there is nothing anyone can do to stop them. The fact is, suicide is the most preventable kind of death, and almost any positive action may save a life.

Who should be trained in QPR to prevent farmer and rancher suicide?

  • Those who know, love and care for and friends
  • Medical providers, including dentists
  • Bankers or financial counselors
  • Veterinarians
  • Farm equipment and supply outlets, pesticide/chemical salespersons

Please note ...

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Livestock 4-H Advisory Committee Meeting

Dec 31, 1969

[5 September 2024]

Meeting for 4-H Livestock Superintendents, Leaders and parents.

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Small Farms School 2024

Dec 31, 1969

[11 September 2024]

Small Farm School is an annual, full-day event with hands-on workshops and classroom sessions. Both beginning and experienced small-scale farmers will find classes to fit their needs. Class topics cover equipment to soil health, crop and livestock management, drip irrigation, water rights and ponds, beekeeping, herbs and herbalism, and more.

Classes are size-limited and will close when full. Early registration is highly recommended.

Registration opens August 1.

Please visit the Small Farms School website.

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