Fact Sheet

William J Bamka
Rutgers University
Burlington County

Bamka, W.J.*1, , Komar, S.J.*2, , Schilling, Brian*3, , Cabrera,R.I.4,
1 COUNTY AGENT II, Rutgers University, Mt.Holly, NJ, 08060
2 County Agriculture Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Newton, NJ, 07860
3 Extension Specialist in Farm Policy, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Brunswick, NJ,
4 Extension Specialist in Nursery Production and Management, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Bridgeton, NJ, 08302

William Bamka, Burlington County, and Stephen Komar, Sussex County are both County Agricultural Agents with Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), Cooperative Extension. Both are members of the Rutgers Hemp Team. They co-wrote an extension fact sheet with Extension Specialists Brian Schilling and Raul Cabrera titled, “Industrial Hemp Production in New Jersey: Frequently asked Questions”. Bamka has conducted educational programs with hemp since 2018. Client inquiries about this crop surged with the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill and continue to grow. Bamka invited Komar to work with him to meet stakeholder needs. Both Agricultural Agents became the key contacts in the state for hemp production and marketing questions for Rutgers Extension. Hemp Industry interest spans from grain farmers interested in producing hemp fiber and grain to traditional and beginning farmers interested in producing hemp for the CBD market. The purpose of the Fact Sheet is to research-based information and extension outreach for a wide range of clientele.

This educational fact sheet for New Jersey Hemp can be found at https://njaes.rutgers.edu/fs1302/ . The fact sheet was originally published in April 2019, and revised January 2020 due to changes in Federal Hemp Rules. The fact sheet has received over1100 page views and has been downloaded 421 times from the NJAES website. Over 600 hard copies of this publication have been distributed at grower educational events, during one-on-one site and office consultations, and by mail. Growers using this fact sheet have said, during face-to-face discussions, they find it a valuable resource and have found helpful regulatory guidance.