Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

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Industrial Hemp Institute

Industrial Hemp Institute

CCC&TI’s Industrial Hemp Institute offers a variety of training opportunities that help prepare new or established farmers with the scientific, industry, and business knowledge needed to successfully produce industrial hemp. Our team uses an experience based learning approach to train students in plant biology, plant nutrition, planting and harvesting methodology, soil fertility, plant vitality, and more. Learn from experienced instructors and local farmers who will help you become an expert in industrial hemp production.

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Courses taught by the Industrial Hemp Institute include:


Introduction to Industrial Hemp Production

This hands-on class is designed for new or established farmers. It will equip you with the basic scientific, industry, and legal knowledge you need to successfully produce industrial hemp in Western North Carolina.


In this course, you will explore:

  • Field production
  • Greenhouse production
  • Harvesting methods
  • Hemp processing
  • Licensing procedures
  • Plant biology
  • Plant nutrition
  • Planting methods
  • Soil fertility
Hemp Institue students in a class room envirnoment

Instruction will take place both in the classroom and in the field. There will also be a variety of field trips to local farms and processing facilities.

UPDATE: A special online version of this course is now available for January 2020! Learn more about industrial hemp from the comfort of your home and join us for the field trips on select Saturdays! Call or email for more details!

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Hemp Field Prep and Planting

(It is recommended that you complete the Introduction to Industrial Hemp Production course before taking this course.)

In the Field Prep and Planting course, you will learn everything you need to know to prepare a field and plant hemp for various CBD delivery methods. While collaborating with local hemp farmers, students will learn how to:

  • Properly test and amend soil
  • Operate a tractor with implements
  • Prepare ground
  • Install plasticulture and drip irrigation
  • Plant your hemp crop

We will also cover sourcing plant materials and will start plants from both clones and feminized seed.

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Hemp Crop Maintenance

Students will work with an established field hemp crop during the height of the growing season.


This experience-based course will cover:

  • Field scouting for insects and diseases
  • Tissue testing for nutrient deficiencies
  • Implementing fertilizer regimes
  • Pruning
  • Trellising
  • Testing
  • Other aspects of field hemp production

Working in collaboration with seasoned hemp growers, you will be introduced to conventional, organic and biodynamic methods of hemp production.

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Hemp Institue students working in a field envirnoment

Harvesting Hemp

(It is recommended that you complete the Hemp Crop Maintenance course before taking this course.)

As the hemp season winds down, you will learn when and how to harvest your hemp crop. While working in the field, you will be able to evaluate the development of pistils and trichomes to determine the optimal harvest window. We will also discuss the use of laboratory testing to aid in harvest timing.

Following harvest, we will learn how to design and set-up ideal drying, bucking and trimming facilities by touring operations across the region. You will also gain hands-on experience in trimming, bucking and on-farm processing.

The class will end with tours of:

  • Local CBD extraction facilities
  • Dispensaries
  • Pre-roll processors

It is recommended that you complete the Hemp Crop Maintenance course before taking this course.

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Business Fundamentals of Hemp

Once you know how to grow hemp, it is important to know the basics of running a hemp-based business. This course will teach you the business fundamentals needed to be successful. Topics will include business plan creation, basic business bookkeeping, marketing strategies, and more.

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How To Register Online:

  1. Go to our Online Registration page
  2. Scroll down to where is say "Register and Pay for Continuing Education Class using WebAdvisor"
  3. Next, click on the WA box in the middle of the page where it says "If you want to proceed to WebAdvisor.... Use this link" WA.
  4. Congratulations - you are now in WebAdvisor. On the right, click "Continuing Education".
  5. Now click "Register and Pay for Courses"
  6. You can now do a keyword search for "hemp". Select the course you wish to register for, click submit, and fill out the all the remaining necessary fields.
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