The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be conducting a training session at 1 p.m., on March 24, for individuals interested in becoming a Certified Industrial Hemp Sampler. The program will be held at the University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center located at 21262 Genoa Rd.

Individuals who are interested in becoming certified samplers must complete an approved training course and pass an exam. The exam will be administered following the training course on March 24. To register for the course and exam you must RSVP. You may either send an email to hempprogram@mda.mo.gov with Certified Sampler – March 24 RSVP in the subject line. Include your name, phone number and county of residence in the message. Or you may call 573-751-8981 and leave a voicemail with the information.

After passing the exam, individuals may submit an application to MDA. Once individuals are approved and have received a certification number, they are authorized to collect compliance samples for registered industrial hemp producers who hire them.

Visit the Missouri Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Certified Sampler webpage at

https://agriculture.mo.gov/plants/industrial-hemp/certified-sampler.php for more information. A list of approved training courses in other locations can be found at the website along with the sampling protocol.