Rodale Institute is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct research and extension activities related to several funded projects investigating industrial and CBD hemp. Given that commercial hemp production ceased throughout North America in the late 1950s due to its close relationship to marijuana, knowledge needed to grow hemp has largely been lost. Renewed interest in reviving the hemp industry has provided Rodale Institute with the opportunity to create a research program into the potential of industrial hemp not only as a high-value crop, but also as a rotational or cover crop within a regenerative organic system. Industrial hemp has been suggested as an ideal crop for organic agriculture because it is believed to compete well with weeds, experiences relatively low disease and insect damage, can improve soil health, and there is a market for organic hemp products.
The postdoctoral associate will work on several projects funded through private, state, and federal funding sources addressing issues related to soil health, pests, crop rotations, and hemp fertility. He or she will be expected to communicate research results through peer-reviewed publications, extension publications, workshops, field days, and training of Extension Educators. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will manage field and laboratory activities related to industrial hemp production at Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA, Pocono Organic Farm in Long Pond, PA, and other locations where hemp research trials may be conducted. This is a hands-on field position reporting to the Hemp Program Lead Scientist.
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About Rodale Institute:
Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. The mission of the Rodale Institute is to improve the health and well-being of people and the planet through organic leadership. For over seventy years, the Rodale Institute has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.
The Research Department’s mission is to provide scientifically valid research data to demonstrate the benefits of transitioning to organic management systems and identify and provide tools and practices to reduce pest issues, soil erosion, fossil fuel use, and greenhouse gas emissions; increase nutrient and water use efficiencies; and improve soil and water quality, pollinator activity and food security. Primary research program areas include: 1) Helping to Grow Organic Agriculture; 2) Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change; and 3) Improving Human Health and Nutrition. Learn more at www.rodaleinstitute.org.