Schedule of Events

Hemp Grower Conference

Times, sessions and speakers are subject to change.

12:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Registration Open
Registration

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

ALL-ACCESS SESSION: Facts Over Fear: Perspectives From State Hemp Regulators
All Access
Maureen West
Moderator / Speaker Maureen West Chief Compliance Officer Functional Remedies LLC (Synchronicity) View Bio
Cort Jensen
Speaker Cort Jensen Chief Attorney Montana Department of Agriculture View Bio

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM

ALL-ACCESS SESSION: Strategies For Preventing and Mitigating Hemp Plant Diseases
All Access

5:00 PM – 5:50 PM

ALL-ACCESS SESSION: Creating a Hemp Cultivation Business Model
All Access
Mason Walker
Speaker Mason Walker Co-Owner/CEO East Fork Cultivars View Bio
Dr. Allison  Justice
Speaker Dr. Allison Justice Founder and CEO The Hemp Mine View Bio

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Networking

8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Registration Open
Registration

8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Exhibit Open
Expo

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
Networking

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM

How to Get Into Retail and Improve E-Commerce
General Session

9:40 AM – 10:30 AM

Welcome & Keynote Session
General Session

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
Networking

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Latest Research: Fiber & Grain Genetics
General Session

With a surge in interest in hemp grain and fiber product development, it is critical to develop improved hemp cultivars that are adapted to emerging regional production areas and systems.  Cornell University has assembled a multidisciplinary team of researchers and extension educators studying hemp cultivation, pests and diseases, microbiome, agroecology, biochemistry, tissue culture and transformation, and production economics.  The university has established a long-term hemp breeding program and are working with USDA-ARS to rebuild the national hemp germplasm collection.  Cornell has been evaluating commercial hemp cultivars over the last five years for grain and retted straw production and is making progress in developing new hemp cultivars.  This talk will provide an overview of its breeding goals for hemp, and update on the accomplishments in establishing a breeding program, and key challenges that still need overcome to help launch a successful hemp enterprise in the U.S.

Larry Smart
Speaker Larry Smart Professor, Horticulture Section Cornell University View Bio

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Networking

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Technology and Solutions Session I
Sponsored Session

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM

Decortication and Retting: What's Working, What's Not?
General Session

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM

The Latest Medical Research on Hemp's Health Benefits
General Session

2:30 PM – 3:20 PM

Crop Establishment in Fiber/Grain: Challenges and Opportunities
General Session
Jeff Kostuik
Speaker Jeff Kostuik Director of Operations Hemp Production Services and Hemp Genetics International View Bio

2:30 PM – 3:20 PM

Options for Banking and Raising Capital
General Session
Harold Singletary
Speaker Harold Singletary Founder and CEO BrightMa Farms View Bio

3:20 PM – 4:00 PM

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
Networking

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Action Needed Now: Equity & Inclusion in the Industry's Infancy
General Session
Scheril Murray Powell, Esq.
Moderator / Speaker Scheril Murray Powell, Esq. Attorney Doumar, Allsworth, et al. View Bio
Luis Vega
Speaker Luis Vega Founder and CEO ¡WEPA! Farms View Bio
Harold Singletary
Speaker Harold Singletary Founder and CEO BrightMa Farms View Bio

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

What’s In Your Soil? A Look at Agronomy & Testing
General Session

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Networking

8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Registration Open
Registration

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Exhibit Open
Expo

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
Networking

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Master Hemp Drying, Curing and Storing
General Session
Dr. Allison  Justice
Speaker Dr. Allison Justice Founder and CEO The Hemp Mine View Bio

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

What To Do with Unsold Biomass + Byproducts
General Session

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

2021-2022 State Of The Industry
General Session

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Developing an Effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program
General Session
Dr. Raymond Cloyd
Speaker Dr. Raymond Cloyd Professor/Extension Specialist Kansas State University - Department of Entomology View Bio

10:50 AM – 11:45 AM

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
Networking

10:50 AM – 11:35 AM

Technologies & Solutions II
Sponsored Session

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Keynote Session
General Session

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Networking

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Technologies and Solutions III
Sponsored Session

1:45 PM – 2:35 PM

Succeeding with Dual- and Tri-Cropping
General Session
Jeff Kostuik
Speaker Jeff Kostuik Director of Operations Hemp Production Services and Hemp Genetics International View Bio

1:45 PM – 2:35 PM

Organic and Sustainable Farming Practices & Certifications For Small and Large-Scale Farmers
General Session
Luke Zigovits
Speaker Luke Zigovits Owner Higher Level Organics LLC View Bio
Rachel Berry
Speaker Rachel Berry Farmer and CEO Illinois Hemp Growers Association View Bio
Bear Reel
Speaker Bear Reel Senior Director of R&D Cultivation Charlotte's Web View Bio

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

How to Establish Effective Cover Crops for Hemp Cultivation
General Session

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

How to Establish Your Own Cultivation R&D Trials
General Session
Dr. Alyssa Collins
Speaker Dr. Alyssa Collins Associate Professor Penn State University View Bio

3:30 PM

Close of Conference
General Session