Save-the-Date: Industrial Hemp Summit on February 24-25 2020
"The quality of the event, the information shared, and the people in attendance were incredible."
- National Law Review ( regarding the 2019 Industrial Hemp Summit )
Registration is now open!
The 2019 event sold out with over 350 attendees but 220 on the waiting list
were unable to attend. Register now to ensure attendance at the 2020 event.
Click here for information about sponsorship opportunities.
The Industrial Hemp Summit is a multi-stakeholder collaboration focused on building the industrial hemp industry in the United States. A specific focus of the summit will be building the supply chain and market making for industrial hemp food, fiber and flower. The summit will highlight innovation that is currently happening in the industry, as well as explore what resources and infrastructure are needed to move the industry forward.
Suggested attendees include professional:
Industrial Hemp Growers
Supply Chain Managers
Farm Equipment Manufacturers
Departments of Agriculture
Industrial Hemp Processors
Economic Development Officers
Chief Sustainability Officers
Departments of Commerce
The Industrial Hemp Summit is the only B2B hemp event that is held in a science institute that is actually doing research on the plant. Building the U.S. Industrial Hemp Industry is like putting together a 5,000-piece puzzle blindfolded and with the pieces constantly shifting. It is imperative that we collaborate in a professional and transparent manner to create a sustainable industry. The Industrial Hemp Summit is designed to bring people together that likely would not otherwise meet to create quantum conversations, connections and business opportunities. In this third annual Industrial Hemp Summit, our focus will be cutting edge Technology, Business and Science that is taking the U.S. Industrial Hemp Industry to the next level.
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for informal networking, music and food.
All registered attendees welcome but registration is required. Registration link will be posted via email and those already registered will receive a registration link. Location is Ballad Brewing, 600 Craighead Street, Danville VA 24541.
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Mark Gignac, Executive Director IALR
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Bill Richmond, Chief, USDA Domestic Hemp Production Program
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Eric Steenstra, Vote Hemp
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Debbie Custer, Coeus Research- Moderator
Doris Hamilton, KY Department of Agriculture
Anni Self, TN Department of Agriculture
Paul R Adams III, North Carolina Agriculture
Erin Williams, VA Department of Agriculture
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Will Daughtery, Evolve
11:50 AM - 12:10 AM
Hugh Napier, AlmaStone, UK
12:10 AM - 1:30 PM
What is the impact of the U.S.D.A. interim rules on the industry? What is the state of the ban on “smokeable hemp”? What types of contracts are necessary in the industry?
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Rod Kight, Cannabis Attorney
Tyler Russell, Ward & Smith
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Guy Carpenter, Bear Fiber
How do we bring hemp fiber processing online domestically? At what scale? What are the different methodologies for processing fiber?
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Taimour Azhar, The Hempville
Dr Michael Long, Renaissance Fiber
Patrick Flaherty - PF Design Lab
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Chad Rosen, Victory Hemp
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Kristin Adams, Cosmetics Consultant
Dhruv Agarwal, Kontoor Brands
Eric Henry, TS Designs
Tai Olson, US Heritage
Dr. Daniel Yohannes, Renaissance Fiber
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Clones or Feminized Seed for CBD production? Indoor or Outdoors? Where do I get quality inputs? Risks? Pests and diseases in our bio-region? Myth versus fact? How do I test in the field?
8:30 AM - 9:40 AM
Chris Gutherie, Delta 9
Matt Spitzer, Triangle Hemp
Brad Todd, Growers Hemp
Lindsey Thiessen, North Carolina State University
Chase Werner, Triangle Hemp
Ray French, Front Range Biosciences
9:40 AM - 10:00 AM
Scott Lowman, IALR
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Charles Wellso, Sanitas Peak
10:20 AM - 10:40 AM
Bert James, Home Grown Agriculture
10:40 AM - 10:50 AM
10:50 AM - 11:35 AM
Chris Hudalla, ProVerde Laboratories
Why do I get different results from different labs?Why it is important for farmers to test their crop throughout the grow cycle?How will the U.S.D.A. interim rules impact testing? What are testing best practices?
11:35 AM - 12:35 PM
Volker Bornemann, Avazyme
Rebecca Caffrey, Delta9 Scientific
Yimeng "Jack" He, IALR Hemp Testing Lab
Chris Hudalla, ProVerde Laboratories
12:35 PM - 1:35 PM
How to chose a processor? What are the different extraction methodologies?
How do processors work? What is white label versus private label? What other cannabinoids are coming online in 2020 besides CBD?
1:35 PM - 2:45 PM
Jamie Crumley, Founders Hemp
Jacqueline McGrane, International Consultant
Chip Miller, Abundance Labs
Mike Sanders, Advanced X-tracts
Nathan Taylor, Luxe Botanicals
Dave Neundorfer, Open Book Extracts
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Melissa Marsal, West Town Bank
How do you raise capital for your hemp enterprise? Debt, equity, traditional financing? Valuations? Public market options?
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Marc Adesso, Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis
Matt Bailey, Venture South
Preston Gardner, CVC Partners
Joe Hickey, Halcyon Holdings
How do you pick a hemp retail franchise that is right for you? How do you pick the right location? What items are most popular sellers?
4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Jamie Crumley, Everything Hemp Store
Justin Hamilton, Hemp Farmacy
Franny Tacy, Franny’s Farmacy
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
The closest airports to Danville, Virginia are Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina (RDU) and Greensboro, North Carolina (GSO).
Tours of IALR's hemp testing lab, polymer lab and biology lab will be available Monday & Tuesday. Details will be made available.