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Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

FIBER, SEED, AND GRAIN

Topics include: Farming • Harvesting • Hempcrete • Textiles • Paper • Plastics

REGISTRATION OPENS

8:30 AM

TWO DAY WORKSHOP - DAY ONE: HEMP COMPANIES READY FOR THE REGULATORS - FDA (cGMP/ISO), OSHA, AND FIRE CODE

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM • Conference Room 10 (Upstairs)

Learn what every hemp company needs to know to stay in business compliantly for years to come. Regulations are hard to understand but not for Hemp compliance experts from Allay Consulting. This workshop will lead you through the regulatory bodies that now have jurisdiction over hemp companies (FDA, OSHA, and Fire) and what is required to be compliant with above and beyond standards like cGMP and ISO Certification. The workshop will be taught by two previous Cannabis regulators from Denver County who have been in the industry from the beginning and now work to help the industry understand and navigate the regulated hemp world. They will walk you through step by step process on everything you need to think about before the regulators show up and the industry changes.

Day One, Hour One

  • Compliance and Regulatory Authorities:

    • Why Compliance?

    • Regulatory Authorities to be Aware of

  • FDA

    • Why is FDA Compliance Important?

    • Struggles with FDA Compliance

    • FDA Compliance with Health Claims

    • Facility Build Outs and Products

Day One, Hour Two

  • cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices)

    • Proactive Approach to Quality Assurance

    • All Aspects of GMP

    • Certification

  • ISO 9001 and 22000

    • Aspects of ISO

    • Certification

  • Activity - Proper Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Development

  • Compliance Specific to Extractions

  • Compliance Specific to Processing 

    • Including edibles, tinctures, capsules, etc

  • Recalls/Traceability

    • What You Need to Know to be Prepared

 

Presenters:

PART ONE - PRESENTATION: HEMP AND LIME BUILDING - CARBON CAPTURE ENVIRONMENTS

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM • Conference Rooms 7-9 (Upstairs)

Building with hempcrete, a material made from hemp stalks and a specialized blend of limestone, is a strategy used globally. However here in the US, we're just beginning to tap into the possibilities of this building method. This building material has a myriad of benefits: it's fireproof, nontoxic, and contributes to energy efficient buildings. What's more is that the material itself embodies carbon dioxide, allowing us to create environments that capture carbon dioxide.

 

Presenters:

PART TWO - WORKSHOP: HANDS ON HEMPCRETE

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM • TBD

This hands on workshop will allow participants to roll up their sleeves and get dirty with hempcrete. We'll be demonstrating a real world construction scenario that uses hempcrete, and will cover some of the basics of hempcrete construction. A limited number of participants will also get to create small hempcrete samples that they can take home with them.

 

Presenters:

BREAKOUT SESSION: HEMPTRAIN - ENGINEERING A SUSTAINABLE HEMP INDUSTRY

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM • Conference Rooms 7-9 (Upstairs)

Value-added products are required for hemp industry growth. Canadian Greenfield Technologies Corp. has developed the HempTrain Advanced Processing Plant, to process fresh or dry whole plant hemp feedstock into a variety of high-value fractions (high-CBD green microfiber, green microfiber, bast fiber, hurd fiber, and seeds). Dr. Christensen will discuss the capabilities of a HempTrain, the separated fractions and their markets, and the wide sweeping changes this technology is creating in the industrial hemp space.

 

Speaker:

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BREAKOUT SESSION: GROWING FOR GRAIN VARIETIES

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM • Conference Rooms 7-9 (Upstairs)

Grain varieties of hemp are used primarily for food and nutritional applications due to their high protein, fatty acid, and fiber content, but can be used for supplements and cosmetics as a carrier oil as well. Grain hemp varieties produce little cannabinoid content in favor of seed or grain production, a very different process than growing for CBD. This panel will discuss the details from seed to processing and everything in between.

  • Who's your customer? / What do they want?

  • Growing for Grain

  • Harvesting

  • Storage

  • Handling and transportation

  • Processing

 

Panel includes:

 

Moderator:

SESSION: INDUSTRY SUMMIT

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM • Pavilion 3

Farmers, processors & manufacturers, medical professionals, policymakers, wholesalers & retailers, and other professionals will gather to listen to policymakers and industry experts speak about the hemp industry and it’s infrastructure on a national level.

Roundtable includes:

  • Senator Justin Wayne – District 13, Nebraska Legislature

  • Jay Noller – Representing the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Director, Global Hemp Innovation Center - Oregon State University

  • Brian Koontz – Industrial Hemp Program Manager, Colorado Department of Agriculture

  • Jason Scott - CEO, Global Hemp Allaince

  • Andrew Bish – COO, Bish Enterprises and Founder, Hemp Harvest Works

  • Janel Ralph – Founder, Palmetto Harmony and COO, RE Botanicals

  • Joy Beckerman – Principal, Hemp Ace International and President, Hemp Industries Association

  • Matt Birkholz – Founder & President, Colorado Hemp Works

  • Debbie Custer – Founder, Women in Hemp

  • Bill Abbott – VP Business Development, Gemini Extraction Company

  • Preston Whitfield – Director of Hemp Operations, FlexMOD Solutions and Program Director, NoCo Hemp Expo

  • Carrie D. McClain, Esq – Attorney and Outreach Specialist, Law Office of Carrie McClain and Women In Hemp

  • George F. Braun, Esq – Agricultural Attorney & Lobbyist; Watson Group/Washington, DC/Yuma, AZ/San Diego, CA; Washington DC Bureau Chief KBLU am 560

Moderator: David Newsom – Director of Operations & Farm Relations, RE Botanicals


Monday, October 14, 2019

FARMING

Topics include: Seed Genetics • Purchasing Seeds • Soil Science • Watering • Planting • Weed/Pest Control • Field Testing • Harvesting • Drying & Storage

VENDOR MOVE IN

7:00 AM - 11:00 AM • Paradise Event Center

REGISTRATION OPENS

8:00 AM

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM • Ballroom A

GENERAL SESSION: STATE OF THE HEMP UNION - SUMMIT RECAP

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM • Ballroom A

In this session you will hear from industry leaders from all over the United States on important issues that are changing the long term health of the nation’s hemp industry. This will include a recap of our industry summit from Sunday evening.

Speakers: TBD

TWO DAY WORKSHOP - DAY TWO: HEMP COMPANIES READY FOR THE REGULATORS - FDA (cGMP/ISO), OSHA, AND FIRE CODE

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM • Conference Room 10 (Upstairs)

Learn what every hemp company needs to know to stay in business compliantly for years to come. Regulations are hard to understand but not for Hemp compliance experts from Allay Consulting. This workshop will lead you through the regulatory bodies that now have jurisdiction over hemp companies (FDA, OSHA, and Fire) and what is required to be compliant with above and beyond standards like cGMP and ISO Certification. The workshop will be taught by two previous Cannabis regulators from Denver County who have been in the industry from the beginning and now work to help the industry understand and navigate the regulated hemp world. They will walk you through step by step process on everything you need to think about before the regulators show up and the industry changes.

Day two will focus on OSHA & Fire Code including an Emergency Action Plan floor plan development walk through.

Day Two, Hour One

  • OSHA

    • OSHA Compliance

    • OSHA Fines

    • Top OSHA Violations

  • Fire Code

    • Compliance and Violations to Look Out For

Day Two, Hour Two

  • Hazardous Communication Plan

    • What is a HazCom Plan and Why is it Important?

    • What Hazards are Present in the Work Place?

    • Chemical Labeling

    • SDS (Safety Data Sheet) Binder

  • Emergency Action Plan

    • What is an Emergency Action Plan?

    • Why is it Important?

    • Emergency Action Plan Requirements

    • Floor Plan for Emergency Evaluations

    • Activity - How to Develop a Proper Floorplan for an Emergency Action Plan

  • What to Expect Next & Regulations to Come

 

Presenters:

GENERAL SESSION: GROWING PRACTICES TO INCREASE YOUR YIELD

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM • Ballroom A

Highlighting big picture items that farmers and businesses need to consider in order to become a profitable hemp farm. He will be addressing practices that can increase yield greatly such as, soil testing, irrigation, nutrients, row spacing, the decision to use plastic mulch or not, etc. He will also expand on the importance of choosing and sourcing the best genetics to increase yield, reduce risk, and achieve company and farm goals. Dr. Jenkins and his team have dedicated years of hemp and farm related scientific research to share their discoveries with hemp farmers and companies to help them improve and enhance the quality and quantity of their harvests.

Speaker: Dr. Michael W. Jenkins – CEO & Co-Founder, Rubisco Research & Consulting

GENERAL SESSION: FINDING THE RIGHT GENETICS - THE GAME CHANGER!

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM • Ballroom A

We hear the horror stories over and over again! Farmers spending thousands of dollars on seeds or clones only to find that they have a field full of males or seeds that are not suited for your growing in their climate. Whether you are growing for fiber, grain, or medicinal purposes, genetics will be one of the biggest game changers.

Panel includes:

  • Tate Dooley – Founder & CEO, Key To Life

  • Tim Gordon – Chief Science Officer, Functional Remedies

  • Christian Gray – Strategic Consulting, HiLo Seed Co

  • James Reil – Director of Agriculture, Kadenwood

Moderator: Preston Whitfield – Director of Hemp Operations, FlexMOD Solutions and Program Director, NoCo Hemp Expo

TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPENS

12:00 PM • Paradise Event Center

LUNCH ON TRADE SHOW FLOOR

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM • Paradise Event Center

SESSION BREAK - TRADE SHOW FLOOR ONLY

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM • Paradise Event Center

GENERAL SESSION: WHY WOULD YOU GROW HEMP INDOORS?

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM • Paradise Event Center

Should you opt for an indoor grow? Indoor growth allows for greater control over light, water, temperature, and time of harvest, all while protecting your plants from harsh weather, pests, and soil & fertilizer residue. Indoor growth can also allow for multiple grows per year, but there are some drawbacks to consider such as ventilation, space constraints, and costs. Explore the pros and cons of growing hemp indoors and learn how to better control your grow indoors.

Panel includes:

  • John Sutton – Chief Agricultural & Genetics Officer, Kadenwood

  • James Thomasson – Director of Operations, Rasayana/Oro Verde

Moderator: Preston Whitfield – Director of Hemp Operations, FlexMOD Solutions and Program Director, NoCo Hemp Expo

GENERAL SESSION: WHY WOULD YOU GROW HEMP OUTDOORS?

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM • Paradise Event Center

Whether growing for fiber, seed, grain or medicinal, there are a variety of factors to consider when deciding to grow outside. Medicinal hemp can be difficult to grow outdoors, but outdoor grows offer reduced operating expenses. Outdoor growers will have to deal with pests, soil conditions, weather, and drift, but there is no need for artificial lighting, ventilation, or environmental controls. Also, dual & tri harvest crops are an option when growing hemp outdoors. Explore these factors and more during this panel discussion.

Panel includes:

  • Tim Gordon – Chief Science Officer, Functional Remedies

  • Seth Hooley

  • Jay Noller – Representing the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Director, Global Hemp Innovation Center - Oregon State University

  • Travis Rael – Co-Founder, Cannabull

  • Aaron Rydell – Co-Founder, Salt Creek Hemp Co

Moderator: Preston Whitfield – Director of Hemp Operations, FlexMOD Solutions and Program Director, NoCo Hemp Expo

GENERAL SESSION: FROM THE FIELD TO THE PROCESSING FACILITY, THREE VERY IMPORTANT STEPS THAT ARE COMMONLY UNDERESTIMATED

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM • Paradise Event Center

Harvest: Proper equipment can be a game changer. Learn about the best practices to help mitigate damage and get the most yield from your crop.

Drying: Understand the importance of crop drying to ensure it is safe from mold and mycotoxins. Explore different drying methods to help ensure the safety of your harvest.

Storage: Experts from all over the United States talk about how many farmers consistently underestimate the amount of storage they will need to have until they are ready for processing. Learn the best storage practices to help get you safely to the processing stage.

Panel includes:

  • Andrew Bish – COO, Bish Enterprises and Founder, Hemp Harvest Works

  • Corbett Hefner – VP of Research and Development/Engineering, Formation Ag

  • Matthew Cheek – Owner, Cumberland Sales Company

  • Matt Trombley – COO, Cannabull

Moderator: Preston Whitfield – Director of Hemp Operations, FlexMOD Solutions and Program Director, NoCo Hemp Expo

TRADE SHOW FLOOR CLOSES

7:00 PM • Paradise Event Center

NETWORKING PARTY

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

HEALTH & NUTRITION

Topics include: FDA Regulations • Compliance • Seeds • Hemp Seed Oil • Dairy Alternatives • Protein Powders • Infused Beverages • Beauty Products


REGISTRATION OPENS

8:30 AM

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM • Paradise Event Center

GENERAL SESSION: THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S EPA AND ITS ROLE WITH HEMP

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM • Paradise Event Center

Speaker: Mike Stoker – Region 9 Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

GENERAL SESSION: A NEW AGE OF INNOVATION FROM AN ANCIENT PLANT

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM • Paradise Event Center

Joe and Dan collaborate for a conversation about the past, present and future of hemp with provocative story telling beginning with the discoveries of Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver and the Chemurgists, through 25 years of prohibition and advocacy, moving into the current state of quazi-legalization with an eye toward the future of this powerhouse plant for food, fiber and medicine.

Speakers:

  • Joe Hickey – CEO, Halcyon Holdings

  • Dan Herer – Director, The Jack Herer Foundation, Inc.

TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPENS

11:00 AM • Paradise Event Center

GENERAL SESSION: BEYOND CBD…A LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER COMPOUNDS FOUND INSIDE CANNABIS

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM • Paradise Event Center

Everyone has heard of Cannabidiol, CBD, but there are over 500 other compounds in this plant, including phytocannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids, and more. Doc Rob will present some of these compounds, current research findings, and some thoughts on potential applications and opportunities for the hemp industry.

Speaker: Dr. Rob "Doc Rob" Streisfeld – Author, The Cannabis Conundrum

LUNCH ON TRADE SHOW FLOOR

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM • Paradise Event Center

SESSION BREAK - TRADE SHOW FLOOR ONLY

1:15 PM - 3:00 PM • Paradise Event Center

BREAKOUT SESSION: OIL TASTING

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM • Pavilion 2

There are many varieties of hempseed for grain processing for hempseed oil. With the number of hempseed varieties increasing each year and these varieties coming from many places in the world, the taste is likely to vary. Come learn how to produce and supply the best tasting hempseed oil. Discussion will include:

  • Freshness of the crop

  • Why peroxide levels are important

  • Growing area

  • Varieties

Lastly, we will have a tasting of many of the varieties available, including voting for your favorite tasting variety.

Speakers: Tonia Farman – CEO, Queen of Hearts Hemp Foods/Hemp Northwest

Roger Gussiaas – President, Healthy Oilseeds, LLC

BREAKOUT SESSION: SOIL BIODEGRADABLE MULCH FILM - PERFORMANCE, CERTIFICATIONS, BENEFITS, AND COSTS

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM • Pavilion 6

Plastic mulch film has become an essential crop input for growing specialty crops such as industrial hemp. Soil biodegradable mulch films have become a sustainable alternative to conventional plastic mulch film due to the lack of labor costs, disposal fees or chance of plastic contamination associated with their use.

This session will cover the performance and economic comparison between conventional plastic and soil biodegradable mulch film, as well as the importance of industry certifications when purchasing biodegradable products.

Speaker: Tate Moeller – National Business Development & Marketing, Organix Solutions

BREAKOUT SESSION: HEMP TESTING INSANITY - HOW MISLEADING LAB RESULTS CAN CAUSE YOU TO LOSE YOUR GROW

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM • Pavilion 4

Implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill regulations on the THC content of hemp is completely different from state to state. The method of collecting samples, drying protocol, the type of instrument used to measure cannabinoids, the level of THC considered legal, and even what to measure is not consistent nationwide. I will review how different state regulations will affect you, how to read a lab report, what to expect when the state tests your crop, and the importance of doing your own testing before hand as an insurance policy against losing your grow. I will conclude with how hemp farmers are using a portable, accurate, easy-to-use hemp analyzer based on mid-infrared technology to monitor and optimize their grows.

 

Speaker:

GENERAL SESSION: HEMP IN ANIMAL FEED

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM • Paradise Event Center

Regulation, economics, nutrition, and markets — This panel will discuss the current legal status of hemp as an ingredient in animal feed and treats, where we are in the approval process, and what steps need to be taken next. The discussion will also include the economic viability of hemp by-products, the potential for the companion and production animal feed markets, and the nutritional value of hemp for animals and the humans who consume them.

Panel includes:

  • Michael Herrmann – Vice President, IndHemp

  • Shawn Archibeque, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences - Colorado State University

  • Dr. Rajasekhar (Raj) Kasula – Chief Nutrition Officer, The Wenger Group

  • Hunter Buffington – Program Manager, Hemp Feed Coalition

Moderator: Margaret MacKenzie – Co-Founder, Salt Creek Hemp Co

GENERAL SESSION: THE CANNABIS CONUNDRUM

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM • Paradise Event Center

Based off his book, The Cannabis Conundrum, Dr Rob Streisfeld will address the emerging hemp industries challenges and opportunities with an emphasis placed on information to support the growers/farmers attending the conference.

Speaker: Dr. Rob "Doc Rob" Streisfeld – Author, The Cannabis Conundrum

VENDOR MOVE OUT

6:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

PROCESSING AND MANUFACTURING

Topics include: Processing • Manufacturing • Labeling • Regulations • Compliance • Marketing • Retailers • Transportation

REGISTRATION OPENS

8:30 AM

GENERAL SESSION: REGENERATIVE AG IS THE CLIMATE SOLUTION UNDER OUR FEET

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM • Pavilion 2

John Roulac has created some of the most powerful brands in the hemp industry and has formulated and sold close to $1B in retail sales of organic superfoods. Nutiva and RE Botanicals are both very well known for having an impeccable reputation for being USDA Certified Organic. Learn how we can regenerate our world with hemp!

Speaker: John Roulac – Founder, RE Botanicals and Chief Visionary Officer, Nutiva

GENERAL SESSION: WHAT’S YOUR END GAME?

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM • Pavilion 2

Whether you are a venture capital investor, a seed genetics group, a farmer, an extractor & finisher, or a finished product copacker, you must have a well-defined end game in order to be successful. What is yours? How are you going to get there? Have you considered the upstream and downstream supply chain implications of your business decisions today? Is there even a market to support for what you are doing?

Speakers: Brian Newberry – Co-Founder, Chief Corporate Officer, & Chief Strategy Officer, Kadenwood

Jason Waggoner – VP & General Manager, Kadenwood

GENERAL SESSION: GETTING YOUR PRODUCT SAFELY TO THE MANUFACTURER

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM • Pavilion 2

Processing CBD is often referred to as extraction and is typically the main topic in CBD production. This is equivalent to referring to farming as just running a tractor and we all know farming is so much more. During processing panels one of the most common questions asked is, “what’s the best extraction method?” Like comparing farming and tractor, CBD processing is much more than extraction and best method. CBD processing consists of multiple factors and determining best method for each factor…well…that depends on what the goal is. Therefore, in this panel we will discuss different goals and work backward to discuss the best method to help you reach your full potential.

Panel includes:

  • Bill Abbott – VP Business Development, Gemini Extraction Company

  • Kim Edwards – Vice President & COO, MariJ Pharmaceuticals, Inc

  • TM Mahlum – CEO & Co-Founder, Elevated Softgels

  • Janel Ralph – Founder, Palmetto Harmony and COO, RE Botanicals

  • Luke Terry – Hemp Subject Matter Expert, FLEXMOD Solutions

Moderator: Dustin Jensen – Production Manager, Speedy Grow and VP of Operations, NxRoots

GENERAL SESSION: PACKAGE SELECTION, SHELF STABILITY, AND INGREDIENT INTEGRATION - WHAT WE DON’T KNOW

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM • Pavilion 2

Home based and regional hemp producers are moving forward daily with production of products that are ingestible. There is little to no research on package selection, shelf stability, and ingredient integration. Because the plant has nutritional and antibacterial properties, many feel it has inert stability properties similar to honey.

However, that is not accurate. The research is not known on hemp extractions, nor is there research on the combination of extractions with other ingredients. There is a need to have a conversation and to establish a resource for producers.

Panel includes:

  • Janel Ralph – Founder, Palmetto Harmony and COO, RE Botanicals

  • Tonia Farman – CEO, Queen of Hearts Hemp Foods/Hemp Northwest

Moderator: Debbie Custer – Founder, Women In Hemp

GENERAL SESSION: EXPORTING YOUR CROP

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM • Pavilion 2

An overview of the legality of exporting hemp products, from finding a market to transporting your product, necessary paperwork, and collecting payment.

Speaker: Roger Gussiaas – President, Healthy Oilseeds, LLC

CONFERENCE ENDS

5:15 PM