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 Conference Schedule

Information for our 2020 show will be posted as soon as it’s available!
In the meantime, the previous conference schedule can be seen below.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

REGISTRATION OPENS

1:30 PM • Entrance to Exhibit Hall

VENDOR MOVE IN

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM • Exhibit Hall

WORKSHOP: FIBER & SEED

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM • Suite 102/103

The Midwest is poised to help the seed and fiber markets explode. This workshop is a primer to open the discussion on large acreage cultivation and processing.

Panel includes:

  • Doug Fine – Regenerative farmer and bestselling author of Hemp Bound


Monday, February 25, 2019

VENDOR MOVE IN & REGISTRATION

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM • Exhibit Hall

ATTENDEE REGISTRATION OPENS

8:00 AM • Entrance to Exhibit Hall

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM • North Lobby

Breakfast Menu: Greek yogurt with fresh seasonal berries and local honey, fresh bakery basket with housemade scones, filled petite croissants, mini bagels, cream cheese, raspberry preserves and sweet butter severed with regular and decaffeinated Colombian coffee, herbal tea and chilled orange juice.

TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPENS

9:00 AM • Exhibit Hall

GENERAL SESSION: STATE OF THE HEMP UNION

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM • Suite 102/103

Hear from some of the most powerful influencers on the role industrial hemp is playing in the Midwest.

Panel includes:

  • Representative from the MN Department of Agriculture

Moderator: Joy Beckerman – Principal, Hemp Ace International

GENERAL SESSION: WHO’S IN CHARGE? THE NEW FEDERAL-STATE HEMP REGULATIONS

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM • Suite 102/103

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, with its landmark hemp amendments, was signed by the President on December 20, 2018. But as hemp has emerged from the shadows of illegality to join the mainstream of the American economy, who’s calling the shots? David Bush will present a legal perspective on the conflicted relationship between state and federal governmental authorities over regulation of this weed of many uses. What’s next is anyone’s guess, but David will offer a few.

Keynote: David B. Bush, Esq. – Senior Attorney, Hoban Law Group

LUNCH ON TRADE SHOW FLOOR

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM • Exhibit Hall

Lunch Menu: Chopped apple salad with mixed greens, toasted walnuts, amablu cheese, and herb vinaigrette, seasonal fresh fruit, Midwest macaroni salad, roast chicken breast, rosemary pan sauce, bacon and onion, slow-roasted beef, button mushroom gravy, mashed russet potatoes, market-fresh vegetables, and wheat pull-apart rolls with sweet butter, and salted caramel cheesecake served with regular and decaffeinated Colombian coffee, and herbal tea.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM • Suites

FARMING

Suite 102/103

FIRST TIME FARMERS - THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

Lessons learned from first year Wisconsin growers.

Panel includes:

  • Steve Tomlins – Independent Hemp Consultant & Co-Farm Manager, Turtle Creek Gardens

  • Matt Suminski – Owner, Stone Lake Organics

  • Angela Curtes – Owner, Grounded LLC

  • Melody Walker – Industrial Hemp Program, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture

Moderator: Aaron Rydell – Co-Founder, Salt Creek Hemp Co

BUSINESS

Suite 104/105

START-UP

Learn how to choose a business entity, set up an overall structure, and stay out of harm’s way in the land of contracts.

Panel includes:

Moderator: David B. Bush, Esq. – Senior Attorney, Hoban Law Group

PROCESSING

Suite 110/111

FROM THE FIELD TO THE FACILITY

This session will cover removal from the field, drying, condition of the crop, and preservation of material.

Panel includes:

  • Dustin Jensen – VP of Operations with NxRoots

  • Roger Gussiaas – President/Sales, Healthy Oilseeds, LLC

  • John Strohfus – Founder & CEO, Minnesota Hemp Farms

Moderator: Doug Fine – Regenerative farmer and bestselling author of Hemp Bound

PRODUCTS & MARKETING

Suite 112/113

BEST PRACTICES

As we move into uncharted territory with the future of hemp related products, compliance is a word we are hearing over and over again. What are the key practices that some of the leading companies in the industry are already using to ensure consumer safety.

Panel includes:

  • Janel Ralph – CEO/Founder, Palmetto Harmony

  • Pamela Orth – Partner and Director of Business Development, Restorative Botanicals

  • Paul Frank – CEO & Vendor Relations, Hemp Solutions of Minnesota, LLC

Moderator: David Newsom – Vice President of Operations, Palmetto Harmony

BOOK SIGNING & AFTERNOON SNACK BREAK

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM • Exhibit Hall

Snack Menu: Freshly baked cookies and fudge nut brownies served with regular and decaffeinated Colombian coffee, tea, and fruited waters.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM • Suites

FARMING

Suite 102/103

KNOW YOUR GROW - PART ONE

This session will take you all the way from genetics to soil preparation and planting.

Panel includes:

  • George D. Weiblen – Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Science Director & Herbarium Curator, Bell Museum

Moderator: Doug Fine – Regenerative farmer and bestselling author of Hemp Bound

BUSINESS

Suite 104/105

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND REGULATORY CONSIDERATIONS IN INTERSTATE AND INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE

When in the hemp industry, there are certain hurdles you should anticipate. Learn about law enforcement considerations, regulatory issues with processing & manufacturing, intrastate &interstate transportation, and shipping documentation.

Panel includes:

Moderator: Larry Mishkin – Partner, Silver & Mishkin LLC

PROCESSING

Suite 110/111

ANALYTICAL TESTING FOR THE HEMP INDUSTRY

One challenge that has emerged is the ability to ensure consumer safety, providing accurate dosing and products that are free from potential contaminants. Analytical testing is a necessary component to ensure consumer safety for products that are being consumed both medicinally as well as recreationally.

Speaker: Chris Hudalla – Founder/Chief Scientific Officer, ProVerde Laboratories, Inc.

PRODUCTS & MARKETING

Suite 112/113

EDUCATION IS AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR PRODUCT

An amazing product used incorrectly or for the wrong reasons does no good. What can we do, as an industry, to help educate consumers of hemp and its products?

Panel includes:

  • Margaret Flewellen – CEO, Natural Good Medicines

  • John Strohfus – Founder & CEO, Minnesota Hemp Farms

  • Paul Frank – CEO & Vendor Relations, Hemp Solutions of Minnesota, LLC

Moderator: David Newsom – Vice President of Operations, Palmetto Harmony

TASTING: HEMP IN THE DARK - A TRULY BLIND HEMP TASTING

***LIMIT OF 50 PARTICIPANTS*** • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM • Suite 101

Have you ever wondered how hemp tastes in a variety of beverages like coffee and spirits? Come join Dr. Hoby Wedler, completely blind sensory designer and CEO of Senspoint Design as we explore the vast flavors, aromas and textures of hemp-infused beverages. This is not just any tasting! Guests will undergo this entire experience under blindfold!

We will begin by talking about exploring and enjoying the world without using our eyesight. Then, we will engage in a discussion of the art and science of hemp-infused beverages. Finally, in a tasting with many exciting surprises, we will taste several beverages as a group and involve ourselves in an in-depth experience of all things sensory as they relate to the coffee/spirits we taste. Come join us for this exciting, entertaining, and educational truly blind hemp tasting!

Presenter: Dr. Hoby Wedler – CEO, Senspoint Design

TRADE SHOW FLOOR CLOSES

6:00 PM • Exhibit Hall

INDUSTRY SUMMIT

TBD • Suite 102/103

The summit will also include in depth panel discussions from current industry leaders on what they are dealing with as more and more states quickly embrace hemp programs.

Recap of Puerto Rico: Incentives & New Business

Presented by: Francisco Amill, Esq. and José Giovanni Ojeda

Recommended Compliance: Cultivation, Processing, and Transportation

Presented by: Mark Coast , Kim Guedry, and John Persano

Industry Updates from our Member Based Organizations: 2019 Initiatives & Creating Collaboration

NETWORKING PARTY

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM • Grand Lobby

» » OPEN BAR « «

Party Menu:

Appetizers:

  • Caesar Cups: Julienne romaine hearts, peppercorn-parmesan dressing, and garlic phyllo cup

  • Artisan Cheese and Fruit Array: Hand-wrapped brie, local jack, vintage white cheddar, amablu, blue, hickory-smoked gouda and herb havarti, served with premier crackers, sliced baguette, garnish of red grapes, and strawberries

  • Warm Artichoke Bruschetta: Artichokes, roasted peppers, fresh herbs, four cheeses on garlic toast rounds

  • Louisiana Shrimp: Blackened bacon-wrapped shrimp with chili-orange glaze

  • Jamaican Chicken: Jerk chicken, crispy sweet potato chip with mango, cinnamon, and basil chards

Entrées:

  • Mac ‘N’ Cheese Supreme Station: Creamy macaroni and cheese with a variety of toppings including sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, crispy smoked bacon, parmesan cheese, sautéed mushrooms, asparagus, sweet peas, and herb bread crumbs

  • French Fry Bar: Yukon Gold potato and sweet potato fries in paper fry boats with a variety of toppings including chopped scallions, roasted poblano sauce, blue cheese sauce, Wisconsin cheddar, smoked sea salt, truffle aioli, chili cheese, chopped bacon, ketchup, and seasoned sour cream

  • Shrimp Display: Spiced jumbo shrimp served with firecracker sauce and lemon wedges

  • Roasted Tenderloin of Beef: Tri-color peppercorn-rubbed beef served with gorgonzola-shallot aioli and horseradish sauce

Desserts:

Housemade Cupcakes:

  • Chocolate Sin -Moist dark chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling and white chocolate mousse icing

  • Red Velvet - Sweet cream cheese filling with icing, finished with freshly sliced strawberries

  • Carrot Cake - Carrot cake with pineapple and cream cheese icing


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

REGISTRATION OPENS

8:30 AM • Entrance to Exhibit Hall

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM • Exhibit Hall

Breakfast Menu: Fresh fruit tray, scrambled eggs with Wisconsin cheddar cheese and chives, hardwood-smoked bacon and country sausage, herb-roasted new potatoes, pecan caramel rolls, and freshly baked muffins served with regular and decaffeinated Colombian coffee, herbal tea, and chilled orange juice.

TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPENS

9:00 AM • Exhibit Hall

GENERAL SESSION: STANDARDIZING THE HEMP INDUSTRY - AN INSIDER’S PERSPECTIVE

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM • Exhibit Hall

Ceveal Solutions, LLC, founded by Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security subject matter experts, will explore with you the likely next steps from a Federal perspective as the industry awaits the Department of Agriculture’s licensure process. With an insider’s eye, some of the topics that will be discussed are Tools and Resources for Success, Proactive vs. Reactive Measures, and Recommended Next Steps as the hemp industry transitions from the gray market to the white market. Plenty of time will be left for your Q & A.  

Panel includes:

  • Mark Coast – Founder & CEO, Ceveal Solutions

  • Kim Guedry – Founder & President, Ceveal Solutions

  • John Persano – Founder, Executive Vice President, and Director of Operations, Ceveal Solutions

GENERAL SESSION: BEYOND CBD - REGENERATIVE FARMING FOR THE INDEPENDENT HEMP ENTREPRENEUR

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM • Exhibit Hall

Keynote: Doug Fine – Regenerative farmer and bestselling author of Hemp Bound

LUNCH ON TRADE SHOW FLOOR

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM • Exhibit Hall

Lunch Menu: Caesar salad, wild rice medley, grilled fillet of salmon with citrus glaze, sliced breast of turkey with pan gravy accompanied by market-fresh vegetables, freshly baked artisan sourdough baguette, and sweet butter with ultimate triple-chocolate cake served with regular and decaffeinated Colombian coffee, and herbal tea.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM • Suites

FARMING

Suite 102/103

KNOW YOUR GROW - PART TWO

From Mid-Season to Harvest - what to look for in your plants flower and seed.

Panel includes:

  • John Strohfus – Founder & CEO, Minnesota Hemp Farms

Moderator: Doug Fine – Regenerative farmer and bestselling author of Hemp Bound

BUSINESS

Suite 104/105

ON THE BACK END

All good things must come to an end — corporate divorce; sale, and dissolution.

Panel includes:

  • Ed Culhane – Business Attorney, Law Office of Edward Culhane

  • Jim Marty, CPA, CVA – CEO/Founder/Principal, Bridge West LLC

Moderator: Zachary J. Robins – Attorney, Messerli Kramer PA

PROCESSING

Suite 110/111

PROCESSOR TO FINISHED PRODUCT

This panel will discuss important issues that come from not following GMP “good manufacturing processes”

Panel includes:

  • TM Mahlum – Client Relations/Business Development, Elevated – Softgel Co.

Moderator: Janel Ralph – CEO/Founder, Palmetto Harmony

PRODUCTS & MARKETING

Suite 112/113

YOU DON’T NEED CUSTOMERS…YOU NEED CONVERTS - PART 1

A customer may buy from you, but a convert will be with you long term, continuing to buy from you while spreading the word of your business far and wide.

Speaker: Elizabeth Slater – Founder, In Short Direct Marketing

BOOK SIGNING & AFTERNOON SNACK BREAK

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM • Exhibit Hall

Snack Menu: Tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, trail mix, and bakery bars served with fruit punch, lemonade, and fruited waters.

TRADE SHOW FLOOR CLOSES

3:45 PM • Exhibit Hall

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM • Suites

FARMING

Suite 102/103

FARMING EQUIPMENT

Andrew, Corbett, and Blake will talk about equipment and how important it is to have the right tools! From disking dirt to harvesting!

Panel includes:

  • Andrew Bish – COO, Bish Enterprises

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

  • Blake Sandness – VP of Sales, Hemp Processing Solutions

Moderator: Aaron Rydell – Co-Founder, Salt Creek Hemp Co

BUSINESS

Suite 104/105

PITCHING AND INVESTMENT - WHAT PRIVATE INVESTORS REALLY WANT TO KNOW

Lenny comes to you having pitched and closed millions of dollars of private investments, he wants to share what he has learned to help those seeking capital for their projects. He will also outline how his firm, Verdant Ventures, is currently looking to invest their capital within the industry

Speaker: Leonard DeStefano –Verdant Ventures

PROCESSING

Suite 110/111

PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

Here from industry experts on what equipment is available to assist you in making sure your end product is being cared for properly.

Panel includes:

  • Robert Johnston – Field Engineer, Vincent Corporation

  • Al Fralinger – Sales Engineer, Deutsche Process

Moderator: David Newsom – Vice President of Operations, Palmetto Harmony

PRODUCTS & MARKETING

Suite 112/113

YOU DON’T NEED CUSTOMERS…YOU NEED CONVERTS - PART 2

Good products, even great products are not enough to draw customers back to your business. The products must be partnered with captivating and uncommon customer engagement and solid sales abilities in order to achieve the success your products and your business deserve.

Speaker: Elizabeth Slater – Founder, In Short Direct Marketing


VENDOR MOVE OUT

3:45 PM - 6:00 PM • Exhibit Hall

TASTING: HEMP IN THE DARK - A TRULY BLIND HEMP TASTING

***LIMIT OF 50 PARTICIPANTS*** • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM • Suite 101

Have you ever wondered how hemp tastes in a variety of beverages like coffee and spirits? Come join Dr. Hoby Wedler, completely blind sensory designer and CEO of Senspoint Design as we explore the vast flavors, aromas and textures of hemp-infused beverages. This is not just any tasting! Guests will undergo this entire experience under blindfold!

We will begin by talking about exploring and enjoying the world without using our eyesight. Then, we will engage in a discussion of the art and science of hemp-infused beverages. Finally, in a tasting with many exciting surprises, we will taste several beverages as a group and involve ourselves in an in-depth experience of all things sensory as they relate to the coffee/spirits we taste. Come join us for this exciting, entertaining, and educational truly blind hemp tasting!

Presenter: Dr. Hoby Wedler – CEO, Senspoint Design