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Eastern - Conference Schedule

 Conference Schedule

Session titles, descriptions, and speaker line ups will be posted as soon as they’re available.
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Sunday, June 2, 2019

REGISTRATION OPENS

9:30 AM • Level 1 Pre-function Area

WORKSHOP: HEMP CULTIVATION FOR CBD - INDOOR FACILITY DESIGN

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM • Meeting Room 2

An introductory discussion of the requirements for growing/cultivating hemp for CBD extracts, specifically related to indoor facility design. We will discuss the planning and design process from permitting, zoning and licensing to the building systems necessary for a successful controlled environment agricultural operation. We will also weigh the pros and cons of new construction vs renovating an existing building, project delivery options such as Design-Build, and the effects these have on your overall schedule and budget. Along the way, we will discuss the plant biology and taxonomy of Cannabis, Hemp vs Marijuana, CBD oil vs CBD extract vs hemp seed oil, and the current regulations and status of growing and cultivating hemp in NYS.

Presenters:

VENDOR MOVE IN

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM • Level 2

WORKSHOP: DESIGNING WITH HEMPCRETE

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM • Meeting Room 2

What is Hempcrete and how is it made? Uses for and designing with Hempcrete.

Presenter: Bob Escher, AIA – Architect, Escher Design PC

WORKSHOP: FIBER

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM • Meeting Room 2

The four types of hemp and why hemp fiber is special. Learn about the hemp fiber value chain from seed to end use, applications for hemp fiber, industry bottlenecks, and the pathway to a mainstream fiber market.

Presenter: Alex Escher – Director of Project Development, HempHollow, an Escher Design affiliate

INDUSTRY SUMMIT

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM • Meeting Room 2

Certified organic status is one of the most challenging certifications to obtain from the USDA, yet its importance for hemp growers and CBD products may be well worth taking on this challenge. Larisa Pavlick, who has more than 20 years of combined experience working within the dietary supplement industry, including nearly eight years as an investigator at the FDA, will impart her knowledge on the ins and outs of organic certification.

Presenter: Larisa Pavlick – VP of Global Regulatory & Compliance, United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA)

Following her presentation, Larisa will be joined by a panel of industry experts who will answer questions and share their experiences with the organic certification process. They will also discuss product labeling and compliance.

Panel includes:

  • Larisa Pavlick – VP of Global Regulatory & Compliance, United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA)

  • Chris Bailey – COO, Victory Hemp Foods

  • Margaret MacKenzie – Co-Founder, Salt Creek Hemp Company & Co-Founder, Eleven Acres

  • Janel Ralph – CEO & Founder, Palmetto Harmony

  • Preston Whitfield – Co-Founder, Sales & Marketing Director, Source Hemp

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


Monday, June 3, 2019

REGISTRATION OPENS

8:00 AM • Level 1 Pre-function Area

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM • Level 2

TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPENS

9:00 AM • Level 2

OPENING REMARKS: NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE GREETING

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM • Level 2

A New York State Dept. of Agriculture & Markets official will briefly address the attendees to begin the conference.

Speaker: Dave Valesky – Deputy Commissioner, New York State Dept. of Agriculture & Markets

GENERAL SESSION: STATE OF THE HEMP UNION

9:10 AM - 10:00 AM • Level 2

Renowned international hemp educator and advocate Joy Beckerman, who hails from New York and is also President of the Hemp Industries Association® founded in 1994, will deliver an engaging and inspiring State of the Hemp Union address! The revolutionary 2018 Farm Bill is bringing many changes to the nation, and Joy will present on the federal and New York state legal and regulatory landscape of hemp, as well as highlights and challenges from various states. FDA issues surrounding hemp extract and hemp-derived cannabinoids will be discussed, and Joy will also provide a U.S. hemp industry snap shot and comparison crop reports showing how quickly American farmers and entrepreneurs are marching the hemp economy right down the field!

Speaker: Joy Beckerman – Principal, Hemp Ace International

PRESENTATION: NEW YORK’S ROBUST HEMP PROGRAM

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM • Level 2

NY State Assistant Counsel to the Governor for Health, Axel Bernabe, will present on New York’s robust hemp program.

Presenter: Axel Bernabe – Assistant Counsel to the Governor for Health, New York State

GENERAL SESSION: THE INDEPENDENT HEMP FARMER/ENTREPRENEUR IN THE TRENCHES - WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM • Level 2

Can you grow, process and market your hemp crop on small acreage and make a living, all while building soil for future generations? Yes, but it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme and it’s not for whiners.

Speaker: Doug Fine – Regenerative farmer, leading hemp expert, and bestselling author of Hemp Bound

LUNCH ON TRADE SHOW FLOOR

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM • Level 2

GENERAL SESSION: RESEARCH ADVANCES IN GRAIN AND FIBER HEMP

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM • Level 2

Year 4 of Industrial Hemp research - lessons learned and questions raised

Presenter: Jennifer Gilbert-Jenkins – Assistant Professor, Morrisville State College

Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Science at SUNY Morrisville. For the past four years, her research has focused on nutrient and pest management in industrial hemp grain and fiber crops.

Evaluation of hemp cultivars across New York State

Presenter: Craig Carlson – Postdoctoral Scientist, Cornell University

Craig earned BS and MS degrees in Plant Science at North Dakota State University, and a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University, where he worked on the genomics of hybrid vigor in triploid willow. He is currently a Post-doctoral Scientist with Cornell Hemp, where he deploys new and existing breeding and genomics strategies to improve yield, pest and disease resistance, cannabinoid content, and quality traits.

Assessment of fiber variation for industrial application

Presenter: Jared Nelson – Assistant Professor, SUNY New Paltz

Dr. Jared Nelson is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at SUNY New Paltz specializing in materials and solid mechanics with research focused on advances in bio-industrial materials toward realizing sustainability. He has spent nearly two decades contributing to the better understanding of material responses of fiber reinforced plastics toward development of improved engineered products. Most recently, he and his students have been studying variation in natural plant fibers to be used as sustainable replacements for synthetic fibers. He has also been a founder in the Bio-industrial Materials Institute (BMI) which endeavors to collaboratively understand the bio-industrial materials from bast fiber plants, their opportunities, and how to economically process them into useful products.


GENERAL SESSION: RESEARCH ADVANCES IN CBD HEMP

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM • Level 2

Overview of cannabidiol biochemistry and insights into molecular approaches to increasing CBD synthesis

Presenter: Gerry Berkowitz – Professor, Univ. of Connecticut

Gerry Berkowitz is a professor of plant molecular and cell biology in the Dept. Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Connecticut. Research (funded variously by NSF, USDA, and DOE) focus includes plant cell signal transduction and response to biotic stress, publishing over 100 refereed journal articles. New to cannabis research, he has received some funding from Connecticut MMJ grow facilities, and has worked with dozens of undergraduates on cannabis research. He developed and is co-teaching a course on cannabis horticulture at UConn with nearly 400 student registrants.

Developing CBD hemp research program in Vermont

Presenter: Heather Darby – Extension Associate Professor, Univ. of Vermont

Dr. Heather Darby is an Extension Agronomist at the University of Vermont. Since 2016, she has been working to develop best management practices for hemp production in the Northeast. Her research has evaluated grain, fiber, and CBD production practices are their optimization for the region.

Evaluation of CBD hemp production in New York

Presenter: Larry Smart – Professor, Cornell University

Larry Smart, Professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, is a plant geneticist and breeder whose lab uses genomic tools in breeding shrub willow bioenergy crops and to better understand hybrid vigor and pest and disease resistance. More recently, he has been leading Cornell’s hemp research and extension team and has initiated a long-term breeding program to develop new hemp cultivars for New York State.

AFTERNOON SNACK BREAK

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM • Level 2

GENERAL SESSION: WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR HEMP NOW THAT IT’S ALL GROWN UP - GRAIN & FIBER

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM • Level 2

You chose to grow for grain or fiber. You raised your plants from the ground up and now they’re ready to “leave the nest.” We’ll explore the options for your harvest, discussing potential products, finding buyers, and selling your crop. Learn how grain & fiber go from farmer to processor and from processor to manufacturer.

Panel includes:

  • Chris Bailey – COO, Victory Hemp Foods

  • Morris Beegle – Co-Founder and President, WAFBA (We Are For Better Alternatives)

  • Lawrence Serbin – President, Hemp Traders & CannaGrove

Moderator: Preston Whitfield – Co-Founder, Sales & Marketing Director, Source Hemp

TRADE SHOW FLOOR CLOSES

6:00 PM • Level 2

NETWORKING PARTY

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM •


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

REGISTRATION OPENS

8:30 AM • Level 1 Pre-function Area

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM • Level 2

TRADE SHOW FLOOR OPENS

9:00 AM • Level 2

BREAKOUT SESSION: HEMP FARMING - AN INTERMEDIATE LEVEL COURSE

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM • Meeting Room 1

This discussion will cover soil prep, genetics, planting, harvesting, equipment and more. The session will be geared towards repeat farmers wishing to gain more knowledge, while avoiding being overly complicated for those looking to join the industry.

Panel includes:

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

  • Michael Casper – Farmer, Casper's Farm - Ithaca, NY

  • Nicolas Guarino – Chief Agricultural Officer, Naturae Oils

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

Moderator: Preston Whitfield – Co-Founder, Sales & Marketing Director, Source Hemp

BREAKOUT SESSION: BRANDING & DIFFERENTIATION

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM • Meeting Room 2A

How to brand a hemp product without using a hemp leaf logo. Exploring colors other than green, tan, and grey. A brief tutorial on what you should get from your agency or graphic designer, including different file types & their purposes. A quick overview of color formulas, including RGB, CMYK, and PANTONE. The importance of consistency in your brand identity across website, social media, collateral, and products.

Speaker: J. Michael Roach – Creative Director, The Good Seed

BREAKOUT SESSION: FINANCIAL PEACE OF MIND FOR MANAGING YOUR HEMP BUSINESS

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM • Meeting Room 2B

Although Hemp is federally legal there is still a lot of uncertainty. Lack of information from the government and government agencies, such as the FDA, leaves many people with unanswered questions. Understanding the rules, regulations, and compliance requirements is critical to making sure your business will remain successful for years to come. Financial operations such as accounting systems, internal control policies, tax planning & compliance, cash management, business structure planning, regulatory compliance, sales tax compliance, financial reporting and more is key to making sure you have a well-run operation. We will discuss these topics in detail and implementation strategies for your business. We will provide you with the peace of mind, to have secure and successful financial controls, and a solid financial operation.

Presenters:

  • Morgan Hopkins, CPA – Co-Director Cannabis & Hemp Advisory Services/Senior Manager, Tax Services, DeJoy, Knauf & Blood, LLP

  • Amy Brisson, CPA – Co-Director Cannabis & Hemp Advisory Services/Director, Outsourced Accounting Services, DeJoy, Knauf & Blood, LLP

BREAKOUT SESSION: HEMP FOR ANIMALS

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM • Meeting Room 2C

Explore the efficacy, safety & legality of hemp feed for animals while learning about it’s nutritional value and economic viability. Additionally, we’ll discuss nutrition versus supplement and hear updates from the FDS’s public hearing on cannabinoids and cannabinoid products.

Panel includes:

  • Hunter Buffington – Program Manager, Hemp Feed Coalition

  • Ethan Vorhes – Owner, Vorhes Farms

  • Representative – Univ. of Pennsylvania

Moderator: Margaret MacKenzie – Co-Founder, Salt Creek Hemp Company & Co-Founder, Eleven Acres

GENERAL SESSION: THE UNTAPPED POTENTIAL OF CBD

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM • Level 2

CBD is drawing attention because it has been shown to be effective in helping people treat conditions like pain, insomnia, and anxiety. Dr. Grinspoon will speak about the exciting possibilities that are showing up in research, especially in addiction to alcohol, methamphetamine, tobacco & opiates. 

Keynote: Peter Grinspoon, M.D., Instructor at Harvard Medical School and Board Member of Doctors For Cannabis Regulation

LUNCH ON TRADE SHOW FLOOR

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM • Level 2

GENERAL SESSION: SCALING UP THE US HEMP INDUSTRY - PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM • Level 2

Genetics, quality and consistency? Planting, harvesting, drying? Agricultural vs horticultural models? How do you plan to scale up in today’s emerging hemp industry? Learn more from those who’ve lived it, with plenty of time for Q&A.

Panel includes:

GENERAL SESSION: THE FUTURE OF CBD REGULATION IN NEW YORK STATE

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM • Level 2

New York State understands the promise of hemp and boasts one of the nation’s most robust hemp programs! From the Governor to the lawmakers and regulators, the Empire State intends to be a top producer and player in the emerging hemp industries and is strategic in those plans. How did we get here, how do we stay on top, and how is New York’s Department of Agriculture & Markets (NY AGM) keeping up with the hemp revolution? We are honored and proud to have hemp heroine Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, NY AGM General Counsel Scott Wyner, and Assistant Counsel to the Governor for Health Axel Bernabe participate on this panel with NY HIA President Joy Beckerman moderating.

Panel includes:

  • Axel Bernabe – Assistant Counsel to the Governor for Health, New York State

  • Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo – 123rd Assembly District, New York State Assembly

  • Scott Wyner – General Counsel, New York State Dept. of Agriculture & Markets

Moderator: Joy Beckerman – Principal, Hemp Ace International

AFTERNOON SNACK BREAK

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM • Level 2

TRADE SHOW FLOOR CLOSES

3:45 PM • Level 2

BREAKOUT SESSION: FARMER, PROCESSOR, AND MANUFACTURER RELATIONSHIPS

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM • Meeting Room 1

Farmer and Processor Relationship - The communication between farmer and processor is an absolute must to develop a strong relationship. The farmer and processor have to find agreed way to exchange material in a manner that set both sides up for success. This exchange can come in the form of:

• Processor paying for the crop • Toll processing contract • Shared crop for services model

Processor and Manufacture Relationship - Quality control is a must to deliver safe product and help continue growth in the industry through standardization. This is accomplished by a strong processor and manufacture relationship. This relationship is often based on these topics:

Proper SOP’s • Quality Control Method • Understanding GMP practices

Panel includes:

  • Nicolas Guarino – Chief Agricultural Officer, Naturae Oils

  • Dustin Jensen – Production Manager, Speedy Grow & VP of Operations, NxRoots

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

Moderator: Preston Whitfield – Co-Founder, Sales & Marketing Director, Source Hemp

BREAKOUT SESSION: HEMP & SOCIAL MEDIA

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM • Meeting Room 2A

Why you should post about your farm/product/services and how to promote your product without ads until Facebook, Instagram and Google ad policies allow it. Additionally, learn more about how to utilize Instagram Influencers and other tactics to increase engagement organically.

Speakers: J. Michael Roach – Creative Director, The Good Seed

Cait Curley – Luminary & CEO, Cait Curley Enterprises

BREAKOUT SESSION: PORTABLE, FAST, AND ACCURATE COMPLIANCE TESTING OF HEMP VIA MID-INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY FOR HEMP FARMERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM • Meeting Room 2B

Given the recent seizures of hemp shipments and the necessity of hemp farmers to keep their crops below the 0.3% THC legal limit, hemp farmers and law enforcement need a portable, fast, and accurate hemp analyzer. The BSS 3000 Hemp Compliance Analyzer from Big Sur Scientific uses proven mid-infrared technology and determines Total THC in dried, ground hemp with an accuracy of 0.04%, more than sufficient for a compliance tester. The unit is lightweight, portable, requires little sample preparation, and features easy push-button operation which gives results in 2 minutes. The BSS 3000 measures THCA, THC, CBDA, CBD, and several other cannabinoids in hemp giving a full cannabinoid profile. The BSS 3000 also measures cannabinoids in hemp extracts, oils, distillates, and CBD in MCT oil. The importance of in-house testing for the hemp industry will be emphasized, and the application of mid-infrared spectroscopy in hemp farming, CBD extraction, and law enforcement will be discussed.

Speaker: Dr. Brian C. Smith – Founder, CEO, and Chief Technical Officer, Big Sur Scientific

BREAKOUT SESSION: ANALYTICAL TESTING FOR THE HEMP INDUSTRY

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM • Meeting Room 2C

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.

MEETING: UPDATE FROM THE CARIBBEAN HEMP ALLIANCE

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM • Capital Room

Panel includes:

  • José G. Ojeda – Private Consultant, Cruz Verde Inc.

  • Francisco Amill, Esq. – Lawyer

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

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

  • Dustin Jensen – Production Manager, Speedy Grow & VP of Operations, NxRoots

  • Margaret MacKenzie – Co-Founder, Salt Creek Hemp Company & Co-Founder, Eleven Acres

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

  • Jesse Reed – Intermediary, Caribbean Hemp Alliance

VENDOR MOVE OUT

3:45 PM - 6:00 PM • Level 2