In any new industry, issues like packaging, labeling, claims, distribution and length of shelf life separate the amateur from the professional.
Panel to include:
Pauli Rotterdam – Senior Researcher, Endo Scientific
Ari Sherman – President & Co-Founder, Hemp Health
Margaret Richardson – Co-Founder, Salt Creek Hemp Co
Margaret Flewellen – CEO, Natural Good Medicines
Nick Akins – CEO, Mission Lago Farms
Moderator – TBA
Confusion between hemp and cannabis has been on-going for decades and the confusion between hemp-derived and cannabis-based oils continues to rise. Educating inexperienced consumers may constitute the biggest and most delicate hurdle for the hemp industry, but we have before us the opportunity for clarity. The marketplace is an extremely confusing territory in regard to the benefits and intended use of a hemp-derived products. So, what do business owners need to know about representing their product to the right customers in this expanding marketplace? For decades, goofy stoner iconography, such as pot-leaf decals were the defacto brand of the popular imagination. What’s next?
Speaker: Gary Finnan – Managing Member at Cadence CXC
Whether you cultivate under the sun or in the greenhouse, what happens under the ground is just as important as what grows above it. In fact, your soil determines how your crop performs.
Speaker: Michael LaBelle – “The Dirt Nerd”, Mighty Grow Organics
The hemp industry is currently one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. This growth is fueled, in part, by recent revelations of the therapeutic and nutraceutical benefits of CBD-based consumer products. One challenge that has emerged is the ability to ensure safety of consumers, providing accurate labeling and products that are free from potential contaminants. Analytical testing is a necessary component to ensure consumer safety for products that are being consumed. Yet, most jurisdictions have no regulations in place to require analytical testing. Significant efforts have been focused on the development and validation of methods that can be used as a basis for this testing. These methods not only encompass testing for the active phytochemical constituents (cannabinoids and terpenes), but also for potential contaminants including heavy metals, residual solvents (VOCs), pesticides, mycotoxins, and microbiological contaminants. The methodologies that are being used to meet these testing requirements include a wide variety of chromatographic techniques in addition to mass spectrometry and variety of approaches to address microbiological contaminants. Standardization of these methods for the industry will give cultivators, processors and producers the analytical information necessary to ensure consumer safety for their products.
Understanding compliance and the role of the South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement’s (SLED) in the hemp industry.
Panel to include:
Courtney N. Moran, LL.M. – Founding principal of EARTH Law, LLC and chief legislative strategist for Agricultural Hemp Solutions (AGHS)
Rod Kight – International hemp & cannabis business law attorney with Kight on Cannabis and author of Cannabis Business Law
Bill Nettles – Owner, Bill Nettles Law and former US Attorney for the District of South Carolina
David B. Bush, Esq., Moderator – Senior Attorney with Hoban Law Group
Even though humans have been cultivating hemp for 12,000 years, education is key to Hemp’s reintegration into society and economy. Learn from Janel on how to share your personal story to effectively become a change agent for this new agricultural commodity.
Keynote: Janel Ralph – CEO/Founder, Palmetto Harmony
Hear from some of the most powerful influencers on the role industrial hemp is playing in the Carolinas.
Panel to include:
Hugh E. Weathers – Commissioner, South Carolina Department of Agriculture (Invited)
Derek Underwood – Assistant Commissioner, South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Vanessa Elsalah – Industrial Hemp & GAP Outreach Coordinator, South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Alden Terry – Attorney and General Counsel, South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Cassidy Evans – Government Relations, South Carolina Farm Bureau
Ronnie Summers – Executive Director, Palmetto Agribusiness Council
Lander Hiott, Moderator – Lobbyist with Parker Poe Consulting
...more to be announced
With 40 years of experience as an executive director, Donniella Winchell has graciously agreed to come to South Carolina and speak on the importance of building an infrastructure within your association that will help define the needs and expectations of your members.
Keynote: Donniella Winchell – Executive Director, Ohio Wines
The summit will also include in depth panel discussions from current industry association leaders on what they are dealing with as more and more states quickly embrace hemp programs.
Panel to include:
Colleen Keahey – Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA)
Janel Ralph – CEO/Founder, Palmetto Harmony and Board Member, South Carolina Hemp Farmers Association
Lucas Snyder – Executive Director, South Carolina Hemp Farmers Association
Eric Steenstra – President, Vote Hemp
Nolan Jackson – Member, U.S. Hemp Roundtable
Nick Akins – Treasurer, Pacific Northwest Hemp Industries Association Chapter
Courtney N. Moran, LL.M. – Member, Pacific Northwest Hemp Industries Association Chapter
Moderator: Doug Fine – Regenerative farmer and bestselling author of Hemp Bound