2019 Hemp Business Summit

August 12-13, 2019
Presented by The National Industrial Hemp Council

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The 2019 Hemp Business Summit will take place at the historic Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The Summit will provide an educational and networking opportunity for those currently in or soon to be entering the industrial hemp industry. Attendees will learn about the current legislative and regulatory landscape at both the federal and local level with speakers from the federal government, Pacific Northwest state officials, and leading legal experts from the law firm of Beveridge and Diamond. Whether you’re a grower, processor, manufacturer, retailer, or a vendor this event will provide you with the tools and connections you need to succeed!

Keynote Speakers

Ed Elfmann

Senior Vice President of Agricultural and Rural Banking Policy for the American Bankers Association

Kate Greenberg

Commissioner of Agriculture for the Colorado Department of Agriculture

Jay Noller

Director and Lead Researcher of Oregon State University’s (OSU) Global Hemp Innovation Center

Lowell Schiller JD

Principal Associate Commissioner for Policy of the Food and Drug Administration

Featured Speakers

Valentin Celaya

Sr. Vice President Credit
Northwest Farm Credit Services

Lucy Infeld

Associate, Beveridge & Diamond

Nathaniel Lewis

Owner of Oyster Bay Farm

Pat Miller

Director, State Affairs American Seed Trade Association

Stephen Neel

Senior Technical Director for the Global Cold Chain Alliance

Eli Shalom

Artisan Hemp

Christopher Strunk

Of Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond

John Tucci

Executive VP of HempLogic

Tyler Williams

Vice President of Operations at ASI     (Food Safety Services)

Andrew Wood

Business Development Manager at ASI        (Food Safety Services)

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Day 1 August 12, 2019


  • 8:00 a.m.


  • 8:30 a.m.

    Welcome: Patrick Atagi, Chair, NIHC Board of Directors

    The 2019 Hemp Business Summit: The National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC), a guiding lighthouse of information in the swirling sea of hearsay and information overload

  • 9:00 a.m.

    Keynote: Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture

    Reshaping policies and programs at state and federal levels that will enable more family producers to make a living for themselves and their families on the land

  • 9:30 a.m.

    The View from the United States Congress

    The inclusion of hemp in the 2018 farm bill has many people — both inside and outside the agriculture sector – racing to figure out the potential market for this relatively new agricultural product. Hemp’s proponents are growing more optimistic and vocal each year about hemp as a potential game changer for U.S. agriculture.

    Panel Discussion:

    Scott Bennett, American Farm Bureau Federation, Director Congressional Relations
    Eric Steenstra, President, Vote Hemp

  • 10:15 a.m.


  • 10:30 a.m.

    CBD Oil – Where to from here?

    Listen to CBD processors from across the country discuss their operations and businesses. What is the market for CBD Oil and the future of this popular hemp product? Join to learn more.

    Panel Discussion:

    Taylor Groff, CEO Groff North America
    Brian Smalley, Chief Operating Officer, Freedom CBD (Oregon)

  • 11:15 a.m.

    Seeds and Beyond – Which seed is the right seed?

    Join for a lively discussion on seed selection. If you are hoping to succeed in this already competitive industry, you want to make sure you are working with proper seeds. Ignoring the importance of the seed selection process will result in weaker yields, lower quality products, and failure to capitalize on the opportunities the industry presents

    Succeeding in the hemp industry will require a lot of work. By keeping these simple tips in mind, you will find the best seeds be well-positioned for success.

    Panel Discussion:

    Pat Miller, Director, State Affairs American Seed Trade Association (ASTA)
    John Tucci, Vice President of Sales, HempLogic

  • Noon


    “Crop Insurance for Hemp, the Private Sector”

    Cathy Bartels, Senior Vice President Insurance Services, Northwest Farm Credit Services

    “Establishing Crop Insurance for Hemp”

    Ben Thiel, Director, Regional Office, USDA Risk Management Agency

  • 1:00 p.m.

    Keynote: Edwin Elfmann, Senior VP of Agriculture and Rural Banking Policy, American Bankers Association (ABA)

    Banking and You – Understanding the current banking situation around industrial hemp, credit, loans, transactions, and regulations

    In addition to growers and retailers, there are vendors, suppliers, landlords, and employees indirectly tied to the hemp industry. This poses legal risk for banks serving such entities and individuals, as indirect connections to hemp revenues are hard, if not impossible, for banks to identify and avoid.

    The rift between federal and state law has left banks trapped between their mission to serve the financial needs of their local communities and the threat of federal enforcement action. Attend to hear more from the ABA’s perspective.

    Panel Discussion:

    Edwin Elfmann, Sr. Vice President American Bankers Association
    Valentin Celaya, Sr. Vice President Credit, Northwest Farm Credit Services
    Moderator: Linda Navarro, President and CEO, Oregon Bankers Association

  • 2:00 p.m.

    Keynote: Jay Noller, Director of Oregon State University’s (OSU) Global Hemp Innovation Center

    OSU’s Global Hemp Innovation Center is home to the worlds leading experts in hemp research. the largest of its kind in the nation, it promises to advance the research of hemp and its market potential across diverse industries and research fields to serve the growing international demand for innovative approaches to food, health, and fiber. Hear from the Center’s director on the recent developments.

  • 3:00 p.m.


  • 3:15 p.m.

    Testing and Safekeeping Your Hemp

    Understand the importance and methods of testing hemp. An often forgotten piece for new entrants is the safekeeping of your valuable organic product.

    Panel Discussion:

    Andrew Wood, Database & Business Developments Manager, ASI Food Safety Audit
    Tyler Williams, Vice President of Operations at ASI Food Safety Audit
    Stephen Neel, Senior Technical Director, Global Cold Chain Alliance
    Moderator: Lowell Randel, President, The Randel Group

  • 4:15 p.m.

    State Regulatory Issues – Progress to Date from the View of State Departments of Agriculture.

    Panel Discussion:

    Steven Howe, Administrative Regulations Analyst,Washington State Department of Agriculture
    Oregon Department of Agriculture
    Moderator: Nate Lewis, Oyster Bay Farm

  • 5:00 p.m.

    Conclude Day One Sessions

  • 6:00 p.m.

    Networking Reception Sponsored by the National Industrial Hemp Council

DAY 2 August 13, 2019


  • 8:00 a.m.

    Breakfast Sponsored by Beveridge & Diamond P.C.

  • 8:30 a.m.

    Presentation: The Current Legal Regulatory Framework on Industrial Hemp – Road to success and profitability; managing the minefield of legal and regulatory information overload

    • Christopher Strunk, Of Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond
    • Lucy Infield, Associate, Beveridge & Diamond
  • 9:30 a.m.

    Keynote: Lowell Schiller, Principal Associate Commissioner for Policy, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

    Mr. Schiller is responsible for overall leadership of FDA’s Office of Policy, managing agency-wide processes for the developments of regulations and guidance, and provides leadership and support on a broad range of policy issues. Hear the latest from the FDA in-person in its first major public presentation since the FDA hearing on May 31st.

    Session sponsored by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI)

  • 10:30 a.m.


  • 10:45 a.m.

    Organic Hemp – Truth in Labeling, What does it Mean? The Consumers’ Right to Know

    Panel Discussion

    Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association
    Drew Katz, Transition Services Coordinator, Oregon Tilth
    Angela Wartes-Kahl, Fiber and Textiles Coordinator, Oregon Tilth
    Moderator: Nate Lewis, Oyster Bay Farm

  • 11:30

    Industrial Hemp – Beyond CBD

    • Eli Shalom, Artisan Hemp

    Hemp is a versatile plant, from textiles to animal and human feed. Hear from innovators and specialists who use hemp for many products that aren’t CBD.

  • Noon


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