2019 Hemp Business Summit
August 12-13, 2019
Presented by The National Industrial Hemp Council
The sold-out 2019 Hemp Business Summit took place at the historic Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The Summit provided an educational and networking opportunity for those currently in or soon to be entering the industrial hemp industry.
Scroll down to see the Summit’s speakers, sponsors, and agenda. Be sure to sign up to the NIHC newsletter to stay up-to-date on all future events!
Commissioner of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Agriculture
Lowell Schiller JD
Principal Associate Commissioner for Policy, Food and Drug Administration
The Honorable Jeff Merkley
United States Senator for the State of Oregon
Senior Vice President of Agricultural and Rural Banking Policy, American Bankers Association
Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP), United States Department of Agriculture
Director and Lead Researcher, Oregon State University Global Hemp Innovation Center
Director of Product, Phylos
Founder/CMO, Titan Bioplastics
Senior Vice President – Insurance Services, Northwest Farm Credit Services
Director, Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation
Sr. Vice President – Credit,
Northwest Farm Credit Services
Steve Groff, M.D.
Chairman, Groff North America
Vice President of Sales, Phylos
Associate, Beveridge & Diamond
Oyster Bay Farm
Director, State Affairs American Seed Trade Association
President and CEO, Oregon Bankers Association
Senior Technical Director, Global Cold Chain Alliance
Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation
Co-Founder & President, Nature’s Secret Holdings
Chief Operating Officer, Freedom CBD
President, Vote Hemp
Seed Laboratory Manager, Oregon State University
Of Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond
Cannabis Policy Coordinator & Special Projects, Oregon Department of Agriculture
Director, Spokane Regional Office, Risk Management Agency, United States Department of Agriculture
Executive VP, HempLogic
Certification Officer, Oregon Tilth
Fiber & Textile Coordinator, Oregon Tilth
Vice President of Operations, ASI, LLC
Business Development Manager, ASI, LLC
Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association
President & CEO, Citizens Bank
Day 1 August 12, 2019
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
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
Panel Discussion: Organic Hemp – Truth in Labeling, What does it Mean? The Consumers’ Right to Know
- Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association
- Callie Uhan, Certification Officer, Oregon Tilth
- Angela Wartes-Kahl, Fiber and Textiles Coordinator, Oregon Tilth
- Moderator: Nate Lewis, Oyster Bay Farm
Organic is the fastest growing segment in American food and agriculture. Topping over $50 billion per year in sales, the USDA organic label is the gold standard for product differentiation in the marketplace. Hemp producers and processors can also benefit from this voluntary labeling program by obtaining premiums for their products and meeting their consumers’ demands. Hear from experts in organic regulatory policy and certification on how organic can support the entire industrial hemp supply chain from seed to food to textiles.
Panel Discussion: Seeds and Beyond – Which seed is the right seed?
- John Tucci, Vice President of Sales, HempLogic
- Damon Hess, Vice President of Sales, Phylos
- David Stimpson, Ph.D, Seed Laboratory Manager, Oregon State University; Past President, Society of Commercial Seed Technologists
- Moderator: Pat Miller, Director, State Affairs American Seed Trade Association (ASTA)
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.
Presentations: CBD Oil – Where to from here?
- Steve Groff, Chairman, Groff North America
- Brian Smalley, Chief Operating Officer, Freedom CBD (Oregon)
- Bradley Slaughter, Co-Founder & President, Nature’s Secret Holdings
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.
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
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. Following Mr. Elfmann’s remarks there will be a panel discussion to dive into these issues further and provide attendees with the opportunity to ask questions.
- Edwin Elfmann, Sr. Vice President American Bankers Association
- Valentin Celaya, Sr. Vice President Credit, Northwest Farm Credit Services
- Gordon Zimmerman, President and CEO, Citizens Bank
- Moderator: Linda Navarro, President and CEO, Oregon Bankers Association
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.
Panel Discussion: Testing and Safekeeping Your Hemp
- Andrew Wood, Database & Business Developments Manager, ASI, LLC
- Tyler Williams, Vice President of Operations at ASI, LLC
- Stephen Neel, Senior Technical Director, Global Cold Chain Alliance
- Moderator: Lowell Randel, President, The Randel Group
Understand the importance and methods of testing hemp. An often forgotten piece for new entrants is the safekeeping of your valuable organic product.
Presentations: The View from the United States Congress
- Scott Bennett, Director of Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation
- Michael Nepveux, Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation
- Eric Steenstra, President, Vote Hemp
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.
Presentations: Industrial Hemp – Beyond CBD
- Eli Shalom, Artisan Hemp
- Brie Abramowicz, Director of Product, Phylos
- Amy Ansel, Founder/CMO, Titan Bioplastics
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.
Conclude Day One Sessions
Networking Reception Sponsored by the National Industrial Hemp Council
DAY 2 August 13, 2019
Breakfast Sponsored by Beveridge & Diamond P.C.
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
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)
Congressional Keynote: US Senator Jeff Merkley
Keynote: Greg Ibach, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP), United States Department of Agriculture
Learn about the USDA’s plans to regulate and promote the hemp industry.
Panel Discussion: State Regulatory Issues – Progress to Date from the View of State Departments of Agriculture.
- Steven Howe, Administrative Regulations Analyst, Washington State Department of Agriculture
- Sunny Summers, Cannabis Policy Coordinator, Oregon Department of Agriculture
- Moderator: Nate Lewis, Oyster Bay Farm
Registration Information: coming soon.
Hotel & Travel information: coming soon.
Become a sponsor! : coming soon.