Hemp is Here. Are You Ready?

Davos on the Delta Added Value Day

The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill changed the game for hemp farmers in this country, effectively legalizing an industrial crop that has for years been sidelined. Hemp is a renewable source of raw materials that can be incorporated into thousands of products, and its seeds and flowers can be used in a range of health foods, body care products, and other nutraceuticals. Even before legalization, hemp was a $620 million market in the U.S. and that’s only expected to grow. Is now the time to get involved?   

At this special add-on session on Thursday, May 16 you’ll learn about:

  • What municipalities, regulators, producers, and businesses that want to get into hemp need to know
  • The many uses and farming benefits of hemp
  • The potential for new hemp-based products, including Cannabidiol (CBD), protein, fiber and more
  • The technologies involved in hemp production today, including genetics, agronomics and processing

And it all ends up at a private catered BBQ at the
Memphis in May World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest.

Agenda

 

7:00 am – Breakfast and Registration

8:00 am – Opening Remarks and Setting the Stage for the Hemp Deep Dive

Craig Herron, Managing Director, iSelect Fund


8:10 am
–  Regulatory: Opening the Hemp Market in the US

With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp policy in the US has been upended. What should we expect in the next year? 2 years? 10 years?

Dr. Tony Brannon, Dean, Hutson School of Agriculture, Murray State University


8:45 am
–  Hemp Genetics

Given the innumerable end uses for hemp, all hemp genetics are not created equal. How do we ensure low THC? How do we maintain quality control/consistency? What other phenotypes are important, e.g. CBD, protein, harvestability, drought tolerance? Where are farmers getting their seeds? How to genetics companies navigate IP?

Shonda Warner Managing Partner, Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners
Josh Hendrix, Director of Hemp Production, CV Sciences
Trey Riddle, CEO, Sunstrand, LLC
Ron Conyea, Grower Representative, GenCanna Global
Moderator:  Michael Bowman, Chief Strategist, First Crop, Inc. and Founding Board Chair, National Hemp Association


9:30 am
– Agronomics

Where to grow? Cultivation/machinery? Crop protection and growth enhancement? Seed vs clone? Indoor vs. outdoor?

Joseph Sisk, Owner, Sisk Farms
Ron Conyea, Grower Representative, GenCanna Global
JT Workman, Owner, Workman Consulting
Moderator:  Dr. Tony Brannon, Dean, Hutson School of Agriculture, Murray State University


10:30 am
– Coffee Break and Networking


10:45 am
– Processing

After growing optimized plants, what happens next? Advantages and disadvantages of different types of processing? Processing yields? Location?

Chad Rosen, CEO, Victory Hemp
Joseph Sisk, Owner, Sisk Farms
Trey Riddle, CEO, Sunstrand, LLC
Josh Hendrix, Director of Hemp Production, CV Sciences
Moderator: Ryan Burns, Founder and CTO, Infinite Tree

11:30 am – CBDs

CBD is currently the most valuable part of the hemp plant. What is the expected evolution of the consumer market? What are the key differences of synthetic vs natural production? How do we ensure quality and consistency?

David Schneuker, Associate, AT Kearney
Colin South, CEO, EnEvolv
Josh Hendrix, Director of Hemp Production, CV Sciences
Brandon Pitcher, Co-Owner, Chief Development Officer, Blue Circle Development
Moderator:  Shonda Warner Managing Partner, Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners


12:15 pm
– Snack and Networking


12:45 pm
– Hemp Protein and Fiber

Comparing hemp to other proteins and fibers. Human vs livestock uses. International competition. How does the market develop concurrently with CBD?

Chad Rosen, CEO, Victory Hemp
Trey Riddle, CEO, Sunstrand LLC
Brandon Pitcher, Co-Owner, Chief Development Officer, Blue Circle Development
Dion Oakes, Co-Owner/ Partner, Wright-Oakes LLC / SLV Hemp
Moderator: Michael Bowman, Chief Strategist, First Crop, Inc. and Founding Board Chair, National Hemp Association


1:30 pm
– Lessons Learned and Key Takeaways from the Hemp Deep Dive

Charting a path forward and scaling the nascent industry.

Trey Riddle, CEO, Sunstrand LLC
Michael Bowman, Chief Strategist, First Crop, Inc. and Founding Board Chair, National Hemp Association
Shonda Warner, Managing Partner, Chess Ag / Full Harvest Partners
JT Workman, Owner, Workman Consulting
Moderator – Tom Bunn, Associate, iSelect Fund

2:00 pm – Barbeque

Speakers

Dr. Tony Brannon

Dr. Tony Brannon

Murray State University

Michael Bowman

Michael Bowman

National Hemp Association

Shonda Warner

Shonda Warner

Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners

Brandon Pitcher

Brandon Pitcher

Blue Circle Development

Chad Rosen

Chad Rosen

Victory Hemp Foods

Joseph Sisk

Joseph Sisk

Sisk Farms

Ryan Burns

Ryan Burns

Infinite Tree

Josh Hendrix

Josh Hendrix

CV Sciences

Craig Herron

Craig Herron

iSelect

Colin South

Colin South

EnEvolv

Ron Conyea

GenCanna

JT Workman

Workman Consulting

and more...

Tom Bunn

iSelect Fund