2020 2nd Annual Industrial Hemp Conference

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton, 870 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 05403

The University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program and Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets are hosting the 2nd Annual Industrial Hemp Conference.

PDF icon The full brochure and agenda are available now (PDF). We will again offer multiple breakout sessions, as well as the live broadcast option if you cannot attend in person.

The 2020 Industrial Hemp Conference proceedings are now available online.

You can view the video of almost each of the presentations that were given, as well as view a PDF of the presentation. Please note that a PDF copy of the presentations are also available below.

The proceedings are on the eXtension website and are available for a fee of $75.

If you attended the conference on February 20 either in-person or via the live broadcast, you can send me an email request to receive a voucher code to access these proceedings at no additional cost, susan.brouillette@uvm.edu. I can confirm your attendance with our master attendee list.

You can access the 2020 Industrial Hemp Conference proceedings here – https://campus.extension.org/course/view.php?id=1783

You can choose PURCHASE/ENROLL to access.  NOTE: You will need to email me before hitting PURCHASE/ENROLL to receive the voucher code if you attended on Feb. 20 in-person or via live broadcast. If you did not attend on Feb. 20, choose PURCHASE/ENROLL and complete the necessary information and payment. You will receive the Checkout information that has the link to access the proceedings/training once purchased. There is no limit on how long you will have access to these videos.

Following are the PDFs of most of the presentations listed by Sessions (if one was available):
Session 1 - 10:45am to 11:30am
Hemp Economics, Uncertainty and Risk (PDF), Jonathan Shepherd
Hemp 101 (PDF), UVM John Bruce, Hillary Emick and Taylor Readyhough
Looking Under the Hood of the Cannabis Plant (PDF), Dr. Gerry Berkowitz
Hemp Agronomy: A Canadian Perspective from 20 Years of Growing (PDF), Jeff Kostuik

Session 2 - 11:45am to 12:30pm
Farmer Panel 1: Growing CBD Hemp for Direct Sales, including:
Kismet Farm (PDF), Megan Payne and Shawn Lenihan
High Meadows Farm (PDF), Howard Prussack
Sheepscot General Farm & Store (PDF), Ben and Taryn Marcus
Hemp Disease in Kentucky: Grasping the Reality of Yield Loss (PDF), Dr. Nicole Gauthier
VT Seed Law (PDF), Erica Cummings and Cary Giguere
Taking Fiber and Grain Production to Scale in a Volatile Ag Landscape (PDF), Dr. Alyssa Collins

Session 3 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Farmer Panel 2: Growing CBD Hemp for Bulk Sales, including:
Hanksville Farm (PDF), Nat and Chris Weaver
Walnut Hill Farm (PDF), Rico and Jill Perry Balzano
Deer Flats Farm (PDF), Mandy and Rich Hulett
An Overview of Hemp Fertility Practices in North Carolina (PDF), Dr. Michelle McGinnis
Introduction to the Analytics of a Cannabis Laboratory (PDF), Scot Waring
Evaluating the Challenges and Possibilities of Multi-Purpose Hemp (PDF), Dr. Jennifer Gilbert-Jenkins

Session 4 - 3:15pm to 4:00pm
Hemp Production from Start to Finish: Proven Practices and Theory (PDF), Andrew Bish
Effects of Nitrogen and Potassium Rates on Floral Hemp (PDF), Dr. Michelle McGinnis
Hemp Production (PDF), UVM Dr. Heather Darby
Critical Questions for the Successful Transition to Hemp Farming (PDF), Joe Veldon

Session 5 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm
Vermont Regulatory Requirements for Hemp Sampling and Testing (PDF), Mike DiTomasso and Robert Shipman

University of Vermont Extension Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets


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