Wednesday, January 13, 9am - 12pm PT
Due to the recent legalization of hemp, it has become one of the most widely adopted agricultural products among farmers. Particularly in California, hemp is extremely popular, with over 500 farms having been approved to grow hemp in 2020. Unfortunately, this rapid boom in production combined with a very young market and an immature hemp processing industry has led to a high-risk and volatile production and marketing environment for growers. This 3-hour Preconference Webinar is designed to inform growers about some of the major risks related to hemp production and fill knowledge gaps currently facing them by providing information on important production, processing, and marketing issues, as well as legal concerns. This webinar has invited hemp growers and regulators to discuss production and marketing methods and policies.
9-9:10: Rex Dufour (NCAT), Welcome, logistics, Overview of program
9:10-9:40: Dr. Gordon Jones: General overviews of hemp.
9:45-11:15: Farmer panel, Akasha Ellis (Co-Founder and Farm and Operations Lead, Ventura Seed Company), Phil McGrath - McGrath Family Farm, and Alissa Vanderwey (NV Farms, Oregon), including Q & A, and possibly, Sandor Bogdan (Bogdan Agriculture Systems, CA). Series of short presentations about their farm and Q & A moderated by Rex
11:15-12: CDFA representative (laws and regulations), OR Dept of Ag (tentative, registration/rules), Jeff Schaczenski (NCAT, insurance options), including Q & A.
Registration closes Tuesday, January 12 at 9am PT