Hemp Summit

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will host the 2021 Industrial Hemp Summit — a virtual edition — Feb. 22-23.

Registration is now open at www.industrialhempsummit.info.

“As agriculture remains a large private industry for the region and nation, we continue to support producers and processors with relevant economic opportunities,” said Mark Gignac, executive director of IALR. “The reemerging industry of industrial hemp provides diversification and growth opportunities, and the summit is one critical strategy to facilitate its growth through collaborative networking.”

The Industrial Hemp Summit is a multi-stakeholder collaboration focused on building the industrial hemp industry in the U.S. Industrial hemp is used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products, including health and natural food products, supplements, skin products, clothing, bioplastics, insulation, biofuel and more. Thanks to 2018 federal legislation, U.S. growers, processors and others may now consider entering this versatile market as an opportunity for diversification.

The 2021 agenda will feature a multitude of experts on topics ranging from financing, state regulations, legal policy, genetics and testing to market opportunities and general industry outlooks and analyses. A specific focus of the summit will center on building the supply chain and market making for industrial hemp food, fiber and flower. The summit will highlight innovation that is currently happening in the industry, as well as explore what resources and infrastructure are needed to move the industry forward.

The team organizing the business-to-business event is a Virginia – Southeast Hemp Association collaboration that includes the executive director of IALR as well as the board chair and executive director of the Southeast Hemp Association.