Scenes from the first Hemp Industry Daily Conference in New Orleans
Published June 21, 2019
More than 1,000 hemp professionals gathered in New Orleans between June 12 and 14 at the first Hemp Industry Daily Conference.
With the seismic shift in the industry following the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill, cannabis entrepreneurs had plenty to discuss about the fast-changing market.
Hemp farmers, processors, retailers and investors shared an expo floor with marijuana colleagues at MJBizConNEXT.
So hemp is legal. Now what? Michael Bronstein, president of the American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp, discussed the current legal landscape.
The conference included four separate tracks focused on sustainable profit strategies, cultivation & extraction techniques, and navigating expanding markets.
Hoban Law Group attorney Garrett Graff shared insights on entering the hemp industry and diversifying hemp business plans.
One of the most popular sessions focused on safety standards in the wider herbal-products industry.
Extraction expert Gerri Ciancanelli, COO of Lilu’s Garden, shared specific technology, equipment and processes that have helped her take businesses to the next level.
Cultivation experts Alex Seleznov (CEO, Advanced Extraction), Steven Turetsky (managing director, Shi Farms) and Eric Mathur (Chief Science Officer, Tilt Holdings) talked with Hemp Industry Daily editor Kristen Nichols about finding the right cultivars to maximize profits.
Is CBD a fad or here to stay? Frank Lampe of the United Natural Products Association and Bethany Gomez of market-research firm Brightfield Group shared their thoughts with Hemp Industry Daily reporter Laura Drotleff.
Time to party! Conference attendees joined with MJBizConNEXT to celebrate both industries with drinks and dancing.