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Speaker: Steven Arthurs, Technical Sales BioBee USA

Biobee USA
Session: What’s the Buzz About the Cannabis Aphid? .... ON DEMAND
Steven Arthurs Technical Sales Representative BioBee USA  Steven provides Technical Sales and support for BioBee USA, a leading provider of beneficial insects, mites and nematodes. Steven has worked with Biologically based Integrated Pest Management in both academia and industry and holds an MS and PhD from the University of London. BioBee USA ......
Speaker: Amanda Brown,  Biological Crop Protection Specialist at Biobest

Biobest
Session: Aphid control using Chrysoperla carnea in Hemp and Pepper .... Monday, July 12 • 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Amanda Brown,  Biological Crop Protection Specialist at Biobest Canada Passionate about biocontrol, agriculture and everything bug-related. I'm very proud to be working with one of the leading biocontrol companies in the world and enjoy the challenge of creating biocontrol programs with growers that produce high quality plants and reduce pesticide...
Speaker: Markus Roggen, CEO of Complex Biotech Discovery Ventures

Complex Biotech Discovery Ventures
Session Title: What Hemp Growers Need to Know About Extraction, Purification, and Processing .... ON DEMAND
Markus Roggen, CEO Complex Biotech Discovery Ventures  Dr. Markus Roggen’s latest project, Complex Biotech Discovery Ventures, is a fundamental research laboratory and CRO for the cannabis and hemp industries. His research interests lie in the metabolite composition and behavior throughout the production cycle, extraction optimization, and...
Speaker:  Josh Schneider, Founder and CEO at Cultivaris

Cultivaris
Session: Opportunities in Hemp Cultivation for the Floriculture Industry .... Friday, July 9 • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Josh Schneider Founder and CEO at Cultivaris   Josh is a fearless innovator always pushing boundaries and working to improve upon the status quo.  Leading a large young plant sales, marketing and product development team early in his career gave Josh a passion for shepherding new ideas, programs and varieties to success in the...
Speaker: Aaron Van Wingerden, CEO/Founder Dutch Heritage Gardens and Royale Botanicals

Dutch Heritage Gardens
Session: Hemp Growers Speak Out - Saturday, July 10 • 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Aaron Van Wingerden  CEO/Founder Dutch Heritage Gardens and Royale Botanicals  We cultivate our locally-grown products using various growing methods which allow for a reduction (if not complete elimination of) harmful chemicals. Our dedication to innovation also means we staff our greenhouses with distinguished experts in the field. We encourage...
Speaker: Christopher Strunk, a partner in Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani
Session: What Hemp Grower Needs to Know About Evolving Laws & Regulations Impacting Industry .... Friday, July 9 • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Christopher Strunk,  Partner at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani Christopher Strunk is a partner in Gordon & Rees’ Oakland office with more than 20 years of experience litigating complex environmental and toxic tort disputes. He focuses on the defense of large, multi-party environmental matters, including mass tort and products liability...
Speaker: George Grant, GGSPro Specialist Griffin Supplies

Griffin Supplies
Session: Crop Forecasting for Greenhouse Young Plant, Flower, and Field Hemp Production .... Saturday, July 10 • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
George Grant, GGSPro Technical Specialist Griffin Greenhouse Supplies  George has degrees in Horticulture from the University of Georgia and the University of Florida. He is a GGSPro Technical Specialist with Griffin Greenhouse Supplies and team member of Griffin +. GGSPro assists ornamental, edible, and hemp/cannabis growers across the country with...
Speakers: Tami Van Gaal (CEA Division Leader at Griffin) and Peter Armando (CEA Technical Sales)

Griffin Supplies
Session Title: Greenhouse Needs for Hemp Production
Friday, July 9 • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Working with the grower since 1947 Griffin is a partner to horticulture professionals. Family owned and operated since 1947, we apply our knowledge, experience and resources to enhance customer success from production to retail. End-to-end solutions are our specialty. We represent the industry’s leading breeders and producers, spanning seed and vegetative,...
Speaker: Barry Hartsock, Hartsocks Horticulture

Hartsock's Horticulture
Session: Hemp Growers Speak Out - Saturday, July 10 • 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Bedding annuals, perennials, and vegetables Hartsock’s Horticulture represents three generations of quality grown plant material. We specialize in bedding annuals, perennials, and vegetables. Hartsock’s is the premier destination for your seasonal color needs. Address:   165 Marine Dr. S.E. Calhoun Ga, 30701 Email:      Contact:  ...
Speaker: Laura Drotleff, Contributor at Hemp Industry Daily

Hemp Industry Daily
Session: Hemp Growers Speak Out - Saturday, July 10 • 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Laura Drotleff  Contributor at Hemp Industry Daily  Laura has specialized in agricultural journalism for the past 20 years. Most recently she served as the editor of a B2B publication and multimedia properties focused on productivity, efficiency and profitability in commercial greenhouse cultivation. She has reported on multiple aspects of...
Speaker: Allison Justice, Co-owner at The Hemp Mine

Hemp Mine
Two Sessions: Harvesting, Drying, and Processing Hemp .... Thinking about joining the hemp industry?
Allison Justice Co-owner at The Hemp Mine  Allison Justice graduated from Clemson University with a Ph.D. in Plant and Environmental Science.  Dr. Justice served as VP of Cultivation for OutCo LLC., a vertically integrated cannabis producer in San Diego, CA, for three years.  During this time, Justice led the cannabis industry in...
Speaker: Matt Justice, The Hemp Mine

Hemp Mine
Session Title: Fine Tuning Your Hemp Field Production
.... Friday, July 9 • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Matt Justice Director Of Operations Co-owner The Hemp Mine LLC  Member of The Hemp Mine Team focused on Farm Management, Strategic Customer Relationships, and Product Formulation. Was instrumental in the development of multiple cannabis brands including The Hemp Mine. Welcome to the Mine: Premium Hemp is our family's passion. We know our hemp--from...
Speaker: Travis Higginbotham, Co-owner and VP of Sales at The Hemp Mine

Hemp Mine
Session: Crop Forecasting for Greenhouse Young Plant, Flower, and Field Hemp Production .... Saturday, July 10 • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Travis Higginbotham Co-owner and VP of Sales at The Hemp Mine  Higginbotham has an education in Horticulture from Clemson University and Virginia Tech. He served as Director of Research and Development for Battlefield Farms for 4 years. During his time at Battlefield Higginbotham managed genetic product development (new crop introductions) working...
Speakers: Cari Peters, VP and Dan Gillespie, Technical Specialist at JR Peters, Inc.

JR Peters
Session: Hemp Fertility and Nutrient Management to Maximize Yield .... Saturday, July 10 • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Cari Peters Vice-President at JR Peters, Inc.  Cari Peters is Vice President at her family’s company, J.R.Peters Inc. She is proud to be the 3rd generation of Peters at the company, following both her Father and Grandfather, who introduced the original Peters fertilizers over 72 years ago. At J.R. Peters, Cari is the master-crafter working...
Speaker: Robert Hanifin, Greenhouse Climate Consultant Ludvig Svensson

Ludvig Svensson
Two Sessions: Light to Dark - Maximize Your Hemp Cultivation Using Lighting and Screening Technologies ...... Mitigate Light “Pollution” without Compromising Quality
Robert Hanifin, Greenhouse Climate Consultant Ludvig Svensson, Inc.  Robert Hanifin is a climate consultant at Ludvig Svensson's American subsidiary. Rob earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Dickinson College and has a strong background in Agriculture Research and Development. His past experience includes...
Speaker: Krystal Snyder, Extension Specialist at Penn State University Extension

Penn State Extension
Session Title: Fine Tuning Your Hemp Field Production
.... Friday, July 9 • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Krystal Snyder  Extension Specialist at Penn State University Extension  Krystal Snyder is a Horticulture Extension educator based in Northeast PA focusing on greenhouse floriculture, hydroponics, green industry and industrial hemp. She joined Penn State Extension in March of 2019. Before joining Penn State Extension, Krystal worked as a...
Speaker: Janna Beckerman, PhD, Professor at Purdue

Purdue (Extension / PPDL)
Session: Stop the Rot -- What You Can't See Can Hurt Your Bottom Line .... Friday, July 9 • 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Janna Beckerman, PhD,  Professor at Purdue University  Janna Beckerman is a professor and extension plant pathologist specializing in diseases of horticultural crops at Purdue University. Her research and extension programs cover everything from apples to hemp to zinnia, and she teaches a graduate level course on “Plant Disease...
Speaker: Colin Brice, Horticulture Plant Specialist Signify

Signify (Philips Lighting)
Two Sessions: Light to Dark - Maximize Your Hemp Cultivation Using Lighting and Screening Technologies ...... Mitigate Light “Pollution” without Compromising Quality
Colin Brice, Horticulture Plant Specialist Signify  Colin Brice joined Signify in March 2020 in the role of Plant Specialist; he is one of more than 20 plant specialists supporting Philips horticulture LED team. Colin is a horticultural scientist and systems engineer with experience in greenhouse management, LED photomorphogenesis research, and...
Speaker: Hamilton Nelson, Manager Square One Starts

Square One Starts
Session: Hemp Growers Speak Out - Saturday, July 10 • 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Hamilton Nelson  Sales and Operation Manager Square One Starts  WE BELIEVE IN A FUTURE FUELED BY HEMP We root hemp seedlings and clones to give farmers a jump-start on a successful crop. With over 100 years of experience in young plant propagation, our greenhouse growers lend a hand for customers where they need it most. From the farmers breaking...
Speaker: Bruce Bugbee, Professor at Utah State University

Utah State University - Agriculture
Two Sessions: Impact of Genetics and Environment on Hemp Yield .... New Lighting Strategies for Greenhouse & Indoor Crop Production
Bruce Bugbee Professor at Utah State University  Bruce Bugbee, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Plants, Soils, and Climate, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Utah State University. Dr. Bruce Bugbee is a crop physiologist who teaches graduate level courses in plant nutrition and plant physiology. He is well known for his work with NASA to...
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