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The conference spans innovative agrotechnology, pre/post-harvest techniques, and operational insights that drive success. We showcase powerful on-farm practices for every stage of cultivation. Attendees explore vetted exhibits and enjoy interactive experiences. Skilled panelists share exclusive content, and renowned speakers deliver momentous keynotes.

The hemp ecosystem is exciting and challenging — even disruptive. CannaFarm CON cuts through the confusion. Don’t miss this unprecedented range of world-class strategies and opportunities.

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10:15 am – 11:00 am – Genes are Still in Style: Genetics & Breeding

The hemp industry is rife with marketing and branding jargon that might be chic, but these names don’t really convey much information. Knowing the genotype of your plants, however, can ensure accurate representation of the cultivar to downstream purchasers, like manufactures and consumers. Whether you’re looking to confirm a purchased harvest, cultivate a new hybrid, or enhance an existing variety, genetics can provide integral answers.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Armies of Doppelgangers: Clone Propagation 

Seeing someone that looks like you can be creepy. Trust me, I know. Hemp cloning, however, is what permits lots of products on virtual or real shelves. While working towards seed stability and vitality is a valuable mantra, growing from seed can be time-consuming and you’ll either get one or perhaps zero plants from your labor. Cloning, however, can turn one plant into many. It’s said to be cost-effective, and relatively easy, and the need for hemp plants to go forth and multiply is augmenting. The thing is, though, that cloning can weaken a cultivar over time. Thus, it’s important to master several best practices for cloning propagation, as discussed in this panel.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – LUNCH BREAK

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Are You Growing Hemp or CBD?

You look out at your harvest. It’s a good one. Juicy, dank colas, and a dreamy fragrance melding floral and funk into one intoxicating vapor. And then, there’s panic. Now that the kids are grown, they need to flee the nest and go work their magic. You now have to make decisions here regarding how you’ll prepare your plants for their future. Hanging them might be easy, but what environmental conditions will you use to limit the loss of delicate monoterpenes? How will you choose to extract your cannabinoids and terpenes and where? How will you get your formulations to a co-packing facility? Relax…relax. This panel has what you need.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm – Back to Our Roots: The Importance of Organic Farming

With growing concern over commercial pesticides killing wildlife not to mention their toxicity to us, many consumers are searching for ‘organic’ labels. Hemp farmers, as well, often solicit techniques that harmonize with the larger picture of sustainable agriculture, where soil and crops remain healthy beyond annual cultivation cycles, and what is added to the earth does not taint it. This panel discusses the increasing importance of organic hemp farming.

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm – Eradicating Pests the Natural Way 

No one wants or needs pests, let alone farmers looking to cultivate medicinal plants. Getting rid of them by some kind of pest nuke bomb might have the blowback of harming your crops. Integrated pest management is the holistic approach to managing pests whereby a multifaceted strategy that leverages disadvantages against the pests and advantages to the cultivator is achieved through various means like biocontrol agents, natural chemistries, ultraviolet lighting, and proper biosecurity workflow. Techniques have changed as an understanding of various disciplines has allowed different technologies to develop. Some are novel and comprehensive; others are standards that have been incrementally improved over time. Knowing these techniques can give cultivators an increased arsenal with which to make success against some of the most noxious pests easier and simpler. Some pests like the recently discovered Hemp phytoplasmas are highly virulent pathogens of hemp and both these and many others are threats to the burgeoning CBD industry.

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm – The Agronomist: Soil Science & Tissue Culture

Where would we be without agronomy? Our flora, whether a delightful poppy, hot peppers, hops, or hemp, requires the necessities of life, just like we do. Water, nutrition, love, and music. Yes…the latter is a must for personal growth, even for plants. The agronomist understands these things, as they work towards not only cultivating healthy, happy plants, but also providing sanctuaries for the plants to survive and thrive. Through mastering a hybridized program of breeding, feeding, and weeding, along with maintaining soil quality and favorable climate conditions, the agronomist ensures the plant is cherished. And we all know what happens when that’s not the case.

10:15 am – 11:00 am – Master Decision-Maker: Farm, Crop, & Labor Management

Farming is not an easy task. There are lots of variables to consider. A hemp farm is an ecosystem that is fueled by the collective synergy of multiple moving parts. There are decisions to be made about the day-to-day cultivation of the plants, as well as the management of the team caring for them. A farm can be a rewarding endeavor, but it requires the meticulous management of each facet of the business, from seed to staff to sale. This panel provides insight into the melding of labor, crop, and farm management.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – My, You’ve Grown: Post-Harvest, Processing, & Supply Chain Logistics

You look out at your harvest. It’s a good one. Juicy, dank colas, and a dreamy fragrance melding floral and funk into one intoxicating vapor. And then, there’s panic. Now that the kids are grown, they need to flee the nest and go work their magic. You now have to make decisions here regarding how you’ll prepare your plants for their future. Hanging them might be easy, but what environmental conditions will you use to limit the loss of delicate monoterpenes? How will you choose to extract your cannabinoids and terpenes and where? How will you get your formulations to a co-packing facility? Relax…relax. This panel has what you need.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – LUNCH BREAK

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – The Ever Expanding Canopy: Scaling for Expansion

Businesses need capital investments to get off the ground. Luckily, your CBD start-up is a potential Multitudes of people are using hemp medicinally, in some cases, when nothing else has worked. Consumer demand for cost-effective hemp products is booming, but ramping up production isn’t always as easy as it may seem. Moving from 5 or even 50 acres of hemp to 100 or 500 isn’t just about putting more plants in the ground. Scaling requires a deeper knowledge regarding proper planning, experimentation, and data. It involves the wisdom you’ll glean in this discussion.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm – Even Outlaws Live by Codes: Learn to Regulate

All of us in the hemp industry are outlaws of some sort. We’ve left the standard grind in search of something more exciting, more rewarding, monetarily and medicinally. We’re outlaws because of the dance we must endeavor to stay compliant with Federal regulations that scantily mention anything other than THC, which obviously concentrates to much higher levels than 0.3% when creating CBD-rich products. Learn the information you need to navigate issues relating to business registration, taxes, insurance, workers compensation, occupational health and safety, and labor protections. At this panel you can acquire free resources and consult with specialists.

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm – To Winterize, Distill, or Just Leave Be – A Look into the Farmer/Extractor Relationship

When one picks a partner, the choice is based on science and data. There’s of course, the chemistry between the parties, and the data accumulated on each. The selection of a downstream extractor is significant to many hemp farmers, whether a vertically-integrated corporation or an Amish family, since the farmers are also often vending their own hemp oil and/or formulations. These needs can lead to convoluted pathways of jargon and options, which can be rather daunting. Have you grown your biomass under USDA organic certification? You’ll need a tolling partner that thinks the same and is certified. Ethanol, supercritical CO2, or something else? What will you do with your crude oil? Winterize? Distill? Are you looking to remediate THC from your products? These inquiries represent a sampling of the decisions that farmers might need to make, and our panelists are here to extend a lifeline.

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm – Getting Tested Early and Often

The USDA requires hemp farmers to get their harvest tested for THC potency, but the hemp farmer’s interest in analytics shouldn’t end there. Before hemp is extracted, many tolling companies will require additional tests that quantify levels of contamination, if any. Any company purchasing a farmer’s hemp will likely want numbers to bolster words about the product. Thus, it’s imperative for hemp farmers to understand what a certificate of analysis says. It’s also critical to know how to sample biomass for testing to get an accurate portrayal of potency, since just plucking a few flowers is going to confound and exaggerate CBD content. A farmer should know how to choose a lab, which tests to order, what to expect if you send different samples to different labs or the same samples to different labs, etc., why THC-free is likely an illusion… yes, there’s lots to conceptualize to make the most informed decisions. So, this panel regards the realm of the analytical chemists, and how sound data can mean visible profits.

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10:15 am – 11:00 am – The Boost You’ve Needed: Fertigation & Nutrient Applications

Sometimes, all it takes is a little something, a kind word, a proverbial shot in the arm, a nutritional chemical, to cause action. Soil can become depleted of precious nutrients integral to plant health. Perhaps the soil was lacking in them in the first place. There are lots of options available to hemp farmers for appropriately amending their soil. And, like anything else, there are best and worst practices for doing so. This panel discusses the options for conditioning the soil, and facilitating plant health.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – RoboCrop: Instrumentation, Automation, & Farming Solutions

Given the resurgent interest in hemp as medicine, and in collecting medicinal molecules in concentrates and extracts, we’re going to need a lot more trichomes. One day, you may have cyborgs who tend to your crops while you delegate, sip a [insert beverage; I chose a beer], and test the harvest. Until then, however, you’ll just have to rely on the technological innovations that enable human hemp farmers to more efficiently and sustainably cultivate and evaluate their crops. Time-travel to a distant land, where visionary advances permit hemp farmers to automate and investigate. Attend this panel.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – LUNCH BREAK

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Environmental and Ecological Sustainability Solutions for Hemp Farmers

Water is becoming scarce, we’re always reminded. Energy is more expensive, as we’ve seen on our sizable monthly statements. Scientists have revealed concentrations of pharmaceutical drugs in our fish and water supply. There’s global warming. The tides are rising. The honeybees are dying. The globe is a mess. And yet, Cannabis sativa, whether you’re relating cannabis or hemp, has provided health, happiness, and hope to millions of people. Prior to the need for so much hemp and cannabis, we were already environmentally and ecologically disturbed. It would be regretful to neutralize the positives that hemp cultivation and product design have offered by disregarding the grassroots mission of staying true to Mother Nature, and ultimately, humankind.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm – Dear Water, We’re Sorry We Took You for Granted: Water Management – Irrigation & Hydroponics

You know it and I know it. Water is scarce. You may not think that if you live in, say, Pennsylvania, or Washington, or Scotland, but there are increasingly dangerous situations in other places due to lack of water. With dwindling water supplies and the need to ration one’s usage, in swoops the mammoth wings of hemp legalization, and the increasing demands for its chemical trove across the globe. Luckily, we’ve had ample time to master sustainable techniques, like those discussed in this panel.

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm – Protecting What’s Yours – A Discussion Regarding Intellectual Property

There’s a lot of distrust of genetics in modern times, which is likely warranted from debates on GMOs or deceitful companies having pillaged the genetics of Mom and Pop cultivators looking for some cool data on what they’ve created. But we shouldn’t discount the power of understanding a plant’s genetic code, for that code helps define the identity of the plant. As hemp farmers look to improve and evolve their cultivation through their mix of hard work and creativity, the end results deserve some protection, just like anything else that’s created, like music, or art, or a patented drug. There are options for safeguarding your property even at the genetic level. Attend this panel to hear how.

10:15 am – 11:00 am – The Power of the Individual: Cultivating Unique Hemp Chemovars

Just as THC-rich cannabis plants transcend one powerful but individual ingredient, hemp crops can be much more than cannabidiol (CBD ) incubators. Although many people may find solace in products made from CBD isolate, many more desire a “full-spectrum” of medicinal molecules. These natural products include other cannabinoids and terpenes extracted from hemp like cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabichromene (CBC), or beta-caryophyllene and farnesene, respectively. The rich chemical rewards that can be found in hemp’s resin define your plant’s chemovar, and like cannabis, differences in cannabinoids and predominantly terpenes can alter the way a plant interacts with one’s unique body chemistry. This panel will engage you with ideas for differentiating your crops from your competitor’s, by cross-breeding for unique chemistries.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Babel and Speaking in Tongues: The Hemp Edition

No matter who you’ve talked to recently in the hemp industry, you have no doubt heard some kind of jargon. Speaking a specialized parlance can be gibberish to those unfamiliar with the terminology. I’ve heard full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, true-spectrum, complete-spectrum, whole-spectrum, THC-free, non-detectable THC (which is right), organic, certified-organic, premium, hemp seed extract (claimed to have CBD), full-spectrum distillate, tops/heads, bottoms/tails, terpenes, winterization, double winterization, decarboxylation… inhale, exhale, repeat until sane. Mastering the language is the fastest route to less ambiguous lines of communication. As a hemp farmer, you need to know how to process your plants and what products you should plan on making. So, this panel will provide a crash course in what these terms mean, and how they relate to your farm, your oils, your formulations, and your livelihood.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – LUNCH BREAK

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Modern Hemp Cultivars and the Polypharmacy Within

The days where hemp farmers solely grew the plant for its fiber are over. These days, hemp cultivators are all about resin, trichomes, cannabinoids, and terpenes. In short, a plant’s chemovar (chemical variety). Being near fresh or cured hemp can be a tantalizing experience, one that might have you fooled that these plants are Federally-illegal cannabis, but the main difference simply regards the level of total THC. These new hemp plants contain a wealth of other molecules that cannabis is already known for, which makes sense, since the plants are variants of the same species. This panel regards the medicinal phytochemicals outside of THC and CBD, such as CBC, CBG, and the assortment of terpenes that are just as valuable as any cannabinoid.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm – Biomimicry and Fully Landrace Genetic Expression

There is a natural interplay between sunlight, living soil, and genetics that cultivates healthy, happy hemp plants. Increasingly, farmers are looking towards greenhouses and indoor cultivation options to maximize the growing season. Advances in biomimicry technology are bringing natural environmental conditions to indoor commercial-scale cultivation, allowing for the creation of indoor microclimates that precisely emulate the bioregions where Cannabis sativa evolved. Panelists will share scientific insights into the crucial role of sunlight frequencies, soil biology, and the interplay between these environmental conditions and cannabis genetics. Applied to indoor cultivation, this approach promises the true pheno- and chemo-typical genetic expression of plants that offer unique and diverse terpene/cannabinoid profiles with far-reaching medicinal potential.

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm – Hooked on Ponics

As Cannabis sativa cultivators look to scale sustainably, ways to reduce water or electrical consumption while stimulating the ecological surroundings are attractive. Some options include the -ponics methods, such as hydroponic or aquaponic. How do these methods vary from tradition? Sure, they might be good for fish and snails, and generally eco-friendly, but how do they impact your overhead and harvest yields? Perhaps most importantly, what skill level is needed to master these methods? Is it wizardry or can a mere homegrower succeed? Attend this panel to hear the answers to these questions and more…

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