The Central US Hemp Growers Conference & Expo will give you the tools to make the best decision on what to expect from the Hemp Growing Industry.

  • Meet experts from all over the United States that will help educate you on the hemp growing industry.
  • Meet Exhibitors that will set you up with the materials needed for hemp farming & production.
  • Understand the hemp growing policy in your state right from the Department of Agriculture
  • Learn about the 50,000 products that can be made from hemp
  • Opportunities to help you establish your brand in hemp markets
  • Network & learn from other hemp growers already making money.

Monday: February 26, 2018

9:00 A.M. General Session: Exhibit Hall A

Session Topic: Doug Fine - "The Heartland is Hemp Bound: What You Need to Know Before Entering the Hemp Industry”

10:00 A.M. Trade Show Floor Opens: Exhibit Hall B

11:00 A.M. General Session & Lunch: Exhibit Hall A

Panel Session Topic: This general session will cover federal & new state laws that will help you make informed decisions as you enter into the industrial hemp industry.

Moderator: General Session:

David Bush, EsqSenior Attorney, Hoban Law Group - Denver, CO.

Speakers: General Session

Rob Richards, Wisconsin Farm Bureau                

Jennifer Heaton-Amrhein, Policy Analyst for the Plant Industry Bureau, WI Division of Agricultural Resource Management, DATCP

Courtney N. Moran, LL.M. - EARTH Law, LLC - Portland, OR

2:00 P.M. Breakouts Begin

2:00 P.M. - 3:15 P.M. Growers & Manufacturing - Exhibit Hall B

Panel Session Topic: Proper growing practices for Grain, Fiber and CBD. Ideal soil conditions, how to modify existing equipment for hemp production, and the going price per pound or to of each different lane of hemp. what genetics to grow that produce the maximum yield and overall look at the production costs vs the net yield.

Break: 30 Minutes

3:45 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. Growers & Manufacturing - Exhibit Hall B

Panel Session Topic: Manufacturing hemp for Grain, Fiber, and CBD production Different types of manufacturing methods, and end product uses. Good Manufacturing Practices and why they are important in the hemp industry.

ModeratorGrowing and Manufacturing

Doug Fine

Speakers: Growing & Manufacturing

Janel Ralph (Palmetto Harmony, CBD)

Morris Beegle (NOCO)

Courtney Moran (AGHS, Earth Law, Legal)

Cory Sharp (Hemp Logic)

Pauli Roterdam (Endo scientific

2:00 P.M. - 3:15 P.M. Legal Status of CBD:  Ballroom B

Session Topic: Joy Beckerman -The Jaw Dropping History & Promising Future of Industrial Hemp

Break: 30 Minutes

3:45 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. Science of CBD - Ballroom B

Session Topic: Jerry Whiting - Learn about cannabidiol (CBD) including the chemistry, biosynthesis and its medical effects. Jerry is engaged with Project CBD and has been creating CBD medicine including tinctures, topicals and other preparations for 5+ years. Hemp vs cannabis, does it make a difference? What role do other cannabinoids like THC and terpenes have on the effect of CBD? Tips & tricks for hemp & cannabis farmers to maximize the potential of their harvests. Formulations, whole plant medicine, and the role of the Entourage Effect. How CBD works with an emphasis on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and why you need to get comfortable with chromatography reports. CBD: what's next?

5:00 P.M.  Important HIA Meeting - Dane Board Room

Session Topic: The Hemp Industries Association & You: Pathways to Success in Industrial Hemp

Session Topic: The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is the nation’s industrial hemp brain trust and premier hemp industries trade association. The HIA has been protecting and advancing the hemp industries in the US since it was founded in 1994. If you would like to become involved in the promising, emerging industries surrounding this valuable, versatile crop, please join HIA President for this informative meeting! For more information, visit See you there!

6:00 P.M. Trade Show Floor Closes



Tuesday: February 27, 2018

9:00 A.M. General Session -  Exhibit Hall A

Session Topic: Joy Beckerman The Jaw Dropping History & Promising Future of Industrial Hemp.

10:00 A.M. Trade Show Floor Opens:  Exhibit Hall B

11:00 A.M. General Session & Lunch: Exhibit Hall A   

General Session Topic: Ed Lehrburger - All Hemped Up! Converting hemp stalks into products - pulp, lignin, sugars, flowers and seed oil.

2:00 P.M. Breakouts Begin

2:00 P.M. - 3:15 P.M.  Responsible Product Production & Branding - Exhibit Hall B

Panel Session Topic: Discussion on testing consumable products, FDA requirements, Labeling products appropriately and legally, how to brand a product and responsible customer service policies.


Janel Ralph (Palmetto Harmony, CBD)

Morris Beegle (NOCO)

Courtney Moran (AGHS, Earth Law, Legal)

Cory Sharp (Hemp Logic)

Pauli Roterdam (Endo scientific)

Break: 30 Minutes

3:45 P.M. - 5:00 P.M  Agricultural Cooperatives: Tribe and Farmer Collaborations. - Exhibit Hall B

Session Topic: Marc Grignon - Agricultural cooperatives were created to help farmers increase their yields and incomes by pooling their resources to support collective service provisions and economic empowerment. The recent tax law creates special incentives for agricultural cooperatives. Tribal, urban, and rural communities are in dire need of economic mobility, the path to self-sufficiency. Tribes and farmers can work together to bring flourishing hemp economies back to the Midwest.

Session Speakers: 

Marcus Grignon, Hempstead Project Heart

Invited Tribal Representatives from Midwest Tribes

2:00 P.M. - 3:15 P.M Science of CBD - Ballroom B

Sessions Topic: Jerry Whiting - Two short presentations on the DIY kitchen chemistry and the role of genetics, followed by a no-holds-barred Q&A, a.k.a. Ask Me Anything.

Break: 30 Minutes

3:45 - 5:00 P.M. Jerry Whiting - a.k.a. Ask me anything -  Ballroom B

Session Topic: After 2 days of gathering as much information as you could from Jerry, this is the perfect chance to pick hiis brain, ask the questions you've been hanging on to, and listen as others open side conversations far & wide. Jerry loves to talk, isn't afraid to say "I don't know." and has stories you won't forget.

5:00 - Close of Trade Show and Conference - See you in 2019