2017 HIA 24th Annual Conference

  • 08 Sep 2017
  • (MDT)
  • 11 Sep 2017
  • (MDT)
  • The Lexington Convention Center: 430 W Vine St, Lexington, KY 40507


  • ACSESS Members
  • Board members and chapter administrators
  • U.K & Non-ACSESS Members
  • All Government Admin Representatives
  • Member:
    Early Bird rates $400
    Ends July 28, 2017
  • Member On-site Registration
    Rate $600
  • Member Regular Registration
    Rates $500
    Ends Aug. 21, 2017
  • Non-Member Early Bird
    Rates $500
    Ends July 28, 2017
  • Non-Member On-Site Registration
    Rate $700
  • Regular Non-Member Registration
    Rates $600
    Ends Aug. 21, 2017
  • Partnered Members Early Bird
    Rates $400
    Ends July 28, 2017
  • Partnered Members On-Site Registration
    Rate $600
  • Partnered Members
    Rates $500
    Ends Aug. 21, 2017
  • U.K & Non-ACSESS Members
  • Volunteers & Staff

We are pleased to announce that the 24th annual Hemp Industries Association conference will be hosted in Lexington, Kentucky in partnership with the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and University of Kentucky.  Registration opened May 1st. Attention Ag Scholars to learn more about submitting a poster for presentation, scroll to bottom.

3 Tracks: Science*, Industry** and Policy*** 

Special Features: 
Scientific Poster Presentations & Hemp Talks Sponsored Programming


Topics & Speakers to include:

* Hemp Science & Vision for the Future: Jerome Cherney, Cornell Univ.
** Hemp Industry & Vision for the Future: TBA
*** Hemp Policy & Vision for the Future (a panel discussion): 
Moderator: Patrick Goggin, Hoban Law Group
Panelists: Jonathan Miller, U.S. Hemp Roundtable, Michael Bowman, former NHA President, Joy Beckerman, Hemp Ace International & Washington Hemp Industries Association, Courtney Moran, EarthLaw & Oregon Hemp Industries Association and Samantha Walsh, NHA and Foundone Partner/CEO Tetra Public Affairs 
** Hemp Risks & Myths: Dr. Nicole Ward Gauthier, Univ. of Kentucky
* Agronomic Science: Gianpaolo Grassi, Council for Agricultural Research and Agricultural Economy Analysis
** Economics & the Industry: Sean Murphy, Hemp Business Journal
*** Intellectual Property Policy: Dr. John McKay, Colorado State Univ.
Hybrid/Combined Moderated Session with Assigned Seating: Ron Turco, Purdue Univ.
* Fiber Science: Trey Riddle, Sunstrand LLC
** Production Industry: Jeff Kostuik and Garry Meier, Hemp Genetics International
*** National & State-level Policy: Invited Staff, Senator Mitch McConnell's Office and Doris Hamilton, Kentucky Department of Agriculture
* Hemp Food Science: David Hildebrand (human) and Ben Goff (animal), Univ. of Kentucky
** Composites Industry: Trey Riddle, Sunstrand LLC
*** Indigenous Peoples and Hemp Policy: Garrett L. Davey, McAllister Garfield, P.C.
* Hemp Macroeconomics: Will Snell, Univ. of Kentucky
* Hemp Farm-scale Economics: Tyler Mark, Univ. of Kentucky
** Hemp Foods Industry (a panel discussion): 
Moderator: Shaun Crew, Fresh Hemp Foods
Panelists: Chad Rosen, Victory Hemp Foods, 
*** Phytocannabinoids Policy:
Moderator: Darwin Millard, Plant Consulting
Panelists: Will Kleidon, Ojai Energetics, more TBA

Learn more about our partners:

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) is a progressive international scientific and professional society that empowers scientists, educators, and practitioners in developing, disseminating, and applying agronomic solutions to feed and sustain the world. Based in Madison, WI, ASA is the professional home for 8,000+ members and 14,000+ certified professionals dedicated to advancing the field of agronomy.

The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the mission of plant science for a better world. Based in Madison, WI, and founded in 1956, CSSA is the professional home for 5,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of crop science.

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (UK) is a land-grant institution and is one of the leading programs for industrial hemp research in the country. UK’s research, teaching, and extension programs are part of a national system that maintains a statewide presence and links local, state, and global issues.

What to expect:

This year’s event will be held at the Lexington Convention Center connected to the Hyatt Hotel. The exhibit hall will be open to the public and exhibitors will be able to retail on site.  


Sponsorships & Exhibitors:

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, please contact HIA Events Coordinator, Catharene Garula at catharene@thehia.org or 707-874-3648 ext. 3.

Hotel Info:

Hyatt Regency in Downtown Lexington, Kentucky

We have a block of rooms available and you can be assured of the best rates for 3 days prior and after event!  Secure your reservation now by calling 800.233.1234 line and ask for Hemp Industries Association block of rooms when making reservations over the phone or use this link to access our block when registering online: 


Submit a Poster

The HIA Meeting Poster Session is open to anyone to display a poster complimenting the programming: industry, policy, and the science of industrial hemp.  Posters only, no presentation, and posters will be up the duration of the conference.  We ask that posters be staffed during the active hours of the exhibit area during the days of Sunday, September 10th and Monday, September 11th (exact times to be announced).

To submit a poster abstract, please use the following link:

Directions on how to proceed:
You will need to either be a member of ASA, CSSA, or SSSA, or register as a guest, creating a username and password.  Once logged in, you will be led to the Poster Abstract submission.  Please follow the steps, including paying the $50 submission fee, and you will receive a confirmation once submitted.  You will also be emailed more information closer to the event.  Should you have any questions about the poster session in the meantime, please contact 

Note that the number of posters is limited, so submit soon to ensure your spot!  Poster submission ends August 4, 2017. 

Instagram Feed

Latest Hemp News

© 2015 All Rights Reserved. Hemp Industries Association.
 Phone/Fax: 707-874-3648

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software