HIA Events

Upcoming events

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

    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. 

    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 10:30 AM
    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • Lexington Convention Center

    Come visit the HIACON exhibition during the 24th HIACON in Lexington, Kentucky on September 10th and 11th (Sunday & Monday). 

    Are you already registered for the full conference? Then, there's no need to buy a separate exhibit hall pass. Do you want greater access to the conference? Register for the full conference, Click here.

    xhibit announcements begin August 1st and will be periodically updated through September 8th.

    Two day and one day passes available. 


    HIA Exhibit Hall - Sunday & Monday Pass (2 day pass)
    HIA Exhibit Hall - Sunday OR Monday Pass (1 day pass)

    Pass prices will increase at the door. 

    Walk-in Exhibit Hall Pass:
    2 Day Pass

    Minor Pass (Age 3 - Age 12): $15.00
    Student Pass (Student ID Required): $25.00
    General Admission: $30.00

    1 Day Pass

    Minor Pass (Age 3 - Age 12): $12.00
    Student Pass (Student ID Required): $15.00
    General Admission: $20.00

    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 18 Oct 2017
    • Hotel Ruby Foo's, Montreal, Quebec Canada

    The 7th International Hemp Building Symposium will be held in Montréal, Canada and organised by the International Hemp Building Association.

    Our symposiums are well known for the ground-breaking technological innovations presented from around the world while at the same time providing an ideal opportunity for networking in this growing sector. This is the largest global gathering of hemp building experts.

    The two day event will consist of international speakers with the latest research results and material tests. There will also be presentations from people working in the industry about projects they are involved in both planned or completed. This year’s Symposium visit is an outing to a church and stone buildings situated nearby, which have been renovated with Hempcrete and Hemp plaster.

    Montréal, located in the Québec region, is the second largest city in Canada. Having French as the official language, Montréal is a bilingual city. As well as being a major cultural centre in Canada, it is also very historic, with the “Old Montreal” area, famous for its cobbled streets and old architecture.

    The Symposium language will be English.

    This years event will be held in Hotel Ruby Foo’s in Montréal, Québec.

    Click here for more information and to register! 

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