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VIRTUAL EVENT: The Industrial Hemp Conference will be held virtually from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26.
The Feb. 26 event will be held virtually and will feature speakers from across the country.

A keynote talk by a leading U.S. cannabinoid researcher is among the highlights of the third annual Industrial Hemp Conference on Feb. 26.

Dr. John McPartland, a Middlebury osteopathic physician and consultant for GW Pharmaceuticals, will describe the challenges he's faced when working with cannabis. His presentation kicks off the conference, a virtual event that will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and will feature researchers and industry experts from Vermont, Kentucky, North Carolina, Colorado and several other states.

The nonrefundable fee is $75 per person, which covers the choice of five live concurrent sessions, all on-demand prerecorded sessions, virtual visits with exhibitors and vendors, and future access to video recordings of the conference. Registrations will be accepted until noon Feb. 25 at

Before the conference, registrants will receive an email with username and password to log in. Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate should contact University of Vermont Student Accessibility Services at or 802-656-7753.

Speaker highlights include Cornell University plant pathologist Gary Bergstrom on diseases affecting hemp in the Northeast, and Colorado State University entomologist Whitney Cranshaw on identification and management of insects and mites in North American hemp.

Nick Stromberg of Beacon Hemp in Santa Rosa, Calif., will talk about feminized seed production.

Two University of Kentucky researchers also will present at the virtual conference. Agronomist Bob Pearce will discuss CBD and THC accumulation in floral hemp cultivars, including implications for compliance testing and harvest scheduling. Economist Tyler Mark will explore the impact of marketing and regulations on the hemp industry in 2021 and future years.

Other sessions will focus on cannabis agronomics, best practices for drying and curing hemp, and food safety in hemp products manufacturing, among other topics.

A multistate presentation on growing and processing hemp in the Northeast will feature speakers from Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. In addition, several growers will participate in farmer panels to share their experiences growing hemp from seed to sale.

The conference is sponsored by the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. To learn more, visit or contact Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501, ext. 432, or

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