February 14 & 15
Friday 1PM through Saturday at 5PM
at the Wyndham in Little Rock

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The Arkansas Farmers' Industrial Hemp Conference begins at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at the Wyndham and continues through Saturday at 5PM. Tickets are $150 and include happy hour reception on Friday night and lunch on Saturday.

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Special Wyndam Riverfront in North Little Rock room rates are available at 501-371-9000. Mention The Arkansas Farmers’ Hemp Conference in order to receive the rate.

Come hear the experts – your fellow Arkansas farmers – as they pass on lessons learned growing industrial hemp during this last growing season. Meet hemp seedsmen, processors, consultants, state & federal agriculture experts and crop scientists. In this era of tariffs and market uncertainty, you owe it to yourself to evaluate hemp as a new crop.


Supporting Sponsor

In addition to lessons learned by your fellow farmers, the conference will cover:

  • Regulatory and legal requirements
  • Best growing practices
  • Biggest greenhorn mistakes
  • Best varieties suited to different regions in Arkansas
  • How to work with processors
  • Finding your best market
  • Testing to minimize THC
  • Necessary farm equipment for large and small operations

After Party

Natvana After Party

The Natvana After Party will take place on February 15th following the Arkansas Farmers' Industrial Hemp Conference. The event will be a meet and greet with free food and drinks for all those attending the Hemp Conference. Natvana and supporting sponsors will be putting on the event as a networking opportunity and a "Thank you" to all Arkansas-based farmers in attendance. The doors to the event will open at 5 p.m. at Club 27 at 614 President Clinton Ave. in the River Market in Downtown Little Rock and will stay open until 10 p.m. that evening.

Speakers

Brad Fausett

Brad Fausett
Brad Fausett is Co-Founder of Green Remedies Group which operates Indigenous Seed, Hawgs Hemp Farm, and Hawgs Hemp Refinery. He is a board member of Advanced Research Hempyre Genetics and on the board of the University of Arkansas Native Health Matters and specializes in Bioremediation.He is a board member of Advanced Research Hempyre Genetics and on the board of the University of Arkansas Native Health Matters and specializes in Bioremediation. He also leads the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He is an authority on integrating hemp into existing row crop operations.

Don Brewington

Don Brewington
Don Brewington is Co-Founder, CEO, of Green Remedies Group which is the umbrella group for Hawgs Hemp Farm, Hawgs Hemp Refinery and Indigenous Seed. He is the CEO of Brewington Capital, LLC, Holistic Financial Planning, and a CLU.

Rep. David Hillman

Rep. David Hillman
Rep. David Hillman, a state representative from Stuttgart was instrumental in leading the successful effort to legalize industrial hemp at the state level. Rep. Hillman serves as Vice-Chair for the House Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development Committee, is past president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau and served on the board for the Producers Rice Mill. He farms in Almyra.

Shawn Peebles

Shawn Peebles
Shawn Peebles operates Peebles Farm, a 1200 acre certified organic farm, known for its sweet potatoes near Augusta. Last year he planted several acres of industrial hemp under black plastic and drip irrigation. Shawn will talk about his experiences growing hemp organically and selling it. While flower is the main product Arkansas farmers are selling, Shawn sees the market moving toward fiber, high protein animal food and building products. That will mean changing plant varieties and growing techniques. He will discuss his lessons learned this year and what he sees in coming years for hemp and those who grow it. Come hear one of the innovative and creative thinkers in Arkansas farming today.

Kelly Carney

Kelly Carney
Kelly Carney is the Owner/Operator of North Pulaski Farms LLC. Since 2009 North Pulaski Farms has been a certified organic fruit & vegetable market farm. With the advent of Arkansas’s Industrial Hemp program the farm leveraged its growing systems and experience to grow hemp. Acquiring his hemp grower permit in March of 2019 the farm grew 2 acres of hemp and later in August acquired a processing permit. Kelly's farms will be the primary production system for 2020. After 10 years of being a certified organic grower, the farm is in the process of getting it’s CBD lab certified organic with CCOF. Overcoming challenges converting from summer cash crops, loosing access to a key market, social media marketing limitations, the farm is finally financially sustainable.

Dr. Brandon Thornton

Dr. Brandon Thornton
Dr. Brandon Thornton is the Co-Owner & CEO of Steep Hill Arkansas, a cannabis science company with a focus on testing hemp crops to help farmers maintain a low THC level in their plants. He also provides pharmacist consultant solutions to cannabis businesses, including development of formulations, staff training on compounding methods, and creation of educational materials for patients.He serves on the Board of the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association and resides in Little Rock.

Jason Martin

Jason Martin
Jason Martin, CEO of Tree of Life Seeds has spent his entire career as an entrepreneur and corporate business development officer. Jason’s hemp based CBD prducts are Lab-tested, free of THC, synthetics, and heavy metals. Farmed and processed in the USA. Jason and his colleagues make products using their own farms and labs, putting science at the forefront. He is one of the most knowledgeable people in the state on the business side of hemp farming.

Brian Madar

Brian Madar
Brian Madar, COO and Co-Founder of Tree of Life Seeds, is a native Arkansan who grew up in the farming community of Des Arc.. Brian has over 30 years of working experience in Arkansas farming. Brian is a Certified Master Grower who began cultivating legal cannabis in Colorado in 2015. He now brings that expertise to bear on the art and science of industrial hemp cultivation.

Jody Hardin

Jody Hardin
Jody Hardin is a fifth-generation farmer from Grady, AR. In his lifelong career as a sustainable organic farmer, he has received numerous awards and recognition for unique farming projects around the state. He was invited to testify at the 2014 Farm Bill hearings which legalized hemp production at the federal level. Hardin produced one of the first successful hemp crops in the pilot 2019 season at Arkansas Hemp Genetics, LLC, and recently formed a new company called Arkansas Hemp Brokers, LLC where he is now working with hemp cultivators all over the state to market their first hemp crops. 

Caleb Allen

Caleb Allen
Caleb Allen was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and is the Industrial Hemp Program Coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. Shortly after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine Biology from the University of Central Arkansas in 2017, Caleb was hired by the Department as a Laboratory Technician with the ADA Plant Industries Chemistry Lab. Caleb was then quickly promoted to an Analytical Chemist position, where he would conduct regulatory lab analyses for pesticides, fertilizer, feed, and limestone programs. Additionally, Caleb assisted the chemistry lab in cooperation with other regulatory labs across the nation in order to establish a THC potency method for the upcoming Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program. In May of 2019, Caleb was promoted to Hemp Program Coordinator, making him the youngest Industrial Hemp Program coordinator in the nation, and youngest coordinator in ADA history. Caleb is more than thrilled to assist Arkansas farmers with this new agricultural industry that is quickly gaining popularity across the entire nation.

Erika Ross Gee

Erika Ross Gee
Erika is a recognized expert and sought-after speaker on cannabis and hemp with multiple articles on the topic for Arkansas Business and appearances on Arkansas Week, Talk Business and Arkansas Public Media. Erika is a member of the International Cannabis Bar Association and the Oklahoma Cannabis Industry Association. She is licensed in Arkansas and Oklahoma and her Missouri bar license is pending. Erika Gee has been actively representing dispensaries, cultivators, processors and ancillary businesses in the cannabis and hemp industries since late 2016 and leads the Wright Lindsey Jennings Cannabis and Industrial Hemp team. Her practice includes regulatory compliance, licensure and government relations, as well as entry formation and general corporate matters. Her background as a pharmacy regulatory attorney and former Chief of Staff to the Arkansas Attorney General has given her practical skills and insight in navigating the sometimes choppy waters of state regulatory issues.

Robert DeBin

Robert DeBin
Robert DeBin is a well-known industrial hemp pioneer and industry expert.  His breadth of knowledge spans sourcing, growing, manufacturing and compliance issues facing this new industry. He has spent countless hours educating the market and policy makers about industrial hemp while promoting the adoption and use of hemp based products. Robert serves as the Director of Operations of Cannabis Capital Group, is the co-founder of one of Arkansas’ first medicinal marijuana operations Natural State Medicinal Cultivation, serves as President of the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association, and is the founder and CEO of Buffalo Co., a hemp based CBD manufacturing company based in Arkansas.

Jon Workman

Jon Workman
Jon Workman, president of the Arkansas Hemp Association is a fourth generation row crop farmer from England. He is vice-president of Hemp Business Development for American Hemp Services working with growers, processors and regulators. His presentation will focus on hemp markets beyond CBD oil including fiber, hemp wood, insulation and 'hempcrete'. These markets are growing in Kentucky where hemp has been grown the longest. He will also discuss the chicken and egg challenges that Arkansas faces in getting a local processing plant to convert the raw product.

Tim Houseberg

Tim Houseberg
Tim Houseberg, a Citizen of the Cherokee Nation was born and raised in Stilwell, Oklahoma. Mr. Houseberg began his career with the Cherokee Nation in 1991 and served in the Environmental and Natural Resources Department. Working with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6 he gained approval for the first treatment as State for a Tribe in Indian Country. Mr. Houseberg is a co-author of the 1993 Cherokee Nation Environmental Protection Act and helped to establish Inter-Tribal Environmental Council working with region 6 Tribes that worked on numerous EPA-related projects dealing with environmental issues and policies. He has worked with 59 Tribes to date, developing programs law policies and procedures for natural resources, gaming, SBA 8a, financial services, USDA, and community development projects. Currently, Mr. Houseberg is a board member of Native Health Matters foundation in Stilwell Oklahoma, a Native American Nonprofit Organization. In January 2018, the research team became the first University backed agronomic Hemp Study in the United States. Mr. Houseberg and the research team currently are working with multiple universities in the United States and Europe developing seed varieties for phytoremediation, and Hemp production.

Robert Rhodes

Robert Rhodes
Robert Rhodes, NSF International Sr. Business Development Manager Health Sciences- Dietary Supplements, and Cosmetics - Over 20 years' experience in business development and sales in health sciences. The past 6 years focused on providing companies with the most current auditing, training, testing and certifications available in the dietary supplement, functional food, and beverage industries. Helping hundreds of companies achieve their safety and quality goals, by gaining access to retailers, professional sports organizations, and government agencies. Cultivating trusted relationships amongst many key stakeholders both domestically and abroad. Prior to NSF 12 years retail, specialty and institutional sales with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

Jovan Lubardic

Jovan Lubardic
Jovan Lubardic, Technical Lab Manager – Mr. Lubardic oversees operations for testing and research projects at NSF’s Petaluma, CA. laboratory. Previously, he was a supervisor in charge of directing workflow for the certification of water filtration and food equipment products in NSF’s microbiology lab in Ann Arbor, MI. Mr. Lubardic received a master’s in molecular and integrative physiology from the University of Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Oakland University.

February 14 & 15
Friday 1PM through Saturday at 5PM
at the Wyndham in Little Rock

Get your tickets