KS Hemp Consortium is planning for the third KS Industrial Hemp Conference in partnership with Wichita State University's Small Business Development Center. The first conference, and only live event to-date, took place at the Pratt County Fairgrounds back in spring 2019. The group gathered again, albeit online, in September 2020 with a focus on industrial hemp. Coming soon, the online and admission-free conference in March 2021 is centered around hemp in manufacturing.
Among the esteemed line-up, Dr. Jason Griffin from Kansas State University and director of the Pair Horticulture Center kicks off the conference. His presentation on the results of multi-state hemp variety trials lay the foundation for later discussions. Comparing yields of fiber, grain and hurd from more than a dozen varieties grown by universities around the country, Dr. Griffin presents analysis and insight important to Kansas farmers and manufacturers.
Connecting growers to buyers across many industries is the key to hemp's success in Kansas. Following Dr. Griffin's presentation, the conference focus shifts to hemp in industry. Speakers with expertise on hemp in food, hemp plastics, hemp wood and other areas of manufacturing are sharing what they know. Tune in to hear more about the hemp value chain and how Kansas businesses at every level can benefit from mass production in the state.
We're winding down with a short presentation from Heartland Soil Services founder Landon Oldham. A trusted soil and water analysis expert throughout the state, Landon shares important field testing recommendations for grain, fiber and dual-purpose varieites.
Join the KS Hemp Consortium and WSU-SBDC for a value packed morning on Tuesday March 30th. Register now and add it to your calendar for a reminder. Healthy hemp in Kansas can help us all! KHC invites farmers, producers, auxillary business owners, builders, aviation and manufacturing industry executives, machine shop engineers and anyone excited to put to hemp to work in their operation.