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Pre-Conference Workshop

Pre-Conference Workshop: Ag Policy Beyond the Farm Bill: Hemp Pesticides and Production

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Learn about recent regulations around hemp production, pesticides and the future of the agriculture industry with hemp and cannabis. 

Tuesday, April 28 | Pre-Conference Workshop

Sessions I

  1. Opening Remarks

  2. EPA’s Pesticide Program Activities

    Michael Goodis | Director of the Registration Division of the Office of Pesticide Programs of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a critical partner in agricultural policy and implementation of the enacted 2018 Farm Bill.  By evaluating and regulating pesticides manufactured, used, and imported into the United States, EPA ensures that growers have tools to support production while protecting human health and the environment.  Registration Division Director Michael Goodis will provide an update on EPA's Pesticide Program activities and the evolving conversation around hemp.

  3. What’s in my hemp? Testing for product quality, safety, and compliance

    Volker Bornemann, Ph.D. | President & CEO of Avazyme, Inc.

    Hemp, also known as Cannabis sativa, has been prohibited to be grown in the US for the past 70 years, and was considered for the most part a schedule I controlled substance by the US Drug Enforcement Administration. This has changed at the beginning of this year with the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill. Now, industrial hemp is “just another crop” in the United States and subject to the usual regulations for crops and crop derived products, like food, feed, cosmetic products, pharmaceuticals, and more. Testing emerges as a critical factor to ensure product compliance, safety, and product quality, and that the hemp derived products are safe for the environment, humans, pets, and livestock. This includes pesticide uses in hemp, which have to be registered with the US EPA and the individual State regulatory agencies. Testing is also needed to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. A holistic approach to testing is needed to test for cannabinoid and terpene profiles, adulterants like heavy metals, mycotoxins, pesticide residues, residual solvents, pathogens, nutritional composition and equivalency for ingestible food and feed products, and more. With integrated complex and complete testing, quick turn-around times, traceability, and the pressure from consumers, a holistic approach is mandated for Product Safety, Quality, and Compliance.

  4. Panel | Regulations and Update on Hemp Production and Pesticides

    Panelist:

    • Michael Goodis, Director, Registration Division, EPA
    • More coming soon!
  5. Networking & Coffee Break

Session II

  1. Regulatory updates and challenges in biopecticide solutions for the hemp and cannabis industry

    Bonnie MacCulloch | Vice President Crop Protection of knoell USA

    Abstract Coming Soon!

  2. The Legal Framework for Regulating Pesticide Use on Cannabis Crops

    Keith Matthews | Attorney of Wiley Rein LLP

    Abstract Coming Soon!

  3. Hemp Disease in Kentucky: Grasping the Reality of Yield Loss

    Dr. Nicole Gauthier | Extension Specialist- Department of Plant Pathology of University of Kentucky

    Plant diseases affect horticultural and agronomic crops of all types, and hemp is not exempt from disease problems.  This session will give an overview of common hemp diseases in Kentucky hemp and losses associated with those diseases.  There will be sufficient time for questions and discussion.

  4. Title to be Confirmed

    Dr. Jerry J. Baron | Executive Director of IR-4 Project

    Abstract Coming Soon!

  5. Closing Remarks

  6. Networking Reception