Pre-Conference Workshop

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

Tuesday, October 13, 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. 

Moderator: Bonnie MacCulloch, Knoell USA

Tuesday, Oct. 13 | 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. How will hemp production and pesticides change the ag industry?

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

  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. Efforts to Facilitate Crop Protection Products for Hemp

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

    Abstract Coming Soon!

  4. Networking Reception