By Jean Lotus
The 850 Industrial Hemp 2022 Summit returns to Tallahassee, FL April 26-28, 2022 after two years of pandemic pause.
Named after the north Florida Panhandle region’s iconic “850” area code, the conference and trade show at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center is sponsored by the Apalachee Regional Planning Council.
“We see industrial hemp as a value-ad for our region, both for farmers, the building community and our research community,” Leon County commissioner and conference organizer Kristin Dozier told Let’s Talk Hemp. “We want to build community and support it as much as we can.”
The two-day conference and trade show will showcase the economic and environmental opportunities of industrial hemp for regional farmers and product researchers and developers.
Attendees will have an opportunity to hear insights from national and state leaders in the industry, including, but not limited to Geoffrey Whaling (National Hemp Association), Jacob Waddell (US Hemp Building Association), and Holly Bell (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services). Let’s Talk Hemp is a media partner for the event.
Organizers point to the United States Department of Agriculture’s recently released 2021 Hemp Acreage and Production Survey, which calculated that the value of hemp production totaled $824 million in 2021.
The 2-day event is open to the public and will include information about:
- Florida’s Hemp Program, applicable laws, and the process for acquiring a hemp cultivation license;
- Requirements for selecting the right hemp seed genetics and environment for growing hemp;
- How to produce hemp-derived products in a safe and successful manner; and
- The positive impacts resulting from the cultivation of industrial hemp as a cash crop alternative.
Find out more online at: www.850hempsummit.org
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Jean Lotus is a Colorado-based award-winning journalist and hempreneur who writes about the American West and sustainable food and technologies.