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Inaugural Southern Hemp Expo, Announces Presenting Sponsor Bluhen Botanicals

The First Annual Southern Hemp Expo to Feature Exhibit Hall, Networking Opportunities, and Presentations and Workshops by Pioneers, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Activists in the Rapidly Expanding Hemp Industry at The Fairgrounds Nashville, Sept. 28-29, 2018

Nashville, TN — (ReleaseWire) — 08/29/2018 –The Southern United States is rapidly emerging as an epicenter of industrial hemp production, and the producers of NoCo Hemp Expo – the world’s largest hemp exposition held each Spring in Colorado – are celebrating this fact by launching the first annual Southern Hemp Expo this fall in Nashville, TN, to serve the burgeoning Southern region and to promote innovation in the market for all things hemp.

On the heels of its sold-out, over-capacity show drawing more than 6,000 attendees and 150 diverse exhibitors, the Colorado-based NoCo Hemp Expo is taking the momentum southeast, launching the Inaugural Southern Hemp Expo (SHE), Sept. 28-29, 2018, at The Fairgrounds Nashville.

Presenting Sponsor Blühen Botanicals

In addition to a broad group of Sponsor and Exhibitor Partners, Tennessee hometown hero Blühen Botanicals will be featured as the Presenting Sponsor of Southern Hemp Expo. The two-day conference and exposition is open to entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, manufacturers, producers, agriculturalists and consumers interested in products made from hemp and full spectrum hemp extract.

Founded by a dedicated team of Knoxville, TN-based entrepreneurs, soil scientists, farmers and hemp advocates, Blühen Botanicals’ state-of-the-art, industrial hemp processing facility will be able to process 2,000 pounds of hemp biomass per day, with the potential to rapidly scale output beyond that capacity to create jobs and help Tennessee farmers grow a traditional cash crop well suited to the region.

“The CBD oil industry is virtually unknown to the vast majority of U.S. consumers, and we’re excited to be on the leading edge in the Southeast,” said Joe Fox, one of the partners behind Blühen Botanicals. “It has great potential to help millions of people with pain and anxiety and a myriad of other health issues. As this year’s Presenting Sponsor, we’re also delighted to welcome members of the hemp industry to the Southern Hemp Expo,” he said.

According to Fox, Blühen Botanicals, based in Knoxville, TN, will be the largest hemp biomass processing and extraction facility in Tennessee and one of the largest in the Southeast. Blühen Botanicals is projected to employ two dozen people within two years and expand its number of farming partners to grow high-yield industrial hemp crops, says Fox. The company also is exploring partnerships with universities around the country to further expand hemp genetics research and development. Visit

Hemp Industry Juggernaut

With skyrocketing popularity of hemp for food, fiber, and its therapeutic non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD, domestic production of hemp, or cannabis sativa, is reaching new heights. U.S. hemp-based product sales grew 16% to reach $820 million in sales in 2017 and is expected to surpass $1 billion in sales in 2018, led primarily by hemp-derived CBD, food, personal care and industrial products, according to the publication Hemp Business Journal – a number not lost on politicians. This past spring, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove hemp from the federal list of controlled substances and allow it to be sold as an agricultural crop.

“The South is emerging as a leader in hemp production, and there’s never been a more exciting time in our industry,” said Colorado Hemp Company co-founder Morris Beegle, producer of SHE and NoCo Hemp Expo. “Hemp innovation is taking off, and legislative reform is around the corner,” Beegle said. “SHE will provide an important forum for regenerative, organic agriculture and a festive and effective venue for expanding crucial dialogue in the exploding commercial hemp products market.”

Other Sponsors for the Southern Hemp Expo include: GenCanna, Kat’s Naturals, LabCanna, Lilu’s Gardens, Softgel Co., Bluebird Botanicals, ProVerde Labs, Kazmira, Anavii Market, Bish Equipment, WillPower Products, Restorative Botanicals, Colorado Hemp Project, Palmetto Harmony, Hempsac, The Hemp Road Trip, and Silver Mountain Hemp Guitars. Also, the Hemp Happy Hour media booth will be hosted by CV Sciences, maker of +CBDOil.

Tickets on Sale Now

With exhibitor space selling out six weeks ahead of the show, don’t be left out. Conference and Expo Hall tickets for Southern Hemp Expo are on sale now at

About The Southern Hemp Expo
The Southern Hemp Expo is produced by the Colorado Hemp Company, a division of WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives), based in Loveland, CO, and producer of NoCo Hemp Expo, the world’s largest expo and conference for industrial hemp. WAFBA is founder of TreeFreeHemp paper and printing services and the Colorado Hemp Company. Areas of focus include product and brand development, event production, consulting and advocacy. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, tel 303-807-1042,
Morris Beegle, Colorado Hemp Company, tel 970-541-0448,

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