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Newsletter – February 8, 2023

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Newsletter – February 8, 2023

Honoring Black Leaders in the Hemp Industry

By Rachael Carlevale

To celebrate Black History Month and diversity in the hemp industry, Let’s Talk Hemp recently interviewed several Black industry leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. While it’s a small sampling, we hope that reading about these seven Black leaders inspires you to learn more about them and the hemp industry. Please let us know if there are other Black hemp leaders we should know about.

Frederick Cawthon –-Verge Agritech

U.S. Hemp Roundtable Vice President for Minority Empowerment Frederick Cawthon is the co-founder and CEO of Verge Agritech, which is focused on advancing research and education, creating everyday life products, and developing lifestyle brands that transform customer experiences with hemp and cannabis. Cawthon, a counselor to the hemp industry, draws from his over 20 years of experience in program and product management for Fortune 500 companies. Inspired by the power of hemp to heal his mother, Cawthon said, “It’s not a movement, it’s a ministry” – and asked, “How can we move the ministry?” 

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Hemp Building Institute to Take on Codes, Testing and Education, Founder Says

By Jean Lotus

Editor and Publisher, HempBuild Magazine

A new hemp building organization launched its website late last month with a familiar face in a central leadership role. Jacob Waddell, who served as executive director of the US Hemp Building Association until summer 2022, announced a new non-profit, The Hemp Building Institute, based in Nashville, TN.

The goal of the institute will be to raise money to create codes and standards, perform necessary testing for the industry, and educate the public on the uses of hemp building materials, Waddell said. The HBI will also consult in Kenya to build the new hemp-building industry there, he said.

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The Let’s Talk Hemp Volume Up podcast returns with The Thai Tape series recorded in Thailand during the Asia International Hemp Expo. In this final segment, Morris Beegle speaks with Alan and Ben Dronkers, hemp and cannabis pioneers from Sensei Seeds and HempFlax.

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2023 World Ag Expo, Feb. 14-16, 2023, Tulare, CA

Wisconsin Cannabis & Hemp Industry and Policy Summit, Feb. 15-16, 2023, Milwaukee, WI. Hosted by Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association

Canapa Mundi 8th Edition International Hemp Expo, Feb. 17-19, 2023, Rome, Italy

Will Hemp and CBD Ever Be Viable, Legal Pet Food Ingredients? Webinar presented by Petfood Forum, Feb. 22, 2023, 10 am CST

Natural Products Expo West, March 7-11, 2023, Anaheim, CA

9th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo, March 29-31, 2023, The Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Springs, CO

Growing Industrial Hemp as a Multipurpose Crop in Organic Cropping Systems, May 10, 2023, from 2-3 pm EDT. Free webinar by the Rodale Institute.

Reimagining a Regenerative World Through Cannabis & Hemp, Regennabis Live, May 11, 2023, United Nations, New York, NY 

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Help Rebuild Ukraine With Hemp
Sergiy Kovalenkov, aka Doctor Hemphouse, one of the world’s renowned specialists in building with hemp, is appealing to the hemp industry for help in rebuilding war-torn Ukraine, including building Ukraine’s biggest social housing project to date — a 10,000-square-foot residential building to house refugees and orphans who lost their parents to the war. In particular, the project is seeking builders, sponsors, automated block-making machinery and a hempcrete spraying system. Visit or contact or

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