Tuesday marked a moment in history for agriculture in Missouri as the state held the very first Missouri Hemp Conference, and our media team was happy to be included in the sold out attendance. Hosted by The Missouri Hemp Association, the event took place in Columbia, MO, and was designed to educate farmers and other interested parties throughout the state. The Executive Director of the Missouri Hemp Association, Dale Ludwig, addressed a crowd of over 250 people, who were all eager to learn more about what this new crop will mean for Missouri.
The conference featured several expert speakers, including Anndrea Hermann, who has a long list of professional accolades and awards, along with an even longer resume in hemp education and employment. Originally from Joplin, Missouri, and a graduate from Missouri State University, Anndrea has been living in Canada as a permanent resident since 2004. She holds a Bachelors in Hemp Ecolonomics and a Masters of Science in in Hemp Fibre Agronomy, is President of the Hemp Industries Association, as well as being the Founder and Owner of The Ridge International Cannabis Consulting. Her presentation was titled, “Hemp Agronomy – Future of Hemp Farming: Opportunities in Hemp”. She gave several examples of how the product is farmed, the differences between growing hemp for industrial purposes versus growth for CBD flower production, as well as tips for harvest, storage, and distribution for processing.
Other speakers included:
William J Cook – Farmer and Entrepreneur
Babu Valliyodan PhD – Lincoln University
Francisco Manzano – Kimitec Group (Almeria, Spain)
Kirk Azevedo, D.C. – President of Riparian Biosupport, Inc
Levi Swanson – Owner of Linn County Seed and Flower
Ceally Smith – The Original Hemppreneur and My Daily Choice
Dan Kuebler – Certified Organic Vegetable Market Gardner
Learn more about the Missouri Hemp Association.