The third national Australian Industrial Hemp Conference will be held in Launceston, Tasmania from March 22-25 next year.
Hemp farmers, CSIRO scientists, researchers, agronomists, processors and product developers from the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia will gather to explore ideas.
Workshops for key stakeholders will be held on March 22 featuring in-depth discussions with industry leaders and peers on topics including carbon farming, hemp agronomy, setting up co-ops and hemp building, with the option to end the day at a hemp gin making and tasting session.
After the two-day conference concludes, an educational field day on March 25 will give a limited number of the 400 expected attendees the chance to view the plant at full maturity and observe mechanical harvesting and the processing of seed and stalk.
AgriFutures Australia senior manager for emerging industries Dr Olivia Reynolds, one of the keynote speakers, described the potential for industrial hemp as “enormous” while conference founder Robert Bell added: “Hemp can be the economic, environmental and ethical solution for many of our world’s problems.”
The conference is hosted by the Tasmanian Hemp Association and supported by the Tasmanian government, AgriFutures Australia, the Australian Hemp Council, the Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance, Launceston BMW, ECS Botanics, Levi Strauss & Co, Midlands, Business Events Tasmania and City of Launceston.
Tickets for the workshops, conference, and field trip can be pre-purchased from australianindustrialhempconference.com.