The Industrial Hemp Summit is a multi-stakeholder collaboration focused on building the industrial hemp industry in America. Entering our 4th year, a specific focus of the summit will be building the supply chain and market making for industrial hemp food, fiber and flower. The summit will highlight innovation that is currently happening in the industry, as well as explore what resources and infrastructure are needed to move the industry forward.
The 2021 summit will be a two-day virtual event that offers attendees live access to sessions, the opportunity to participate in Q&A chats with expert speakers, and the chance to engage in potential virtual networking opportunities. The summit is the only business-to-business event organized by a research facility actively involved in the hemp industry. In addition to the summit, IALR’s work includes hemp testing services, hemp research, hemp programming and events, and hemp instruction at instructional videos
The team putting on the event is unique in that it is a Virginia – Southeast Hemp Association collaboration that includes the executive director of IALR as well as the board chair and executive director of the Southeast Hemp Association .
The 2020 summit sold out for the third consecutive year with 400 attendees from 25 states and featured Bill Richmond, Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Domestic Hemp Production Program. The 2021 summit has pivoted to a virtual event that will include high quality panelists like the previous three summits. We hope to return to an in person event in 2022.