LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 19, 2018) — The Kentucky Hemp Industries Association (KYHIA) will hold its 4th annual KYHIA Conference presented by GenCanna on Tuesday, April 3 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Extension Office in Lexington, Ky.
The conference is a great opportunity for people interested in learning more about the hemp industry in Kentucky, as well as a chance for industry professionals to network and discuss hot topics and continue their education. University researchers and leading industry experts will present on a variety of topics including hemp research, education, legality, legislation, commercialization, and more. A trade show area with vendor booths will be setup for attendees to visit and learn about industrial hemp products and services.
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles will give the opening remarks at the event. Commissioner Quarles has been a driving force in the revival of the hemp industry in Kentucky and has been an advocate for getting industrial hemp off the list of controlled substances.
“When I became Commissioner of Agriculture, I made a commitment to do everything I could to put Kentucky’s industrial hemp crop on the path to commercialization,” Quarles said. “In order for that to happen, Congress needs to pass a law to remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances.”
This educational and networking event is open to both KYHIA members and non-members who may be interested in getting involved in or supporting the emerging hemp industry in Kentucky. Early bird tickets are currently on sale and are $45 for KYHIA members and $70 for non-members. Tickets will also be available at the door and will be $55 for KYHIA members and $80 for non-members. Lunch and an assorted gift bag are complimentary with ticket purchase.