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Hemp Industries Association hosts 22nd annual HIA Conference in Lexington

Updated: Jan 17, 2019

From Sunday, September 27, 2015 - Tuesday, September 29, 2015, Kentucky Hempsters were networking with hemp industry supports and leaders from all across the globe at the 22nd annual Hemp Industries Association (HIA) conference in Lexington.

The conference kicked off with a networking reception sponsored by the Tennessee Hemp Farm on Sunday evening. Monday morning followed with a day full of hemp industry speakers and educational presentations by professionals - diving into subjects like cannabinoids to agronomy.

Kentucky Hempsters Kirstin Bohnert and Alyssa Erickson ran ran into Dr. Tony Brannon, Dean of the Department of Agriculture at Murray State University (pictured above), where both Bohnert and Erickson graduated in 2014. Just one year prior, they had met with Dr. Brannon while still in school.

On Monday night, Kentucky Hempsters hosted an after-party for all the conference attendees.

"Thank you to everyone who joined us Monday night to celebrate this year's conference and everyone's accomplishments," said Erickson. "What an amazing feeling to have your home filled with so many amazing, powerful, like-minded people who are all working to make this industry happen."

Tuesday's agenda featured national hemp reports, a hemp legal panel and speakers including David Williams, Agronomist and head of the industrial hemp pilot projects at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, James Comer. The day culminated with a hemp farm tour at GenCanna in Winchester, Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon.

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