Australian conference draws U.S., Canadian speakers

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Dr. Jerry Cherney

Jerry Cherney of Cornell University (USA) will give a highlight address during the Australian Industrial Hemp Conference Feb. 27–March 2, 2018 at the Rydges Geelong hotel, Geelong, Victoria in South Australia.

Cherney is co-author of “Industrial Hemp in North America: Production, Politics and Potential” (Agronomy, 2016). He has conducted research in forage and grain crops, and in several novel field crops. Cherney is the E.V. Baker Professor of Agriculture in Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science.

A full roster of speakers will bring international perspectives to the event, which will look at all aspects of the burgeoning hemp value chain – around the world and in Australia. The conference is designed for growers, researchers, processors, end-market buyers and investors.

Other confirmed speakers so far are Reuben Stone, a hemp farmer from Stone Farms, Ontario, Canada; Jan Slaski, hemp agronomist, InnoTech, Alberta, Canada; Mahendra Thimmanagari, an expert in biofuels & solids, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, Ontario, Canada; David Williams, agronomist, University of Kentucky, USA; and Mark Reinders, HempFlax, Holland who is also President of the European Industrial Hemp Association.

Early bird rates for conference accreditations are available those who register before Wednesday Dec. 20, 2017.

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