Join Ag Ventures Alliance as we learn how to navigate the industrial hemp opportunity. We have invited a panel of experts to discuss the regulatory outlook, market opportunities, and agronomic practices to consider as we prepare for the new opportunities connected to industrial hemp in Iowa.
John Lupien is the founder of Hemp Technology Innovations, Inc. He possesses 30 years of experience in hemp related research, businesses and technology development. These achievements included the development of patents and the production of the first ever U.S. grown and process hemp-cotton blend yarn at commercial scale.
Ethan Vorhes and his family raise beef, pork, and poultry on a non-GMO grain farm in Northern Iowa. He sees an opportunity to produce natural hemp-feed livestock to produce non-commodity meat with an advantageous flavor profile and a unique nutritional story. Ethan believes that hemp can help struggling family farms with a high market value product that simultaneously advances restorative land management. Ethan also works for Third Wave Farms in Mount Vernon Kentucky as the Director of Farm Operations. Third Wave Farms is a CBD focused company cultivating around 1,000 acres this season. Ethan is also a Director at the Iowa Hemp Association as well as the Friends of Hemp which are both non profits intended to help grow the industry.
Andrew Bish is the COO of Bish Enterprises and the founder of Hemp Harvest Works. In 2015, Andrew participated in harvesting hemp where he harvested 180 acres near Fort Morgan, CO. Since then, he has been focusing on identifying and resolving the many issues currently facing hemp harvesting and processing. His goal is to provide equipment that helps standardize hemp farming practices while allowing growers to increase their scale of operation and decrease costs. Andrew is affiliated with the Hemp Industries Assocation, the Canadian Hemp trade Alliance, the US Custom Harvesters Assocation, the 21st Century Agricultural Opportunities Coalition, the US Hemp Authority Technical Committee, the Hemp Industries Daily, the US Hemp Conference & Expo, WAFBA (NOCO), and others.
Dr. Christopher Disbro is an Iowa native, physician, Founder and President of the Iowa Hemp Association, and CEO of the Heartland Hemp Company. Dr. Disbro consults for medical cannabis patients throughout the Midwest and has been a leading voice for hemp at the Iowa statehouse and US Capitol. Through his work in Iowa he has pushed for the re-introduction and re-establishment of hemp as an agricultural commodity and has sought to increase access to hemp products across the state. Most recently, he helped craft and guide the passage of SF599, the Iowa Hemp Act, which was signed into law May, 2019. Currently, he is engaged in training, educating, and organizing farmers and communities to begin hemp cultivation and ensure the state is prepared to open this new and emerging market.