Thu, Apr 25 | Barnacopia

Ogle County Agricultural Hemp Summit (1)

Join us in this educational summit to learn about agricultural hemp, how to get licensed, opportunities for investment partnerships, and helpful tips on growing, harvesting, and processing.⁣
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Ogle County Agricultural Hemp Summit (1)

Time & Location

Apr 25, 2019, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Barnacopia, 2570 NW Branch Rd, Polo, IL 61064, USA

Workshop Overview & Join Info:

Join us in this timely educational summit to learn about agricultural hemp, licensure updates, investment opportunities, business models for grain & flower, banking for hemp, potential collaborations for establishing processing centers, and a host of helpful tips from experienced growers. You should leave understanding the three main things Hemp is grown for: fiber, gain, flower and begin thinking how you might diversify your farm to incorporate industrial hemp. For processing and manaufacturing entrepreneurs, you should get a good kick-start on potential collaborative partners and economic development opportunities in Ogle County.

To facilitate indepth collaboration, the session will close with a 45 minute open forum to allow for further discussion. Tables will be setup allowing for free-form small group discussions. Signup sheets will be available at each table to get on that organization's and/or topic's mailing list for further information.


8:00-8:15 AM: Summit Introduction, Stacy McCaskill, Director - Illinois SBDC

8:15-9:00 AM: Hemp Industry Dynamics & Licensing - Illinois Hemp Grower's Association , Chris Berry, COO

9:00-9:45 AM: Growing Hemp for Grain - Legacy Hemp, Bryan Par, Agronomist

9:45-10:00 AM: Break & Networking

10:00-10:45 AM: Hemp Lessons from the Field - Turtle Creek Gardens, Steve Tomlins, Co-Farm Manager

10:45-11:15 AM: Hemp Business Models & Collaboration Opportunities - Illinois SBDC, Stacy McCaskill, Director

11:15-11:45 PM: Hemp Industry Banking Updates - Sauk Valley Bank, Jamie Gisi, Sr. Credit Officer & Vanessa Sharp, Analyst

11:45-12:30 PM: Networking & Collaboration (topic tables with be setup - feel free to move among them for further discussion)

Topic Tables Include the Following:

1. Processing Plant Collaborations/Hemp Incubator Opportunities (hosted by SBDC)

2. Polo Economic Development (explore properties and EDC support)

3. Mt. Morris Economic Development (explore properties and EDC support)

4. Ogle County Farm Bureau (explore support)

5. Sauk Valley Bank (learn more)

6. IL Hemp Growers Association (learn more)

7. Legacy Hemp (learn more)

8. Turtle Creek Gardens (learn more)

9. IL Small Business Development Center (signup for your no-cost consulting session)

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