Watch the Webinar!
Our Hemp Farm Accelerator Webinar, held on May 19, 2020, was a big hit! Over 200 attendees joined us live to learn about hemp from our very informed experts. Interested in watching? Catch a recording of the webinar on our Eco-Farming Daily website here.
This two-hour-long, free webinar was a quick and impactful overview of hemp production from seed to market. Soil health experts and veteran hemp farmers presented about seed selection, soil health management and plant nutrition, and how to identify quality hemp markets.
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Where we are today – Doug Fine
Starting with the Seed – Edgar Winters
Soil Health & Balanced Nutrition: Keys to Avoid Poor Quality Hemp – Noel Garcia
Making Hemp Marketing Work for You – Sarah Cotterill and Jamie Perkins, Lineage Hemp
Closing Panel with our speakers – moderated by Doug Fine
Fine is a pioneer voice in cannabis/hemp and regenerative farming. In the hemp/cannabis sphere, Doug is a farmer, author and well-regarded researcher and consultant for projects all over the world.
He has been a hemp seed development researcher with the University of Hawaii. He is marketing an organic farm-to-table hemp product that he helped grow in Vermont (called Hemp in Hemp). And this year he is teaching a course on Organic Hemp Farming and Marketing at Sterling College’s School of the New American Farmstead in Vermont.
In addition to his hemp work, Doug is an award-winning culture and climate correspondent on five continents (for NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post), and a repeat Conan and Tonight Show guest. Doug is also a solar-powered goat herder and a bestselling author. His books include American Hemp Farmer (just out in 2020!) Hemp Bound (a must-read for anyone entering the industry), Too High to Fail, Farewell, My Subaru, Not Really An Alaskan Mountain Man, and, most recently, First Legal Harvest, which was printed on hemp paper.
In 2014, Edgar Winters received the first Oregon-issued Hemp License in 77 years. His roots in Hemp go back to the late 1950s when his grandfather used to cultivate hemp for baling twine. A Master Gardener since 2003 through the Oregon State University, he has been a big part of the grassroots movement to legalize industrial hemp and get hemp into our nation’s agriculture program. He was excited to attend the first class on “The Introduction to the Botany, Biology and Agronomy of the Hemp Plant” instructed through Oregon State University. He now has MOU’s with the University of Virginia, Cornell University and Louisiana State University.
Winters' lifetime of education on farming lead him to start Winterfox Farms, a genetic breeding facility and experimental station for various cannabis cultivars. His passion is to have true American strains for each farming system, whether for food, fiber or CBD’s and have consistency in the finished product. He works with companies such as 22nd Century Group Inc. and KeyGene, leading their research programs at Winterfox Farms as their lead Breeder.
What little spare time Winters has he spends as a nationally renowned keynote speaker for hemp and on the many areas of this new industry, such as the best farming practices and techniques, genetic breeding including tissue cultures, viability and sustainability of the hemp plant, as well as the economic benefit. He instructs people to know the endless possibilities that comes from one single plant.
Garcia is a Certified Crop Advisor under the American Society of Agronomy. He joined Texas Plant & Soil Lab in 1991; he now serves as vice-president, operations and technical director.
His career started at the USDA-ARS, developing imagery acquisition software involving video and satellite images, image processing and geographical information systems. He was recruited by E.K. Chandler, the lab’s previous owner, to write computer programs to manage and report raw laboratory data.
Garcia also conducted field trials on various pop-up fertilizers, humic/fulvic acids, hormones and other adjuvants with a variety of crops. He consults widely with farmers internationally on a wide variety of crops and on conventional, sustainable and organic operations.
Sarah Cotterill & Jamie Perkins
Cotterill and Perkins are the CEO and owner, respectively of Lineage Hemp, a vertically integrated hemp company harnessing generational wisdom and agricultural innovation to produce and distribute high quality hemp (fiber, grain, and CBD) using regenerative organic methods.
Learn more about Acres U.S.A.’s in-person hemp event, Advancing Industrial Hemp, Oct. 5-6 in Greeley, CO