NIHC Business, Research & Farm Summit 2022

August 22, 2022 - August 23, 2022 / Oregon State University, USA

The NIHC is proud to present its third annual business summit, a remarkable event bringing together the hemp industry’s leading business, legal, and regulatory figures for pivotal discussions about developments in the world of hemp. The summit will provide an educational and networking opportunity for those currently in or soon to be entering the industrial hemp industry.

Keynote Speakers

Patrick Atagi 

President and CEO, NIHC As President and CEO of the National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC), Atagi provides high-quality networking and resources for NIHC staff and...


Jay Noller

Director and lead researcher of Oregon State University’s (OSU) Global Hemp Innovation Center Jay Noller, is the new Director and lead researcher of Oregon State...


Lakshmy Mahon

Lakshmy Mahon is the President & CEO of Global Data Vision (GDV). Prior to her role at GDV, she worked at the American Petroleum Institute...


Featured Speakers


8:30am - Introduction Patrick Atagi, President and CEO

The 2022 Hemp Business Summit: The National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC), a guiding lighthouse of information in the swirling sea of hearsay and information overload.

8:45am to 9:15am - Introduction of New Director of OSU Global Hemp Innovation Center (New Director to be Announced)

OSU’s Global Hemp Innovation Center is home to the world’s leading experts in hemp research. The largest of its kind in the nation, receiving 75% of Federal funds for marketing and research of hemp. Hear from the center’s newly appointed director on the center.

9:15am to 9:45am - Legal, Oregon the New California for Hemp

This year there was a flurry of activity in the states, and particularly Oregon. Hear from the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmer Association on what this means for Oregon and beyond.

9:45am to 10:30am - The NIHC Foundation Launch!

NIHC’s Patrick Atagi and the outgoing GHIC Director, Jay Noller introduce our new foundation!

10:30am to 10:45am- Coffee Break

10:45am to 11:30am - The Economics of Hemp, Whitney Economics

Hemp and cannabis are nascent industry verticals that face unique pressures. The US hemp and cannabis industries significantly benefit from more hard data and greater levels of regulatory transparency. Beau Whitney, NIHC’s Chief Economist, will share insight in support of hemp & cannabis investment, infrastructure & regulation.

11:30am to 12:00pm - Hemp Banking is Here Today! Panel Discussion

Hemp banking is here now! We have come a long way in 2022 with farm credit and banks engaged in this lucrative business. Learn more directly from financial institutions who are currently assisting farmers and industry in the hemp business. We have come a long way since 2019 and financial institutions are eager to help support our community.

12:00pm to 1:15pm - Lunch and Networking

1:15pm to 2:00pm - United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service, Corey Picklesimer

The Federal Government is currently serving the hemp industry. Learn more about the Market Access Program (MAP) and the United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service initiatives in promoting hemp globally.

2:00pm to 2:45pm - NIHC Verified Product Label & ASTM Lab Certification

The NIHC has partnered with SEI and ASTM International to create a globally recognized brand and hemp verification program for CBD and related products. This is a two-step verification using ASTM International HempQ laboratory certification and NIHC product testing standards. Companies and retailers can now use the NIHC verified seal on their product after passing both programs. Laboratories participating in this program can now be listed on the NIHC Global Laboratory Directory. Learn all about the program during this seminar and how your company or laboratory can enroll in the program.

2:45pm to 3:30pm - Sequestration, Carbon Credits and the Hemp Industry, Julie Lerner, PanXchange CEO

Hemp is a major carbon sequestering plant, a top tier crop that can be a player in carbon sequestration. On average, an acre of hemp sequesters about 11,000 pounds, or 5 metric tons of CO2 throughout photosynthesis during its growth cycle, according to New Frontier Data. Learn how companies are making a move in this sector, with a 2027 value projection of 6.13 billion Dollars.

3:30pm to 4:15pm - Animal Feed, addressing a global need and the path forward

Hemp must be, above all, safe for livestock and companion animals. The NIHC believes that the current profile of research from around the world, including small research projects in the U.S., provides sufficient data necessary to prove that hemp seed is a safe and effective feed ingredient. Learn how the NIHC is working with groups in Washington, DC to clear a path for animal feed.

4:15pm to 5:00pm - Fundamental Hemp Market Issues and Opportunities

5:00pm - Adjourn

8:30am - Introduction Patrick Atagi, President and CEO

8:45am to 9:30am - U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Hear from the leadership of FDA’s cannabis team which provides for the developments of regulations and guidance and provides leadership and support on a broad range of policy issues. Hear the latest from the FDA in-person since its last public hearing in May of 2019 and Zoom communication at NIHC’s 2021 Washington, DC Business summit.

9:30am to 10:00am - Working Together Works: Who is Who in National Hemp Trade Associations, Panel Discussion

Individuals, organizations and companies often ask, “with so many trade associations, which ones should I join?”. However, there is only a small group of organizations engaged nationally in our industry. Hear from the leaders of each organization on their mission and purpose. There is no rule that you need to belong to only one organization! Patrick Atagi, CEO and President of NIHC will moderate a panel discussion that includes Mandi Kerr, CEO & Founder, Global Hemp Association, Jacob Waddell, Executive Director of the US Hemp Building Association and others.

10:00am to 10:15am - Coffee Break

10:15am to 11:00am - Cartels, The Law, and Cultivators, Panel Discussion

States and the hemp industry are facing a new threat – Drug Cartels. In Oregon, one county code enforcement department is completely overwhelmed by illegal marijuana activity, with 70% of code enforcement claims related to the marijuana industry. The county’s watermaster is also inundated with marijuana-related water theft claims. How can we work together to combat this threat to hemp and farmers in general? We answer these questions in this seminar.

11:00am to 11:45am - Organics, A Market for Hemp Products, Sunny Summers, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Organic is the fastest growing segment in American food and agriculture. Topping over $50 billion per year in sales, the USDA organic label is the gold standard for product differentiation in the marketplace. Hemp producers and processors can also benefit from this voluntary labeling program by obtaining premiums for their products and meeting their consumers’ demands. Hear from experts in organic regulatory policy and certification on how organic can support the entire industrial hemp supply chain from seed to food to textiles.

11:45am to 12pm - Closing Remarks, Patrick Atagi, President and CEO National Industrial Hemp Council

12pm- Adjourn

1:00pm to 5:00pm - Tours of Oregon State University Global Hemp Innovation Center

Hilton Garden Inn Corvallis

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Corvallis with a group rate of $149 per night. 

Book by Phone: 

Call 541-752-5000 and ask for a room under the “NIHC Annual Conference” block


for sponsorship and exhibitions

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(202) 919-3750 / [email protected]

for more information

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for media enquiries

international press office:

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US press office:

Larry Farnsworth, NIHC
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Become a sponsor of the NIHC Summit 2022

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