Tuesday 27 February 2018 

6:00 - 8:00pm 

Arrival reception

*To attend, please select the check box during registrations. Arrival reception tickets are included for all Full delegate/Presenter registrations. For any other registrations a fee of $75 will be charged. 

 Wednesday 28 February 2017

From 8:00am

Arrival and registration for the Australian Industrial Hemp Conference

Conference Opening 

9.00am - 9.20am

Welcome to country and to Geelong

Wathaurong Nation and Geelong City Council

Plenary session 1

9.20am - 10.30am 


‘Industrial Hemp: Perspectives on an Emerging Industry’

Chair: James Vosper, President Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance and the Industrial Hemp Association of NSW


‘New and Emerging Plant Industries; the Australian Hemp Industry’

David McNeil, Professor of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania and Chair of AgriFutures Australia New and Emerging Plant Industries Panel


‘Industrial Hemp in North America: Production, Politics and Potential; perspectives for Australia’

Jerry Cherney, E.V. Baker Professor of Agriculture, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University, USA


10:30 - 11:00am

Morning tea  

Plenary session 2

11.00am - 12.30pm 

‘Learning from other industries: The last 50 years in…’

Chair: Lyn Stephenson, President Industrial Hemp Association of Victoria


Grapes, Wine and Hospitality

Lyndsay Sharp, Director of Marketing, Sales and Hospitality, Sharp Group (Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Leura Park Estate, Flying Brick Cider Co.)


The Australian Cotton Industry

Adam Kay, CEO, Cotton Australia


The Australian Olive Industry

Leandro Ravetti, Technical Director, Boundary Bend Olives


12:30pm - 1:30pm 


Plenary session 3

1.30pm - 3.00pm  


Sponsored by: 

‘Growing industrial hemp’ 

Chair: Phil Warner, Founding Director Ecofibre Australia


‘Industrial hemp on the Canadian Prairies’

Jan Slaski, Team Leader Innotech, Alberta Canada


‘The Valley Bio Experience - what has 10 years of growing industrial hemp told us?’

Reuben Stone, President Valley Bio Limited, Ontario Canada


‘Industrial hemp in the USA (Kentucky)’

David Williams, University of Kentucky, Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability, Kentucky USA


Breaking down Australian hemp farming’

James Hood, Australian Primary Hemp VIC


3:00pm - 3:30pm 

Afternoon tea 

Plenary session 4

3.30pm - 5.15pm 

Sponsored by:

‘Hemp varieties for Australia’ 

Chair: Jeff Kostuik, Director of Operations, Central Canada, USA and International, Hemp Genetics International 


‘Quality control: A key driver for consumer confidence and international reputation’

Abdul Rehman Mohammed, Australian Cannabis Laboratories, VIC 


Industrial hemp cultivar evaluation – trials vs commercial experience Down Under’

Jo Townshend, Midlands NZ


‘Commercial breeding and selection of low THC Cannabis sativa for sub-tropical environments’
Omid Ansari, Ecofibre QLD


‘Industrial hemp production trials in Tasmania’

Mark Boersma, University of Tasmania TAS


‘Industrial hemp production trials in South Australia’

Mark Skewes, SARDI SA



 DAY 1 ends – free night in Geelong

 Thursday 1 March 2018 


Arrival and registration for the Australian Industrial Hemp Conference

Plenary session 5

9:00 - 10:40am

Lessons in crop production and on-farm processing
Chair: David Williams, Director, Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability (RCARS), University of Kentucky USA


‘Results from a study conducted in 1995/96 on hemp for fibre in SE South Australia’
Trent Potter, Yeruga Crop Research, SA


‘Lessons learnt from several years as a hemp agronomist on the East Coast of Australia – from Tasmania to Emerald, QLD’

John Muir, Hemp Farming Systems Consultancy Group, QLD


‘Challenges cultivating selected hemp varieties of Cannabis sativa on exhausted phosphate mine sites in a tropical environment: the case study of Christmas Island’
Luca DePrato, Murdoch University, WA


‘Hemp production in Malawi with focus on harvesting date, retting process and fibre content’

Stephanie Schloegel, Ecofibre Australia, QLD


‘On-farm decortication’
Charles Kovess, TCI, VIC


‘Worker health and wellbeing during cultivation and processing of hemp’
Maggie Davidson, Univ. Western Sydney, NSW


10:40 - 11:00am

Morning tea  


Plenary session 6

11:00 - 12:30pm



Looking after seed value 
Chair:Ruth Trigg, Secretary, Industrial Hemp Association of South Australia


‘Chemical diversity in a global industrial hemp genetic resource collection’
Mat Welling, Southern Cross University, NSW


‘Dedicated international-quality Cannabis seed-bank facilities for ex situ genetic resource conservation at Southern Cross Plant Science (SCPS, Lismore)’
Jos Mieog, Southern Cross University, NSW


‘Industrial Hemp: Innovation and Commercialisation in Australia’

Sally Davis, Davies Collison Cave P/L, VIC


‘Analysis and spatial distribution of hemp seed constituents compared to other edible seeds’
Rachel Burton, Adelaide University, SA


‘Advances in leaf oils: Game-changing technology for oil production in biomass crops’
Allan Green, CSIRO Agriculture, ACT


12:30 - 1:30pm 



Plenary session 7

1:30 - 3:15pm 

Fibre and hurd products

Chair: Charles Kovess, Managing Director TCI, VIC


‘The world fibre market’

Stuart Gordon, CSIRO Manufacturing, VIC


‘Fibre products from industrial hemp’

Menghe Miao, CSIRO Manufacturing, VIC


‘Investigation of wash behaviour of hemp-based denim substrate’

Saniyat Islam, RMIT, VIC


‘Building an integrated energy storage from hemp plant materials’

Carl Martel, Independent Scientist, Canada


‘Hemp building products’

Glen Ossy-Orley, Total Hemp Company, WA


3:15pm - 3:45pm 

Afternoon tea 


Plenary session 8

3:45pm - 5:30pm


Sponsored by:

‘Final plenary – the market value for hemp products’
Chair: Andrew Davidson, Director, Midlands (AU and NZ)


‘Preserving seed quality on farm for consumers’

Jeff Kostuik, HGI, Canada


‘Hemp seed for human consumption - consumer insights’

Anthony Saliba, Charles Sturt University, NSW


'Hemp global markets’

Paul Benhaim, Elixinol Global Limited, NSW Australia


‘The value in hemp fibre’
Mark Reinders, European Industrial Hemp Association, Germany


‘The value of hemp shiv for building‘
Kirstie Wulf, Shelter Building Design, Hazelbrook NSW


‘Hemp products into the future’
Phil Warner, Ecofibre Australia, QLD


 6:30 - 11:00pm

Conference Dinner, Rydges Hotel Geelong


Friday 2 March 2018 

9:00 - 12:30pm  

Conference tours

A mini bus will take delegates on the tour. leaving and returning from the Rydges Geelong. If you would like to go on the tour. please sign up at the registration desk.