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Washington State has finally passed industrial hemp legislation ~ now what? Let’s learn how to farm it and build soil at the same time! Attendees will join industrial hemp specialist Joy Beckerman of Hemp Ace International and renowned Canadian industrial hemp agrologist Jeff Kostuik, B.Gs, T.Ag, CCA of Hemp Production Services (who will participate remotely) for the presentation "Industrial Hemp Farming Basics," along with information about Washington’s new hemp law and the current creation of Washington’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot by the State Department of Agriculture. Regenerative, nature-mimicking agronomic practices that will promote the brightest future for farmers and our precious soil will also be introduced.
In addition to the current state and federal regulatory landscape, all points of industrial hemp agronomy, including field preparation, varieties/cultivars, crop rotations, sowing, nutrition, and weed/disease/insect management will be addressed; along with harvesting, drying, storing, and equipment. Attendees will also be introduced to soil ecology and regenerative agricultural practices, such as cover cropping and integrated pest management. If you’re considering applying for a hemp cultivation license in Washington State in 2017, don’t miss this free opportunity to learn and gather valuable, reliable resources!
ABOUT JOY BECKERMAN: Joy is the Principal Industrial Hemp Specialist at Hemp Ace International, a Seattle-based global industrial hemp advisory, educational, and brokerage firm. After opening the first hemp store in New York in the early 1990’s, Joy served as Secretary to the Vermont Hemp Council upon passage of the first Vermont hemp bill in 1996. She then commenced an extensive dual career as a compliance and complex civil litigation paralegal, supporting some of Seattle’s most distinguished legal counsel. Joy’s earth healing purpose has also led her to permaculture with focuses on regenerative agriculture, sustainable building, and social systems. Joy is an internationally respected voice and public speaker who has presented at continuing legal education seminars and numerous universities, conferences, and panels over the last nearly quarter of a century. Working directly with lawmakers and regulators, Joy assists with bill drafting and policymaking upon request and as a grassroots activist. She is also a Hempcrete Workshop Instructor for Hemp Technologies, builders of the first permitted hempcrete homes in the U.S. Joy is the recipient of the Hemp Industries Association’s 2014 National Hemp Activist of the Year Award and Seattle Hempfest’s 2016 Regional Cannabis Activist of the Year Award.
ABOUT JEFF KOSTUIK, B.Gs, T.Ag, CCA: Jeff joined Hemp Genetics International and Hemp Production Services in late 2015 as the major global Director of Operations after a 26-year career serving agriculture with the Government of Manitoba. He began his service in 1989 as a Soil Conversation Technician, advising farmers on soil ecology, regenerative conservation practices, erosion management, and sustainable agriculture. In 1999, as Canada began to reintroduce the industrial hemp crop into its agricultural systems, Jeff became a Diversification Technician, managing the day to day activities on Applied Research Farms including industrial hemp seeding, crop management, harvesting and data collection for the benefit of farmers, researchers and Canada’s farming industry. In 2013, Jeff began to serve as a Diversification Specialist as well as the provincial contact for the Industrial Hemp Variety Development program in Manitoba, also managing the Parkland Crop Diversification Foundation, an applied research organization. Jeff’s depth of knowledge of and contributions to the industrial hemp crop in North America are immeasurable. His outstanding work in this rapidly developing field continues.