AURI and MN AgriGrowth Council Partner on Industrial Hemp Forum

SAINT PAUL, MN (Oct. 1, 2019) – The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) and the MN AgriGrowth Council have partnered for an event to discuss the opportunities, obstacles and expansion of industrial hemp. The event will be held on November 6, 2019, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas Schulze School in Minneapolis.

The “Building an Industrial Hemp Industry in Minnesota” forum is being held just prior to AgriGrowth’s Minnesota Ag and Food Summit. The forum provides an opportunity to hear from industry experts, government officials, researchers and producers driving the burgeoning hemp industry forward. Attendees will learn about some of the exciting new opportunities for businesses and producers of this multipurpose commodity, obstacles, as well as supply chain needs to expand markets. The forum will feature speakers from several stakeholder organizations.

AURI recently released a report on Minnesota’s hemp industry. The report is an educational resource for stakeholders, defining opportunities and challenges in this revitalized industry. The interest and demand for hemp has increased steadily since the implementation of state specific pilot programs and with the identification of new uses in food, cosmetic and beauty products, fiber and the CBD extract market. The passage of the 2018 farm bill enhanced hemp’s popularity further. That legislation opened the door for growers and processors to more directly engage, participate and build the hemp industry.

The report identifies several constraints as well as value-added opportunities for hemp in food, fuel, fiber, feed and CBD applications. In addition, the research identifies several pathways for markets in various sectors, potential supply and demand synergies and infrastructure requirements  to help build the industrial hemp industry.

Hemp forum registrants will be able to attend the AgriGrowth reception and summit at its member rates.

Learn more and register at:  https://www.eventsquid.com/event/7753

For a full overview of the AURI Hemp Report, visit  https://www.auri.org/research-reports/hemp/