This Week on the ‘Lo Down: Texas Hemp Farming
For Part 2 of our Texas hemp farming webinar Take Hemp by the Horns, our 3 panelists will dig in to how to farm hemp in the Lone Star State. Join us as we continue the conversation with Ilissa Nolan of the Texas Hemp Coalition, Aaron Owens of Tejas Hemp and George Benda of Sea Green Agro, Inc.
Date: April 21 & 28, 2020
Time: 2-3pm CT; (Noon-1pm PT)
Please register using the form on this page, and we will email you the link and details to log on by phone or computer. Register once, and you’ll be set for the 2-part series.
What You’ll Learn About Texas Hemp Farming
Overview of the TX hemp farming landscape (policy, positioning, & how to get in the game):
- How to apply for a hemp farming license
- Requirements & regulations
- Where to source high-quality genetics
How to farm hemp on Texas soil (and steer clear of common mistakes):
- Regions, soil prep, and irrigation
- Hemp genetics
- Harvest & post harvest
About Our Take Hemp by the Horns Panelists
About Ilissa Nolan of the Texas Hemp Coalition
Ilissa Nolan is the Executive Director of the Texas Hemp Coalition where she works to build policy through stakeholder collaboration and educating members on cutting-edge issues surrounding state and federal hemp issues. Ms. Nolan was critical in the construction and passage of HB 1325 which legalized the production, manufacture, retail sale, and inspection of industrial hemp crops and products in Texas. She received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Leadership and Development with a minor in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. As well, she received a Master of Science in Agricultural Communications from Texas Tech University. Mostly recently, she served as the Government Relations Director for the Texas Department of Agriculture under Commissioner Sid Miller. Ms. Nolan was the Legislative Director for the Vice Chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock Committee, Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson. Also, she worked for the House Agriculture Committee under Chairman Frank Lucas and was honored to serve as the Reading Clerk for the Texas House of Representatives of the 83rd Legislative Session.
About Aaron Owens of Tejas Hemp
Aaron is a native of West Texas, a part of the world where a person’s word is gold. His first passion and love has always been ranching, with cannabis coming in as a close second. It was as VP of Sales for Dutch Pro liquid fertilizers (for the greenhouse industry) that he developed his extensive network within the hemp industry. A hemp pioneer in Texas, he started working with extractions and custom formulations in 2015, and then formally organized his company Tejas Hemp in early 2017. As word of his product quality spread, demand skyrocketed, and the business expanded rapidly. Today, Aaron is in charge of corporate strategy and business development, and focuses heavily on the implementation of the industrial hemp industry in Texas. His goals are to help Texas farmers make the Texas hemp business a leader in the global hemp economy.
About George Benda of Sea Green Agro, Inc.
George Benda grew up on a row crop and livestock farm in Southern Minnesota. As a youngster, showing cattle was the family hobby and passion. After studying Ag Economics at Purdue University, he managed the Sioux City Stockyards. He moved my family back to Indiana because of the quality education available in West Lafayette where he raised 2 daughters. His eldest daughter Brandi attended Purdue and has been blessed to follow her passion for racing and works for Andretti Motor Sports. His youngest daughter Jayma followed her father’s passion for showing cattle and participated in 4-H in Minnesota. She attended South Dakota State University and now works for Doane University in Crete, Nebraska while her husband attends law school. George had been watching the hemp industry closely before growing his first CBD hemp crop in Colorado in 2018. He selected Colorado because of its favorable hemp program, developed processing capacity, and availability of diverse hemp genetics. The cost of high-quality feminized seed motivated him to start raising his own feminized seed and experimenting with genetics. In 2019, he expanded to 300 acres of CBD cultivation. Production plans for 2020 includes CBD and CBG as well as some tri-crop. He continues to work on hemp genetics to meet the changing needs of the hemp industry. His current hemp genetic focus is increasing CBD content of European and Canadian hemp fiber strains to allow for profitable bi and tri crops. Autoflower hemp strains and breeding are also an area of interest given the flexibility they provide to farmers.
About The ‘Lo Down
HiLo wants to serve its farmers and the greater hemp community with the latest and best information available, especially during this time of uncertainty. We’re talking to farmers every day, fielding the questions and sharing our best advice, so these ‘Lo Down webinars are designed to do just that online.
Join us every Tuesday and Thursday at lunchtime to hear what we’re hearing, and get your questions answered.