Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM MDT
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Nebraska Panhandle Research & Extension Center 
4502 Ave I
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

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Kerrie Siegel - Heimbouch 
Twin Cities Development Association, Inc. 

TCD Hemp Forum

It's time to get "Down & Dirty" about Hemp!

Here's your chance to find out if industrial hemp is the right choice for your next "alternative" crop.  Hemp experts will be on hand to answer questions on Growing, Licensing, Insurance, Banking, Harvesting, Processing, and more. Hemp Forum covers CBD Biomass | Fiber Biomass | and Seed. Join us!


  • Andrea Holmes - PhD, Professor at Doane University and Chief Growth Officer for Precision Plant Molecules; published author on hemp its non-psychoactive cannabinoids, and creator of a Professional Cannabis Certificate Program through Doane University. 
  • John Lupien - A leading fiber crop expert and noted global leader on hemp. His experience in crop sciences and processing technologies have led to the development of two machine patents for bast crops. 
  • Andrew Bish - His company is a leading manufacturer of combine header adapters designed to plant, grow, and harvest hemp.  Andrew plays a key role in the invention, design, and development of new agricultural harvesting products. 
  • Tony Vossler - Works with ag retail and coop partners to discover processing and marketing opportunities for hemp grain ingredients and fiber products. 
  • Brendan Rice - Attorney admitted to practice in Nebraska and Wyoming with a significant focus on real estate and business transaction as well as hemp licensing and compliance.
  • Jeremy Drzal - Founder of a Wyoming special-purpose commercial bank that is applying to become state-chartered to support underserved businesses in higher-risk industries such as blockchain, cryptocurrency and hemp.
  • Matt Haas - Owner of an independent insurance agency and familiar with all types of farm coverage’s needed for farm operations, including the new Hemp operations.
  • Taylor Copas - Western Nebraska native specializing in Farm and Ranch as well as Property and Casualty insurance.
  • Dipak Santra - PhD, Asst. Professor and Alternative Crops Breeding Specialist, Dept. of Agronomy and Horticulture, Nebraska Panhandle Research & Extension Center.  Dipak's overall goal is to develop genetically improved alternative/new crops cultivars for the semi-arid High Plains of the United States.

**Lunch will be provided with a Meet & Greet following the Forum**