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Curious About Hemp? Learn More at the Organic Grower Summit

by Guest Blogger |

Since the 2018 Farm Bill made industrial hemp legal, there has been a lot of excitement about the growing hemp marketplace. Hemp is an incredibly sustainable crop that builds soil, requires little to no pesticides, and only requires about a third of the water that is used to grow corn. The right varieties of hemp can even offer producers two harvests from one crop—the seed can be processed for oil, and the fiber can be used for textiles and manufacturing. Hemp has the potential to provide a lot of opportunities for growers, processors, the economy, and the environment.

Learn more at the Growing Hemp Marketplace panel discussion at the 2019 Organic Grower Summit on December 4-5 in Monterey, California. Hemp and CBD are major buzzwords across industries today, and this panel will provide insights on extraction techniques, pest management strategies, and propagation methods for hemp. CCOF’s Chief Certification Officer April Crittenden will moderate this discussion with hemp experts from across the sector.

“I am thrilled to be moderating a panel about the growing hemp marketplace at OGS. I have been long awaiting the end of hemp prohibition and see hemp production as a great opportunity for organic producers, the environment, and the U.S. economy,” says Crittenden.

Learn more about the Organic Grower Summit and register today!


April Crittenden began her career with CCOF over 10 years ago. In her various roles, Crittenden gained an understanding of the organic regulations for growers, handlers, and livestock producers; helped implement improved client communication systems; and oversaw complaints, investigations, and CCOF’s pesticide residue and GMO sampling programs. As the chief certification officer at CCOF, Crittenden has a wealth of knowledge about the National Organic Program and environmental stewardship in farming systems.


Ray Drysdale is founder and chair of PureCrop1, a natural plant-based biostimulant, insecticide, and fungicide made of food grade oils. For more than a decade, Drysdale has been traveling throughout the country, working with industry-leading farmers, universities, and scientists. He has worked with many companies, including Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Corp, Penske Corp, Call Source, and Green 1 Disco. 

Christopher Boucher is widely recognized as one the preeminent figures in the American Industrial Hemp movement. He co-authored Hemp CBD is Legal in All 50 States, kick-starting the U.S. Hemp CBD industry. Boucher is currently CEO of Farmtiva Inc. Farmtiva is a hemp seed breeding and hemp flower company in San Diego, California. He travels the country speaking and consulting on behalf of agricultural hemp and the new American hemp industry.

Jerry Norton is currently CEO of American Hemp Seed Genetics. He also participates on the Oregon Industrial Hemp Advisory Rules Committee; is Co-Founder OIHFA (Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Assoc.); and has also founded Global Hemp Extraction, New World CBD and CBD Honey Stix.

This panel is sponsored by


*Approved for .5 Crop Management CEUs & .5 Professional Development CEUs.