December 10 & 11, 2020 – Vicksburg, Mississippi

Bast. Retting. Ethanol extraction.  Cannabis Sativa L. Tetrahydrocannabinol. Tensile strength.  If these terms are not household names then the first annual Ark-La-Miss Hemp Growers Conference is the place for you.



We have added the option for virtual attendance at the First Annual Ark-La-Miss Hemp Conference. While the Convention Center is in full compliance with the state’s COVID meeting mandate, many people were asking for this option so we wanted to offer it to you.

Every attendee – whether In-Person or virtual – will receive all the recordings of the conference. Remember every presenter will be live so each attendee can ask questions and be fully interactive.

Our scheudle is full of tons of valuable information from Alabama Extension’s Hemp Working Group, top industry experts and opinion leaders, insiders on the Biden-Harris administration, legal experts, authorities on the hemp fiber market, using hemp for energy, and much more.

Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi producers are behind the curve compared to growers from Kentucky, Colorado, Tennessee or Alabama.  The National Hemp Growers Cooperative is helping to close the gap with information/understanding that can help everyone from the experienced grower to the land-owner looking to explore the hemp industry. The first annual Growers Conference will cover topics including:

  • State of the Union of CBD

  • Hemp for Energy

  • Regulatory/legal,

  • Growing, harvesting, planting, seeds, etc.,

  • Business models, proformas, etc.,

  • Automotive/plastics

  • Panel Discussion: Uses of hemp fiber for paper, graphene, pet bedding, etc.

  • How the Co-op can help you 

You’ll hear from experts and industry leaders as well as government officials.  

COVID-19 Message: At this time, the city of Vicksburg is currently under a mandatory mask order. Organizers will work to ensure proper social distancing measures and safety measures are taken during the conference to help protect the health of all attendees. Please check back here in the future for further updates. 

Schedule for First Annual Ark-La-Miss Hemp Conference

  • The WHOLE Plant and Nothing But the Plant: Joy Beckerman, HempAce
    Joy has over 30 years’ experience in the hemp industry and is an industry expert.
  • Growing, Harvesting and Economics.
    This panel of experts gives many of the basics of hemp growing for fiber, grain, and oil.
  • US Hemp Roundtable
    Jonathan Miller, one of the Roundtable founders, will give a national perspective on the policy and regulatory issues from the FDA, USDA, the US Congress and the Biden/Harris administration.
  • Hemp Energy Panel
    This panel will explore the renewable/green energy space and how hemp will play a major role. The panel will be led by Roger Ford, President of Eureka Energy of Pikeville, KY and a Founding Member of the National Hemp Growers Cooperative.
  • National and State Legal and Regulatory Update
    Hunter Robinson
    Bradley-Arant Cannabis Industry Team


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Hunter Robinson

Hunter Robinson

Bradley Arant

Hunter Robinson is an associate in Bradley’s Nashville office. Part of his practice focuses on solving problems for cannabis companies and the vendors that serve them. In this role, he provides compliance advice to financial institutions regarding the complex laws governing the provision of financial services to cannabis companies, including the Bank Secrecy Act and related Anti-Money Laundering statutes and regulations. Hunter also assists hemp and CBD companies with a variety of issues, including entity formation and structuring, raising capital, regulatory compliance, and business disputes.

Hunter also has a diverse and nationwide litigation practice. He represents clients that range from startups to public corporations in disputes regarding contracts, property, and insurance coverage. Hunter focuses on crafting creative, practical solutions to resolve his clients’ disputes as efficiently as possible.

Nikki Fried

Nikki Fried

Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services for Florida

Nikki Fried, Florida’s 12th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is a lifelong Floridian, attorney and passionate activist.

Born and raised in Miami, Commissioner Fried graduated from the University of Florida, where she received her bachelor’s, master’s and juris doctor degrees. While at the University of Florida, she served as student body president – the first woman to hold the position in nearly two decades.

As an attorney, she was head of the Felony Division at the Alachua County Public Defender’s Office and worked in private practice in South Florida, defending homeowners against foreclosure during the 2007-2008 housing crisis.

Prior to being elected, Fried worked at law firms as a government consultant, advocating on behalf of clients before the Florida Legislature. In 2017, she formed her own firm to advocate in Tallahassee for at-risk children, the Broward County School Board, and for the expansion of patient access to medical marijuana.

Throughout her career she has served with numerous organizations including the Young Lawyers Board of Governors, Chair of the Broward Days Board of Directors, Legal Needs of Children Bar Committee, LeRoy Collins Institute, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, University of Florida Governmental Relations Advisory Committee, University of Florida Board of Trustees, Florida’s Children First, and others.

Fried is a member of Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller

U.S. Hemp Roundtable

Jonathan Miller has emerged as one of the nation’s leading advocates for the legalization of hemp. He serves as the general counsel to the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, the hemp industry’s leading national business advocacy organization, with more than 90 member companies and organizations that represent every link of the hemp product chain, from seed to sale.

Jonathan also serves as the Member in Charge of the Frost Brown Todd law firm in Lexington, Kentucky. Upon leading successful lobbying efforts that laid the groundwork for new laws that legalize hemp and hemp-derived CBD, Miller serves as a trusted counsel to dozens of companies in the industrial hemp space, with his full-service complement of law partners offering client counsel on issues ranging from intellectual property to corporate transactions to FDA regulation. 

Jonathan’s work was recognized by the prestigious National Law Journal which named him to its inaugural class of “Trailblazers” among government relations professionals.

In his nearly two decades of public service, Jonathan held numerous senior positions in state and federal government, including two terms as Kentucky’s elected State Treasurer, serving as Kentucky’s Secretary of Finance and Administration, as Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Energy, and as Legislative Director for Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN). He graduated from both Harvard College and Harvard Law School with high honors.

Federal Regulatory and Legislative Updates

Joy Beckerman

Joy Beckerman


Joy Beckerman is an internationally renowned hemp law and policy expert involved in the hemp industries for over a quarter of a century, and her extraordinary passion for this versatile, valuable crop is contagious! Joy is the Principal at Hemp Ace International, a consulting, legal support, and expert witness firm serving the global community; as well as Director of Regulatory & Legal Affairs of Zilis, an international leader in superior quality hemp extract and CBD products; Co-Founder and Senior Advisor to Colorado Hemp Works, America’s first post-prohibition hemp grain processing facility; and host of the popular podcast Hemp Barons. Among many leadership roles, Joy is the U.S. Hemp Roundtable’s Vice President of Law & Science on behalf of Zilis, as well as the The Seminar Group’s National Hemp Continuing Legal Education Program Chair. After joining the hemp movement in 1990, Joy opened the first hemp store in New York state in 1994; and when the inaugural Vermont Hemp Bill passed in 1996, Joy relocated there with her family to serve as Secretary to the Vermont Hemp Council. After an extensive and successful dual career in compliance and complex civil litigation in Seattle, Joy founded Hemp Ace International in 2014. Joy works directly with lawmakers and regulators as a grassroots activist, both proactively and upon request.   

State of the Union of Hemp

Ryan Doherty

Ryan Doherty

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Doherty leads Hemp Ventures sales and marketing activities in addition to developing new hemp based products and processes for material production. Experienced in supply chain operations, production planning, inventory management, new product development, logistics, and integrated business process management. Ryan excels at working with customers to understand new applications for Hemp Ventures materials in existing product lines. He has an unyielding drive in his pursuit of a viable, sustainable and profitable hemp fiber supply chain in North America that benefits the farmers and the planet.

John Lupien

John Lupien

Chief Innovation Officer

John possesses over 30 years of experience in hemp related research, businesses and technology development. John drives innovation and guides strategy at Hemp Ventures. His achievements include patents and the production of the first ever US grown and processed hemp-cotton blend yarn at commercial scale. For the past 15 years he has developed, tested, and operated a decortication system that perfectly syncs with cotton ginning equipment. He also pioneered new technological advances for wet processing bast fiber and converting hemp hurd into nanomaterials, plastics, and cellulosic fibers. He is the modern day Eli Whitney of Hemp.

Cary Black

Cary Black

Chairman of ASTM D37.06 Personnel, Training, Assessment, and Credentialing

Cary Black is an accomplished and results-driven analytical chemist, ASQ certified quality engineer (CQE), QMS Auditor, Process Engineer, Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI), and GMP consultant with multiple skill sets and 33+ years’ of experience in an array of industries.

Cary is an active consultant in the cannabis/hemp, food safety, dietary supplement pharmaceutical, roofing, and material sciences space.

Cary is an active member of the ASTM D37 Cannabis Main Committee and Chairman of the D37-06 subcommittee on Personnel Training, Assessment, Credentialing.  He has written seven standards for D37 covering Cannabis Quality Management Practices, Cannabis Laboratory Guidance, Post-Harvest Representative Sampling of Cannabis/Hemp, and multiple Cannabis Vocational standards.

He is also involved in research in Predicting the Uptake of metals from soil into Cannabis and Hemp Plants.

Eberhard Lucke

Eberhard Lucke

CEO - Lucke Consulting Technology Services LLC

Mr. Eberhard Lucke is a well-established and recognized expert in the oil refining and gas processing industries with over 29 years of experience as a consultant, engineer and manager. Starting as process and technology engineer in one of Germany’s leading refinery, Eberhard moved on to work in Venezuela, the USA and South America in distinct roles like consultant, lead process engineer, owner’s engineer, project manager, department manager and company executive. He led studies and design work in oil refining and petrochemicals, as well as gas monetization, including GTL, CTL and LNG.

In 2012 Eberhard founded Lucke Consulting Technology Services, LLC to utilize his technical expertise and industry experience in the growth and development of clients across the energy sector. Since then he supported many projects as owner’s engineer and consultant by providing design reviews, due diligence and technical management. Eberhard serves on the advisory board for the Professional Science Masters Program (Environmental) at Rice University.

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