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Event Title:
Alternate land use and industry potential.

About this event:

What can hemp do for you?

We explore hemp’s economic and sustainability potential by looking into alternate land use opportunities and industry potential.

How can hemp be used in FARMING:

Farming as an alternative land use and cash crop plus phytoremediation, heavy metal removal and soil cleaning/conditioning. Use for nitrogen uptake, and climate change mitigation. Crop rotation and break cropping in collaboration with other primary industries.

How can hemp be used in the FOOD INDUSTRY:

Seeds for food and utilising local circular economy by-product streams to make new and innovative products. Hemp seed nutritional products for human and animals as well as seed multiplication for northern hemisphere hempseed companies. Future uses of hemp leaf, sprouts and roots.

How can hemp be used in the FIBRE INDUSTRY:

Investment in decortication and primary processing would enable enterprises to scale and enter markets for high and low tech industrial uses, producing a diverse variety of end products such as geotextiles, apparel fabrics, construction materials, and composites. Collaboration with other primary sectors, such as forestry and wool.

How can hemp be used in the HEALTH Industry:

Female plant cultivation for the emerging health and wellness industry, utilising minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids as high-value fractions from locally grown crops for global niche markets. Working with Manuka, Kakawawa and other native botanicals grown in New Zealand.

Event speakers:

Richard Barge (NZHIA)
The NZHIA Chair presents a history of hemp in Aotearoa New Zealand and a new iHemp industry for Southland and Otago.

Mack McIntosh (Hempseed Holdings Ltd)
Discussion 1) The development and approval of 5 generic landrace Aotearoa NZ iHemp cultivars and where to now.
Discussion 2) Southland Otago West Coast Industrial hemp collective: what why when and where.

Tony van der Lem (VDL Accountancy Services)
An update from NZHIA Government Liaison Officer, regarding the history of the 2006 iHemp Regulations.

Blair Drysdale (Hopefield Hemp)
iHemp farming in rotation and becoming vertically integrated in the iHemp seed industry, from soil to oil.


Join us from 1:00pm for networking then the event will formally commence at 1:30pm.

1:30 pm Welcome
1:35 pm Introduction/What is iHemp - NZHIA
2-3:00 pm Speakers and presentations
3:00 pm Panelists and Question & Answers
3:30 pm Event concludes

Online or in-person:

This event and all events in The NZHIA Discovery & Investment Tour will be available for you to attend either in-person or online using the zoom option. You may choose which option you would prefer when registering.

Health and safety:

Please note due to restrictions under orange traffic light settings this is a controlled-access event and only registered people can attend the event. If you have any cold or flu symptoms, are awaiting a Covid-19 test result or have been at a location of interest please stay at home.

Cancellations or change of plans?

If you are no longer able to attend this event, please let us know and update your registration as spaces are limited to 100 people per event.

You can also opt to join this event via our online Zoom option.

Event Details

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