Harnessing Hemp | Planting The Seed

"East Colorado Small Business Development is wonderful. I completed Harness Hemp with them and the presenters were top notch. I have also had their one on one counseling that was imperative to our success."

Digging deeper into the hemp industry in 2020.

Join the East CO SBDC for an introduction to hemp farming! With our partners across Northeastern Colorado, we’ll discuss the hemp market, its current legal status and updates as of 2020, and the top considerations if you are interested in getting started in the industry.
Our introductory three-hour short courses, Planting The Seed, will equip aspiring producers with the knowledge and information needed to determine if the hemp industry is right for them and provide a current update on the legal status and requirements when working with hemp.
During these three hours, you will get to hear two industry experts discuss the market, legal landscape, and considerations for getting started.
Join us online on November 12th and together, let’s harness hemp!
Date: November 12, 2020
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Online
Cost: $25

Questions? Contact Andrew Schroeder by email or phone at andrew@eastcoloradosbdc.com

What To Expect

  • 2020 - Current Legal Status
    Understand the current legal status of hemp in 2020 and how to reduce the risks and liabilities of growing, selling, and transporting hemp.
  • Hemp Market Overview & Top Considerations Before Starting
    Discover what it takes to grow hemp from beginning to end from farmers taking two different approaches. Topics include planting, equipment considerations, crop management, weed and pest control, harvest, and storage.

Important Dates

Registration Opens:
Wednesday, October , 2020

Course Session: 
November 12, 2020 | Thursday | 5:00 – 8:00 PM


Standard Course Fee:



Meet the Facilitators

David Bush

David Bush is a senior attorney with the Hoban Law Group, where he represents farmers, processors, manufacturers, retailers and other professionals in industrial hemp and marijuana. His current practice focuses primarily on regulatory compliance, corporate formation and governance, contract preparation and review, and commercial litigation. David is admitted to practice in all courts in Colorado, as well as the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC. He is a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). David also is a member of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the oldest and largest trade association for the hemp industry in America, where he served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors, and also is member of the Colorado state chapter of HIA. David continues to be involved as a stakeholder in various Colorado state initiatives on hemp. He was appointed to a panel of industry experts to report to the State General Assembly on the potential for hemp-based animal feeds. He was appointed to another panel of experts for the legislatively-established Colorado Hemp Advancement and Management Plan, which was charged with making policy and legislative recommendations to facilitate the intrastate and interstate transportation of hemp. He is the President of the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit public charity, supporting hemp-related education and research at institutions of higher education.

Bethleen McCall

Bethleen McCall is the President of the Colorado Hemp Industries Association. She a fifth-generation ag producer from Yuma County. Her farm, Hemp Farm Colorado was on the ground floor of Colorado’s hemp industry & is one of the original hundred registered & legal industrial hemp producers in the nation, growing since 2014. They specialize in year-round greenhouse production of high CBD feminized seed & trimmed flower. The farm also has experience growing hemp under center pivot for biomass as well as grain and fiber. She provides advising on the emerging hemp industry for agencies & existing businesses. Prior to farming full time, she worked in government & natural resource management. She also serves her community on various boards including Yuma City Council, Yuma County Economic Development Corporation & Water Authority and the Colorado Agriculture Preservation Association.

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