Join Midwest Hemp Council President Justin Swanson, State Seed Administrator Don Robison, and HempRise LLC's Charlie Bowman as they discuss the rapidly evolving hemp industry in Indiana.  Swanson will focus on state and federal enabling legislation, Robison will focus on the relevant rules and production statistics, and Bowman will provide an overview of HempRise LLC's $52M processing facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana and his experience as an end user.


Speaker:  Justin Swanson, Bose Public Affairs/Midwest Hemp Council

Justin Swanson,Vice President at Bose Public Affairs Group and Of Counsel at Bose McKinney & Evans, has developed a unique multi-dimensional government affairs practice that leverages his public policy expertise with traditional legal skills to effectively advance the interests of his diverse set of clients.  Swanson is also co-founder and President of the Midwest Hemp Council, which is the leading trade organization that is working to build and connect the hemp supply chain in the Midwest.  

Swanson has emerged as one of the country's leading hemp lobbyists and hemp lawyers.  He successfully led lobbying efforts to ensure the state would be the primary regulator of hemp production in Indiana after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.  Swanson also led a legal team that successfully challenged a state law that criminalized part of the hemp plant, which was the first of its kind legal question.

In 2019, the Indiana Lawyer recognized Swanson as an Up and Coming Lawyer, an award bestowed on just 15 attorneys each year.  The Hemp Connoisseur also identified Swanson as "100 People You Should Know" in 2019.


Speaker:  Don Robison, OISC


Don Robison has been in the seed business for over 30 years.  From a family seed dealership to executive positions at large seed companies, he has filled almost every role available in the agricultural and lawn seed industry.  Growing up on the family farm helped to instill a strong work ethic and a penchant for tesing and research.  The Robison family were early innovators into the no-till world, starting in the early 1970's.  Don and his dad, Bob, and brother, Dave, were equally into utilizing cover crops and cover crop research.  In 2016, Don took on the role of Seed Administrator at the Office of Indiana State Chemist.  This role includes the seed regulation, the Indiana State Seed Lab, microrganisms and hemp regulation.  He currently sits on the boards for the Association of American Seed Control Officials (AASCO), Assocation of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA) and as Ex-Officio Board Member of the Agribusiness Council of Indiana and the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Program.
 


Speaker:  Charlie Bowman, HempRise LLC


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