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The 2nd annual 850 Hemp Summit was held in Tallahassee, Florida, on April 26-28, 2022 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.


Industrial hemp holds unlimited potential for the nine-county Apalachee Region. From farming to manufacturing, this extraordinary plant can strengthen the resiliency of our Region not only economically, but environmentally as well! And with over two million acres currently zoned for agricultural future land use, the Region is in a prime position to emerge at the forefront of the industrial hemp industry. As such, ARPC is proud to bring the second 850 Industrial Hemp Summit to the Region, April 26th-28th, 2022!


The 850 Industrial Hemp Summit brings together farmers, stakeholders, cultivation and production experts, economic development professionals, and policymakers to discuss the current status, challenges, and opportunities for the 850 Region. 


Topics to be featured include:

  • State of the Hemp Industry (Industry Analysis, State & Regulatory Perspective, National Trades Association Perspective, Bio-Regional Perspective, Financial Perspective)

  • Why Hemp!

  • Farming & Genetics

  • Market Opportunity in Northwest Florida (Fiber & Textiles; Oils, Grains, Food & Beverage)

  • Hemp and Housing

  • Hemp Challenges and Opportunities

  • Future of Hemp in Florida

Confirmed Speakers as of December 21st, 2021:

  • Holly Bell, FDACS, Cannabis Director

  • Steven Hall, FDACS, General Counsel

  • Dr. Eric Rohrig, FDACS, Division of Plant Industry, Bureau Chief

  • Dr. Zhou, FAMU, Associate Professor, College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS)

  • Matthew Mizereck, FAMU, Hemp Planting Site Monitor, Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program


As a convener of the nine-county Apalachee Region, ARPC has a long-standing history of proactive economic development and resiliency planning. With many farmers still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Michael, the emerging hemp industry is an excellent opportunity to diversify the Region’s agricultural options, create new jobs, and help build a thriving and sustainable economy. The versatility of industrial hemp lends itself well to value-added agricultural production and ensures a more resilient supply chain. Please join us, April 26th-28th, to learn more about the benefits and opportunities of this extraordinary plant, and help us bring hemp home to the 850!

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