Tuesday 25 February 2020 

1:00pm - 3:00pm 

Pre-conference Workshops 


1. HempCrete by Hemp Homes Australia

About GeoSIP:

Johan is a qualified builder with 20 years experience and has resided in Australia for the past 23 years. Originally from the Netherlands, he has designed and constructed houses with Hempcrete and plays a key role in the development hemp industry in Australia. He has developed certification manuals, training programs and continues his R&D with hemp/lime composites. Thanks to Johan products available from GEOSIP are compliant with Australian standards and building codes.

GeoSIP directors, Johan Tijssen and Glen Donoghoe, have extensive experience in the construction, hemp and environment industries and developing energy efficient and environmentally friendly products. Their diverse range of expertise and experience, together with a network of related specialists, has enabled them to supply a superior building block, construction system and consultant services to the Australian market. 


 3:00pm - 5:00pm 

2. Provenance by Achalen Holmes from Aglive

Achalen Holmes, Industry & Government Development Manager 

Achalen brings considerable agriculture knowledge to the Aglive team. He has more than 30 years' experience as the owner and operator of a commercial sized farming enterprise in the livestock  and cropping sectors, including breeding of Herefords, Angus, Wagyu, Belted Galloway, Simmetals and Merino sheep for wool production. Achalen combines his farming background with his in-depth knowledge of the sector having been an active member of various industry bodies and business groups. Achalen helps Aglive ensure its software development is aligned to compliance, customer and consumer expectations. Drawing on his connections within the sector, and his relationships both in Australia and internationally, Achalen has a true understanding of the global issues faced by the agricultural and biosecurity industries. He is passionate about the deployment of digital technologies to enhance food safety standards and deliver transparency and integrity across the supply chain. 


5:30pm - 8:00pm

Welcome Reception

A networking function for delegates to meet and greet each other and enjoy the hemp-based food and drinks.


 Wednesday 26 February 2020

From 8:00am

Arrival and registration for the Australian Industrial Hemp Conference

Conference Opening 


Welcome to country and Fremantle
Whadjuk Owners and Fremantle City Mayor 


9:30am - 10:45am

Conference Opening, New Agriculture


Hon. Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Agriculture, WA


Dr Michael Robertson, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, WA

Future industries in Australian agriculture 


Mr Tom McCue, AgriFutures Australia, NSW

Working with the emerging industries of Australia


Chair - Georgina Wilkinson (iHempWA)

10:45am - 11:15am

Morning tea  


11:15am – 12:45pm

Industrial hemp for human health – presentations and panel


Prof. Tony Bacic, ARC Research Hub for Medicinal Agriculture, La Trobe University VIC

Cannabis: A plant of many applications and complications


Prof. John Skerritt, Commonwealth Department of Health, ACT

Regulating medicinal cannabis cultivation and manufacture on Australia. It’s not Hemp!


Dr Amie Hayley, Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University of Technology, VIC

Health benefits of CBD: Current evidence and future directions


Mr Michael McGuire, Medical Access & Special Authorizations, Canada

Canada’s approach to the regulation of industrial hemp and cannabis for medical purposes


Chair - Hon. Diane Evers (MLC for the South West Region WA)

 12:45pm – 1:45pm



1:45pm – 3:15pm


Growing industrial hemp: International perspectives – presentations and panel


Dr Jan Slaski, Innotech Alberta, Canada

Hemp industry in Canada: Current state and outlook into the future


Prof. Sun Yufeng, Heilongjiang Academy of Sciences, China

Humans and Hemp – A new age of health


Mr Richard Barge, New Zealand Hemp Industries Association, New Zealand

An update on the NZ iHemp industry and the issues we face in 2020


Ass. Prof. Malgorzata Zimniewska, Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants, Poland

Potential of industrial hemp in Poland – challenges and opportunities


Chair - Phil Warner (Ecofibre)

 3:15pm – 3:45pm

Afternoon tea 


3:45pm – 5:15pm

Hemp varieties for Australia – presentations and panel (Session sponsored by AgriFutures Australia)


Mr Tony Eyres, Rounding Up, NSW

Plans for a national industrial hemp cultivar trial


Ms. Jo Townshend, Midlands, NZ

National Cultivar Evaluation Trials – can you please all of the people all of the time?


Dr Omid Ansari, Ecofibre Limited, Ananda Hemp and Ananda Food, QLD

Harnessing novel diversity from Cannabis landraces to breed improved cultivars


Mr Lauchlan Grout, Hemp Farms Australia, QLD

HEMP FARMS AUSTRALIA Seeding a Sustainable Future


Chair - Mark Skewes (SARDI)  


DAY 1 ends


6:30pm - 8:30pm 

Fashion Show Event 


Hemp fashion seen in a different light – No catwalk, the viewing public have a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the items and creators on display. You will be able to walk around, whilst enjoying hemp food and drinks, networking and seeing some of the amazing cloths manufactured with Industrial Hemp. 

We have got a varied and interesting array of clothing, from Hi – Vis Hemp safety clothing (produced by a local indigenous community), Wedding attire produced by the local South Metropolitan Tafe fashion department, a collection from one of the high end Chinese fashion exponents, to our very own Leah Kelly (a AIHA member) who has been invited to the Paris Fashion Week later this year, she will be giving a sneek preview of just how high-end Hemp can do in the magnificent work of high-end fashion. We are proud to say that the AIHA has sponsored Leah and fully endorsed her trip to Paris, what a great achievement.




 Thursday 27 February 2020 

From 8:30am

Arrival for the Australian Industrial Hemp Conference


9:00am – 10:45am


Managing and harvesting your hemp crop – presentations and panel (Session sponsored by Midlands)


Mr Jeff Kostuick, Hemp Genetics International, Canada

Growing quality hemp hemp for food, fibre or CBD


Dr John Wightman, Hemp Farming Systems, QLD

More 'lessons learned' in the farmers' fields: Hemp agronomy 2018-20


Mr Philip Armytage, Agbitech Australia, QLD

Integrated insect management in Australian industrial hemp crops


Mr Luca De Prato, Murdoch University, WA

Genotype x Environment interaction of temperate & tropical industrial hemp varieties with effect on phenology & growth


Mr Shahajahan Miyan, DPIRD, WA

Production Possibilities for Industrial Hemp Production in Western Australia


Dr Mohammad Moinul Islam, University of WA, WA

Germination & Early Growth of Seedlings of Industrial Hemp Varieties Locally Available & Imported in Western Australia


Mr Hamish Chugg, RED Agriculture (LIVE cross to Tasmania hemp grain harvest for Q&A)


Chair - Jo Townshend (Midlands) 

 10:45am - 11:15am

Morning tea  


11:15am – 12:45pm

Food value – presentations and panel


Ms Debra Metcalf, Charles Sturt University, NSW

Understanding consumer attitudes, behaviours, and intention to consume a novel food using hemp food as a model


Dr Anant Dave, Massey University, NZ

Optimizing processing conditions for extraction of proteins from hemp seed meals


Dr Zakaria Solaiman, University of WA, WA

Dietary Minerals in Seeds of Industrial Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) Varieties Differ with the Origin of Sources


Mr Glenn Pinna, Biotech Laboratories, QLD

Hemp is a safe food – Using laboratories to validate the claim


Chair - Arthur Wajs (Hemp Fields Pty. Ltd.)


11:15am – 12:45pm



Hurd/shiv value – presentations and panel


Mr Colin Steddy, The Hemp Corporation, SA

Growing a hemp crop for hurd


Ms. Klara Marosszeky, Australian Hemp Masonry Company, NSW

Hemp hurd in the Australian building market. Potential ecologically and economically sustainable production models


Ass. Prof. Fabien Delhomme, INSA Lyon, France

Australian Hemp characterisation: mechanical, thermal and acoustic properties


Dr Kwesi Cretsil-Sagoe, Monash University, VIC

A study of microstructure and interfacial interactions in hempcrete


Mr Johannes Fehrmann, Melbourne University, VIC

Assessment of Australian hemp hurd residue for production of environmentally friendly lightweight biocomposites


Chair - Gary Rodgers (Hemp Homes)

 12:45pm - 1:45pm



1:45pm - 3:15pm

Health value – presentations and panel


Dr Matt Hayes, Delta Tetra Consultancy, VIC

Licensing and regulation of hemp farming and processing in Australia


Mr Paul Mavor, Health House International, WA

A Global Overview of the Medicinal Cannabis Industry


Ms. Erin Lindley, Advanced Hemp Technologies, Canada

Industrial Cannabis: An Essential Nutrient


Mr Carl Martel, Independent Scientist, Canada

From Industrial Hemp to Industrial Cannabis. Broad Scale Farming Technologies for Cannabis cultivation


Mr Trevor Schoerie, PharmOut, Australia

R&D and regulatory considerations for growing outdoor medicinal grade hemp


Chair - Prof. Tony Bacic (La Trobe University)


1:45pm - 3:15pm


Fibre value – presentations and panel


Ms. Pei Lyu, Deakin University, VIC

Evaluation of New Generation Degumming Methods on Hemp


Mr Guojun Zhang, Youngor Group, China

Technology and innovation create an ecological vitality. An introduction to new hemp materials


Mr Charles Kovess, TCI, VIC

Decortication of hemp without retting: the holy grail of profitability


Ms. Caroline Matthews, Tatham

Decortication and cleaning with an emphasis on processing fibre for non-woven products


Mr Mark Reinders, HempFlax, Netherlands

Whole crop utilization, capturing several revenue streams with the right technology


Chair - Dr Menghe Miao (CSIRO)

 3:15pm - 3:45pm

Afternoon tea  


3:45pm - 5:45pm




Consumers, carbon, regulation and R&D directions – presentations and panel + Conference Close


Ms. Mehra Jehangir, Global Data, NSW

TrendSights – Sensory & Indulgence: Cannabis


Dr Sina Rezvani, Murdoch University, WA

Techno-economic study of whole hemp plant biorefinery for the built-environment, food industry & energy sectors


Dr Aaron Simmons, DPI, NSW

Industrial hemp and carbon markets


Mr Chris Wootton, Alliance for Water Stewardship Asia Pacific, VIC

Day Zero Water - Are you ready?


Tim Crow, HATas

The Tasmanian hemp industry – challenges and development


Dr Warren Hunt, DPIR, NT

Features of the Northern Territory Hemp Industry Act 2019 and supporting regulations


Mr Mike Davies, DPIRD, WA

Actions from the Australian Industrial Hemp regulators meeting


Chair - David Chick (iHempWA)

 7:00pm - 10:30pm

Conference Dinner



Friday 28 February 2020 

6:30am - 8:30pm

Post-conference Tour

Hemp conference field day 


Visit Hemp crops, taste Hemp Gin and experience a Hemp home.

The Hemp conference field day Friday 28th February 2020 is a unique opportunity for interstate and international visitors to experience the southwest of Western Australia.

The bus will depart the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle at 6:30am and will return approx. 8:30pm.

Mid morning we will be welcomed at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Manjimup centre by hemp research scientist Shahajahan Miyan and invited to inspect the irrigated crop sown in November 2019.

“Seed for this trial was sourced from the WA Hemp Growers Co-operative, with six seed varieties being examined, originally bred in Canada, China and France,” he said.

From Manjimup we travel through the native forests to Nannup, home to the fabled Nannup Tiger, to visit the Total Hemp Co grow at Barrabup Sanctuary home of Glenn Ossy-Orley.

“Given adequate space, sun, water and nutrient the hemp plant can grow wide and bushy as well as tall. The trellis infrastructure provides necessary support for the big plants and in turn we receive a greater yield,” he said.

Complimentary Hemp Gin tasting and lunch is on the menu at Margaret River Distillery followed by a guided tour of distillery. (lunch is not included in the booking fee)

Just south of Margaret River we will be welcomed by Andrea & Holga into their beautiful Hemp home and short term accommodation, Sativa Sanctuary Forest View.


The field day bus tour is proudly presented and hosted by iHempWA. With only 49 tickets available, at just $55 per seat, book early or risk missing out.


More information about the tour.


Shahajahan Miyan looks over irrigated industrial hemp trials at Manjimup. (©2020 DPIRD)