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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

2006 CHTA Conference: The Hemp Summit 

The Hemp Summit to hit Winnipeg in November


REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN - September 12th, 2006 - The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance/Alliance Commerciale Canadienne du Chanvre (CHTA/ACCC) is hosting its annual industry conference – The Hemp Summit – in Winnipeg at the Greenwood Inn on Nov. 17, 2006.

"This has been a significant year for industrial hemp in Canada," says Arthur Hanks, Executive Director, CHTA. "We have seen Canadian field acreage climb to an estimated 35,000 acres, corresponding with increased consumer demand for healthy hemp foods. In addition, we are seeing the beginnings of a fibre processing industry which will lead to another boost in production. In the U.S., states such as California and North Dakota are moving closer to the day they will establish hemp as a viable crop, which will usher in a bold new era for the sector. This year's conference will bring all these themes together."

Top industry marketers, food and fibre processors, agronomic experts and hemp researchers will come together at the conference. Manitoba's Deputy Premier and Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosanne Wowchuk will welcome participants from across Canada and the U.S. to the conference, where marketing and product innovation will be a major theme.

One of the sessions highlighting this theme includes a presentation by Lynn Gordon, founder and President of French Meadow Bakery headquartered in Minneapolis. French Meadow Bakery ships bread all across the continent and Gordon will discuss her company's recent successes with diversifying into hemp products. A complete line-up of speakers will be announced the week of Sept. 18.

According to Hanks, the CHTA annual conference creates opportunities for entrepreneurs, farmers, businesses and scientists involved in the Canadian and North American hemp industry. "Networking opportunities are crucial in any emerging industry," says Hanks, "The Hemp Summit will be our largest conference ever and will be an excellent opportunity to share industry challenges and successes."

Early registration for the conference is now open. Participants who register before Oct. 1 will pay the early registration fee of $75 for CHTA members and $100 for non-members. For membership inquiries, see our online form at http://www.hemptrade.ca/en/members/sign-up.ihtml.

Sponsors to date include: Manitoba Trade and Investment, Hemp Oil Canada & Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils.

For more information about The Hemp Summit, CHTA/ACCC and hemp in Canada please see our web site at www.hemptrade.ca.

The CHTA is a non-profit industry association whose mandate includes market development and advocacy, information creation and distribution, and research. Established in 2003, the CHTA represents hemp processors, marketers, farmers and researchers. Membership is open to all companies active in the Canadian industrial hemp sector. Hemp is our business.

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For more information about the CHTA/ACCC and hemp in Canada please see their web sites at http://www.hemptrade.ca and http://www.infochanvre.ca.

The Greenwood Inn http://www.greenwoodinn.ca/winnipeg/home.html is located at 1715 Wellington Avenue, near Winnipeg International Airport (code YWG).


posted by Tom  # 8:42 PM
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