Hemp Federation Ireland Conference 2020

Date - 03/12/2020

NOTS are delighted to be supporting the Hemp Federation Ireland (HFI) for their highly-anticipated Conference taking place on March 12th, 2020 at the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co Offaly. 

Tickets are priced at €70, and can only be purchased here on the NOTS website – click the green “Book Now” button to get your tickets.

Speakers include:

Professor Peter Thorne PhD, BSc (Maynooth University)
Peter Thorne is a climatologist and professor of physical geography in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University. He graduated with a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia and a PhD from the School of Environmental Sciences in 2001. He is a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. He previously worked at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research and the National Climatic Data Center, and was a senior scientist at the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Bergen, Norway. Professor Thorne has consistently argued for a broadening of agricultural practices to reduce our national carbon footprint.

Jace Callaway (CEO Finola Oy, Finland)
With his wife Fiona, Jace began to develop the FINOLA variety of oilseed hemp in 1995. The grain from this short, auto-flowering variety of hemp, can be harvested with a standard combine. This innovation led to the development of hempseed food industries across Europe, North  America and Canada. In 2018, FINOLA accounted for 40% of all hemp grown in Canada, while another 40% was cultivated with FINOLA-like imitations. Finola is the seed of choice for the vast majority of Irish Farmers. Jace, an American born scientist who has lived in Finland since 1989, has a deep understanding of the global hemp industry. Jace’s academic and work career have focused on food and drug research since 1980. He is an adjunct professor of medicinal chemistry in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Eastern Finland and  has published more than 80 peer reviewed articles in the scientific literature, on topics of organic synthesis, analytical chemistry and natural products research.

Chris Allen (Executive Director, Hemp Federation Ireland – HFI)
Chris Allen holds a Master’s Degree from the School of English, Trinity College, Dublin and has worked for the past five years as an independent researcher in the field of Social Policy. Over the past year, Chris has directed the development of Hemp Federation Ireland, establishing key global and domestic networks to promote a farm-focused integrated development pathway for the Irish hemp industry. Chris has led on important initiatives to keep the interests of Irish industry stakeholders; farmers, processors, distributors, and retailers, at the centre of policy discussion in Ireland. 

Marcus McCabe, B.Ag.SC (Hemp Farmer)
Marcus is an agriculture scientist and permaculture expert who has been growing hemp in Ireland for the past 20 years. Since 2006 he has been involved in hemp cultivation for building materials and for food. In 1986, while still a student, Marcus organised a seminal conference on organic agriculture in Ireland. He has been involved in the study and creation of natural ecosystems that can integrate sustainably with human activity. Marcus developed some of the first courses in Permanent Agriculture (permaculture) in Ireland. Through his business, Hempire Building Materials, he has supplied hundreds of houses with hemp plasters and and insulation materials and he is also co-founder of the world’s leading organic hemp juice company, Kama Hemp. Marcus and his wife Kate Mullaney, have processed over 80% of all hemp grown in Ireland over the past two decades. In his cultivation masterclass presentation, Marcus will combine broad hands on practical experience of growing and processing hemp with a keen understanding of the  potential for the Irish hemp industry to create material wealth for Irish farmers and rural communities.

Michalis Theodoropoulos (KANNABIO Organic Hemp Cooperative)
Michalis is a pioneer hemp producer and co-founder of  Kannabio Organic Hemp Cooperative. He is co-founder of HEMPKANNA CONSULTING P.C., a co-founder of KANNALITE P.C. (2019), and was programme director of Balkannabis Expo & Conferences (2018). Michalis is a former policy adviser on environmental, public health and food safety issues in the European Parliament for Greek Green Party MEPs. Michalis’ presentation will describe how, Kannabio was established in 2016 and how, despite significant barriers, this cooperative model has grown so successfully.

Irish Hemp Cooperative (Speaker TBC)
Since its establishment in 2016, The Irish Hemp Cooperative has grown from strength to strength and is a vibrant hub for the growing numbers of Irish farmers interested in the economic, social and environmental potentials of hemp.

Stefan Nölker-Wunderwald (Hanf-Zeit, Endoxo GmbH)
Stefan Nölker-Wunderwald, has many years of expertise in the development of natural hemp products with his company Hanf Zeit. His presentation gives an insight into his experience with the industrial cultivation of commercial hemp in Germany. From the first manual harvest in 1999 to the development of a harvester for the double use of seeds and green matter, the problems with the first hemp products including food supplements and CBD, his presentation 20 years of hemp cultivation in Germany will give an insight into the world of commercial hemp.

Kate Mullaney (Owner/Director at Kamaceuticals Ltd, Ireland)
Kate has a long track record in the Hemp industry in Ireland where she has been successfully growing and processing Hemp in County Monaghan since 2006. She  is the 2016 winner of the Enterprise Ireland award; Women in Business, Competitive Start Fund and she is Chairperson of Hemp Federation Ireland. Hemp is the most complete plant-based protein known to man and Kate has taken this highly nutritious plant out of its traditional building arena to create a growing Functional Food Business. Kate has a keen interest in health, local food and farm-based business. She is Founding Director of Kama Hemp and has been growing food and juicing for the family for many years.

Anita M. Hemmilä PhD candidate, M.A. (Co-owner and CFO of Finola Oy)
Anita Hemmilä is a visual artist and linguist who has worked with various aspects of hemp since 1995. She co-organized the first contemporary hemp seminar in the Nordic countries in that same year. Together with her husband, Jace Callaway, she worked to develop the FINOLA variety of oilseed hemp in Finland, and has contributed to spreading FINOLA to Europe, North America and Oceania. Hemmilä is co-owner and CFO of Finola Oy. Anita has presented many lectures on different aspects of oilseed hemp in domestic and international conferences. In addition, she continues her doctoral studies on discourse analysis and other branches of linguistics at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.