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SIU to Host Hemp and Cannabis Symposium Saturday

CARBONDALE – The third Southern Illinois Hemp/Cannabis Symposium is set Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SIU Student Center in Carbondale.

The event is sponsored by SIU’s Cannabis Science Center, whose mission includes formally establishing a collaborative network for cannabis research. The symposium, which features speakers, vendors and displays, is aimed at anyone interested in growing and marketing hemp and cannabis products.

This year’s focus is fiber and seed crops and their commodities.

Speakers will address cultivating efforts in Illinois and the Midwest, including Farm Bill and federal regulation aspects. Hemp growers will discuss developing new cultivars optimized for Illinois or for use in unique row crop production systems where fiber, seed and cannabinoids can be harvested from the same crop. They also will address business models for processing the crop and getting it to market.

Experts also will reveal new developments in the use of hemp materials in building and construction, while exhibitors and vendors will display modern production technologies in cannabis and consumer products.

Participant can register online or by phone at 618-563-7751. The $95 fee ($25 for students) includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information, visit the Southern Illinois Hemp/Cannabis Symposium website or contact Rebecca Dycus at