Schedule of Events

3-5 pm: Updates from the Field & Greenhouse

Grower Panel Discussions

3:00 pm: Hemp IPM
    Mike Goodenough, Sweet Heal Farm
    Ryan Plante, Lovewell Farm
    Becky Goetsch, Running Brook Farms
    Héctor Gerardo, Seamarron Farmstead, Llc
    Moderator: Shuresh Ghimire, UConn Extension


3:30 pm: Reduced Tillage for Plant Growth & Soil Health (Speaker Bios below)
    Jim Lamondia, CT Ag Experiment Station (CAES)
    Ethan McVanney, No-Till Specialist
    Shawn Magill, The CBD Gurus
    Moderator: Jim Hyde, USDA NRCS


4:00 pm: Soil Health Rainfall Demonstration
    Jim Hyde, USDA NRCS


4:30 pm: Hemp Tour – Greenhouse Hemp at Running Brook Farms
    Becky Goetsch


5-7 pm: Social, Food & Live Music
Enjoy food and a chance to connect while listening to live music sponsored by CHIA, come see Soul Shot featuring Jamaican Legend Ernie Smith.

Seed Swap
Clone Sale

3-7 pm A variety of vendors and exhibitors will be at the farm for the duration of the event.

American National /Farm Family Insurance

Baystate Organic Certifiers
Better Ways LLC
Better Together CT Inc
Blue Star Farm
Connecticut Department of Agriculture
Country Wellness, LLC
CT Greenhouse
Grateful Paws
Lovewell Farms
No till Solutions
Sleeping Giant Hemp
Sprouting Sustainability
Sweet Heal
US HempCare
Wepa Hemp Farms

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Connecticut Hemp Registration

CT RC&D, along with planning partners USDA NRCS, UCONN Extension, CT Department of Agriculture, and CT Hemp Industry Association (CHIA) will bring together growers, service providers, and businesses interested in the hemp industry for an educational and networking event. The educational portion will include farmer panel discussions covering Hemp IPM as well as reduced tillage for plant growth and soil health. The day will include updates from the field & greenhouse with a Hemp Tour at Running Brook Farm. USDA NRCS will be on site with the Soil Health Rainfall Demo to show the impact of runoff. The second half of the event will include a Seed Swap and Clone Sale. Enjoy food and a chance to connect while listening to live music sponsored by CHIA come see Soul Shot featuring Jamaican Legend Ernie Smith. A variety of vendors and exhibitors will be at the farm for the duration of the event. This event will provide valuable resources for local producers seeking to make connections, gain knowledge, and connect with the Hemp community.


Space is limited to 20 vendors/exhibitors on a first-come / first-served basis. Vendor/Exhibitor registrations received after the limit is reached will be added to our waitlist and contacted directly if any open spaces become available.

The exhibitor area is assigned based on receipt of online exhibitor registration. Vendor/Exhibitors will be sent a plan map and a table number ahead of the conference. There are no fees required for vendor/exhibitor areas at this event, though, when registering, vendors/exhibitors can select the FREE or DONATION option. In addition, each must ALSO register as an individual (General Admission – $15) for the event.

*Those selling items must conform to state and federal regulations.



Comes with 2 tickets, a spot to be an exhibitor, listed on the event webpage.


Comes with 4 tickets, a spot to be an exhibitor, inclusion in event promotion, listed on the event webpage.


Comes with 6 tickets, a spot to be an exhibitor, inclusion in event promotion, listed prominently on the event webpage, opportunity to say a few words during the event welcome.

Panelist Bios

Jim Lamondia

Dr. James A. LaMondia earned his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at Cornell University.  He joined The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in 1986 after two years of postdoctoral work for the USDA APHIS and was the Chief Scientist and Head of the CAES Valley Laboratory until he retired this past March.  Jim is volunteering as Emeritus Scientist and conducts research on the biology and management of plant pathogens and nematodes on a number of crops, including small fruits, vegetables, tobacco and ornamentals.  His research focuses on the development and utilization of management strategies, fungicides and fungicide resistance, plant resistance to pathogens, and management with crop rotation and antagonistic crops.  He has published extensive publications, book chapters, and well over 500 research and extension presentations.  Jim is currently researching the effects of reduced tillage systems in tobacco production

Ethan McVaney

Ethan McVaney grew up in the CT River Valley working with field-scale row crops, vegetables, and hemp, as well as greenhouse production and grows.  Ethan has spent the last 12 years working with medical hemp using reduced till field production and in-season cover crops.   Ethan is currently consulting with growers throughout lower New England with soil & plant nutrient management, prescribing both foliar and topdress recommendations.  Ethan is going to describe his preferred method of furrowed mound planting and live cover to better manage weed and disease pressure, and the resulting effects on time, labor, and costs for hemp production from transplant to harvest.

Shawn Magill

Shawn Magill and Jacob Honig own The CBG Gurus in Harwington CT.  It is a vertically integrated, organic certified hemp farm in Harwington, CT.   Shawn was formally introduced to hemp production while earning his degree in Medicinal Plant Chemistry from Northern Michigan University.  After graduation, he returned home to CT to start a regenerative, permaculture style farming, including poly-culture as a part of the growing plan to develop a healthy growing environment for the best extractable hemp they could grow.  Economics of a start-up business helped influence their decisions to invest in extraction equipment, which challenged them to focus on no-till production practices, working to keep the soil in-place, disturb the soil as little as possible, and cover the soil as much as possible.  Their initial year taught them several things they’d like to improve (namely cover crop and drip irrigation), but also re-enforced their goal to increase their working organic matter, integrate poly-culture to cultivate mycorrhizae, and building soil health to help manage or reduce the cost of production to produce the best plants they can for optimal extraction products.



Connecticuct Hemp Registration

Part 1: Webinar Series for Growers (FREE)


January 20 | 11:45am-1:15pm • WATCH Recording

Growing CBD Hemp: Regulations, Seed & Hybrid Selection (See agenda & video recording below)


February 17 | 11:45am-1:15pm • WATCH Recording

Growing Hemp Indoors: Planting, Propagation, & Clones (See agenda & video recording below)


March 17 | 11:45am-1:15pm • WATCH Recording

Growing Hemp Successfully: Transplanting into the Field, Soil Health, & Fertilizers (See agenda & video recording below) 1.5 DEEP pesticide recertification credit were available for this session.


April 7 | 11:45am-1:15pm • WATCH Recording

Hemp IPM: Diseases -Scouting & Management (See agenda & video recording below) 1.5 DEEP pesticide recertification credit available for this session.


April 21 | 11:45am-1:15pm • WATCH Recording

Processing 101 – Lessons From the Field and a Look to the Future (See agenda below & video recording below)


May 5 | 11:45am-1:15pm • WATCH Recording

Hemp IPM: Insect Pests & Weeds (See agenda below) 1.5 DEEP pesticide recertification credit available for this session.

These webinars were live, with opportunities to interact with other growers before and after the talks, and opportunities to ask the speakers questions.

The webinars were recorded so attendees can come back for review, to watch when able, and/or send to other growers.

Links to watch have be posted here and on the CT RC&D YouTube Channel.

CT Hemp Conference & Trade Show (Past Event)

February 26, 2020
Maneeley's Conference Center - South Windsor, CT

Over 270 attended Connecticut's first annual Hemp Conference and Trade Show!

On February 26, 2020, CT RC&D, along with planning partners USDA NRCS and UCONN Extension, brought together advocates, cultivators, and businesses interested in the emerging hemp industry. The conference covered healthy soils practices, local policy and regulations, Connecticut field trial results, as well as innovative production markets. This event provided valuable resources for local producers and farmers seeking connections in the state as well as knowledge about local issues and opportunities. This event was generously sponsored by the CT Department of Agriculture and CT Farm Bureau Association.

Schedule of Events:

  • 8:45 AM – Welcome: Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt, CT Department of Agriculture; Bonnie Burr, UConn Extension, Tom Morgart, USDA NRCS; Jeanne Davies, CT RC&D; Don Tuller, CT Farm Bureau Association
  • 9:00 AM – Soil Fertility Recommendations for Hemp Production: Dr. Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, Morrisville State College
  • 9:30 AM – Research Toward All Female and Sterile Hemp: Dr. Jessica Lubell-Brand, UConn
  • 10:00 AM – Break
  • 10:30 AM – No-Till Options for Hemp Production: Jon Anderson, KY Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources
  • 11:00 AM – Comparing the Horticultural and Field Crop Models of CBD Production: Dr. Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, Morrisville State College
  • 11:30 AM – Pest Management: Chemicals Available and Under Consideration by EPA: Candace L. Bartholomew, UConn Extension
  • NOON – Lunch
  • 1:00 PM – Findings from 2019 Hemp Field Trial in Connecticut: Dr. Walter Krol & Terri Arsenault, CT Agricultural Experiment Station
  • 1:30 PM – Looking Under the Hood of the Cannabis Plant: Molecular Studies of How to Increase End-Product (CBD and THC) Cannabinoid Synthesis in Female Flowers: Dr. Gerald Berkowitz, UConn
  • 1:45 PM – Markets/Processors for Harvested Hemp: David Levine MD, CT Valley Hemp Drying & Extraction and Michael Lupario, Western MA Hemp
  • 2:15 PM – Growers Panel: Colin Decker, Owen Jarmoc, Dr. Becky Goetsch, and Michael Goodenough
  • 3:00 PM – Break
  • 3:15 PM – Cannabinoids Testing (CBD & THC): Chris Perkins, UConn
  • 3:45 PM – Hemp Manufacturing - Consumables: Attorney Michael Ando, CT Dept. of Consumer Protection
  • 4:05 PM – Hemp Regulation: Carole Briggs & Kate Nelson, CT Dept. of Agriculture
  • 4:30 PM – Social Hour

Additional resources and speaker presentations from the conference can be found at: