As markets and regulations evolve, selecting, sourcing and ensuring compliance of hemp genetics is a challenge for producers large and small. Given the proliferation of hybrids, strain names, testing protocols and documentation requirements, how is a producer to know which strains to buy, and from whom? Grab a sharp pencil (and keep the eraser handy for later on), and join Offit Kurman as it hosts a talk with Rick Fox, CEO of Meristem Farms LLC, on navigating the chaotic marketplace for high-CBD hemp genetics and the ambiguities of current and potential future regulatory environments on the state, federal and international level.
About Rick Fox
Herrick (“Rick”) Fox is CEO and Co-founder of Meristem Farms, a Vermont company that develops, produces and distributes distinctive hemp varieties for innovative formulations in specialty wellness consumer markets in the US and Europe. Following his 15-year USDA career in senior management, policy, and agricultural trade, Rick brings an insider’s perspective on regulatory and market development to the chaotic environment of genetics and compliance in the hemp industry. Alongside Meristem Farms’ high-value hemp production and distribution activities, Rick is also active in development of export markets for US hemp, and in policy efforts by hemp trade associations including drafting of Congressional testimony and advocacy/coordination on USDA and FDA rulemaking. Prior to starting Meristem, Rick’s USDA career included oversight of agricultural trade capacity-building activities with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, forest policy with senior Administration officials, drafting of Farm Bill legislation with the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, and capacity-building for land management planning on National Forests in Wyoming and Pennsylvania. He also served as a policy expert for USAID technical assistance programs in Russia and the Republic of Georgia.