Southern Hemp Expo Draws Thousands of Attendees

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Organizer of the 2nd Annual Southern Hemp Expo (SHE), are pleased with the success and attendance numbers of this past weekend’s business and agriculture-focused event. Thousands of attendees participated in the two-day conference, which featured notable national speakers, including Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard; and World Champion Funny Race Car driver Matt Hagan: plus, nationally acclaimed authors, business leaders, and farmers.

Democratic Presidential Candidate and U.S. Representative, (D-HI) Tulsi Gabbard made a special campaign stop and gave the keynote address on Friday, Sept. 6 via Skype teleconferencing, outlining her support in modernizing hemp through a green economy. National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), two-time Funny Car World Champion, Matt Hagan kicked off Saturday’s Farm Symposium by sharing his journey from Funny Car World Champion to celebrated hemp farmer.


The Buzz of Hemp
Industry leaders encouraged farmers and entrepreneurs to think beyond growing hemp solely for CBD as the commodity is a sustainable crop ideal for fiber, building materials, food, fuel and other industrial purposes.

“We’re charting the course for the next evolution of hemp,” explains Morris Beegle, Southern Hemp Expo show Producer.

“Thanks to the Farm Bill legislation, it is now legal for farmers to grow hemp, which has opened the eyes of the entire agriculture community. They are taking an interest to learn more about the plant from soil to stalk. The time is now and the Southern Hemp Expo and the upcoming NoCo Hemp Expo provide valuable insight for anyone who has an interest in all things hemp.”

This year’s SHE event featured a sold-out business conference and an industry day with a business-to-business expo hall on Friday, September 6. The popular and sold-out Farm Symposium was open to the general public, which was held on Saturday, September 7, all coinciding with over 150 exhibitors, educational seminars, workshops, and demonstrations.

Expo attendees received up-to-date information about federal and state legislation and regulations, current trends in CBD and hemp supplements; the latest developments in processing, technology and innovation; certification, market research, compliance, and lab testing; breeding, genetics, seeds and clones and more.

Presenting Sponsor: Blühen Botanicals
Tennessee’s Blühen Botanicals is the Presenting Sponsor of Southern Hemp Expo. Founded by a dedicated team of Knoxville, TN-based entrepreneurs, soil scientists, farmers and hemp advocates, Blühen Botanicals is a hemp biomass processing and extraction company with farming and distribution partners across the United States. With a dedicated, pharmaceutical-grade hemp research facility, Blühen works with manufacturers to produce custom formulations for its own blend of boutique wellness products such as full-spectrum hemp extract oils, soft gels, creams, and pet treats and oils. The company employs expert entomologists, plant pathologists, agronomists, chemists, and engineers.

Save the Date for NoCo Hemp Expo: March 26 – 28, 2020
Get ready for the NoCo Hemp Expo, the world’s largest hemp expo taking place at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado March 26 – 28, 2020. With more than 20,000 attendees and 400+ exhibits to be featured, NoCo7 will continue to bring the industry together from across the globe.

About The Colorado Hemp Company
The Colorado Hemp Company, the organizer of this year’s Southern Hemp Expo, is a leading organization for the advancement and advocacy of hemp farming, processing, production, innovation, education, and legalization in the USA. The entire team is committed to researching and developing alternatives so that hemp can once again thrive, prosper, and help individuals and communities throughout America and around the globe.

About the Southern Hemp Expo
The Southern Hemp Expo is produced by the Colorado Hemp Company, a division of WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives), based in Loveland, CO, and producer of NoCo Hemp Expo, the world’s largest and most comprehensive trade show and conference for industrial hemp. WAFBA is the founder of TreeFreeHemp paper and printing services and the Colorado Hemp Company. Areas of focus include product and brand development, event production, consulting, and advocacy.