Basics of Texas Hemp: Part 1

The Texas Hemp Coalition presents the Basics of Texas Hemp Webinar

This week on our webinar, we’re talking to individuals who will be running the Texas Hemp Program on the state level with guests from the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

Date: May 19, 2020 Time: 2pm-3pm CST Location: Online

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What you’ll learn

  • Regulations

  • License and Permit Needs

  • Research

  • State of Texas Hemp Program

About Dan Hunter of Texas Department of Agriculture

Dan Hunter serves as Assistant Commissioner for the Texas Department of Agriculture. He is the top advisor on the critical issues of the economy, trade, and water. He oversees matters on U.S. policy and the important role it plays in agriculture and the Texas economy. He also provides direct oversight on programs involving rural affairs, including rural health care and marketing. Hunter directs the International Marketing Programs for Texas Agriculture. He currently serves on the Board of the Texas Wine Advisory Committee and the Texas Olive Oil Advisory Board. He also serves on the Ag Workers Insurance Advisory Board. Hunter has served on numerous international trade, commodity, policy advisory committees. Hunter has an extensive background in agriculture, trade, research, water, and policy development. Prior to his current position he served as Executive Director of the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER) and an adjunct professor at Tarleton State University. Prior to joining the Institute, he was the Executive Officer of the Southwestern Peanut Growers’ Association. Earlier in his professional career he served as the Government Relations Representative for the National Cotton Council association in Washington, DC. He also worked as a primary legislative staff member for former Congressmen Larry Combest and Fred Grandy.

Hunter received degrees from Texas Tech University, where he was recently honored as Outstanding Alumnus, Tarleton State University, and Western Texas College. He has written numerous articles for several publications, and provided testimony for legislative and regulatory committees. Additionally, he has given presentations around the world including the United Nations Foreign Agriculture Organization in Rome. Hunter has conducted business as an official U.S. and Texas Representative, and for private companies on every continent except Antarctica.

About Philip Wright of Texas Department of Agriculture

Philip Wright is the Administrator for Regulatory Affairs for the Texas Department of Agriculture. Phil was raised in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. He attended New Mexico State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics and a Master of Arts in Agricultural and Extension Education. Wright began his career as a County Extension Agent for McKinley, Otero and Dona Ana Counties in New Mexico from 1995 to 2007. Wright began his tenure with the Texas Department of Agriculture as a metrologist at the Giddings Metrology Laboratory in February of 2008. During this time he also served as a contract instructor with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In 2013, he moved to the Austin office as a Regulatory Program Compliance Specialist. He was in turn promoted to Director for Consumer Product Protection in March of 2014, before being appointed to his current position as Administrator for Regulatory Affairs in December of 2016. Phil plays a role in ensuring the quality of the departments Agriculture and Consumer Protection Division, which includes the following program areas: Hemp, seed quality and certification, grain warehouse, biosecurity, plant quality and quarantines, citrus health response and pest management, pesticide data program and product registration, pesticide applicator certification, structural pest control, weights and measures, metrology, egg quality, fuel quality, handling and marketing of perishable commodities, and aquaculture.

About Joe Williams of Texas Department of State Health Services

Joe Williams worked as a Sanitarian for the City of Lubbock for 3.5 years. He has worked for Texas Department of State Health Services for 6 years as a Retail Foods Field Sanitarian and 12 years as a Compliance Officer and Field Supervisor with the Manufactured Foods Program. He is currently the Manager for the Public Sanitation and Retail Food Safety Unit at DSHS. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (1980) from Texas Tech University.

About Dr.Calvin Trostle of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Calvin Trostle helps farmers in West Texas and beyond grow their crops in the presence of frequent drought.  He now brings the same effort to hemp farming for the state of Texas.  He is in his 22nd year as an Extension agronomist in West Texas based in Lubbock.  His focus is most crops other than cotton as well as soil science.  He is a native Kansas farm-boy.  He received his academic training at Kansas State, Texas A&M, and the University of Minnesota.

About the Texas Hemp Coalition

The Texas Hemp Coalition’s goal is to provide industry specific information to growers, processors and entities that will be involved in the Texas Hemp Industry. We will serve as an advocacy, educational and networking liaison to reputable entities within the hemp industry.