Country Report, Agricultural & Hemp Processing: 15th Int. Conference of the EIHA

12 - 13 June 2018 at the Maternushaus Cologne, Germany:

++ Almost 90 participants from 23 countries registered - more than 350 participants from 40 countries expected again ++ Already 18 exhibitors - only a few booth left ++ largest event on industrial hemp worldwide ++

Dear Experts on Industrial Hemp,

Welcome to the world's largest event on industrial hemp - the 15th Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) will take place in Cologne, Germany. (Maternushaus, 12 - 13 June 2018.)

Specialists from all over the world will meet in order to exchange information regarding the latest developments in hemp applications for fibres, shivs, seeds and oil as well as cannabinoids. Applications are biocomposites in automotive and construction, textiles, food, food supplements and pharmaceuticals. We are expecting 350 international participants from more than 40 countries – we are looking forward to the biggest event on industrial hemp ever!

The first three sessions focus on country reports, cultivation and processing of hemp. The most important regions for the cultivation and processing of hemp are China, Europe and North America. Leading representatives of these regions will report on growing farmland and new applications. New processing technologies make it possible to use hemp fibres also for clothing textiles.

Country Reports

Mark Reinders 
Cultivation & Processing of Industrial Hemp in Europe



Joy Beckerman
Hemp Industries Association (HIA) (US)

Colleen Keahey Lanier
Hemp Industries Association (HIA) (US)

Rick Trojan
Hemp Industries Association (HIA) (US)

U.S. Hemp Progress and Opportunities
Wang Yu Fu
Institute of Bast Fiber Crops, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CN)
The Study Situation and Sustainable Development of the Industrial Hemp - Abstract here

Rohit Sharma
Indian Industrial Hemp Association (IIHA) (IN)

Indian Hemp Developing Food and Fibre Market and Data

Tony Budden
Hemporium (ZA)
Status of Industrial Hemp in Malawi and South Africa


Christophe Fevrier, 
Claire Thouminot,
Fabienne Mathis

Fédération Nationale des Producteurs de Chanvre / HEMP-it (FR)
HEMP-IT, How Support Hemp Development in Europe - Abstract here

Dr. Christina Staginnus 
Police / Polizei Rheinland-Pfalz / LKA (DE)

The Genetic Assessment of Chemotypes - a Fast Method for the Discrimination of Agricultural Cannabis Cultivars – and CANNDAT – an Austrian-German Database Surveying the Distribution of Chemotypes in European Agricultural Hemp

Hemp Processing

  Pekka Vilppunen 
Arctic Fiber Company Ltd (FI)
Biotechnical Retting of Natural Fibers to High Added Value Products - Abstract here
Dr. Veronique Troch
HoGent (BE)
“Own Grown Hemp”: Optimisation of Hemp Fibres Quality for Textile Applications through an Integrated Chain Approach - Abstract here
Pierre Amadieu
DIY Hemp Decorticator to Provide Textile Needs: a Collaborative and a Win-win Approach

The entire programme is online here.

Innovation Award

For the first time, the Innovation Award "Hemp Product of the Year 2018" will be granted to the young, innovative industrial hemp industry for finding suitable applications and markets for industrial hemp based products. Hemp products could be hemp food, pharmaceuticals, textiles, biocomposites, construction and insulation material and many more. The focus of the award is on new developments within these business areas. We will publish all nominated companies and products soon. Further information here.

Exhibition Booth Information - only a few Booths available!

You are welcome to present your latest products, technologies or developments, book an exhibition booth including a pin board and a table for only 500 EUR (excl. 19% VAT). Further information here. Please contact: Mr. Dominik Vogt, phone: +49 (0) 2233-4814-49, email.

Advertisement Information

Your advertisement is included in the digital edition as well as in the hard copy of the conference journal. Maximize your visibility – the digital edition of the leaflet is being sent out to more than 40,000 recipients per e-­mail blast! The price for one page (DIN A 4) is 500 EUR (excl. 19% VAT), half a page costs 300 EUR (excl. 19% VAT). Please contact: Mr. Dominik Vogt, phone: +49 (0) 2233-4814-49, email.

Further Information

The participation fee is 550 EUR (excl. 19% VAT, including lunches, snacks and dinner buffet). Participants will range from cultivation consultants, primary and further processors, traders, mechanical engineers and investors to numerous small and medium-sized enterprises and to international automotive companies and suppliers. The conference language will be English.


nova-Institute would like to acknowledge HempConsult (DE) for sponsoring the Innovation Award “Hemp Product of the Year 2018”, CANAH (RO), HempFlax (NL), Hempro Int. (DE) and MH medical hemp (DE) as Gold Sponsors, REAKIROLABS (CZ) as Silver Sponsor and CBDepot (CZ) as Bronze Sponsor of the conference.

Don't miss the world's largest event on Industrial Hemp in 2018!

We are looking forward to meeting you in Cologne.

With best regards,

Michael Carus and Dominik Vogt, nova-Institut GmbH