Speaking topic: Farming CBD 101: A Guide For Your First Growing Season
My name is Kevin Sikkink. I was born and raised in Minnesota. Cannabis and Hemp has always been a passion. Growing up on a Minnesota dairy farm hard work and persistence has been ingrained in who I am. In my young adult life I started a hemp company and spent years touring fairs and conventions across all cannabis states selling industrial hemp apparel and accessories. Over the years I've been fortunate enough to meet many people in the industry. I've spent time on cannabis farms, dispensaries, and with the businesses owners in the industry both small and large. In 2019 I took my lessons and experiences and returned to the family farm in central Minnesota. In 2019 we registered and participated in the MN hemp pilot program. We have learned a lot from this emerging CBD market. In our 1st growing season, from receiving our license to harvesting our first crop, the hard work and learning curve was something we were not prepared for. Now in our 3rd year, we've seen a need in helping other hemp farmers clear the air and get through their 1st successful growing season. I don't know where the CBD market will go and what the farmers role will be in all this, but I love the plant, I love farming, and I'll be here for the ride!