How can the agriculture industry, and the hemp industry in particular, craft policy that lowers barriers to entry, particularly among minorities and women? Through empowerment and intentional connection. Join us for a panel discussion on the ways that we can encourage equitable participation in the hemp industry.

Speakers:

 

Frederick Cawthon, President, Hemp Alliance of Tennessee
Frederick Cawthon holds an MBA from Tennessee State University and spent the past twenty plus years in product and program management roles for various fortune 500 companies. He has been an active hemp advocate since 2016 and serves as President of the Hemp Alliance of Tennessee. Frederick is a champion of the “whole plant” strategy: phytocannabinoid, seed, grain, and fiber production.

  Nicole Anderson, Owner, PharmFree Life Dispensary
  Amy Cornell, President, Agribusiness Council of Indiana
Amy serves as president of Agribusiness Council of Indiana (ACI) and is a member of the Purdue Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Recently, Amy was chosen as the consultant who will lead the development of a new cooperative agriculture law program with IU McKinney School of Law and Purdue University. Prior to joining Bose Public Affairs Group, Amy served as policy advisor and counsel for Indiana Farm Bureau. Amy received her bachelor’s degree in management from Purdue University. She went on to receive her juris doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a LL.M. in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
  Justin Swanson, President, Midwest Hemp Council

Justin Swanson, Vice President at Bose Public Affairs Group and Of Counsel at Bose McKinney & Evans, has developed a unique multi-dimensional government affairs practice that leverages his public policy expertise with traditional legal skills to effectively advance the interests of his diverse set of clients. Swanson is also co-founder and President of the Midwest Hemp Council, which is the leading trade organization that is working to build and connect the hemp supply chain in the Midwest.

Swanson has emerged as one of the country’s leading hemp lobbyists and hemp lawyers. He successfully led lobbying efforts to ensure the state would be the primary regulator of hemp production in Indiana after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Swanson also led a legal team that successfully challenged a state law that criminalized part of the hemp plant, which was the first of its kind legal question.

In 2019, the Indiana Lawyer recognized Swanson as an Up and Coming Lawyer, an award bestowed on just 15 attorneys each year. The Hemp Connoisseur also identified Swanson as “100 People You Should Know” in 2019. Swanson was included in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch Lists, a recognition given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.