Upcoming Conferences

        The Commercial & Industrial Hemp Symposium and Trade Fair will be held February 17-19, 1997 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre in British Columbia, Canada.  The event will attract an international delegation of experts involved in commercial and industrial hemp growing, processing, manufacturing and production for a variety of industries.  Guest speakers will present research on the many uses of commercial and industrial hemp.
        The Commercial & Industrial Hemp Symposium is produced by Wiseman Noble Sales and Marketing Ltd., a Vancouver-based event and publishing company.  Among those sponsoring the international speaker series are The Canadian Pulp & Paper Association and Growers International Inc., a Saskatchewan-based biological agriculture company.  Sponsors for the symposium include the Bank of Montreal, the Canadian Industrial Hemp Council (CIHC), Ecosource Paper of Victoria and Hemptown Clothing of Vancouver.  Among other sponsors for this event is the US-based Ohio Hempery.
        For more information on this event, contact: Sotos Petrides, Show Manager, Wiseman Noble Sales and Marketing Ltd. at Tel. +1 (604) 258-7171 or E-Mail: events@wisenoble.com.

        The nova-Institute in Cologne, Germany, will organize the four-day international technological-scientific symposium Bioresource Hemp (Biorohstoff Hanf) '97 held from February 27 - March 2, 1997.  As in 1995, it will be held at the Frankfurt Exhibition Center, as part of Bio Fach, the world's largest trade fair for environmentally friendly consumer products.
        The Bioresource Hemp '97 symposium will involve more than 60 presentations by hemp experts from around the world.  According to the nova Institute, speakers from several countries, including France, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Ukraine where considerable experiences with hemp research and implementation have been gained since 1995, have committed to presenting their findings at the conference.  The results from major research projects will be summarized in special presentations, and selected subjects will be covered in a parallel session and in smaller groups.  The official languages of the conference will be English and German.  Simultaneous translation of all main-session presentations will be provided.  A particular synergism will be created by the setting of the Bioresource Hemp '97 symposium parallel to Bio Fach '97.  Numerous firms involved in the hemp industry are expected to display their recent products.  Bioresource Hemp '97 is sponsored by Sunder & Rottner (Organizers of Bio Fach), the hanfnet e.V. network in Hanover, and EFKA (manufacturer of Caņuma cigarette paper).  Additional sponsors are being solicited.  The public relations work is supported by the environmental PR-agency "Kristall", Cologne.
        The program is as follows:  First Day, (February 27th) Introduction and Status Reports from selected Countries; Second Day, (February 28th) The Hemp Plant - Breeding, Cultivation and Harvesting; Third Day, (March 1st) The Hemp Fiber -Processing and Product Lines; Fourth Day, (March 2nd) Hemp Seeds and Oil, Shives, and Cannabinoids.
        For further information on the sym-posium, please contact nova -Institute, Office Hurth, Thielstr. 35, D-50354 Hurth, Germany Phone: +49-2233-97 83 70, FAX: +49-2233-97 83 69 or nova - Institute 2324 30th St., Santa Monica, CA 90405 USA, Tel.: 310-392-8676, Fax: 310-392-4105 E-mail: 75522.1722@compuserve.com

        The Fiber Futures '97 Conference and Product Expo entitled "Cultivating Profitable and Sustainable Fibers for the 21st Century" will be held June 1 & 2, 1997 in Monterey, California.
        Fiber Futures '97 will offer a great opportunity to network, source new products, transfer technology and develop new farming and business ventures.  Highlighted fibers include bamboo, banana, flax, industrial hemp, kenaf, organic cotton, ramie, recycled fibers, residual straws, sisal and switch grass.
        The conference will be located at the DoubleTree Hotel and Monterey Convention Center in the heart of beautiful downtown Monterey, adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf and overlooking California's majestic coastline.
        Conference highlights will include an exhibit area featuring many exciting sustainable fiber products, support services, associations, consultants, equipment vendors and more.  Architects, Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility are designing a Builders & Designers Showcase high-lighting myriad household uses for sustainable fibers.  A Sustainable Fibers Fashion Show will feature clothes made from flax, organic cotton, industrial hemp and other state-of-the-art fibers.  A Paper Pavilion will high-light a range of agfiber-based paper from across the globe.
        Speakers from around the world will cover a wide range of topics including an Overview of Fiber Industries, Ag Residues Developments, Industrial Hemp Development, Sustainable Construction / Use in Building, Successful Case Studies, Tree-Free Papers, Promising New Markets and The Emergence of Ancient Crops.
        Contact Jeanne Trombly at Tel. +1 (707) 823-2800 ext. #46, Fax. +1 (707) 823-2424 or write to Fiber Futures '97, P.O. Box 1716 Sebastopol, California 95473, USA.  E-mail: info@fiberfutures.com for further information via the Internet.

        The second meeting of the "Non-textile Applications of Flax and Hemp" Working Group will be held concurrently with the Festival of Flax and Hemp Harvesting Machines on September 30 and October 1, 1997, at the Institute of Natural Fibres, Poznan, Poland.  For more information contact Prof. dr. Ryszard Kozlowski, Institute of Natural Fibres, ul. Wojska Polskiego 71b, 60-630 Poznan, Poland, Fax. +48 61 417830.
        The next HIA Convention will be held in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County, California, from October 6, 1997 (Monday) in the afternoon until October 9, 1997 (Thursday) in the morning.  The HIA purposely chose to start on a Monday so you can enjoy the area thru the weekend.  The Harvest Festival in nearby Santa Rosa is Saturday & Sunday.  For more on all the particulars contact Candi Penn, Secretary HIA - Hemp Industries Assoc.PO Box 1080, Occidental, CA 95465, Tel. +1-500-HIA-HEMP, email: info@the-hia.org or website: http://thehia.org.