Cannabis Genetics & Bioethics Conference

Developing policy through science & understanding of

the genetic & ethical landscape of cannabis in Humboldt.

April 20-24,

Zoom Webinar Conference

 Everywhere, CA

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Free Registration for Members and Non-Members!

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Tools of the Trade Presentation Tracks:

Micro-farming: Food, Income, Medicine & Compost Crops

Presented: by Chris Verni of CEO & Founder of Northwest Cultivation, moderated by Daniel Stein of Briceland Forest Farm.


Description: Living off the land. As a global culture, local food and crop production are at its peak importance. Humboldt County offers thousands of established agricultural businesses. During this track, farmers will learn a micro approach to diversifying their crops and create a sustainable farm for farm workers and their families.


11:00 AM (pst)


DNA of Cannabis

Genetic Editing for Yield and Stress Tolerance: Presented by Venki Pegadaraju, Ph.D. of Agribody, moderated by Eleanor Kuntz of Leafworks DNA.


Description: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and Gene Editing (GE). What is the difference between these methods, and why are they utilized across many large scale agricultural crops? In this track, farmers will learn about new technologies applicable in cannabis, and what the outcome may have on their plants.


11:00 AM (pst)


Viruses, Viroids & Pathology

Presented by Anna-Lisa Fabritius, Ph.D. of AL&L Crop Solutions, and moderated by Joanna Berg of Dirty Business Soil.


Description: A deep dive into plant pathology. From bacteria, fungal pathogens, viruses, and viroids. What is the difference, and why should a cannabis farmer be informed? During this track, attendees will learn how to test for these different pathogens, the importance of quarantine of new plants, and the benefits of protecting your crop.


11:00 AM (pst)


 Genetic Storage for Common Access

Presented by Dale Hunt Ph.D. of Planet Law, Breeder’s Best & the Ethical Data Alliance, moderated by Angela Bacca.


Description: Cannabis varieties are now considered as Intellectual Property (IP). What kinds of tools are available for breeders and organizations within or outside the licensed cannabis market to protect and/or make their IP available? During this track, farmers will learn how some cannabis breeders and farms are sharing their IP to facilitate small farmers and breeders to make the most of their opportunities.


11:00 AM (pst)


Tissue Culture & Meristematic Restoration

Presented by

 by Jeremy Warren Ph.D. of Dark Heart Industries, and moderated by Daniel Hendricks of Hendrx. 


Description: The apical meristem creates the cure. With each emerging pest or pathogen, farmers are presented with new challenges. Go behind the scenes to learn how to restore old cannabis genetics to their original vigor. During this track, attendees will learn how tissue culture can be utilized to cure Hops Latent Viroid, also known in cannabis as “duds-syndrome.”


11:00 AM (pst)


These presentations are for educational purposes only, and are not an endorsement of practice, philosophy, or product by the Humboldt County Growers Alliance. 

FRIDAY, April 24

Cannabis Breeder's Rights & Bioethics

The Cannabis Breeder’s Rights and Bioethics panel is the headline of the conference. During this discussion, attendees will hear from the influencers in the Humboldt cannabis breeders environment and debate the practices and applications available to cannabis breeders and small farmers. Across the globe, pharmaceutical and agricultural powerhouses are rushing to the breeders, and to farmers to utilize their IP. Learn from the experts how to prepare yourself for the world of cannabis breeding and intellectual property.

1:00 PM -3:00 PM (pst)
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    CEO of Humboldt Seed Company, a cannabis genetics resource. Humboldt Seed Company primarily breeds and improves cannabis genetics for today's quickly evolving marketplace.

    Humboldt Seed Company

    Nat Pennington

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    Jerry Whiting is the president and co-founder of LeBlanc CNE, a Seattle-based company focused on hemp genetics, product development, research and education. Jerry writes a monthly column on hemp for NW Leaf and the Director of Permaculture & Sustainability for the Center for Cannabis Living.

    LeBlanc CNE

    Jerry Whiting

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    Jesse Dodd is the creator of Biovortex, a living conceptual art piece, with the goal of influencing the cannabis industry in the direction of a profitable and environmentally regenerative future. He is the co-creator of the Regenerative Cannabis Farm Award .


    Jesse Dodd

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    Sunshine Johnston the owner-operator and cannabis breeder of Sunboldt Grown Farms, a dry-farm along the Eel River. She sees her “vintner’s palate” and the benefit it gives her as a cannabis breeder to be a marketable asset. In 2018, she farmed three of her own original strains: Loopy Fruit, Wanderlust, and Chronic Freedom.

    Sunboldt Grown

    Sunshine Johnston

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    Eleanor Kuntz, PhD, in botany and genetics, and CEO of LeafWorks DNA. She is a trained herbalist and has spent her career using plant genetics to design and implement Best Agricultural Practices for natural product companies. 

    Leafworks DNA

    Elanor Kuntz

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    Breeder’s Best

    Colleen Buyers

Conference Kick-off

Monday, April 20, 2020

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

On one of the most celebrated days of the year for our industry, we're excited to kick off the conference with our special guests G-Love, Don Carlos, plus comedy from Savage Henry.  Tune in via Zoom to join with fellow connoisseurs, as we collectively send out healing energy to those impacted by Covid-19.


Cell:  707-599-6670

427 F Street, Suite 213

Eureka, CA 95501

The Humboldt County Growers Alliance is a California mutual benefit, not-for-profit, trade association that is funded and owned by, and for its members

(EIN #82-0658286).