Steven Brown, CEO, Nothing But Hemp
Steven Brown is the CEO of Nothing But Hemp, one of the first hemp dispensaries in the Midwest. In under a year, his company grew from one location to 11 nationwide. Steven has been featured on MPR, Marijuana Ventures, the Tom Bernard Show, and Ministry of Hemp.
Steven is a founder of the Minnesota Hemp Association and former United States Marine. Steven has over 20 years of retail experience and started his first retail job at age 13.
After his service in the Marine Corps, Steven managed a GNC. He turned his GNC store into the #1 GNC store in the nation. After years with GNC, he left and became regional sales director for T-Mobile. In his first year, he was awarded the T-Mobile Winner Circle Award for being top 5% in sales.
Steven left the wireless industry, and started a retail training & consultant company Connecting Innovations Inc. They were blessed with training Best Buy Mobile employees and GNC franchises to improve sales.
Training budgets were cut in 2012 and Brown closed Connecting Innovations to work for Blue Productions. This is where Steven was mentored to become a Marketing Director. He was in charge of negotiating media and developing marketing strategies. The marketing strategies worked and the company grow from $1M to $40M in three years. The company was sold to private equity firm and Steven started a boutique marketing agency. During that time operating his agency SocialThis, he was approached by large cannabis company and entered the cannabis industry.
Steven spent time in the cannabis industry, working with and advising some of America's largest western cultivating facilities by developing cannabis brand strategies and retail strategies for dispensaries.
Ed Culhane. Attorney, Culhane Law Firm
Edward R. Culhane a seasoned deal lawyer with hands-on experience running and managing businesses.
Ed’s clients are venture capital funds, private equity funds, family offices, and angel investors. Ed helps his clients raise and deploy capital in early-stage and emerging growth companies. He also represents entrepreneurs raising capital and helps them structure and position their business for funding, growth, and a successful exit.
While experienced in many different industries, Ed primarily focuses on the state-legal marijuana, cannabis, industrial hemp, CBD, specialty food, software and high-tech industries. Ed is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, and Minnesota.
Joshua Decatur, CEO, Trace
Joshua Decatur is an expert in the cannabis supply chain and a lifelong entrepreneur. While attending the University of Vermont, Josh built his first grow with his brother Justin as medical caregivers, later moving from Vermont to Northern California to study under master growers in Arcata California. An expert in crop optimization, Josh became Director of Farm Operations for Stone Road, a California recreational cannabis brand in Northern California, where he touched every part of the cannabis supply chain from seed to sale, and in the process, helped the business expand from its retail footprint of one store to over 30 locations across the golden state.
While finishing college at the University of Vermont, Josh worked as Director of Business Development at AO Glass, doubling their revenue over two years and growing accounts that continue to support the business. Whether managing his own CBD brand or leading a large scale operation in California, Josh learned first hand about the inefficiencies and opportunities of the modern cannabis supply chain. Josh returned to Vermont to found Wintermute, a CBD label and hemp farm in South Hero, Vermont while working with his co-founder Paul Lintilhac on Trace, a blockchain powered cannabis supply chain platform.
John Dugas, Founder, Superior Extractions
John Dugas was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. He later attended Colorado College where he studied Molecular & Cellular Biology. Additionally, John spent time conducting thesis work in Diabetic Neuropathy in the Kennedy Lab at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Becoming passionate about cannabis after experiencing severe injuries in both hips and his spine, John founded Superior Extractions LLC in early 2018 to alleviate processing constraints for the state of Minnesota’s industrial hemp program. John remains active in both business and laboratory duties at the company, specializing in various forms of extraction and post processing chemistry as well as business development.
Leili Fatehi, Partner + Principal, Blunt Strategies
Leili has 15 years experience developing and executing strategies to influence people’s attitudes and motivate their actions.
Leili offers deep substantive knowledge of the legal, regulatory, market, and non-market systems that govern decision-making at the federal, state, and local levels, including how these systems interact with one another. A resourceful strategist and agile negotiator, Leili has earned a reputation for delivering legislative and administrative wins against some of the biggest and most entrenched special interests.
Leili has a JD from the U of MN & a BS in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Paul Frank, Founder, Hemp Solutions of Minnesota
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Alex Gerard, Owner, Budding Acres
Alex Gerard is an Entrepreneur and Engineer with a long history in cannabis and agriculture. He is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of FOHSE INC (Future of Horticulture Science & Engineering) based in Las Vegas, owns and operates Budding Acres with his wife Jenny Gerard (a hemp cultivation company that consists of large outdoor production and 20,000 square feet indoor greenhouse production) based in Minnesota, and is a co-founder and board member of the Minnesota Hemp Association.
Coming from a background in mechanical and robotics engineering, Alex has been able to take an alternative look on agriculture production which has led him to develop industry leading cannabis grow lights, cultivation support equipment, and genetics development techniques. Alex has a strong passion in this industry and intends to continue improving the means in which cannabis is developed.
Elliot Ginsburg, Attorney, Chronic Lawyers
Elliot Ginsburg is an attorney at Chronic Lawyers, a division of Garner & Ginsburg, PA. Chronic Lawyers provide high quality legal representation and services to cannabis businesses.
Elliot's clients have described him as “incredibly knowledgeable and helpful,” “an outstanding knowledgeable lawyer,” and “professional but laid back.” His clients range from those starting new businesses, to those that have been operating for years, to those involved in legal and business disputes. He brings broad experience and skills to the cannabis industry with a focus on helping clients navigate complex state and federal statutes and regulations and to manage general business issues, many of which are unique to the industry. He has presented on brand protection strategies in the cannabis industry to other lawyers and industry members, and he has presented on states’ approaches to legalization of medical and adult-use cannabis to see what lessons other states can learn as they consider legalizing cannabis. Elliot enjoys working with clients, establishing long-term working relationships with them, and helping them achieve their goals efficiently and – when necessary – creatively.
Elliot holds a Bachelor's from Carleton College, a Master's from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. He has been a practicing lawyer since 2010.
Laura Monn Ginsburg, Partner + Principal, Blunt Strategies
Laura has spent her career helping organizations tell stories that compel action.
She brings 15 years of experience in strategic marketing, branding, communications, and project management for a variety of corporate and non-profit organizations. Her extensive marketing experience includes analyst and public relations work, new product launches, website design and optimization, web/print/social media content development, event planning and management, multi-channel campaign design and execution, and more.
Laura has a BA in English from Carleton College.
Riley Gordon, Engineer, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
Riley Gordon graduated with honors from Brandon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics (Mathematics minor) in the spring of 2014. In 2017, he completed a degree program at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with Environmental Emphasis in water related topics. Coinciding with his time at the U of M, Riley interned with a Civil Engineering consulting firm, working in both Intelligent Transportation Systems and Water Resources groups.
As an engineer, Riley applies the skills he gained through both his education and related industry experience to assist in AURI’s broad range of projects and initiatives. He primarily works out of the Coproducts lab in Waseca, MN.
Nick Hartmann, Senior Vice President, Christensen Group
Nick Hartmann is a Sr. Vice President at Christensen Group with a focus on food and agribusiness. Nick is trained in the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act – SQF Certification. He also serves as a member/volunteer with the Institute for Food Technology.
Prior to joining Christensen Group, Nick held a regional position with a building materials manufacturer. Nick also worked as an electronics broker servicing military and medical contract manufacturers and a stint helping companies expand their brand resonance through direct marketing and online campaigns.
Nick is a father of two; son Lennon (3 ½) and daughter Ruby (9 months). In his free time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time outdoors.
Sara Kietzer, Founder and Owner, Journey Organics
Sara Kietzer founded and owns Journey Organics LLC based in Mankato, MN in September 2018. Journey Organics is a retail CBD business dedicated to bringing the highest quality CBD products and education to customers and was the first of its kind in Southern MN. It has grown to three locations and will soon feature products grown on MN soil on Sara's family's farm. Sara co-founded, along with her husband Lucas, Journey Farms LLC which is their new hemp cultivation operation.
Sara has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and has over 25 years of combined experience in customer service and patient care. She joined the MN Hemp Association as a board member in July 2019 and is extremely passionate about the growth and vast opportunities of the hemp industry within MN and across the nation.
Charles Levine, Founder, Hemp Acres, LLC
Charles Levine is the founder of Hemp Acres, LLC, a first generation hemp farmer, and designer of a custom processing facility in Waconia, MN.
Charlie has been farming since age 16 and has a background in electrical construction engineering. Hemp Acres was one of the first licensed hemp growers and processors in the state of Minnesota. Charlie has grown hemp for both grain and flower, and most recently has begun processing hemp for cannabidiol (CBD) extraction.
Hemp Acres is the first known hemp seed pressing and milling outfit in the region. Additionally, Hemp Acres produces CBD hemp pellets and hemp cake for animal consumption. Products sold by Hemp Acres include hemp seed oil, protein powder, tinctures, distillate, protein powder, and livestock feed for both retail and wholesale markets.
Winona LaDuke, Winona's Hemp and Heritage Farm
Winona LaDuke is a hemp farmer and an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.
As Program Director of the Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities. And in her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non profit organizations in the country, and a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, she also continues national and international work to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, recognizing her leadership and community commitment. In 1994, LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, Ms.Woman of the Year ( with the Indigo Girls in l997) , and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which in part she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. The White Earth Land Recovery Project has won many awards- including the prestigious 2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity, recognizing the organization’s work to protect wild rice from patenting and genetic engineering.
A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and is presently an advisory board member for the Trust for Public Lands Native Lands Program as well as a boardmember of the Christensen Fund. The Author of five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations and a novel- Last Standing Woman, she is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues.
Brian Marquart, Statewide Gang and Drug Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Brian Marquart is an experienced drug investigator and supervisor with over 30 years of law enforcement experience. Brian is currently the Statewide Gang and Drug Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and provides oversight and training to the 21 Violent Crime Enforcement Teams throughout the state of Minnesota.
Brian holds an A.A.S. degree from Alexandria Technical College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from Metropolitan State University.
Brian is the president of the Minnesota State Association of Narcotics Investigators, the Midwest Regional Director for the National Narcotics Officers Association Coalition and serves on the board of directors for the Midwest Counter Drug Training Center (MCTC) in Camp Dodge, Iowa.
Josh Maslowski, Owner, Stigma Hemp Company
Born in Bismarck, ND, and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Josh spent 15 years working in the video game, mobile, and wearable tech electronics industry. Josh was able to experience all aspects of making and selling consumer goods products to big box retailers like Best Buy, Apple, and Target while working with a variety of brands big and small.
In early 2017, Stage 4 cancer hit close to home and a search to find alternative ways to deal with cancer led to Josh’s discovery of the Endocannabinoid System and CBD. Passionate and ready to migrate into the new cannabis industry, Josh decided to focus his expertise of making products and working with retail brands. He launched Stigma with a focus on being a premium consumer facing brand in the state and region.
Stigma opened its retail showroom in downtown Minneapolis in March 2018 and is now expanding into other retail channels while entering new markets in the state and region. Innovation is important to Josh and Stigma, as seen in their recent collaboration with Modist Brewing Company to create a unique product formulated with Modist’s award winning hop blend and providing both consumers and lawmakers a reference point to support a local cannabis economy.
Josh serves on the board of the Minnesota Hemp Association and lives in St. Louis Park with his wife and twin 8-year old daughters.
Todd Mathewson, Regional Sale Representative, Just BioFiber Solutions
Todd Mathewson is a veteran of 25 years of business ownership, with broad construction experience. The inquisitive son of an architect, it was inevitable that Todd would become fascinated by the internal workings of buildings. Construction project managing satisfied that in part, but it also awakened a desire to build better buildings. Growing up in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains of Utah awakened in him a deep sense of environmental stewardship. He believes that when it comes to construction, the ends can more fully justify the means, and that sustainable building practices better meet those ends. Todd enjoys skiing, fishing, scuba diving and backpacking with his family of 6.
Tom Michaels, Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota
Tom Michaels is a Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota. He studies classical plant breeding and genetics as it applies to food crops and industrial hemp and teaches courses on food systems.
Tom has released more than a dozen new varieties of dry edible beans and peanuts and has several new varieties of lettuce and sweet sorghum in testing for use by small-scale market gardeners. This fall he spent time walking through rural Minnesota sampling seeds from stands of feral hemp. Using these seeds, he'll determine if this wild genetic resource can be used for improvement of modern industrial hemp.
Kia Mikesh, CEO/Owner, Adams Independent Testing
Kia Mikesh is the CEO/Owner of Adams Independent Testing and Vice President of North Dakota Grain Inspection. She is a graduate from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
After graduation, Kia was hired by NDGI as the company’s Project Manager and soon worked her way to the Vice President role. She now manages the agency across eight states. Along with her commitment to NDGI/Adams Independent Testing, Kia is the Project Manager for AdamsNet, a company that develops software programs for grain inspection agencies similar to NDGI.
Kia currently serves as a member of several Board of Directors including TrueIT and the American Association of Grain Inspection and Weighing Agency and was appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Grain Inspection Advisory Committee, where she provided recommendations and solutions to better programs and services under the U.S. Grain Standards Act.
Ben Miller, Senior Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, The Acheson Group
Dr. Benjamin Miller is a Senior Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs with The Acheson Group (TAG) with nearly 20 years of experience in food safety regulation, epidemiology, outbreak investigation and response and public health.
Ben earned his PhD from The University of Minnesota in Environmental Health with a focus on Infectious Diseases. He also received his MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and his BA in Biology and Chemistry from Macalester College.
His previous work includes serving as the Division Director of the Food and Feed Safety Division at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and as an epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Health.
Ben held leadership roles within national regulatory associations including serving as a Director at Large for the Association of Food and Drug Officials, as chair of the FDA’s Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Alliance, and as co-chair of the FDA’s Partnership for Food Protection’s Response and Recall workgroup. He was also the Principal Investigator for several federal grants to improve outbreak response and regulatory systems within state government.
Bob Morse, Vice President, Community Business Banking, MidCountry Bank
Bob Morse can’t help but get excited about seeing folks thrive. Supporting customers as they set and attain goals literally makes his day. In his role as a Community Business Banker, Bob works diligently with each customer to understand their aspirations and needs, and consistently delivers prompt, quality service. His comprehensive background within the financial industry has taught him that relationships are the foundation for helping customers succeed financially. He strives to know his customers, to know what MidCountry Bank does best, and to focus on where those meet.
Bob takes his role seriously, not only for his customers, but as his title alludes, for his community. He recognizes that a thriving community relies on steadfast volunteerism. Extensive service with organizations such as the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corp, the White Bear Lake Rotary, the Ramsey County Youth Council, the White Bear Lake Area Education Foundation, Northeast Residence, Inc., and the LakeShore Players Theater demonstrates the diversity in his volunteer endeavors. Bob also serves as a Vadnais Heights City Council Member.
Tom Norby, Attorney, Brownson Norby, PLLC
Thomas J. Norby is an attorney at the firm of Brownson Norby, PLLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His practice is regulatory compliance and disputes, commercial matters, consumer products and civil litigation, recently including hemp, CBD and other cannabis-derived products.
Tom has successfully represented businesses in commercial disputes and regulatory matters in court and before state boards and federal agencies including FDA, OSHA, DEA and the Department of Justice.
He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Minnesota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Tom has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous other states and has practiced before federal regulatory agencies.
Bryan Parr, Agronomist, Legacy Hemp, LLC
Bryan grew up, and still lives on, his dad’s organic dairy farm near La Farge, WI. He graduated with a Soil and Crop Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and later became a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA).
For over 10 years, Bryan has worked in the agricultural industry consulting with crop farmers and has been involved with industrial hemp since 2018. Bryan is a crop farmer himself and grows organic corn, barley, industrial hemp, and cover crops. Bryan uses his farm to gain a more thorough understanding of the agronomics of these crops which helps him be a better crop consultant.
Whitney Place, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Whitney Place serves as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). She has been at the MDA since 2012 in the roles of Director of Legislative Affairs, Assistant to the Commissioner, and Project Coordinator for the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.
As Assistant Commissioner, Whitney oversees the Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division, the Plant Protection Division, and Laboratory Services.
Whitney earned a B.S. in Applied Plant Science and a M.S. in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from the University of Minnesota. She grew up in Okabena, Minnesota where she learned about agriculture in the high school FFA program and on her family's farms.
Rick Price, Account Executive, extraktLAB, a United Science Company
Rick Price is an Account Executive with extraktLAB, a United Science Company. Initially he turned down the opportunity until his 19 year-old son told him he would be to not get into this high growth, emerging industry.
Rick’s career has centered around business development and bringing new companies and capabilities to market. Prior to joining extraktLAB, Rick was National Sales Manager for Memphis Wood Fire Grills where he spent seven years growing distribution to over 300 specialty retail stores. From BBQs to extractors, he likes equipment and helping people create thriving businesses.
Joe Radinovich, Executive Director, Minnesota Hemp Association
Joe Radinovich serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Hemp Association, the state's largest and fastest growing hemp trade association.
Prior to joining the MHA, Joe served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives representing Crow Wing and Aitkin Counties, where he was a coauthor of legislation to permit the growth and sale of industrial hemp in Minnesota.
Subsequently, Joe worked as the campaign manager for Congressman Rick Nolan and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. Joe served as Frey’s Chief of Staff before stepping down to run for the U.S. Congress for Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District in 2018.
Zach Robins, Attorney, Messerli Kramer
Zach Robins is a Securities Attorney at Messerli Kramer and assists clients with capital raises and related financing work. Zach also specializes in investment crowdfunding and securities tokenization, creating new pathways for company capital raising and liquidity for investors. As a co-founder of MNvest.org, Zach was instrumental in the creation of MNvest, a Minnesota law permitting investment crowdfunding for emerging businesses using registered online investment portals.
Prior to joining Messerli Kramer, Zach was an Attorney in the Securities & Corporate Finance group at Winthrop & Weinstine where he focused his practice on working with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Zach has also worked in M&A for a Fortune 500 managed health care company, and served as corporate counsel for a local investment bank.
Dan Schiller, General Manager, Cool Clean Labs
Dan Schiller is General Manager of Cool Clean Labs where he is responsible for growing the company’s hemp cannabinoid extraction processing facility in Eagan, MN. Dan has been in the CO2 extraction business for nearly 20 years. The company provides hemp extraction services and distributes oil in all forms from bulk full spectrum, bulk broad spectrum, bulk distillates, as well as white label consumer-ready products for any size operation. The company also distributes at the retail level through www.amberwingorganics.com.
Harold Stanislawski, Project Development Director, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
Harold Stanislawski is a project development director for the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI). Harold works with AURI staff and clients to further the development of agricultural commodities, coproducts, renewable energy, food and biobased materials.
Harold previously served as the executive director of Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission, vice president of the Greater Minnesota Economic Development Partnership in 2014, and served nearly 10 years leading the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Business Development Services. In addition, Harold was one of the original founders of Otter Tail Ag Enterprises, LLC, an ethanol facility in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
Harold received his Master’s Degree in agricultural education from North Dakota State University and has completed the International Economic Development Council’s economic development credit analysis course and profit mastery training.
John Strohfus, Founder and CEO, Minnesota Hemp Farms
John Strohfus is the Founder and CEO of Minnesota Hemp Farms, Inc. based in Hastings, MN. MHF is a grower, processor, and marketer of hemp products in both the bulk wholesale channel and in retail under the brand Field Theory™.
John is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and minor in Information Technology. Prior to founding MN Hemp Farms, John spent 19 years in business working for the world's leading technology consulting company Accenture.
John has been involved in agriculture his entire life and comes from a small farm operation raising American Quarter Horses, beef cattle, alfalfa hay, corn, soybeans and now in recent years hemp.
John is helping build out supply chain logistics for hemp in the United States in the food, fiber, and extract oil markets. Specific emphasis is given to helping new growers get access to proven genetics and providing an outlet for their production.
Jason Tarasek, Attorney, Minnesota Cannabis Law
Jason Tarasek represents hemp farmers, processors, and related professionals throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. He also serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Hemp Association.
Jason has more than 17 years of legal experience as a transactional attorney and litigator. Through his ancillary practice as a construction attorney, he has been named to the list of Super Lawyers.
Previously, Jason served as the lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project and helped guide a legalization bill to a hearing in March 2019. Jason is a co-founder of Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation (“MRMR”), a multi-partisan advocacy group aimed at promoting legalization in Minnesota. He currently serves on MRMR’s Steering Committee with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and a diverse range of attorneys, politicians, activists, and business leaders.
Jason is a frequent speaker on legal issues related to hemp, CBD, and marijuana.
Brandon Van Asten, Certified Public Accountant, Bridge West LLC
Brandon Van Asten is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with Bridge West LLC, one of the first accounting firms to focus on serving the cannabis industry. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brandon specializes in inventory costing, financial audits, projections and other complex financial reporting issues. His clients range from small, single shop retailers, to large multi-state operators trading on the Canadian exchanges. He has been exposed to many of the challenges to the industry through this experience serving the cannabis and hemp industries.
Brandon is passionate about being a part of the movement to normalize the cannabis plant, and he believes strongly that we have an obligation to correct the wrongs of our past regulations. To have his passion and work align so closely gets him excited for the day. Outside of the office, you’ll find Brandon working on home improvement projects or attending cannabis related events across the U.S.
Jonathan Wenger, Research Associate, Plant & Microbial Biology Department, University of Minnesota
Dr. Jonathan Wenger is a Research Associate studying Cannabis genetics with Professor George Weiblen in the Department Plant & Microbial Biology at the University of Minnesota (UMN).
Jonathan received his B.A. in Biology from Concordia University - St. Paul (1991) and a PhD in Biology from the University of North Dakota (2001). His research focuses on the genomics of cannabinoid traits in laboratory, feral, and industrial hemp (IH) populations. He has managed Cannabis laboratory projects in quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping, feral and IH genetics. His field research projects have included IH grain variety trials supported by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Pilot Program and Minnesota feral Cannabis population studies.
He has published two papers with Weiblen on Cannabis and developed the DNA-based assay predicting THC:CBD profiles. He is part of a UMN team consulting with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate to study fiber hemp production and economic feasibility. Outside of work, Dr. Wenger enjoys a variety of outdoor recreation activities and photography.
Margaret Wiatrowski, Industrial Hemp Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Margaret Wiatrowski is the Hemp Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. She has worked at the MDA for 4 years, starting there as an agricultural pest inspector. She has been with the hemp program since November 2016. Prior to joining the MDA, Margaret managed a native plant production operation, and performed habitat restoration and non-native weed management.