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Iowa Fields of Opportunity – Industrial hemp educational tour Fairfield

May 23, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Iowa, Fields of Opportunity. “The Growing Potential” Industrial Hemp Educational Tour continues May 23rd, 2015 at Revelations Café 112 N Main Street, Fairfield Iowa, Iowa at 2 PM.

We have kicked off this educational tour with our seed events in Ida Grove on March 21st. On April 25, we will be “sprouting” another event in Oelwein before finally making our way down to the Fairfield area May 23rd for our “Growing Potential” presentation.
And finally, we will be closing this part of the tour with a highly educational presentation “Curing Fear” in Red Oak, IA at Chautauqua Park June 13th.

Why are we doing this tour, and what can you learn by attending?

On February 7, 2014, President Obama signed the Farm Bill of 2014 into law. Section 7606 of the act, “Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research”, defines industrial hemp as distinct. It also authorizes the growing of hemp for research or agricultural pilot programs by institutions of higher education or state Departments of Agriculture in states where the growing of hemp is legal. Since hemp has not been grown in the United States since 1957, there is a strong need for research to develop new varieties of hemp that grow well in various states and meet the current market demands.

Nineteen states–California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia—currently have laws to provide for hemp pilot studies and/or for production as described by the Farm Bill stipulations. Nine states are making plans to promote the growth and marketing of industrial hemp with more states joining every day. So why not Iowa, the agriculture state? Will we be a leader or a follower?

What is the history of hemp?
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
What are the medical benefits to hemp?
Are there any environmental concerns or benefits to hemp?
What are economical benefits to hemp?
How can I get involved in the hemp industry or in changing current industrial hemp laws in Iowa?

These are a few of the questions that we will dive into on May 23rd beginning at 2 PM. Be sure to get there early, and stay for the question and answer session.

“Make the most of the Indian hemp seed and sow it everywhere.” ~George Washington~

Guest speakers include: Aaron Schoenman, Nicholas Dreeszen, Carl Olsen, & Boris Shcharansky
Carl Olsen is an application developer for Drake Technology Services at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He successfully petitioned the Iowa Board of Pharmacy in 2010 to make a unanimous recommendation that marijuana be reclassified as medicine in Iowa. Olsen maintains that state reclassification is an essential step in getting marijuana reclassified federally

Boris Shcharansky has resided in Iowa since the time he was three years of age. Born in Moscow, Russia and making his way to the United States via Israel, Boris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with Concentrations in Real Estate and Finance. Currently, he is CEO of Heartland Hemp Company, a local Iowa firm focused on the re-introduction and re-emergence of hemp as an agricultural crop in Iowa. In addition to Heartland Hemp Co, Boris is part-owner and Executive Vice President of Continuous Control Solutions in Des Moines, Iowa. Previously, he was one of the founding members of PetroTiger, the largest local oilfield services company in South America, before joining Continuous Controls Solutions. Boris has been passionate about hemp medicine and therapy since being diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis in 2010, and has been a close follower of the cannabis and hemp industries as they have emerged over the past decade, developing key relationships and partnerships. Boris is a member of the Hemp Industries Association in addition to being an inaugural sponsor/member of the Medicinal Hemp Association. He currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife, Karin, and daughter, Katarina.

Nicholas Dreeszen is an Iowa native having grown up in NW Iowa. After spending his young adulthood in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, Nick has settled down in the Des Moines area, operating a cleaning business that serves the Des Moines and Iowa City/Cedar Rapids areas. He is a political activist and community organizer. Nick will be acting as the master of ceremonies for this event and will briefly speak on the impact the current criminal justice system has on employees and job opportunities because of the prosecution of petty victimless crimes as well as the effect this process has on individuals and families.

Aaron Schoeneman is a student and political activist who moved to Iowa in 2010 to attend Iowa State University and pursue a degree in political science. In 2013, Aaron left ISU to focus on a still undiagnosed, severe chronic pain issue. Aaron became the Executive Director of Iowa NORML – an organization seeking to reform Iowa’s laws revolving around cannabis – in 2011. Aaron is also active within the Iowa Democratic Party. In 2014, he was elected as a co-secretary to the Democratic Platform Committee and helped to develop the 2014 Democratic Platform. After his service on the platform committee Aaron became the campaign manager for 2014 Democratic State Auditor Candidate Jon Neiderbach. Additionally, he served as Jon Narcisse’s campaign manager in this past election. Recently, he and his colleague, Quinn Symmonds, established a non-profit organization, Iowa First, which seeks to make regulations which open the possibility for farmers to grow industrial hemp. This year Aaron will be going back to school to seek a paralegal certification before continuing to law school

Come to support, object, learn how you can get involved, or simply to observe, but we ask that you come with an open-minded to listen to the presentation and get all of your questions fully answered.


May 23, 2015
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Revelations Café
112 North Main St
Fairfield, IA United States
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