Croptoberfest 2016 Recap

December 03, 2016 | NORTHWEST LEAF

The Third Annual Croptoberfest was a success last month in Yakima, Wash., educating attendees on the powers of hemp and all things Cannabis. By Jedediah Haney. Photos by Danielle Halle.


croptoberfest-quote1.jpgYakima is known for its green apples, red cherries, lush wine and bountiful hops. In fact, the sunny weather and volcanic soil puts Yakima on the map because this is where 75 percent of the nation’s hops are farmed. 

Since Cannabis and hops are in the same plant family, the event makes a statement that Yakima will be the future epicenter of Cannabis production and processing for the Pacific Northwest. 

Currently, Yakima is where the Central Washington offices of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, the state’s official pesticide testing facility and the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot are located.

Croptoberfest has an educational overtone that highlights the trends in the Cannabis industry, and speakers created a dialogue with panelists on how to implement these trends. 


This year’s Croptoberfest hosted over 20 speakers and nearly 500 attendees. 

The keynote speaker was Joy Beckerman of Hemp Ace International. Beckerman spoke passionately about the group’s mission and the developing Industrial Hemp Research Pilot program. 

“The state of Washington passed industrial hemp legislation in March of 2016,” Beckerman said, “and it’s time to prepare as the regulations are being drafted.” 

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