Western New York Food Industry Expo
Thursday, June 11, 2020 • Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center • Rochester, NY
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Seminar Schedule....

- 10:45
Coffee Break


USDA-ARS Germplasm Conservation Projects at Cornell AgriTech
Dr. Gan-Yuan Zhong
Research Leader, USDA, Agriculture Research Service Unit

As Research Leader, I direct and manage the USDA-ARS Grape Genetics Research Unit and Plant Genetic Resources Unit programs at the Cornell AgriTech, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University. As a Research Geneticist, I conduct genetic and genomic research for improving grape fruit quality and vine architecture as well as developing new tools and genetic systems, such as genome editing and rapid flowering, for accelerating grapevine improvement processes.
B.S. Agronomy, Jiangsu Agricultural College, China
M.S. Plant Genetics and Breeding, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Ph.D. Genetics, University of California, Davis
Professional Experience
Supervisory Research Geneticist/Research Leader, 2007-Present, USDA-ARS GGRU, Geneva, NY
Supervisory Research Geneticist/Research Leader, 2010-Present, USDA-ARS PGRU, Geneva, NY
Scientist/Senior Research Scientist, 1995-2007 , Research and Product Development, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., A DuPont Business, Des Moines, IA
Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1991-1995, Department of Agronomy, University of California, Davis, CA

11:30 - 12:15

Addressing Flavor Issues with CBD and Hemp Edibles & Beverages

Mark E. Hines, PhD
Global R&D Director, Mafco Worldwide LLC

12:15- 1:00



Changing Consumber Attitudes on Hemp & CBD;
The Vision for the Future
Andy Lytwynee
Director of Strategy, Canopy Growth Corporation




Regulatory Landscape & Compliance for CBD

Jason Klimek
Associate, Boylan/Code
Attorneys at Law

Jason focuses his practice on cannabis companies as well as startup and small to mid-sized technology companies. He advises clients on entity selection, taxation, funding, employment matters, and securities transactions. In addition, he advises clients on various complex taxation and federal tax compliance issues affecting business owners within the cannabis industry.

As a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Cannabis Law and Chair of the Cannabis Practice Group at Boylan Code, Jason has been at the forefront of New York’s emerging cannabis law. He has worked with New York legislators, providing analyses regarding taxation and licensing. Jason also volunteers time as legal advisor to Roc NORML and Hemp Lab, Inc., where he has become a thought leader in the industry.

Jason is also a regular columnist in local publications writing articles about cannabis, entity structure, corporate taxation, partnership taxation, taxation of intellectual property and personal taxation.

Brief overview of federal government’s power to regulate wholly intra-state commerce
FDA’s oversight authorityFood, Drug & Cosmetic Act
Briefly touch on USDA regulations
NY Hemp Extract Bill Conflict between state and federal law
Unknowns in the industry