Hemp

Yimeng “Jack” He, an analytical chemist for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, provides testing services in the analytical chemistry lab. He will help unravel the mystery of hemp testing at a lunch and learn event on Sept. 19.

Special to the Register & Bee

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will host a lunch and learn event, “Unraveling the Mystery of Hemp Testing,” featuring Institute analytical chemist Yimeng “Jack” He.

In new, emerging markets such as hemp, safety and marketability testing is paramount to the growth and success of the industry. He will explain the types and advantages of different testing equipment, the various testing services available and the process followed.

“The emerging hemp industry is undergoing an exciting time of growth, and we at IALR are happy to champion engagement and understanding across all stakeholders,” said Mark Gignac, executive director of the Institute. “Jack has a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as state-of-the-art testing equipment in our analytical chemistry lab that will benefit processors, producers and other groups seeking premier level testing at affordable rates.”

The free lunch and learn event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Institute. Seating is limited and advanced registration is required by visiting www.bit.ly/hemp testing.

Attendees of the lunch and learn will hear what happens in the lab to test the marketability and safety of hemp in today’s world. From the explanation of chromatography and cannabinoid profiling to the process of sample drying and analysis, he will lead the audience through topics helpful to understanding why testing is important and how it is handled. Discussion of current issues will be facilitated on proper sampling and drying techniques, the need for uniform testing methodologies, the importance of frequent testing and more.

Industrial hemp recently was approved through the 2018 Farm Bill signed into legislation at the federal level in December. The 2019 General Assembly session also passed legislation introduced by Del. Danny Marshall in the House of Delegates and by Sen. Frank Ruff Jr. in the Senate. According to Marshall, about 1,000 farmers in the commonwealth have registered as licensed industrial hemp growers with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and plan to grow more than 8,000 acres of the emerging crop.

The Institute is positioned to serve as a market catalyst for this industry by offering the testing services. Industrial hemp is used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products, including health and natural food products, supplements, skin products, clothing, bioplastics, insulation, biofuel and more.

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