Why Imperial Valley

The inaugural Imperial County Hemp Summit & Expo will take place this fall of 2019 in Imperial, California. Thousands of acres of prime farmland in the low desert of Southern California developed the region known as the Imperial Valley. Today, the Imperial Valley is one of the most productive agricultural centers in California and the United States, supplying the majority of vegetables to the nation during winter months. The region's abundant and affordable land and water, coupled with an optimal climate that allows for multiple growing cycles a year, have positioned Imperial County as an opportune region for industrial hemp.

Read more about hemp in the Imperial Valley

About the Event

ICHemp will serve as an all-encompassing marketplace for education, networking and marketing for growers, processors, manufacturers and retailers in the hemp industry. The event will include a full day of expert panels and speeches led by top industry professionals, regional tours of local growing operations and research facilities, and a two-day business expo. ICHemp will cover topics including:

  • Local Opportunities and Resources
  • Banking, Financing and Insurance
  • Legislation and Compliance
  • Best Field Practices
  • Extraction and Processing
  • Manufacturing and Products

Partner With Us

Become An Exhibitor

Become A Sponsor

ICHemp 2019 is hosted by Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC), in partnership with the County of Imperial and Imperial County Agricultural Benefit Program. For more information, including partnership and custom opportunities, please contact IVEDC at 760.353.8332.


Imperial Valley Fairgrounds
200 E 2nd St
Imperial, CA 92251


Friday and Saturday
September 27–28, 2019

Event Schedule

Take a look inside the 2019 Imperial County Hemp Summit & Expo. The program below will be updated regularly.

Day 1

September 27, 2019
Time Description Location
8:00 AM


8:30 AM

Welcoming Remarks

8:50 AM

Panel 1

Opportunities and Resources: Why Hemp in Imperial County?

Casa de Manana
9:30 AM

Exhibit Hall Opens - Networking Break 1

Casa de Manana
10:00 AM

Panel 2

Local, State and Federal Legislation and Compliance

Casa de Manana
11:20 AM

Panel 3

A Hemp Farmer's Best Field Practices

Casa de Manana
12:30 PM

Lunch Featuring Keynote Speaker - To be announced soon!

2:20 PM

Panel 4

Extraction and Processing

Casa de Manana
3:30 PM

Networking Break 2

4:00 PM

Panel 5

Banking, Financing and Insurance

Casa de Manana
5:00 PM


Day 2

September 28, 2019
Time Description Location
8:00 AM

Regional Tour

Pick Up at Expo
10:00 AM

Public Expo Opens - Free Admission

Casa de Manana
3:00 PM

Expo Ends

Ryan Kelley
Chair, Imperial County Board of Supervisors
Erik Ortega
President, Imperial Irrigation District
Carlos Ortiz
Agricultural Commissioner, County of Imperial
Chris Boucher
CEO, Farmtiva
Stephen Benson
CEO, Benson Farms
Jeffrey Burch
Managing Director, Bank of the West
Dr. Martha Garcia
President, Imperial Valley College
Patrick Goggin
Senior Attorney, Hoban Law Group
Lawrence Serbin
CEO, Hemp Traders
Chad Rosen
CEO, Victory Hemp Foods
Jim Minnick
Director, Imperial County Planning Department
Brian Furnish
Brian Furnish Consulting


Thank you to all sponsors and partners of the 2019 Imperial County Hemp Summit & Expo. Special thank you to the County of Imperial and the Imperial County Agricultural Benefit Program for your partnership. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, click here.