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Health applications of hemp and CBD are a hot topic across the nation. Those involved in agricultural production, food and animal sciences, and veterinary medicine share an additional consideration: how do hemp-based products affect animal health? This question and related topics will be explored at the 2021 Hemp Products and Animal Health Conference, hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

With support from the US Food and Drug Administration, the conference aims to provide an opportunity for a national audience to learn from leading experts in current science, address knowledge gaps, and identify opportunities for collaboration in the hemp and animal health research and education spheres.

Conference topics include the current status of hemp in agriculture, including hempseed in animal feed, hemp industry and government policy, measuring product quality, and the physiological, toxicological, and health impacts of CBD on animal health.

Scheduled for May 18 and 19, the conference will be presented online. More information about scheduled sessions, including speaker biographies and abstracts, is available at More than 20 experts from the fields of veterinary medicine, animal feeds, food science, toxicology, clinical nutrition, and hemp use are slated to lead sessions.

Advance online registration is required by May 14. The registration fee is $50 for one day or $75 to attend both days. Registration is open to anyone with an interest in hemp products and animal health, including veterinarians, animal science and food science researchers, technicians, and professionals in related industries.

Each day of the conference provides six continuing education credits, with 12 total for those who attend both days. Those interested in attending can direct specific questions to conference director Dennis Geiser, assistant dean of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, The conference grant is led by Toni Wang, a professor in the UT Department of Food Science.


Patty McDaniels (615-835-4570,