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The State of Hemp in NYS: Symposium Answers Questions, Makes Connections in Budding Industry

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VESTAL, N.Y. -

Today's Hemp Symposium lit a fire under the Southern Tier's budding hemp industry.

150 attendees were at Binghamton University for the event, all hoping to learn about the hemp business through the program's 20 presentations.

15 vendors and 15 sponsors also participated. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo was the keynote speaker.

Organizers with the Small Business Development Center want to help clarify questions about this industry they believe in.

"I really do believe the hemp industry will be disruptive to our local economies. It's going to bring in a lot of jobs, a lot of money, but, the regulations for it are ever-changing. So it's very important, again, to bring the experts in, so people can meet them, and also, more importantly, build their teams for the future," said Rochelle Layman, the regional director for the New York State Small Business Development Center at Binghamton University.

Layman said a main goal today was to create hemp networks, and let people who are trying to get into hemp know there is help available.

Tickets to the event were $40 to $50.