From Castetter Sustainability Group Inc.:

BINGHAMTON, New York – 6/15/2018 – CSG Hemp has teamed up with the Binghamton University Office of Entrepreneurship to host the first annual Southern Tier Hemp Summit. The event will be hosted at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator located at 120 Hawley St., a symbol of our rapidly growing entrepreneurial community in Binghamton.

The summit will bring in top hemp industry leaders from across the country to educate, network, and plan the future of hemp in New York. Guest panelists include; Mike Harinen (Chief Branding Officer at Bluebird Botanicals), Joy Beckerman (President of the Hemp Industries Association), Jason Lauve (Founder of Hemp Cleans), Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Allie Burch (Hospitalist at Cayuga Medical Associates), and more. Panel discussions will be hosted on topics such as CBD; Farming Practices; Food, Fiber, and Future Market Opportunities; and Public Policy. Companies and organizations from across New York will be displaying their products and services to educate, network, and advertise to the public.

The hemp industry is new and full of opportunities for the Southern Tier, from retail to farming and manufacturing. There are over 25,000 industrial uses for the hemp plant. Local leaders are anticipating an economic boon in Binghamton and across the state. Hemp industry leaders are looking at New York as the ultimate market for hemp products and the Southern Tier as the perfect place to serve as a launching pad.

Registration to attend is free, but spots are limited and filling fast. To register visit

Our goal is to show the hemp industry that our community is ready to embrace the exciting opportunities in hemp. We can create a robust industry right here in the Southern Tier.” – Kaelan Castetter, CEO of CSG Hemp.

“The task of developing a robust start-up community in the Southern Tier starts with the planting of roots. Through various forms of nourishment and the right kind of conditions industry will not only grow but flourish. The Southern Tier Hemp industry has begun to sprout and its success promises a new crop of start-ups that will help lead to economic and workforce development that will last for as long as the sun shines. ” – Eric Krohn, Program Director – KTSI 

“Bluebird Botanicals has been in the national hemp space for nearly 5 years. Our home state, Colorado, and Kentucky have really led the way in hemp production since the 2014 farm bill, but we’ve got our eyes on NY. It’s poised to be one of the leading states in coming years. New York has the space, the soil, and passionate people like Kaelan Castetter blazing a solid trail.” – Mike Harinen, Chief Branding Officer – Bluebird Botanicals