Sunstrand Founder, KYHIA President To Speak At Hemp Conference

LOUISVILLE, KY  – Newly-named KYHIA President Trey Riddle will be one of the featured speakers at the Science of Industrial Hemp Conference this summer.

The two-day event takes place at the Embassy Suites in downtown Denver on July 28-29.

Riddle founded biomaterials provider Sunstrand in his native Kentucky in 2014, shortly after the state moved to legalize industrial hemp. He’ll discuss his experience collaborating with farmers as they sharpen their best practices to harvest large volumes of high-quality hemp.

Sunstrand converts hemp and similar agricultural feedstocks into fibers and fillers that are compatible with plastics and other applications. It is the only U.S. business operating an industrial decortication line.

The conference aims to facilitate discussion on the increasingly important area of industrial hemp production, as well as define what’s next for the space and build momentum toward achieving it.

Riddle, 37, earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Montana State, then received a master’s degree in that field from Cornell. He returned to Montana State to complete his doctoral studies and earned his Ph.D. in 2011.