How Hemp and CBD Can Impact Animal Health

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Scientists Across the Nation to Discuss Impacts During Virtual Conference May 18-19

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Hemp and CBD are hot topics in the front room, on the front page and across the nation. For those involved in agricultural production, food and animal sciences, and veterinary medicine, the root question is how do hemp-based products impact animal health? This topic and others like it 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 U.S. 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 future 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 physiological, toxicological and health impacts of CBD on animal health.

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

The registration fee is $50 for one day or $75 to attend both days. Advance registration is required. The registration deadline is May 14, and those interested in attending may register online. Each day of the conference includes six continuing education credits, with 12 total for those who attend both days.   Specific questions may be directed to conference director Dennis Geiser, assistant dean in the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, by emailing The conference grant is led by Toni Wang, a professor in the UT Department of Food Science.

Registration is open to anyone with interest in hemp products and animal health, including veterinarians, animal science and food science researchers, technicians, and other professionals in related industries.

Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.

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Beth Hall Davis

UTIA Marketing and Communications


Dennis Geiser, College of Veterinary Medicine

Toni Wang, Department of Food Science