Pet Connections Expo to Host Hemp and CBD Panel



Pet Connections Expo will present a lively interactive panel discussion on hemp and CBD products for pets. The panel of experts will include Hunter Buffington, executive director, Colorado Hemp Industries Association; Bill Bookout, founding member, National Animal Supplement Council; and Greg Tilford, CEO, Animal Essentials.


The panel will explore the past, present and potential future legal issues surrounding the use of hemp and CBD in animal feeds and as health products. The discussion will include a forecast of the future of hemp in the animal retail industry and the development of a feed additive petition to be submitted to the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Independent retailers will learn about the potential industrial hemp has to influence the pet industry and what this means for the hemp products already on shelves.


“The only time I have seen anything similar in terms of excitement for hemp and CBD products is when the first soft chew delivery products were introduced in the mid-2000s,” said Bookout. “However, with all the excitement, the potential regulatory and legal issues surrounding these products create both uncertainty and also business risk. This panel will try and give stakeholders accurate information in a very dynamic and fluid environment so people can make informed business decisions while acting responsibly for the health of the animals we love.”


Independent retailers who attend the Expo will walk away understanding what industrial hemp is as well as the legal ramifications of CBD. Participants will learn what products are made from industrial hemp and discover how these products are made, who regulates their production and how to find quality products.


“Industrial hemp in animal feed and products benefits not only the animals; but also, owners, retailers and ultimately farmers,” said Buffinton. “As an industry that only begun three years ago in Colorado and is now an exploding market across the U.S., we need to develop partnerships with producers, regulators and retailers to manage the true potential of hemp. I look forward to meeting them at Pet Connections Expo.”


“As the producers of Pet Connections Expo, we strive to provide the most up to date information and education on pet industry trends, with the ultimate goal of empowering retailers to succeed,” said Bill Doherty, Pet Connections show director. “We are pleased to add this exciting panel to our program.”


This session is scheduled on Wednesday, October 3 at 11:00 am. All conference sessions are free to qualified pet retailers. Further details on the 2018 Pet Connections Expo can be found at


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