The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) is excited to lead the emerging hemp market by combining plant science expertise with analytical chemistry services and market connections. Not only does IALR host the annual Industrial Hemp Summit attended by hundreds from across the globe, but it provides important testing and research services as well. As the hemp industry continues to gain momentum with the development of governing regulations and infrastructure, IALR is poised to serve as a critical resource for knowledge, networking, compliance and research.

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Industrial Hemp Summit

February 24-25, 2020

This annual, sell-out multi-stakeholder collaboration focuses on building the U.S. industrial hemp market, highlighting innovations and exploring necessary resources and infrastructure for industry development. Hundreds of industrial hemp processors and producers, supply chain managers, investors, economic developers, government officials and more attend from around the world.

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Hemp Grower Expo

January 28, 2020

As the emerging hemp industry continues to evolve, questions keep rising about best practices. The 2020 Hemp Grower Expo will help growers successfully prepare for the next season with critical resources and access to local providers and subject matter exerts.

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Hemp testing Lab

Leveraging the expertise of an on-site Analytical Chemist and state-of-the-art analytical instruments, IALR stands ready to assist hemp growers and processors. High-quality testing services at an affordable rate ensure regulatory compliance and marketability.

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Hemp related Programs

As a leader in the nation’s hemp industry, IALR takes pride in sharing resources and knowledge with fellow stakeholders. Whether a grower desires to learn more about the testing process or an entrepreneur wants to understand commercial hemp opportunities, IALR offers a variety of program topics. The goal is to foster economic transformation with this versatile new crop.

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Hemp Research

Our innovative research on hemp spans a vast array of studies in numerous areas. These studies are intended to help bring uniformity and growth to an industry in its infancy. They are also designed to serve as resources and insight for the development of guidelines and governance policies. 

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"The quality of the [Industrial Hemp Summit] event, the information shared, and the people in attendance were incredible."
Tyler J. Russell & Allen N. Trask III / Ward and Smith Attorneys
"As a proud leader in agriculture, it is important for Virginia to continue to set the pace with premier technology and support to bring new crops to market. I am pleased to help the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research remain a cutting-edge facility with the services to meet and…"
Delegate Danny Marshall
"As the leading industry sector for the Commonwealth of Virginia, agriculture continues to grow and evolve in exciting new ways, including the introduction of new crops, which require and deserve accurate, reliable testing. We appreciate the support of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and champions across our state who…"
Mark Gignac / Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

Hemp Testing 101

The new hemp industry offers exciting opportunities, but also introduces testing and compliance requirements which can sometimes be overwhelming. IALR offers a video series to delve into these topics and more in order to help stakeholders navigate this new terrain. Check out Analytical Chemist Yimeng “Jack” He’s explanation of the decarboxylation process and stay tuned for an overview of reasons for lab-to-lab test differences. IALR is committed to providing education and insight to help others succeed in this promising industry.