Upcoming conferences

        The Hemp Industries Association will hold their annual meeting “Convention ‘97” for HIA members and their guests from Monday, October 6 through Thursday, October 9 at the Isis Oasis retreat in Sonoma county California.  For information contact the Hemp Industries Association, Post Office Box 1080, Occidental, CA 95465 USA, TEL: (500) HIA-HEMP, (707) 874-3648,
e-mail: info@thehia.org.
        The CannaBusiness ‘97 Cannabis trade show and symposium will be presented in Castrop-Rauxel, Germany from September 19 through 21, 1997.  The first CannaBusiness fair held in 1996 was a great success.  For additional information contact Ms. Annie Riecken at
Fax. +31 (0)20 673 59 10 or
e-mail: annier@xs4all.nl.
        A Flax and Other Bast Plants Symposium will convene in Poznan, Poland from September 30 through October 1, 1997.  The symposium is divided into three programs: non-textile applications, a festival of harvesting and processing machines, and bast fiber plants in recultivation of polluted areas.  Also the FAO European Cooperative Research Network on Flax and other Bast Plants is planning a workshop entitled ‘Bast Fiber Plants Today and Tomorrow’ to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia June 22 through 23, 1998.   For additional information on both events contact Dobroslawa Gucia, Institute of Natural Fibres, Science Information Centre, Poznan, Poland, fax (4861) 417-830,
e-mail: dgucia@iwn.inf.poznan.pl.