About Us

Hemp Grower is owned by GIE Media, based in Valley View, Ohio. HG’s mission is to support legal hemp cultivators by providing actionable intelligence in all aspects of the business—from regulatory news to analysis of industry trends and business strategy, as well as expert advice on cultivation, extraction, marketing, financial topics, legal issues and more. 

HG focuses strictly on the business of legal hemp and aims to provide timely information—through its website, e-newsletter, print magazine and annual Cannabis Conference—to help the reader make timely, informed decisions to help them run their hemp businesses more efficiently and more profitably.

Chris Foster - President and CEO

Jim Gilbride - Group Publisher

Noelle Skodzinski - Editorial Director

Theresa Bennett - Editor

Patrick Williams - Managing Editor

Eric Sandy - Digital Editor

Tony Lange - Associate Editor

Andriana Ruscitto - Assistant Editor

Scott Anthony - National Sales Manager

Jim Blayney - Creative Director

Andrea Vagas - Art Director

Cassie Neiden - Conference Programming Director

Christina Warner - Audience Development Director










Editorial Advisory Board

Don E. Wirtshafter, Attorney, Wirtshafter Law Office; Founder, Cannabis Museum

Jade Stefano, Co-Founder and CEO, Puffin Farm

Larry Smart, Professor, Horticulture Section, Cornell University

Anndrea Hermann, The Ridge International Cannabis Consulting

Joy Beckerman, Principal, Hemp Ace International

Barbara Fillipone, Development Project Manager, EnviroTextiles

Alyssa A. Collins, Director, Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center, Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University