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Who we are

The iHemp NSW Inc offers our Associate, Individual and Business Members ongoing educational and agronomic support while facilitating critical networking and community events. The iHemp NSW team are driving the next wave of necessary legislative change through strategic lobbying efforts with key policy makers and stakeholders. Our aim is to promote more sustainable agriculture and continued development to increase the use of hemp as a renewable source of food, fibre, fodder and extracts.

Our Expert Team

Jaimie Milling

Board Member – President

Jaimie Milling is a fourth-generation farmer who has been in the agriculture industry all his life.

He has a Farm Business Management Degree and for 35-years he has owned and managed large broad acre mixed farm operations across NSW. Jaimie also has extensive experience in the agriculture industry both domestically and internationally, having worked in Africa, UK and Europe, as well as in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

He is the co-founder of Canna Hemp Care Pty Ltd, one of the larger hemp growers in NSW, with commercial crops of 20-to-200 hectares. They have strong existing relationships with hemp food and Fibre processors and markets both nationally and overseas, and heavily involved in hemp fibre crop growing, marketing and processing.

Kirsten Lunoe

Board Member – Treasurer and Secretary

Kirsten’s extensive experience in the Cannabis industry covers both industrial hemp and medicinal cannabis through business advisory, marketing and board positions.

As a Director of Canna Hemp Care and serving on the Steering Committee for AgriFutures Hemp Industry Development program, she’s focussed on developing global opportunities for industry growth.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (BBus.) Finance and International Business

Karen Kirkby

Board Member

Dr Karen Kirkby is an experienced plant pathologist with a demonstrated history of working independently and in collaboration nationally and internationally within the agricultural industry. Karen has worked for NSW Department Primary Industries, Biosecurity and Food Safety as a plant pathologist based at the Australian Cotton Research Institute, Narrabri since 2010 specialising in pathogens of agronomically important crops.

From 2010 to 2018, Karen was lead researcher and pathologist for the NSW cotton industry, conducting annual disease surveillance throughout each cotton growing region of NSW. In the past few years her focus has been working on collaborative projects investigating biological control strategies for Verticillium wilt in cotton which led to the registration of SeroX (a plant extract) that can be applied to cotton to reduce the development of microsclerotia in dying and dead tissue.

Karen is also working on a large climate change research strategy project investigating the effect of climate change on the soil borne pathogen Verticillium dahliae. Outputs from this research have shown the suitability of current climate variables throughout NSW for this pathogen, and the consequences of projected changes in climate suitability in terms of the pathogen and/or pathotype distribution.

Perhaps the most rewarding project that Karen is currently working on is using industrial hemp as a model crop to investigate biological management strategies to control target pathogens causing disease in medicinal cannabis. This research is extremely important as patient health is vital, meaning any treatment applied to medicinal cannabis plants must not have any chemical residue. After undergoing five months of chemotherapy herself, Karen has benefited from the use of medicinal cannabis to alleviate pain caused from her ongoing treatment. Karen is passionate about solving disease issues and making a real difference to the sustainability of both the hemp and medicinal cannabis industry.