Hemp Farming Expert Doug Fine Entertains And Informs Audiences On Conan, The Tonight Show, at TEDxABQ, The United Nations, and More


Hemp Farming Expert Doug Fine

Entertains And Informs Audiences

On Conan, The Tonight Show, at TEDxABQ,

The United Nations, and More

(LOS ANGELES) With a blueprint to help mitigate climate change, hemp expert Doug Fine often leaves his family and their Funky Butte Ranch in New Mexico to spread the word at cannabis conventions, colleges, late-night talk shows, and intergovernmental organizations. At each stop, he delivers a serious message—the benefits of hemp and regenerative farming can help overcome the threat of climate change—with his trademark wit and wisdom.

“Even though getting out and talking to people tears me away from my life on the ranch with my family, the in-person engagements are one of my favorite ways to let people know that we can all mitigate climate change with small changes in our lives,” Fine says. He knows he conveys this message in his writing, but says, “I also want people to see my enthusiasm and feel it themselves.”

An accomplished journalist and author, Fine has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses and speeches, as well as given innumerable interviews since releasing his first book, Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man, in 2004. Since then, he’s appeared on TV (Conan, The Tonight Show, CNN), given a TED talk (“Why We Need Goatherding in the Digital Age” at TEDxABQ), and even testified before the United Nations regarding “the right to farm whatever a farmer pleases.”

This fall and winter, Fine will once more leave the Funky Butte Ranch to travel to speaking engagements. Last month he spoke at the Southern Hemp Expo in Raleigh, NC and at the Montana State Hemp and Cannabis Festival. He is scheduled to deliver the keynote at the Southwest Colorado Tribal Hemp Symposium (Oct. 4–5), and he will headline the hemp track at the Hawaii Farmers Union Convention on November 11. And on December 8, Fine will deliver another keynote at the Acres USA 50th Anniversary Conference in Cincinnati which will be broadcast nationally on C-SPAN

On the back cover of Fine’s 2014 book Hemp Bound, Willie Nelson writes that Fine “tells us with detail and humor how to get to the environmental Promised Land. Doug has created a blueprint for the America of the future.”

With his live events—which have included a sold-out National Geographic Heroes of The Planet engagement as well as Town Hall Seattle and University of London keynotes—being more like full-body stand-up comedy performances rather than academic lectures, Fine is definitely reaching people, and constantly finding new ways to do it.

He’s currently developing a docuseries, American Hemp Farmer, which is based on his latest award-nominated book. In the series, Fine makes a well-researched and compelling case for hemp as a solution to the serious problem of climate change—and he teaches that the regenerative lifestyle isn’t beyond the average person. “If I can do it,” says the former suburbanite, “anyone can.”

Doug Fine’s “American Hemp Farmer” Sizzle Reel (2:47)
TV Series in development and available for distribution.

Fresh from filming for the American Hemp Farmer series on Rosebud Sioux tribal land for a large scale hemp superfood project his is both advising and documenting, Fine continues to nurture the soil alongside his family, goats, hummingbirds, and bees at his remote Funky Butte Ranch. But he’s always ready to talk about the key steps to a regenerative society.

“We’re in the bottom of the ninth with two outs when it comes to tackling climate change,” Fine writes in American Hemp Farmer, “and we’ve got a game plan: teaching it to everyone is my day job. And you’ve got to have fun along the way.” The Washington Post agrees, writing “Fine is a storyteller in the mold of Douglas Adams.”

Doug Fine is available for interviews and further speaking engagements in winter/spring 2022. A website of Fine’s print and radio work, United Nations testimony, television appearances and TED Talk is at Follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @organiccowboy.

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