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  • 05 Oct 2020 1:27 PM | Jody McGinness (Administrator)

    News Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    October 5, 2020                                                                                       Contact: Jody McGinness

    Executive Director

    jody@thehia.org

    The Hemp Industries Association Board of Directors Gains Two New Members

    New additions to fortify HIA’s strategic focus on education and whole-plant advocacy efforts to establish industrial hemp as a robust and sustainable agricultural commodity.

    VANCOUVER, Washington­ – The Hemp Industries Association announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors: Julie Lerner, Founder & CEO of PanXchange, Inc., a web-based negotiation and trading platform for physical commodities; and Rob Davidson, CEO of CURE Pharmaceuticals, a vertically-integrated drug delivery and development company.

    “We are excited to welcome Julie and Rob to the leadership of the HIA,” said Jody McGinness, Executive Director for the Hemp Industries Association, “Their breadth of knowledge, professional expertise, and passion for the plant will elevate our effectiveness as an organization and strengthen our capacity to address the unique challenges that stand between what the U.S. hemp industry is today, and what it can and should be.”

    The HIA Board of Directors voted to appoint the two new members to fill vacant seats with terms ending in 2022, marking another significant step in a process of organizational transformation begun earlier this year.

    Julie Lerner is the Founder and CEO of PanXchange, Inc., a web-based negotiation and trading platform for physical commodities. With deep experience in regional and international agricultural and energy markets, she brings a systems design focus and an innovation mindset to her role on the HIA board, and is enthusiastic about the potential to serve the hemp industry by helping to expedite market growth and maturation. “It's an honor to join the HIA board,” said the Boston University alum from the PanXchange offices in Denver, “I'm looking forward to using my commodity market experience to work with this board and members across the country to help bring efficiencies and liquidity to this diverse and rapidly growing industry.” Lerner began her career at the Swiss headquarters of global food trading giant Cargill International, and later moved on to be Cargill’s Senior Latin American sugar trader. She has also worked in electricity markets for Sempra Energy Trading and in agricultural weather derivatives with XL Financial. Geographically, her area of expertise covers the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and East Africa. As Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel group focused on early-stage investments in women-owned ventures, Lerner provided entrepreneurs with strategic business advice and access to funding.

    Robert Davidson is CEO of CURE Pharmaceutical, an innovative drug delivery company based in Oxnard, California, that is developing novel ways to deliver active ingredients, including full spectrum hemp extract. Recognizing that hemp can offer a sustainable solution to consumers and farmers, Davidson is focused on ensuring industry development considers three autonomous constituents: social development, economic development, and environmental safety. He is eager to help establish a clear path toward regulatory process and fair access to CBD from hemp-based agriculture as a right of the consumer. “It is an honor to join the board of the HIA, the oldest organization supporting all aspects of hemp,” said Davidson, who holds several degrees including a Master’s in Sustainable Leadership from the University of Cambridge, “I look forward to helping drive the mission of the organization and the opportunity to make sure hemp is influential in a creating a more sustainable world.”Rob previously served as President and CEO of InnoZen Inc., CEO of Gel Tech, LLC, CEO of Bio Delivery Technologies. Inc., and has served on multiple corporate boards. He has been responsible for the development of several drug delivery technologies and commercial brand extensions, and worked with brands such as Chloraseptic™, Suppress™, as well as Pediastrip™, a private label electrolyte oral thin film sold in major drug store chains.

    The Hemp Industries Association Board of Directors now numbers nine members, and meets virtually once per month to direct the organization strategically and guide the HIA to address pressing needs of the U.S. Hemp Industry. The HIA recently joined with a major CBD retailer to file suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals in DC to challenge the Drug Enforcement Administration’s recent Interim Final Rule on the 2018 Farm Bill.

    ABOUT THE HEMP INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION

    Founded in more than 25 years ago by a group of hemp business owners and activists, The Hemp Industries Association is a membership-based nonprofit trade association that serves all facets of the U.S. hemp economy. Its mission statement reads: “To advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet.” For more information please go to www.thehia.org


  • 21 Sep 2020 8:24 AM | Ryann Hinch (Administrator)

    Press Release PDF

    Monday, September 21, 2020

    Contact: Mason Tvert 720-213-9048, mason@vsstrategies.com

    Hemp Industry Members File Lawsuit Against DEA, Challenging Rule That Could Have Far-reaching Consequences

    Petition asks federal appeals court to review a rule the DEA issued last month, arguing the agency exceeded its authority and violated the 2018 farm bill

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A national hemp trade association and a South Carolina-based hemp company have filed a federal lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration, challenging a rule the agency implemented last month that could have far-reaching consequences for the U.S. hemp industry.

    The petition filed Friday afternoon in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit asks the court to review an interim final rule, “Implementation of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018,” which was promulgated by the DEA on August 21. The lawsuit claims the rule is unlawful because it exceeds the DEA's legal authority and violates the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill. The petitioners also argue that acting DEA administrator Timothy Shea, who is individually named as a respondent along with the agency, issued the interim final rule without observing procedures required by law.

    The DEA’s interim final rule clarifies that all hemp derivatives or extracts exceeding 0.3% THC shall remain Schedule I controlled substances. This could be interpreted to include intermediate hemp derivatives that temporarily exceed 0.3% during processing, but contain less than 0.3% in final products. As such, it improperly establishes the DEA’s authority over legal hemp activities, which is contrary to the plain language and intent of the 2018 farm bill, according to the petitioners.

    The petitioners in the lawsuit are RE Botanicals, Inc. and the Hemp Industries Association. RE Botanicals, Inc. is a hemp manufacturer and retailer based in South Carolina. In 2019, it acquired Palmetto Synergistic Research LLC (dba Palmetto Harmony), which was founded to provide lawful, reliable, and high-quality hemp products.

    “We are a small, woman-operated company,” said Janel Ralph, CEO of RE Botanicals. “The DEA's new rule could put us out of business overnight."

    HIA is a trade association that represents approximately 1,050-member hemp businesses, including approximately 300 hemp processors and individuals involved in, or impacted by, the manufacture, distribution and/or sale of hemp extract and other products lawfully derived from industrial hemp. HIA successfully challenged DEA rulemaking in 2003, when the agency amended federal regulations to include naturally occurring THC within the definition of “synthetic THC," thereby treating it as a Schedule I substance despite it falling outside the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act.

    "When Congress passed the 2018 farm bill, it explicitly carved hemp and its derivatives out of the Controlled Substances Act so that hemp can be regulated as an agricultural commodity," said HIA President Rick Trojan. "The DEA’s interim final rule could create substantial barriers to the legal manufacturing of hemp-derived products, a critical component of the hemp supply chain, and devastate the entire hemp industry. Although the DEA states that is not its intention, the rule must be amended to ensure hemp remains an agricultural crop, as Congress intended."

    The petitioners are represented by leading hemp industry attorneys at Vicente Sederberg LLP, Kight Law Office PC, and Hoban Law Group, along with appellate attorneys from Yetter Coleman LLP, which has received national attention for its work against the DEA in the realm of cannabis research.

    "The DEA implemented this rule without following proper rule-making procedures, such as providing the public with notice and the opportunity to comment," said Shawn Hauser, a partner at Vicente Sederberg LLP and chair of the firm's hemp and cannabinoids practice. "The petitioners believe legal action is necessary to protect the lawful U.S. hemp industry that Congress intended to establish when it enacted the 2018 farm bill.”

  • 18 Sep 2020 8:00 PM | Ryann Hinch (Administrator)

    HIA Submits Public Comment on DEA IFR for the 2018 Farm Bill

    Public Comment PDF

    September 18, 2020

    To Whom it May Concern:

    The Hemp Industries Association appreciates the opportunity to provide a public comment in response to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) publication of its Interim Final Rule (IFR) on the Implementation of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (RIN 1117-AB53/Docket No. DEA-500), and to have that response become part of the public record.

    Founded nearly 30 years ago, the HIA is the oldest and largest trade association serving the U.S. hemp industries. It has more than 1,000 business, farming, and individual members, and represents the interests of tens of thousands of American hemp companies and millions of consumers of hemp products throughout the USA. The HIA has challenged the DEA in Federal court on three separate occasions in response to that agency’s attempts to interfere with the free and fair exchange of industrial hemp. In this way, the HIA helped to establish key protections for hemp, a uniquely valuable agricultural commodity. These lawsuits also laid the groundwork for the 2018 Farm Bill, which definitively ended the ill-founded federal prohibition of hemp production and restored a valuable agricultural commodity to the U.S. economy. Hemp is a plant that is deeply entwined with the history of the nation. It has the potential to bolster and transform numerous critical industries, including food & beverage, textiles, health & wellness, animal feed, building materials, pulp & paper, and more.

    The judicial ruling in DEA v. HIA in 2004, which halted the DEA’s attempt to unlawfully schedule hemp and hemp derived products within the Controlled Substances Act, as well as the subsequent 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, in which the U.S. Congress ratified and codified the legality of domestic hemp production and officially differentiated hemp from marijuana, form the basis and justification for the comments below.

    The HIA stands ready to challenge this latest instance of overreach by the Drug Enforcement Agency, and along with our new partner organizations, overcome this latest effort to infringe on the rights of hemp businesses and consumers.

    ISSUE 1 - The Interim Final Rule improperly attempts to apply the Controlled Substances Act to hemp, a legal agricultural commodity.

    Hemp and hemp-derived products are lawful in the United States. They are not subject to regulation by the DEA per the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in 2004 (https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1253723.html), and according to the Agricultural Act of 2014, as well as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“the 2018 Farm Bill”). These judicial and legislative actions formally removed hemp and its derivatives, extracts, and other products from the purview of the DEA, which is empowered to regulate only substances listed on the Controlled Substances Registry. Hemp and hemp products have not been added to the federal Controlled Substances Act (the “CSA”) and therefore are not subject to the rulemaking authority of the DEA.

    When the U.S. Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, it deliberately defined hemp as “any part of that [Cannabis sativa L.] plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

    The DEA is not a legislative body, and has no power to rewrite laws established by Congress and duly signed by the President of the United States. Furthermore, the process for adding a substance to the CSA is unambiguous, and the Ninth Circuit has already rejected the DEA’s attempt to circumvent the statutory scheduling process in its 2004 ruling, saying that “The DEA's action is not a mere clarification of its THC regulations;  it improperly renders naturally-occurring non-psychoactive hemp illegal for the first time.”

    ISSUE 2 - The Interim Final Rule improperly purports to criminalize hemp extracts in direct contravention of the 2018 Farm Bill, threatening lawful American businesses.

    Since the ruling in 2004, and formalized with the passage of the 2014 and 2018 farm bills, it has been clear that the Controlled Substance Act cannot be applied to, and has no bearing on, hemp or products derived from hemp. Hemp and hemp products are and have been lawful agricultural goods, and any attempt by the DEA to extend its rulemaking authority to regulate them is an illegal overreach that infringes on the authority of the legislative branch. In asserting that “All synthetically derived tetrahydrocannabinols remain schedule 1 controlled substances,” the DEA is overlooking the plain meaning of the law, which Congress crafted deliberately to define “all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids… whether growing or not” (with a delta-9 THC concentration under 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis). Synthesis, after all, refers to any process not found in nature, a meaning so broad as to cover nearly every modern technique used by businesses to separate and extract desired hemp elements (cannabinoids, terpenes, etc.) Thus, the DEA’s use of the undefined term “synthetically derived” purports to bring within the purview of the CSA hemp compounds that were specifically removed from the CSA by Congress.

    In conclusion, this infringement by the DEA on the prerogatives of the democratically elected representatives in Congress and the rights of hemp businesses and consumers is an inappropriate attempt to assert control where it is neither necessary nor permissible. If left unchecked, this action will have a chilling effect on critical research and investment, discourage enterprise and entrepreneurship, and deprive American consumers of access to valuable and otherwise lawful hemp products. The repressive economic impacts of the DEA’s interference in this young but growing sector of the American economy are made even more acute by being undertaken in the midst of an unprecedented economic recession, and the personal impact on the lives of Americans is made more painful as consumers struggle to contend with an overpriced and inadequate healthcare system. Cannabidiol, or CBD, one of a growing list of extracts of the hemp plant, is already being adopted as an effective treatment for conditions including epilepsy and chronic pain, and is currently being researched as a potential therapy for —to name just a few— victims of degenerative brain diseases, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sufferers, and people struggling with opioid addiction.

    The DEA’s Interim Final Rule, issued two years after enactment of the law it purports to interpret, attempts to schedule an agricultural product the consumption of which has never resulted in a single recorded death by overdose. By comparison, in 2018 (the most recent year for which national data is available) America was losing 128 people per day to opioid overdoses¹. If that trend has held steady, more than 75,000 of our friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors have overdosed by opioids since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. We respectfully suggest that the DEA could more effectively serve the American public if it would cease engaging in efforts to regulate hemp products and instead refocus its limited resources of time and tax dollars on the ongoing and severe issues that do reside clearly within its scope of responsibility.



    1. CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality. CDC WONDER, Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2018. https://wonder.cdc.gov.

  • 24 Aug 2020 8:47 AM | Jody McGinness (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) and The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) announced today they've entered into an agreement to work together to explore the creation of a marketing checkoff program to promote hemp.  

    USDA checkoff programs seek to promote farm commodities and expand market opportunity for farmers, importers, and industry stakeholders. Funded through assessments on the produced commodity at the first point of sale; checkoff programs allow producers of commodities to pool resources for research, education, and promotion efforts that can expand sales and improve production efficiencies.   

    Currently, USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) oversees 23 checkoff programs for various commodities ranging from cotton to pork to Christmas trees.  A study in 2018 by Texas A&M found that the existing 23 checkoffs had a return on investment for farmers and ranchers ranging from three to seventeen dollars in value that came back to the producers for every checkoff dollar invested.  

    "Today is another step forward in the right direction for hemp farmers and consumers of hemp-related products," said Patrick Atagi, Board Chairman of the National Industrial Hemp Council. "A checkoff program further legitimizes a rapidly growing industry and will help hemp farmers compete on a level playing field with producers of other agricultural-related commodities." 

    "The HIA continues to focus on building the hemp economy and bringing industries together, beginning with hemp farming," said Rick Trojan, President of The Hemp Industries Association. "This first-of-its-kind agreement with NIHC creates a focus on gathering data and distributing education as hemp cultivation expands nationally.  It's through these types of collaborations that we learn together and establish a solid foundation for hemp today, and over the next decade." 

    The production of hemp was made legal by the 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. The passage of that landmark legislation legalizing hemp and the commodity later being removed from the list of controlled substances has seen industry revenues continue to grow.  

    In 2020, the USDA estimates that hemp producers will increase sales by $25.5 million. The Department expects sales to increase to $64.5 million in 2021 and to top $100 million in the year 2022.  

    The NIHC and HIA expect to form a working group with representatives from across the industry that would discuss the details of how a hemp checkoff would be structured and operate.  The effort of the working group would guide the development of a proposal to submit to the USDA that will include an industry analysis; justification for the program; program objectives; and the impact on small businesses. 


  • 23 Jul 2020 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    To: Colorado Department of Agriculture
    Commissioner, Ms. Kate Greenberg.
    Kate.greenberg@state.co.usDirector of Procurement, Mr. Daniel Huse daniel.huse@state.co.us

    Dear Colorado Department of Agriculture,

    I am contacting you in my capacity as President of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the nation’s oldest and largest hemp centric trade association, serving greater than 1400 members nationally, and a resident of Colorado, which leads the nation in hemp research and cultivation with over 99% of our planted acreage harvested (51,851 acres in 2019).

    As the foremost organization representing the interest of all sectors of the United States hemp economy, the HIA is dismayed that the Colorado Department of Agriculture would award a Hemp Center of Excellence contract to a group, the MPG Consulting, a consultancy firm for the marijuana industry. While MPG Consulting may be composed of skilled and accomplished professionals their expertise and experience has been narrowly focused on advising businesses on strategies to maximize profits within the marijuana industry. During the CHAMP stakeholder process, their lack of knowledge was evident as many discussion topics bordered on overly redundant regarding supply chain or regulatory issues that have been resolved years ago.

    While the U.S.hemp and marijuana industries share some overlap, they each serve significantly different markets and operate within divergent regulatory environments, requiring leadership with expertise distinct to their respective needs. Whoever runs Colorado's Hemp Center of Excellence must have a proven track record of the responsible regulation of hemp, a thorough understanding of the unique opportunities and issues distinct to hemp - from genetic research to testing to the wide variety of products and markets - and possess strong ties to the hemp community, public, private, not-for-profits and federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food & Drug Administration.

    Hemp is an agricultural crop providing real economic benefit to our farmers, and the state. Since the cultivation of this crop is managed by our Department of Agriculture and has different stakeholders, hemp must not be confused with marijuana. Marijuana is a Department of Revenue, Marijuana Enforcement Division, regulated product and subject to DEA. Agriculture commodities such as hemp, industrial products made from hemp, and the enormous variety of down-line products derived from hemp, involve different leaders, different agencies on state and federal levels and profoundly different markets, and are 100% legal federally. The US hemp industry encompasses products including food, fiber, construction materials, bioeconomy, sustainable agriculture and much more - none of which are true of marijuana. Hemp farmers do not want association with marijuana.

    Colorado, under the guidance of Governor Polis and Commissioner Kate Greenberg, should continue to show leadership in hemp cultivation, harvesting, processing, research and revenue. However, further conflating and confusing hemp and marijuana by awarding the Hemp Center of Excellence to a marijuana consultancy firm like MPG Consulting is a step in the wrong direction. We believe this confusion will limit long-term effectiveness of the Hemp Center for Excellence in serving the distinct needs of the hemp industry and agricultural sector. In fact, we worry that having a marijuana group provide a Center of Excellence proposal to USDA will jeopardize the approval as USDA is very hostile to marijuana.

    The HIA would like to support the hemp center of excellence, as part of our mission to advance the hemp economy and educate the market. We are an organization flush with the right resources needed to make a Center of Excellence for hemp a success. However, we see an inherent conflict and disconnect with awarding this contract to a group fundamentally connected to the marijuana industry, with no experience in the agriculture of hemp or experience in creation of hemp derived products.

    HIA extends an offer to suggest candidates who are proven leaders experienced in the hemp space and with expertise relevant to all aspects of the hemp industry to contribute to the success of the Hemp Center for Excellence. In fact, our members would value the opportunity to collaborate with you on any number of levels. Alternatively or in addition to any of these offers, while we understand the challenges, we recommend that you redo the proposal/awarding processes to rectify the appearance of any potential conflict of interest, and appropriately address the needs of a burgeoning hemp agricultural economy.

    Thank you for your assistance and responsiveness.

    Rick Trojan
    President, Hemp Industries Association


  • 02 Jul 2020 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    NASHVILLE - The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) announces the hiring of a new Executive Director, Jody McGinness. The position has been empty since the departure of Colleen K. Lanier at the end of 2019 after a 3-year period. 


    “It was an exhaustive process with nearly 100 very qualified applicants,” said HIA President Rick Trojan. “We wanted someone with a strong record of leadership when it comes to revamping non-profits, empowering diverse teams for success, and strategic planning and alignment. For nearly 3 decades HIA has been the leading voice in educating the public about the versatility and importance of hemp. We are excited to work with him as we continue our expansion and to craft new strategies to lead hemp into the future.”



        Jody McGinness

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Jody McGinness comes to the Hemp Industries Association with greater than twenty years of experience in leading associations and membership organizations in the nonprofit sector. Most recently he served as the head of fundraising for the Marijuana Policy Project while that organization campaigned successfully to pass adult-use legalization legislation in Illinois and Vermont as well as engineering the passage of medical cannabis legalization in Utah. His passion for hemp is informed by personal experience, having witnessed family members directly harmed by prohibition, and he is inspired by the potential of the U.S. hemp industries to provide opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation to the benefit of all Americans. He makes his home just outside the nation’s capital, where he resides with his wife and three young children, and -in what free time he’s able to find- enjoys hiking in the beauty of nature, reading great books, and writing short fiction. 


    "I'm thrilled to be joining the HIA team at what is truly a pivotal moment for the association and the industry,” said McGinness. “It is truly exciting to have an opportunity to partner with such a dedicated and capable group of staff and volunteer leaders to help chart a course to delivering increased values to members across all sectors of the burgeoning hemp economy." 


    ###


    ABOUT THE HEMP INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION


    Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1994 by a group of hemp business owners and activists, The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a membership-based non-profit trade association. Its mission is to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet. For more information please go to www.thehia.org



    Contacts

    Hannibal Creative

    Media Relations and Communications

    Robert Hamm - Robert@HannibalCreative.com



  • 01 Jul 2020 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON – The National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) and The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®)  announced today they’ve entered into an agreement to work together to explore the creation of a marketing checkoff program to promote hemp. 

     

    USDA checkoff programs seek to promote farm commodities and expand market opportunity for farmers, importers, and industry stakeholders. Funded through assessments on the produced commodity at the first point of sale; checkoff programs allow producers of commodities to pool resources for research, education, and promotion efforts that can expand sales and improve production efficiencies.  

     

    Currently, USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) oversees 23 checkoff programs for various commodities ranging from cotton to pork to Christmas trees.  A study in 2018 by Texas A&M found that the existing 23 checkoffs had a return on investment for farmers and ranchers ranging from three to seventeen dollars in value that came back to the producers for every checkoff dollar invested. 

     

    “Today is another step forward in the right direction for hemp farmers and consumers of hemp-related products,” said Patrick Atagi, Board Chairman of the National Industrial Hemp Council. “A checkoff program further legitimizes a rapidly growing industry and will help hemp farmers compete on a level playing field with producers of other agricultural-related commodities.”

     

    “The HIA continues to focus on building the hemp economy and bringing industries together, beginning with hemp farming,” said Rick Trojan, President of The Hemp Industries Association. “This first-of-its-kind agreement with NIHC creates a focus on gathering data and distributing education as hemp cultivation expands nationally.  It's through these types of collaborations that we learn together and establish a solid foundation for hemp today, and over the next decade.”

     

    The production of hemp was made legal by the 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. The passage of that landmark legislation legalizing hemp and the commodity later being removed from the list of controlled substances has seen industry revenues continue to grow. 

     

    In 2020, the USDA estimates that hemp producers will increase sales by $25.5 million. The Department expects sales to increase to $64.5 million in 2021 and to top $100 million in the year 2022. 

     

    The NIHC and HIA expect to form a working group with representatives from across the industry that would discuss the details of how a hemp checkoff would be structured and operate.  The effort of the working group would guide the development of a proposal to submit to the USDA that will include an industry analysis; justification for the program; program objectives; and the impact on small businesses.

     

    For media inquiries to the NIHC, please contact Larry Farnsworth of Gavel Public Affairs at lfarnsworth@gavelpa.com. For media inquiries to the HIA, please contact Robert Hamm of Hannibal Creative at robert@hannibalcreative.com.


    ABOUT THE HEMP INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION


    Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1994 by a group of hemp business owners and activists, The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a membership-based non-profit trade association. Its mission is to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet. For more information please go to www.thehia.org.


    ABOUT THE NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL HEMP COUNCIL:


    The National Industrial Hemp Council provides high-quality networking and resources for its members, from farm to consumer. Its leadership is composed of leading international, federal, state, private industry, and government professionals throughout the sector. The organization is dedicated to furthering market development, assisting members in entering the industry, and educating consumers on industrial hemp and its applications. For more information please go to www.hempindustrial.com.

    Contacts

    Hannibal Creative

    Media Relations and Communications

    Robert Hamm - Robert@HannibalCreative.com


  • 30 Jun 2020 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    Expands Board Expertise in Food Science and Content Creation

    NASHVILLE - The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) announces the appointment of two new board members. Tim Gordon, Chief Science Officer for Functional Remedies and Todd Runestad,  Senior Editor, Ingredients & Supplements at New Hope Network & Natural Products INSIDER.

    “Today is an exciting day for the HIA, as we welcome two well qualified Board Members,” said Rick Trojan, Hemp Industries Association President. “ Tim's vast experience in cannabis science and international business, coupled with Todd's knowledge and impact in the natural foods world,  provides new perspectives and brings new opportunities to our growing association.  The addition of these two on our already stellar board creates the foundation needed as hemp industries expand globally.”


    Tim Gordon is Chief Science Officer at Functional Remedies, the premiere full-spectrum hemp oil company.


    Tim has worked with Fortune 100 companies entering the global cannabis sector and has worked internationally establishing markets and relationships throughout the hemp industry. Bringing years of cannabis industry leadership, agricultural knowledge, and executive business management experience to his role within the hemp industry. 

    Tim oversees strategy and planning to include facilitating company activity in consulting, sales, agronomic practices, alliances and partners, and industry support. Tim is also working with global business partners, throughout Europe and Canada to create opportunities with-in the hemp industry. A long time farmer, researcher, and advocate for a hemp economy, Tim has spoken on the subject matter at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. 

    “I am eager to start working with the HIA on their new strategies,” Said Gordon “I want to challenge the industry, regulators, and legislators to only work optimally with the focused intent of success for our industry. I want to prove the unequivocal power of hemp and the many solutions it provides -- and I know the Hemp Industries Association is the right place to do it.”


    Todd Runestad is currently the Ingredients Editor as well as Dietary Supplements editor for NewHope.com.


    Todd Runestad is a multimedia content virtuoso. Storyteller extraordinaire. Fluent in the range of media platforms including magazines, web, app, video, webinars, podcasts, conferences, newsletters, social. Past editor for Nutrition Science News starting in 1997. Science Editor for Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals starting in 2002. Editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients 2007-13. Currently ingredients editor as well as dietary supplements editor for newhope.com. These are all titles owned by New Hope Network. Also, senior editor for NaturalProductsInsider.com and Nutrition Business Journal. Conference content provider at Natural Products Expo and Supply Side trade shows. All these titles are now owned by Informa—based in the U.K., which operates trade shows and ancillary businesses in 70 countries. 

    He provides education and insights about nutritional ingredients, raw material suppliers, brand manufacturers, nutritional product innovations, retailer merchandising issues, and other nutritional Zeitgeist.  

    “I’ve been covering hemp CBD for the last few years—writing stories, organizing conferences, speaking at events, basically dropping everything and embracing hemp, like so many others in the dietary supplements business these days.” Said Runestad “I’ve admired the Hemp Industries Association since the day they defeated the DEA in court in 2004. That’s bona fide. It’s been exciting to see them quickly evolve lately to meet and serve the interests of everybody working with hemp. It could be the biggest natural product in the history of natural products—and it could disrupt every industry currently beholden to petroleum. I’m only too happy to help keep the momentum going serving on the board of the oldest .org in the hemp world.”  


    ABOUT THE HEMP INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION

    Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1994 by a group of hemp business owners and activists, The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a membership-based non-profit trade association. Its mission is to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet. For more information please go to www.thehia.org

    Contacts

    Hannibal Creative

    Media Relations and Communications

    Robert Hamm - Robert@HannibalCreative.com


  • 28 May 2020 10:00 AM | Anonymous


    Denver CO, May 28, 2020Hemp Industry Daily, the leading B2B news source and event producer for the hemp industry and Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the largest membership-based non-profit trade association announce partnership.


    As the exclusive media partner to HIA, Hemp Industry Daily will offer exclusive educational content and informational resources to their membership base, including a unique quarterly report with extensive industry data, and member discounts to events, such as virtual Hemp Industry Daily Conference Direct(June 29-July 1, 2020) and MJBizCon (December 2-4, 2020). 


    HIA will host the Hemp Industry Professionals Meetup at the forthcoming virtual Hemp Industry Daily Conference Direct, June 30.


    Hemp Industry Daily’s mission to serve the industry with exceptional content and world-class events will align perfectly with the Hemp Industries Association’s goal to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of its members, the public, and the planet,” said Shannon Shuman, Vice President Hemp Industry Daily. “I am thrilled to tie the knot between the two leading authorities serving the hemp industry, with a shared goal of increasing HIA membership, and Hemp Industry Daily readership and event attendance.”


    “Partnership with Hemp Industries Daily fits well with our strategic focus on education, training and providing members access to industry data vital for making decisions. We're excited to engage more strategically, provide educational materials to membership before they're released to the public, and discounts to industry events. Furthermore, HIA provides access to our membership expertise -- home of the brightest and most experienced across hemp industries -- in furtherance of industry-wide education,” said Rick Trojan III, President of Hemp Industries Association.



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    Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1994 by a group of hemp business owners and activists,The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a membership-based non-profit trade association. Its mission is to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet. For more information please go towww.thehia.org.


    Hemp Industry Dailyis the leading B2B resource for the hemp industry. Founded in 2011, it is the most trusted independent publisher and event producer serving America's cannabis industry entrepreneurs, cultivators, and investors. Hemp Industry Daily’s sister publication, Marijuana Industry Daily, produces America's oldest and largest cannabis business trade show: MJBizCon in Las Vegas. The 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 events were each named to the Fastest 50 growing trade shows in North America by Trade Show Executive Magazine.


    Press Contacts:


    Tess Woods

    Hemp Industry Daily

    tessw@mjbizdaily.com


    Robert Hamm

    Hemp Industries Association

    Hannibal Creative

    Robert@HannibalCreative.com



  • 21 Apr 2020 11:29 AM | Ryann Hinch (Administrator)

    Focuses On New Executive Director Hunt and Expansion of State Chapters

    NASHVILLE - The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) announces the appointment of 4 board members. Association Vice President, Rick Trojan, is appointed Board President and former Association Treasurer & Hemp Farmer, Mike Lewis, is appointed Board Vice President. The Board appoints former Board Directors,  Annie Rouse as Secretary and Frank Robison as the Board Treasurer. 

    “The whole board is energized by the new appointees,” said Trojan “now our top priority is finding the right Executive Director to run the Day-to-Day operations for HIA®. We had over 100 amazing applicants before the February deadline and now we have the tough job of narrowing it down. It’s probably one of the most important decisions we will make this year and we want to get it right. We hope to have someone in place by the end of April.”

    The Association also announces the implementation of a new State Chapter Task Force. 

    “There is still so much to do on a state by state basis,” said HIA Membership Director and task force lead Sarah Gardner “Current chapters should be receiving more support from the national office and we need to build new chapters in every state. The new board leadership recognizes that to grow the hemp economy and support hemp professionals at every level we need a robust state by state strategy."   

    The HIA has the broadest and largest state chapter program specific to all things hemp in the country. Current Chapters include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Lousiana, Nebraska, New York, Pacific Northwest, Tennessee, and Texas. There are 4 pending chapters: Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, and Wyoming.

    ABOUT THE HEMP INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION

    Founded in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1994 by a group of hemp business owners and activists, The Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a membership-based non-profit trade association. Its mission is to advance the hemp economy and educate the market for the benefit of our members, the public, and the planet. For more information please go to www.thehia.org

    Contacts

    Hannibal Creative

    Media Relations and Communications

    Robert Hamm - Robert@HannibalCreative.com




         Rick Trojan, President

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    Rick travels the globe educating on hemp cultivation, processing, manufacturing and distribution, visiting 6 continents in 2019 alone.  Rick’s Hemp Road Trip continues to educate and raise awareness of all hemp can do, while bringing together global innovators and leaders passionate on building hemp-based industries.


        Mike Lewis, Vice President

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    In 2014, farmer Michael Lewis and some fellow Veterans were the first Americans legally permitted to farm hemp in the U.S. since its prohibition in the 1970s. Michael has received several honors/awards from Kentucky’s government including the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Office of the Governor. He also received the Wendell Berry New Agrarian Award.  Michael currently serves as the Director of the AgriAbility program at the University of Kentucky’s Agriculture and Natural Resources department.

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    Annie Rouse, Secretary

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    Annie Rouse is a thought-leader in hemp education and the hemp supply chain with businesses spanning from farm to finished products including founding Overcome, a hemp products company, OP Innovates, a cannabinoid formulations company and Anavii Market, an online retailer for hemp products. She also advises for Greenman Gardens. 

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    Frank Robison, Treasurer 

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    Frank is a founder of RobisonPeyser Law. Frank has provided legal solutions to the hemp industries for 10-years. Frank is a licensed Customs Broker. He has masters’ degrees in tax, constitutional, international food, and entrepreneurial laws. Before his legal career, Frank was an entrepreneur and Peace Corps Volunteer. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Chichewa.

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