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  • 24 Oct 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Conference’s Focus on CBDs, Expanding Market for Hemp and Innovative Technologies Underscores Rapid Growth of the Industry

    WASHINGTON, DC – Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses and farmers, hosted its 23rd annual conference during September 17 through September 20, 2016, in Westminster, Colorado just north of Denver. Attended by HIA business and farmer members, non-members, as well as national media and leading entrepreneurs and celebrity figures, the 2016 HIA conference was the most highly attended conference in the history of the HIA.  Speakers included Andrew Freedman, Colorado Director of Marijuana Coordination; Ethan Russo, MD, Medical Director of Phytecs; Alex White Plume of the Oglala Sioux; Jake Plummer, former NFL player for the Denver Broncos; and many others. Many attendees also enjoyed a hemp farm tour that visited the CBDRx, a hemp farm and processing facility in Longmont and a hemp research plot maintained by Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

    Presentations ranged from such topics as hemp home building methods, the role hemp can play in regenerative agriculture, challenges to hemp farming on Native American lands, law enforcement and local government’s role in regulating hemp farming, hemp plastics and innovative manufacturing practices, and certification and intellectual property of hemp products. A primary focus of the 23rd annual conference was on CBD, or cannabidiol products: the biological effect of CBD in the body, regulation and standards for CBD products, and new research involving CBD in the fields of health and medicine.

    Sheila Hemphill, of the Texas HIA state chapter, received the HIA Leadership Award.  Other award recipients include Barbara Filippone and Summer Star Haeske who both received the HIA Lifetime Achievement Award; Green Spring Technologies which received the HIA Innovation Award; New York Assembly Woman Donna Lupardo, who received the Vote Hemp Legislator of the Year Award; and McMillan Arrington, who received the Vote Hemp Activist of the Year Award.

    The success of the conference demonstrates both the growing interest in industrial hemp worldwide, as well as the leadership of the Hemp Industries Association. Founded in 1994, the HIA continues to grow in membership and expand its work to fulfill its mission of facilitating exchange of information between agriculturists, manufacturers, distributors and retailers; maintaining and defending the integrity of hemp products; advocating for socially and environmentally responsibly business practices; and educating the public about the benefits of industrial hemp. Exceeding $573 million in retail sales in 2015, according to SPINS data and HIA estimates, hemp products are demonstrating significant market growth. Currently, 32 states have defined industrial hemp as distinct from ‘marijuana’ and have removed barriers to its production.   

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) has served as the hemp industry trade association since 1994. The HIA has lead efforts to expand and protect the sale and marketing of hemp products including the important victory in HIA v. DEA which protected the hemp foods industry from extinction due to DEA over regulation. The HIA is the source for accurate hemp news and information and is often cited by the media as a key source on the fast growing hemp market. For more information, go to: www.thehia.org.

    To request an interview with an HIA spokesperson, receive media materials such as photos or video, please contact Hemp Industries Association Media Relations Director, Lauren Stansbury, at (402) 540-1208 or Lauren@wearemovementmedia.com



  • 17 Aug 2016 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, DC – Monday, August 15, 2016, the Hemp Industries Association has issued a response to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration’s joint “Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp.” The response was issued as a “Memorandum for Hemp Industries Association Members” from Joseph Sandler and Patrick Goggin, HIA Legal Counsel.

    To read the USDA et al joint statement, see: https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-19146

    To view the full response from the Hemp Industries Association, see: http://bit.ly/2b6CvCz

    On August 12, 2016, the US Department of Agriculture, with the concurrence of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Food and Drug Administration, issued a joint “Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp” in the Federal Register.  The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is encouraged that, in this Statement, the USDA has acknowledged the legitimate role of hemp pilot programs in the 2014 Farm Bill and has specifically agreed to support hemp research. The HIA looks forward to working with the USDA to ensure that hemp pilot programs are supported by USDA similar to other crops including access to research funding, participation in USDA programs such as the National Organic Program and others.

    As a procedural matter, the agencies took the position that the Statement “does not establish any binding legal requirements” and it therefore is exempt from notice and comment rulemaking requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). While some of the positions taken are helpful to the industry, some other positions taken by the agencies in this document are highly detrimental to the industry and, in our view, are contrary to federal law. The USDA makes it clear in the Statement, however, that it is not intended as a binding rule and “does not establish any binding legal requirements.”

    Among other concerns, the HIA believes the joint statement purports to redefine the term “industrial hemp” in a manner wholly different from, and inconsistent with, the definition set out in the 2014 Farm Bill, as excerpted from the HIA’s response memo here:

    “The Statement’s definition is very troublesome, in two respects. First, the Statement’s definition would require that to be considered ‘industrial hemp,’ any part of the plant must be ‘used exclusively for industrial purposes (fiber and seed).’  That implies that the flowering tops of the plant would not be considered ‘industrial hemp,’ even though they clearly are so considered under the statutory definition. Second, the Statement defines ‘industrial hemp’ as having a ‘tetrahydrocannabinols’ (plural) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent, with the term ‘tetrahydrocannabinols’ to include ‘all isomers, acids, salts and salts of isomers ….’  This expanded definition could be read to require that cannabinoids other than THC—such as CBD—actually be considered in determining whether the 3/10 of one percent threshold has been exceeded—which would exclude much legitimate industrial hemp from the definition.”

    The HIA is also concerned about DEA’s attempt to limit the sales and transportation of hemp products, which are clearly allowed under Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill and under federal law.

    The USDA has stated unequivocally that the Statement does not establish any new binding legal requirements. It is the position of the Hemp Industries Association that nothing in the Statement requires change to any current business practice, program or operation. If and when DEA indicates that is contemplating enforcement action, or threatens or takes enforcement action, based on any of the problematic legal positions described above, HIA will certainly take legal action at that time.  

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) has served as the hemp industry trade association since 1994. The HIA has lead efforts to expand and protect the sale and marketing of hemp products including the important victory in HIA v. DEA which protected the hemp foods industry from extinction due to DEA over regulation. The HIA is the source for accurate hemp news and information and is often cited by the media as a key source on the fast growing hemp market. For more information, go to: www.thehia.org.

    To request an interview with an HIA spokesperson, receive media materials such as photos or video, please contact Hemp Industries Association Media Relations Director, Lauren Stansbury, at (402) 540-1208 or Lauren@wearemovementmedia.com

  • 05 Jul 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Experts, Hemp Exhibits, Entrepreneurs, Farmers, Regulators, Legislators and Business Owners to Convene with Focus on the Theme “The Future of Hemp”

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, will host its annual conference Saturday, September 17, through Tuesday, September 20, at the Marriot Denver Westminster. The 23rd annual conference will feature a hemp farm tour on Saturday, general meeting and networking event on Sunday and two days of speaker and panel programming. Expected to be the biggest and most highly attended in the history of the HIA, the theme of this year’s conference will focus on The Future of Hemp, as the industry experiences rapid growth following the passage of the Farm Bill of 2014 and subsequent hemp pilot programs in multiple states throughout the country.

    WHAT: 

    Hemp Industries Association 23nd Annual Conference

    WHEN: 

    Saturday, Sept. 17 – Tuesday Sept. 20, 2016

    WHERE: 

    Denver Marriot Westminster
    7000 Church Ranch Blvd.
    Westminster, CO 80021

    According to SPINS Data and HIA estimates, hemp food and body care product consumption in the U.S. is demonstrating strong market growth, with 10.4% combined growth of hemp retail sales in natural and conventional markets in 2015.  The hemp market has also seen strong growth in the sale of hemp derived CBD supplements and foods. The HIA estimates the market for CBD products was $65 million in 2015 and continues to grow at a rapid pace. The HIA estimates that approximately 3,997 acres of hemp crops were planted during 2015 in the U.S. This hemp cultivation is legal in 29 states, which have lifted restrictions on hemp research and pilot programs and may license farmers to grow hemp in accordance with Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, the Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research amendment.

    More information about the conference is available on the HIA website: http://thehia.org/event-2188071

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) has served as the hemp industry trade association since 1994. The HIA has lead efforts to expand and protect the sale and marketing of hemp products including the important victory in HIA v. DEA which protected the hemp foods industry from extinction due to DEA over regulation. The HIA is the source for accurate hemp news and information and is often cited by the media as a key source on the fast growing hemp market. For more information, go to: www.thehia.org.

    To request an interview with an HIA spokesperson, receive media materials such as photos or video, please contact Hemp Industries Association Media Relations Director, Lauren Stansbury, at (402) 540-1208 or Lauren@wearemovementmedia.com

  • 31 May 2016 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    Press Conference to Discuss De-Schedule of Hemp to Occur June 1st

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, in conjunction with the Kentucky Hemp Industry Council, will file a petition with the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove industrial hemp plants from the schedules established under the Controlled Substance Act, on June 1 2016. The petition cites language from the 2014 Farm Bill, which defined hemp as distinct from ‘marijuana’ by establishing the standard that hemp contains no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol or THC on a dry weight basis. A press conference will be held Wednesday, June 1, from Noon to 2pm at Elizabeth’s on L, to discuss this petition and its objective, as well as Hemp History Week, recent progress made toward commercial hemp farming in the U.S., and the environmental, nutritional and economic benefits of hemp cultivation, followed by a hemp luncheon.

    What:

    Press Conference and Hemp Luncheon

    Who:

    Hemp Industries Association and Kentucky Hemp Industry Council

    When:

    Wednesday, June 1st from Noon – 2pm

    Where:

    Elizabeth’s on L – 1341 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

    *All interested media are welcome to attend.

    Currently, all forms of cannabis are classified as a Schedule I substance—meaning they are controlled to a greater degree than either cocaine or most methamphetamines. The CSA treats industrial hemp plants the same as drug marijuana plants solely because they are of the same species, even though industrial hemp has no potential whatsoever for drug abuse.  Despite progress toward hemp farming legalization made in the 2014 Farm Bill, which permitted hemp cultivation agricultural pilot projects in states that have legalized cultivation of industrial hemp, hemp cultivation remains prohibited at the federal level. If successful, the petition would remove from Schedule I industrial hemp plants, defined as cannabis plants having no greater than 0.3% THC by dry weight. To read the petition, please visit: https://www.thehia.org/resources/Documents/Legal/HIA-Deschedule-Petition-DEA_6-1-2016.pdf.

    “Hemp is a crop with deep roots in American history dating back to some of our first farmers including Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson,” stated Eric Steenstra, Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association. “Hemp has no place on the schedule of controlled substances and it is time for DEA to de-schedule hemp and allow states to once again regulate hemp farming just like any other crop.”

    “As Kentucky attempts to reemerge as a global leader in the industrial hemp industry, we are grateful to our political leaders in DC such as Senator Mitch McConnell and Rep. Thomas Massie for advancing federal law so dramatically in the past few years,” stated Jonathan Miller, former Kentucky State Treasurer and current counsel to the Kentucky Hemp Industry Council. “But for the U.S. hemp industry to truly advance, the crop must be de-scheduled.  That’s why businesses, farmers and our industry so strongly support HIA’s critical petition effort.”

    The HIA estimates that approximately 3,997 acres of hemp crops were planted during 2015 in the U.S. This hemp cultivation is legal in 28 states, which have lifted restrictions on hemp farming and may license farmers to grow hemp in accordance with Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, the Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research amendment. Read the full text of Sec. 7606 on the Vote Hemp website: http://www.votehemp.com/PDF/Pages_from_farm0127.pdf.

    In January of 2015, a proposed Industrial Hemp Farming Act was introduced in both the House and Senate, H.R. 525 and S. 134 respectively. If passed, the bill would remove all federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, and remove its classification as a Schedule I controlled substance. Currently, in 29 states, hemp may be cultivated either commercially or in agricultural pilot programs  per Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, including Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

    The HIA is grateful to Courtney Moran and Andy Kerr for advising the industry to refile a descheduling petition.

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new hemp products.  More information about hemp’s many uses and hemp advocacy may be found at www.TheHIA.org and www.VoteHemp.com.  DVD Video News Release featuring footage of hemp farming in other countries is available upon request by contacting Lauren Stansbury at 402-540-1208.


  • 09 May 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Hemp Foods and Body Care Retail Market in U.S. Achieves 10.4% Growth in 2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, has released final estimates of the size of the 2015 U.S. retail market for hemp products. Data from market research supports an estimate of total retail sales of hemp food, supplements and body care products in the United States at $283 million.  Sales of popular hemp items like non-dairy milk, shelled seed, soaps and lotions have continued to increase, complemented by successful hemp cultivation pilot programs in several states, and increasing grassroots pressure to allow hemp to be grown domestically on a commercial scale once again for U.S. processors and manufacturers.  The HIA has also reviewed sales of clothing, auto parts, building materials and various other products in collaboration with the Hemp Business Journal, and estimates the total retail value of hemp products sold in the U.S. in 2015 to be at least $573 million.

    Of this $573 million hemp market, the HIA estimates that hemp foods constituted 16% ($90 million); personal care products constituted 26% ($147 million); textiles constituted 17% ($95 million); supplements constituted 8% ($47 million); hemp derived cannabidiol or CBD products constituted 11% ($65 million); industrial applications such as car parts constituted 20% ($116 million); and other consumer products such as paper construction materials accounted for the remaining 2% of the market. 


    The sales data on hemp foods and body care, collected by market research firm SPINS, was obtained from natural and conventional retailers, excluding Whole Foods Market, Costco and certain other key establishments, who do not provide sales data — and thus it significantly underestimates actual sales.  According to the SPINS data, combined U.S. hemp food and body care sales grew in the sampled stores by 10.4% or $9,269,376, over the previous year ending December 31, 2015 to a total of just over $89,183,460. 

    According to SPINS figures, sales in conventional retailers grew by 11.25% in 2015, while sales in natural retailers grew by 9.43%. Indeed, the combined growth of hemp retail sales in the U.S. continues steadily: annual natural and conventional market percent growth has progressed from 7.3% (2011), to 16.5% (2012), to 24% (2013), 21.2% (2014), to 10.4% in 2015.

    As the hemp industry in the U.S. continues to develop, more detailed data has become available through various reporting channels. Previously, the HIA had calculated the size and growth of the hemp market in the U.S. based on approximations of sales in the categories of textiles, auto parts, building materials and other products, in addition to known data on the sales of hemp foods and body care. Now that more specific information is available, the HIA has updated its formula to reflect a more conservative, but more accurate estimate for the hemp market for 2015. Hence, the shift from the 2014 figure of $620 million to the 2015 estimate of $573 million does not demonstrate a decrease in the actual hemp market; rather it reflects a more precise means of estimating the actual industry for 2015. The data for 2015 that assert 10.4% growth from 2014 to 2015 demonstrate a strong rate of market increase for hemp products in food and body care.

    The HIA estimates the total retail value of all hemp products sold in the U.S. to be at least $573 million for 2015,” says Eric Steenstra, Executive Director of the HIA.  “To date, 28 states have passed legislation that allows hemp farming per provisions set forth in the 2014 Farm Bill, and new businesses representing all industrial fields from foods to car manufacturing are looking to American farmers to meet the growing demand for hemp. Entrepreneurs, manufacturers, farmers, consumers are all on board to expand the hemp market. We need Congress to pass federal legislation to allow commercial hemp farming nationally, for this ripe industry to finally be able to bloom,” continues Steenstra.

    The HIA estimates that approximately 3,997 acres of hemp crops were planted in 7 states during 2015 in the U.S. This hemp cultivation is legal in 28 states, which have lifted restrictions on hemp farming and may license farmers to grow hemp in accordance with Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, the Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research amendment. Read the full text of Sec. 7606 on the Vote Hemp website: http://www.votehemp.com/PDF/Pages_from_farm0127.pdf.

    In January of 2015, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act was introduced in both the House and Senate, H.R. 525 and S. 134 respectively. If passed, the legislation would remove all federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, and remove its classification as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Currently, 28 states may grow hemp per Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Virginia.

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new hemp products.  More information about hemp’s many uses and hemp advocacy may be found at www.TheHIA.org and www.VoteHemp.com.  DVD Video News Release featuring footage of hemp farming in other countries is available upon request by contacting Lauren Stansbury at 402-540-1208.

  • 19 Feb 2016 8:30 AM | Erin Pully (Administrator)

    Washington, DC – Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the non-profit North American hemp trade association, has published its statement in response to recent warning letters sent by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manufacturers of CBD products, regarding mis-labeling of drug claims on said products.  Available on the FDA website, the letters explain that per the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, CBD products may not be marketed as drugs, meaning manufacturers cannot make claims regarding CBD products’ efficacy in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease. Furthermore, the FDA asserts that cannabidiol products may not be marketed as supplements, because ‘new drug’ consideration is currently pending for CBD. To view these letters in their entirety, dated February 4, 2016, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/.

    It is the position of the HIA that legal hemp products containing CBD were marketed as foods and dietary supplements long before cannabidiol formulations were submitted to the FDA for testing as a ‘new drug.’ As such, CBD products are exempt from laws that preclude CBDs from product status as dietary supplements pending ‘new drug’ approval by the FDA. Though none of the companies in receipt of these warning letters are current or former HIA members, the HIA urges these CBD product manufacturers to revise their product labeling and marketing such that no medical claims are made. 

    “There is great potential for the CBD market to expand in the U.S., but we need to move forward as an industry on a path that defines cannabidiol products as dietary supplements, much like multi-vitamins and herbal products,” said Eric Steenstra, Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association. 

    Unlike FDA approved pharmaceutical drugs, which are new compounds developed and patented by drug companies and go through rigorous clinical trials before reaching the market, and can only be administered with a prescription; cannabidiol is a botanically derived, floral extract that exists organically in nature. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 explicitly defines ‘supplements’ as an extract of a botanical. As such, the HIA maintains that CBD products are indeed supplements, and that attempts by the FDA, or other agencies, to discourage lawful manufacturing and marketing of these products demonstrates unjust bias toward the hemp industry. 

    To read the HIA’s joint statement regarding best practices for labeling and manufacturing of medicinal cannabis and hemp products, please visit: http://thehia.org/HIAhemppressreleases/3236544

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new hemp products.  More information about hemp’s many uses and hemp advocacy may be found at www.TheHIA.org and www.VoteHemp.com.  DVD Video News Release featuring footage of hemp farming in other countries is available upon request by contacting Lauren Stansbury at 402-540-1208 or lauren@votehemp.com
  • 15 Feb 2016 11:00 PM | Anonymous

    The University of Kentucky has published the results of its 2015 hemp field trials. Research results are available at the UK web site: http://hemp.ca.uky.edu/.


  • 17 Nov 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Conference’s Success Underscores Growing Entrepreneurism, Technological Innovation and Expansion of Hemp Industry in U.S and Abroad 

    Lexington, KY – Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses and farmers, hosted its 22nd annual conference during September 27 through September 29, 2015, in downtown Lexington, KY. Attended by HIA business and farmer members, non-members, as well as national media and leading political figures, the 2015 HIA conference was sold-out for the first time in the history of HIA.  Speakers included James Comer, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, and expert speakers David Mitlin, Professor at Clarkson University, David Williams, Agronomist at University of Kentucky, Mike Fata, CEO of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Ethan Russo, MD, Medical Director at Phytecs,, plus many others. Presentations ranged from such topics as the expansion of the hemp industry and market in North America, new technological applications of hemp fiber in super-capacitor batteries, hemp home building methods, best practices in hemp agronomy, CBD products, and legislative progress and remaining challenges in the U.S. and internationally.

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer received the Vote Hemp Leadership Award at the conference. Other award recipients include Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who received the Legislator of the Year Award; Craig Lee, recipient of the HIA Lifetime Achievement Award; and Coleman Hemphill, who was honored as Vote Hemp Activist of the Year.

    The third day of the conference concluded with a Hemp Farm Tour, during which participants toured fiber, grain and CBD hemp crops at the University of Kentucky, the Gilkison Farm and the Graves Farm managed by HIA member Andy Graves of Atalo Holdings.

    The success of the conference demonstrates both the growing interest in industrial hemp worldwide, as well as the leadership of the Hemp Industries Association. Founded in 1994, the HIA continues to grow in membership and expand its work to fulfill its mission of facilitating exchange of information between agriculturists, manufacturers, distributors and retailors; maintaining and defending the integrity of hemp products; advocating for socially and environmentally responsibly business practices; and educating the public about the benefits of industrial hemp. Exceeding $620 million in retail sales, according to SPINS data and HIA estimates, hemp products are demonstrating significant market growth; with 21.2% year over year growth for the category of hemp foods and body care products alone.  Currently, 27 states have defined industrial hemp as distinct from ‘marijuana’ and have removed barriers to its production.   

    For more information about the conference, including a recap and photo album, please visit: http://www.thehia.org/blog

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new hemp products.  More information about hemp’s many uses and hemp advocacy may be found at www.TheHIA.organd www.VoteHemp.com.  DVD Video News Release featuring footage of hemp farming in other countries is available upon request by contacting Lauren Stansbury at 402-540-1208 or lauren@votehemp.com
  • 20 Aug 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Conference to Feature Expert Speakers, Hemp Exhibits, Hemp Farm Tour, and Focus on Expanding the Hemp Industry throughout North America 

    Lexington, KY – Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses and farmers, will host its annual conference Sunday, September 27 through Tuesday September 29, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Lexington, KY. The three-day conference will feature keynote speaker James Comer, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, and expert speakers David Mitlin, Professor at Clarkson University, David Williams, Agronomist at University of Kentucky, Mike Fata, CEO of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Ethan Russo, MD, Medical Director at Phytecs, John Roulac, CEO of Nutiva, plus many others. Focusing on the expansion of the hemp industry and market in North America, the conference will also feature hemp exhibits, networking opportunities, and a hemp farm tour.

    WHAT: Hemp Industries Association 22nd Annual Conference

    WHEN: Sunday, September 27–Tuesday September 29, 2015

    WHERE: Hilton Hotel Downtown, 369 West Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507

    Held for the first time in Kentucky, the 22nd annual conference occurs at a bright moment in hemp history, as hemp is cultivated in numerous research projects and farms throughout the state. Exceeding $620 million in retail sales, according to SPINS data and HIA estimates, hemp products are demonstrating significant market growth; with 21.2% year over year growth for the category of hemp foods and body care products alone. Currently, 26 states have defined industrial hemp as distinct from ‘marijuana’ and have removed barriers to its production. Since its introduction in January of 2015, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, S. 134, has garnered 9 co-sponsors, including Senators Mitch McConnell (R-­‐KY), and Rand Paul (R-­‐KY).

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new hemp products.  More information about hemp’s many uses and hemp advocacy may be found at www.TheHIA.organd www.VoteHemp.com.  DVD Video News Release featuring footage of hemp farming in other countries is available upon request by contacting Lauren Stansbury at 402-540-1208 or lauren@votehemp.com


  • 01 Jun 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Spring Hemp Plantings, Hemp Home Building Courses & Grassroots Events Planned Across the Country to Restore Industrial Hemp Farming in the U.S.

    WASHINGTON, DC – The 6th annual Hemp History Week campaign began today, bringing over 1,400 events including documentary film screenings, cooking demonstrations, retail promotions, educational outreach, spring hemp plantings and hemp home building courses to the public—all aimed to catalyze movement on the issue of lifting the federal ban on industrial hemp farming in the U.S. Organized by Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp, Hemp History Week will be held June 1-7, 2015, with events occurring in all 50 states. Encouraged by federal support in Congress, with the Industrial Hemp Farming Act introduced in both the House and Senate in January 2015, the campaign’s theme Sow the Seed highlights spring plantings in states that have passed legislation legalizing industrial hemp farming, and encourages consumers to participate in our call for support among legislators to support industrial hemp farming and the growth of the hemp industry nationwide. To learn more about Hemp History Week, visit: www.HempHistoryWeek.com.

    Spring Hemp Plantings

    HIA and Vote Hemp have partnered with University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, to coordinate a hemp planting demonstration, to occur June 2, 2015, on the site of the university’s hemp pilot program fields. Throughout the country, farmers in states that have legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp will begin to plant this spring, and Hemp History Week is coordinating events to celebrate the return of hemp to the American agrarian landscape. Spring planting events will be open to both community and media attendance. An environmentally sustainable crop, industrial hemp does not require chemical inputs of pesticides and herbicides to flourish. As farmers open their hemp fields to the public, grassroots activists will offer educational events about industrial hemp—its history, agronomy, health and ecological benefits—as we join together to sow the seed.

    Farmer Spotlight

    Hemp History Week has launched a new aspect of the campaign this spring: Farmer Spotlight Interviews. Farmer Spotlights will document hemp history in-the-making, focusing on a prominent hemp farmer each month and interviewing the farmer regarding such topics as hemp agriculture practices, benefits of hemp farming, how they became interested to grow hemp, and other issues pertinent to hemp farming and hemp industry. To view our Farmer Spotlight series, visit the Hemp History section of the website: http://hemphistoryweek.com/hemp-history/u-s-hemp-farmers/.

    The Health Benefits of Hemp

    Among the fastest-growing categories in the natural foods industry, hemp seed is a rich source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs), providing both SDA and GLA, highly-digestible protein, and naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E and iron. An excellent source of dietary fiber, hemp seed is also a complete protein—meaning it contains all ten essential amino acids, with no enzyme inhibitors, making it more digestible by the human body.

    Hemp Building Courses

    HIA will organize a hemp home building course, in which members of the public will be invited to participate. The HIA Hemp Building Course will take place in Lexington, KY on June 26-28. Hemp structures are built with hempcrete— a natural material that is energy-efficient, non-toxic and resistant to mold, insects and fire, and which is more quickly renewable and sustainable than lumber. A multi-day course, these programs will cover contemporary construction methods and hands-on practical applications of working with hempcrete, including forming or shuttering, mixing and casting the hempcrete within a framed structure, as well as finishing with plasters and coloring. Students who complete the course will have the knowledge and skillset to pursue a hemp-building project of their own.

    Celebrity Endorsements

    Hemp History Week is endorsed by celebrities and high-profile wellness experts, including Dr. Andrew Weil, Alicia Silverstone, Phil Lempert, Ashley Koff R.D., Brendan Brazier, Elizabeth Kucinich, Ziggy Marley, Alexandra Jamieson, Dar Williams, Michael Franti, John Salley, Kevin Danaher, John Trudell, and Grammy award-winning band Ozomatli. For the 2015 campaign, musician Jason Mraz, and author Doug Fine have signed on as endorsers of Hemp History Week.

    Grassroots Engagement

    Over 275 grassroots events will take place nationwide, including an educational tour of college campuses, a restaurant program, film screenings of the documentary “Bringing It Home,” community outreach at farmers’ markets, state lobbying days, a letter writing campaign, spring plantings and other exciting engagement opportunities. Specific details for these Hemp History Week events are listed on the website: http://hemphistoryweek.com/events/.

    United in the Effort to Bring Back Industrial Hemp Farming

    An incredibly versatile crop, hemp fiber, oil seed and flowers are used for a myriad of products—including health foods, dietary supplements (e.g. CBDs), cosmetics and body care products, building materials, automobile parts, bio-composites, batteries, bio-fuel, textiles, paper and other products. Now in its sixth year, Hemp History Week is an industry-wide effort made possible by the support of the leading natural product brands known for manufacturing the highest quality hemp products. These HIA members and platinum sponsor brands include Daily Greens, Dr. Bronner’s, Living Harvest, Manitoba Harvest, Nature’s Path Foods and Nutiva, silver sponsor Himalania, and supporting sponsors The Wonder Seed, Satori Movement, and Just Hemp Foods.

    “Our line of hemp milks infused with green superfoods is a natural evolution from our core line of all-green cold-pressed juices. Hemp milk is the perfect plant-based milk alternative,” said Daily Greens founder, Shauna Martin. “Not only is it a complete protein with perfect proportions of Omegas 3 and 6, it is also high in iron and calcium. We are excited to participate in Hemp History Week in order to help educate folks about the rich nutritional benefits of hemp seeds and all the wonderful ways to consume hemp.”

    “Hemp is an integral component in our body care products, as the Omega-3 rich hemp oil provides moisturizing nourishment to the skin, and imparts luxurious smoothness to our soaps’ lather,” says David Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soap in the U.S.  “Dr. Bronner’s plans to source the twenty tons of hemp oil we use annually from American farmers, rather than import it from Canada, once the crop is legal and the infrastructure for hemp production is in place. Given the momentous progress made this past year, including the first legal hemp crops harvested in Colorado, Kentucky and Vermont since the 1940’s, we are determined to keep up the momentum on the issue in Congress so that 2015 lawmakers allow U.S. farmers to once again cultivate hemp.”

    “With the ever growing number of food allergies, hemp seeds are an easily digestible plant protein and an impressive source of all 10 essential amino acids,” says Dan Ratner of Tempt, which makes the #1 selling hempmilk, coconut hempmilk, hemp tofu, and brand new hemp yogurt. “Currently, we must import our hemp seed from Canada and Europe, which translates to higher consumer prices and an increased carbon footprint. We continue to push for better industrial hemp legislation and hope to one day purchase our hemp from U.S. farmers."

    "Here in Canada the legalization process started with research trials, so we are tremendously hopeful the same will be true in the U.S.," says Mike Fata – CEO & co-founder of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods. "As the market for hemp food products grows, we need to source more hemp seed to meet the demand. Manitoba Harvest is eager to partner with U.S. farmers and has profitable production contracts waiting." 

    “Hemp seed is a nutritious superfood that Nature’s Path includes as a plant-based source of protein and fiber in a growing number of our foods – from snack bars to granolas, waffles and oatmeal,” attests Arran Stephens, co-founder and co-CEO of Nature’s Path Foods, North America’s largest organic breakfast and snack food company. “We’ve been cooking with hemp seeds for decades and are delighted to see the industry grow. We look forward to celebrating this important and versatile crop during Hemp History Week – a time to educate people on the benefits of embracing hemp; both in our farmlands and on our kitchen tables.”

    “More Americans are choosing organic foods. Nutiva is the leading producer of organic hemp products and we've seen our sales grow over 60% annually for the past 10 years,” said John Roulac, founder and CEO of Nutiva. “It’s vital we legalize the cultivation of hemp within the U.S. so we can source domestically grown hemp and support our American farmers.“   

    Legislative Progress and Challenges in 2015

    When the 2013 farm bill was signed into law in February of 2014, the hemp amendment to the farm bill, Sec. 7606 Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research, defined industrial hemp as distinct from marijuana, which is subject to prohibition per the Controlled Substances Act. This was an historic moment in the longstanding effort to legalize hemp as the act asserts that industrial hemp is not psychoactive, having less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol on a dry weight basis and therefore presenting no drug value.

    The bill further allows for states that have already legalized the crop to cultivate hemp within the parameters of state agriculture departments and research institutions. Read the full text of the Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research amendment on the Vote Hemp website: http://www.votehemp.com/PDF/Pages_from_farm0127.pdf.

    In defiance of clear Congressional intent regarding the legitimacy of industrial hemp for agriculture and industrial applications, the Drug Enforcement Administration has hindered attempts at progress made by agriculture departments in many states that have legalized industrial hemp farming, by refusing to grant permission for state licensing of potential hemp farmers and by not granting import permits for certified hemp seed.

    In January of 2015, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act was introduced in both the House and Senate, H.R. 525 and S. 134 respectively. If passed, the bill would remove all federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, and remove its classification as a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

    Despite contradictory actions among federal authorities, the number of states that have pro-hemp legislation continues to increase. Currently, 23 states may grow hemp per Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

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    Hemp History Week, June 1–7, 2015, is an industry-wide initiative of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp.  The HIA is a non-profit trade group representing hemp companies, researchers, farmers and supporters.  Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, non-profit advocacy group founded in 2000 by members of the hemp industry to remove barriers to industrial hemp farming in the U.S. through education, legislation and advocacy.  For further information, please visit www.TheHIA.org and www.VoteHemp.com.


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