Chapter News: May 2017

25 Apr 2017 10:43 AM | Anonymous

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Kentucky HIA:

  • Chad Rosen, founder of Victory Hemp Foods, was announced as the new KY HIA President. 
  • The KY HIA held a happy hour at Rock House Brewing after the annual conference where they released their new hemp ale called Uncle Jon's Brown Hemp Ale.
  • KYHIA Member, The Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation, is holding a Crowdfunding Campaign Launch Party at Rock House Brewing in Lexington, KY this Fri, April 21 to raise money for hemp education and research. For more details and to get tickets, click here.  
  • KYHIA board member, Josh Hendrix, has a radio show called Hemp Happy Hour that is on Lexington Community Radio (93.9FM locally in Lexington, KY) each Tuesday from 4-5pm EST or anyone can stream it here: He has guests on each week to talk hemp. This week, on Tues, April 18, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is on the show. 
  • KYHIA member, Sunstrand LLC, has been approved for $381,500 in state funds to expand its processing facility! Read the article
  • KYHIA Member, Hemp Highway of Kentucky, is involved in a documentary film project being produced by Witnessing History. "The Seed and Fiber of Wealth: The History of Hemp in Kentucky" is a 56 minute long documentary film being produced by Witnessing History for broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television (KET). This network reaches 3 million homes. Films are then usually picked up for broadcast on PBS station across the US and Canada. They are actively soliciting sponsors at all levels for this film. For more info, check out: or contact Daniel Isenstein at 

New York HIA: On April 18, 2017, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration organized a Summit on Growing the Hemp Industry in New York State that was hosted by Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Science. In attendance was the Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Agricultural Commissioner Richard Ball, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Senator Tom O'Mara and the Dean of Cornell College of Ag Kathryn Boor, to name a few. 

The morning session consisted of statements from each of the panel members named above, in addition to several others including SUNY Morrisville and the hemp grow they participated in, J&D Farms, Cornell University Professors and researchers and a few of the people who have been granted new permits this year. This year, all 10 permits have been issued, and the cap has been lifted for next year. Lupardo annuonced that she thinks 2018 will be the year for hemp in NY. 

Everybody recognises the potential that hemp has, which is the best first step in helping the hemp industry beging to grow in NY. Lieutenant Gov. Hochul is well informed and knowledgable about hemp, stated she wants the agencies in Albany to do what needs to be done to usher in the industry. Right now, sourcing and procuring the seeds and the accompanying paperwork is the biggest hurdle in the process. Hochul said she wants the Dept of Ag to step in and make the process easier and streamlined.

Cooperation was also stressed at the meeting. It seems clear to the governemnt officials that it's going to take an effort across many fronts to enable the building of a new industry, particularly one that has federal laws posing challenges. NY has pledged to do what it can to work on changing federal law. 

NYHIA had a presence at the meeting as well. President Susie Cody sat on an afternoon panel and spoke about possible markets and other opportunities. She said that education of both the farmers and the consumer base is very important as we embark on growing the industry. 

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Colorado HIA: Click here to read the latest CO HIA newsletter and stay informed!

Indiana HIA: Click here to read the latest IN HIA newsletter and stay informed! 

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