WASHINGTON, D.C. August 9, 2023 — The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the nation’s foremost trade association for hemp businesses and farms, today announced the postponement of their annual conference HIACon. The hemp membership group’s 27th annual conference will now be held November 28th and 29th, 2023 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Austin, Texas.
Presented by HIA member Hometown Hero, the conference will feature talks highlighting all uses of the hemp plant presented by a diverse set of speakers from the many industries involved in hemp. The event will include networking opportunities, feature hemp foods and other products, and will be preceded by the HIA’s Annual General Meeting of the Members on the evening of November 27th. In addition, the association will present its prestigious awards to distinguished members, and the Cannabinoids Council will hold an open meeting to discuss advocacy strategies in Texas with local attendees. The program includes sessions encompassing some of the most pressing topics in the hemp industry, including Emerging Hemp Science, Federal Hemp Policy/Farm Bill Insights, Climate Smart Hemp, a session on Trends, Opportunities, and New Hemp Markets.
In addition to the revised dates, the HIA announced a new advanced registration discount of 50% for a host of eligible groups, including veterans, nonprofit/government workers, educators, students, and seniors. “The HIACon planning committee understood that this is a fledgling industry, and set the registration rates to be make the meeting as accessible as possible. Now, thanks in large part to the strong support of our presenting sponsor Hometown Hero, we’re glad to be able to reduce registration even more for folks who might otherwise not be able to attend.” Recipients of the new discount will save between $150 – $250 on advanced registration.
“We’re a premier business member of the HIA because they are the only national hemp group with a proven track record of standing up for the whole hemp plant and successfully fighting federal overreach,” said Lukas Gilkey, co-founder and CEO of Hometown Hero CBD, an Austin-based cannabusiness and sponsor of HIA’s 27th annual conference. We’re thrilled to help bring their annual meeting to Austin because Texas has a real story to tell about advocating for reasonable regulations and opening markets to hemp products in a way that benefits farmers, consumers and businesses alike. While we’ve made great strides, more work needs to be done to keep hemp legal at the federal and state levels. The HIA conference provides the tools and information on how we can work together to sustain a bright future for the hemp industry.”
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The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is a member-led, mission-driven nonprofit trade group representing hemp companies, farms, supporters and researchers in the United States and around the world. Founded in 1994, HIA advocates for the fair treatment of hemp in the marketplace by promoting the adoption of industry best practices, scientific accuracy, sustainable development, regenerative farming, and consumer education. More information can be found by visiting www.thehia.org.