The recent rise of hemp has led to the creation of multiple organizations and associations. These groups represent farmers, hemp and CBD businesses, researchers, medical experts, and members of the public working in unison to develop the industrial hemp industry in the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Who are these groups? What are their contributions? Here’s everything you need to know about the key organizations spearheading the rebirth of the American hemp industry.
Established in 1994, the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is the leading non-profit trade association composed of hemp companies, farmers, and other groups helping advance the hemp industry domestically and abroad.
The HIA is notable for hosting annual hemp industry conferences, running advertising campaigns, and taking the DEA to court over its attempts to regulate hemp foods as scheduled drugs.
The U.S. Hemp Roundtable is a partnership of America’s leading companies and other organizations working together to further the cause of hemp and CBD in the United States. The Roundtable works directly with policymakers and encourages citizen action in individual states.
It’s also responsible for funding the U.S. Hemp Authority, which was created in 2018 to raise hemp industry manufacturing standards and promote standardization.
The U.S. Hemp Authority offers a certification program to hemp farmers and processors with the goal of self-regulating the industry and giving consumers peace of mind by making it easy to find high-quality hemp and CBD products. Companies that pass this third-party certification can display the U.S. Hemp Authority seal on their products.
The National Hemp Association (NHA) is a non-profit group working to develop America’s domestic hemp industry by advancing the goals of hemp farmers, processors, businesses, and researchers.
To that end, the NHA educates the public about hemp, fosters a community of hemp businesses, organizations, and other interested groups, and works together with government officials and agencies.
One of the newer organizations on this list, the U.S. Hemp Growers Association (USHGA) is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated specifically to American hemp farmers.
Its central goal is to aid hemp growers in planting, harvesting, and marketing their hemp by providing education, research data, and other useful information.
As a seasoned authority on all things hemp, HempLogic recently created its own initiative to support the domestic hemp industry: HempAdvisors. Our goal is to serve American hemp farmers by providing the guidance needed to succeed in this rapidly growing field.
We help hemp cultivators get the hang of the entire process from seed to sale. This includes assistance with acquiring the appropriate seeds, seedlings, or clones for your project, choosing the right farming equipment, navigating murky hemp regulations and laws, harvesting and processing your hemp, finding buyers and more.
HempAdvisors offers a three-tier program designed to support farming projects of all sizes.