Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hemp Industries Association 2014 Conference

We hope that you have already made plans to attend the upcoming HIA Conference in Washington, DC, which will be held on Sunday and Monday September 21st -22nd. If not, please don't wait any longer. We have lined up a number of very interesting speakers for the conference. 
This year's featured speakers are:
  • KEYNOTE: Doug Fine, author of Hemp Bound
  • Patrick D. Goggin, Esq., California Hemp Update
  • John W. Roulac, CEO & founder at Nutiva
  • Christina Volgyesi, marketing director of Dr. Bronner's
  • Steve Allin, author Building with Hemp
  • Professor George Weiblen, University of Minnesota
  • Shaun Crew, CEO at Hemp Oil Canada
  • Jace Callaway, PhD, Co-Breeder of Finola hemp variety from Finland
  • Anita Hemmila, Co-Breeder of Finola hemp variety from Finland
CBD Discussion Panel (*invited):
  • Tamar Wise, B. Chem, MCDB at Nutrawerx
  • Michel Stoltz, CEO Hemp Wellness
  • Martin Lee*, CBD Project
  • Brian Fiske*, Epilepsy Foundation, Government Relations Associate
  • and more TBA...
2014 HIA Conference & Lobby Day Highlights content & schedule are subject to changes, check the HIA web site for updates.  

Tentative Schedule:
  • Registration & badge pickup begins on Sunday at 8:00am
  • Conference takes place on Sunday from 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Dinner on Sunday at 7:30pm at restaurant TBD
  • Lobby Day on Monday from 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Legislative Reception at 5:00pm
  • HIA Board meeting is on evening of Monday 

Registration Fee, just $300 by August 21st The registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Sunday, September 21st. (The hotel offers breakfast in their restaurant next to The Dubliner pub.) It also includes attendance to our Annual General Meeting, panel discussions and awards dinner, as well as the opportunity to network with other members. It also includes the Lobby Day on Monday, September 22nd, which includes training at the hotel in the morning. Your travel, lodging and meals (except as noted above) are NOT included. 

Lobby Day Only - General Registration Fee: $75 per person June 16 to September 12. If you are registering for the entire conference, you do not need to register for this event. 
The registration fee includes training at the hotel in the morning and an HIA Supporting membership. You will be on your own for breakfast and lunch. Your travel, lodging and meals (except as noted above) are not included. Visit website to reserve your spot. 

Exhibitor TableWe are also offering table space to attending companies who are interested in exhibiting their products. The rate is $100 for 1/4 of an 8 foot table. If you would like more space, just update the quantity of 1/4 table units in your cart.  To pay via PayPal, which also accepts credit cards, please click the button below. Visit website to reserve your spot. 

Hotel Info
Phoenix Park Hotel
520 North Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Toll Free: 1-877-237-2082

Please note: Attendees are responsible for making their own room reservations. Early booking is highly recommended. Once our block of reserved rooms runs out, we cannot guarantee the hotel will have a room for you. You may call the hotel to make your reservation or you may book onlineWhen you call, please remember to mention the Hemp Industries Association Annual or Group Code 18949 when booking to get the HIA group rate and be sure to get a reservation confirmation number. If you are booking online atwww.phoenixparkhotel.com remember to enter the Group Code 18949 to obtain our group rate.


About the Hemp Industries Association 

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp, oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis.
The 2014 HIA Conference, Lobby Day & Legislative Reception
in Washington, DC - September 21 & 22, 2014


Don't Delay...
Register Today!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Kentucky State Ag and Federal Government reach deal on Hemp seeds

The state of Kentucky and the Federal government have reached a deal that now make it to import Industrial Hemp seeds into this country.  The deal has allowed the state of Kentucky to end its lawsuit against them.

The deal is now legal and gives the farmers of Kentucky a genuine and legitimate process by which they can procure the seeds they want to farm.  This will make the logistical process much easier to approach and in the long term lower production cost.  It will also alleviate some of the insurance costs of the process.

As of right now, Kentucky is the only state to have this in place.  We hope it will spread to the entire country.

Unfortunately, in the deal the Kentucky Department of Agriculture gave the federal government the authority to control the cultivation and the marketing of the hemp.  I see this as a loss.  This could behave like a commerce clause kind of catch.  The federal government now has the authority to control the entire process from seed to final product.

I am glad but also apprehensive.  It would've been better if the lawsuit had gone all the way.