HIA Events

Upcoming events

    • 02 Nov 2018
    • (MDT)
    • 05 Nov 2018
    • (MST)
    • Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel - California



    The 25th annual Hemp Industries Association conference (HIACON) will be held in Los Angeles, California at the LAX Hilton Los Angeles. The event will feature the Association's Annual General Meeting on Friday, November 2nd followed by a retail-focused open exhibit hall day on Saturday, November 3rd and two days of continued exhibition, the industries awards dinner and education tracks for HIACON registrants only. 

    Attention Members: The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is an important event that will feature the HIA's annual report, state chapter updates, and elections for the Board of Directors as well as any referendums. If you are not a member of the HIA, but would like to become one sign-up prior to HIACON registration to save on registration but also to attend the AGM, visit www.joinhemp.org.


    Sponsor & Exhibitor Information and Sign-Up Forms


    Presenting Sponsor: Charlottes Web

    Premier Sponsor: GenCanna

    Title Sponsors: CV Sciences, U.S. Hemp Roundtable, Cannopy Corporation, Bija Hemp, Functional Remedies, Hoban Law Group

    Major Sponsors:  Bluebird Botanicals, Dr. Bronner's, Made by Hemp, Klersun, Hemp History Week

    Social Sponsors: Barlean's, QC Infusion, Vitalpax Inc., Hemp Road Trip

    Vape Lounge Sponsor: Helderpad, Kazmira - LLC

    Essential Sponsors: Healthy HempOrange Photonics, Tree Free Hemp, Pacific Foods, Victory Hemp Foods, New South Botanicals, Eurofins Food Integrity and Innovation, Manitoba Harvest, Sustane Natural Fertilizer Inc., Softgel Co., Restorative Botanicals LLC, Papa & Barkley Essentials, ProVerde Laboratories Inc., prAna, Hemp Production Services, Cousin Mary Jane & Lady Jane Gourmet Seed Co., Living Harvest/Tempt

    *Educational Tracks: 
    General Sessions in the AM followed by the proposed tracks in the PM: 
    Law & Policy
    Organic Hemp
    Banking & Investment


    11/2 - Day One - Annual General Meeting of members 

    11/3 - Day Two - Retail focused Exhibitor Day open to the public 

    11/4 - Day Three - General Sessions and Breakout Educational Tracks & Awards Dinner in the evening

    11/5 - Day Four - General Sessions and Breakout Educational Tracks 

    2018 HIACON Programming is Underway. Here’s a look at last year’s event to get an idea of the format:


    Lodging: Hilton Los Angeles Airport LAX located at 5711 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045. For the Group Rate, mention "Hemp Industries Association Conference" when you call 310-410-4000 or click HERE to book your room.

    CANCELLATION POLICY NOTICE: The HIA is a non-profit association. Due to resources necessary to produce this event, the HIA does not offer refunds. To request a credit or to submit an exceptional circumstance to the conference committee for consideration, please contact Erin Pully, memberservices@thehia.org. 


    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Marina Room at the Hilton LAX, 5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    After decades of prohibition, the U.S. hemp industry has been reborn.  Every day, more and more Americans adopt and come to rely on hemp-based products — for food, fabric, construction and hundreds of other applications. With this growth only set to increase, the time is now for the hemp industry to establish and embrace standards, best practices and self-regulation.  

    Enter the U.S. Hemp Authority. In an effort funded by the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, and joined by leading industry organizations such as the Hemp Industries Association and the American Herbal Product Association, industry leading firms, top-tier testing laboratories and quality assessors joined together to develop guidance and self-regulation for growers and processors of hemp. 

    That’s because the hemp industry has a unique duty to consumers: not only to demonstrate to the public that its products are safe; but also to comfort law enforcement that its products are legal.  Furthermore, self-regulation is a critical mechanism for governing industry practices and stands to benefit consumers, producers, and the hemp economy as a whole.

    The U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Program was created and is administered by deeply experienced quality assurance and verification professionals who lead established food and agricultural industries. The Program is designed to specifically educate hemp farmers and hemp finished product producers in FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) such that consistent quality is assured and violations are avoided.  

    Hemp growers and processors who comply with the U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Program, and are verified by a third party audit, will be authorized to use the U.S. Hemp Authority “Certified” Seal in their advertising, marketing and product labeling. The “Certified” Seal will give consumers confidence that their products are safe and of the highest possible quality, while giving law enforcement assurance that the products are legal hemp, and not illicit marijuana.

    CLICK HERE to Register for Certification Program Training 

    *The U.S. Hemp Authority has partnered with
    the Hemp Industries Association for certification training

    The U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Program includes:

    • General provisions, definitions and guidance in the areas of personnel, physical plant and security, and equipment. 
    • Thorough education in quality management for production and process control, packaging and labeling, as well as storage and distribution, records and recordkeeping, and product complaints. 
    • Defines specific requirements for the processors’ quality control programs, laboratory operations, and master manufacturing/processing records.
    • Provides checklists for on-site operators, with education and training materials for each industry sector.

    The U.S. Hemp Authority “Certified” Seal of quality will serve as the gold standard for the hemp industry, assuring customers of your firm’s integrity and commitment to best practices. Learn from the leaders in hemp standards and education and position your operation to lead the hemp industry toward its exciting future.   

    Disclaimer: The U.S. Hemp Authority is a non-profit organization, legally independent of other hemp organizations and companies, and is not a governmental body or regulatory agency.

Past events

11 Oct 2018 Kentucky Department of Ag - Industrial Hemp Pilot Program - Applicant Information & Networking Session for Growers & Processors
03 Oct 2018 JAZ Tank CannaVATION
29 Sep 2018 Red Rock Hemp Fest
24 Sep 2018 Women in Agribusiness Summit
18 Aug 2018 Arizona HIA Membership Meeting
28 Jun 2018 The Hemp Economic Disruption Tour
09 Jun 2018 The HIA European Hemp Market Study Tour
04 Jun 2018 Eastern US Hemp Growers Conference & Expo
18 May 2018 CBD For Your Health Webinar Series
10 May 2018 Consumer Lecture Pioneering the Future of Hemp
04 May 2018 2nd Annual Hemp Field Day
02 Mar 2018 TSU College of Agriculture Cooperative Extension - Industrial Hemp Workshop
26 Feb 2018 Central U.S. Hemp Growers Conference & Expo
24 Feb 2018 Organic Hemp Innovations
17 Jan 2018 Canna East Compliance Summit 2018
14 Dec 2017 AHPA Webinar: Responding to an FDA 483 and Extended Q&A
14 Dec 2017 Webinar: Food Fraud in the Organic Industry
06 Dec 2017 Webinar - CBD in Retail: A Year in Review
30 Nov 2017 AHPA Webinar: FDA Inspections and Emerging cGMP Compliance Issues
30 Nov 2017 2 Day Hempcrete Workshop - Missouri
27 Nov 2017 2 Day Hempcrete Workshop - Missouri
16 Nov 2017 2 Day Hempcrete Building Workshop - Maine
13 Nov 2017 2 Day Hempcrete Building Workshop - Maine
06 Nov 2017 Regenerative Earth Summit
03 Nov 2017 27th Annual National Black Farmers Conference
17 Oct 2017 7th International Hemp Building Symposium
10 Oct 2017 AHPA-AHP Workshop: Botanical, Macroscopic and Organoleptic Assessment of Herbal Ingredients for cGMP Compliance
03 Oct 2017 INHIA Quarterly VIP Dinner
02 Oct 2017 2018 Farm Bill Listening Tour
10 Sep 2017 2017 HIACON EXHIBIT HALL ONLY - For Public
08 Sep 2017 2017 HIA 24th Annual Conference
22 Jul 2017 Hemp on the Slope 2
10 Jun 2017 PDX Hempfest Expo
09 Jun 2017 Grateful Hearts Unite for Hemp
09 Jun 2017 Building With Hemp Workshop
05 Jun 2017 Hemp History Week
31 May 2017 Webinar: Bringing Hemp Back - Pioneering the CBD Evolution
26 May 2017 Hemp in the Holler
21 Apr 2017 Friends of Hemp Crowdfunding Campaign Launch Party
20 Apr 2017 Information Meeting on Organic Hemp Certification
19 Apr 2017 NOSB Spring 2017 Meeting
31 Mar 2017 NOCO Hemp Expo
16 Mar 2017 NOFA-NY Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference
13 Mar 2017 New York Certified Organic Winter Meetings
13 Dec 2016 KY HIA Hemp Holiday Party
09 Dec 2016 OR HIA's A Very Hempy Holiday Party
07 Dec 2016 December TN HIA Meeting & Holiday Party
22 Oct 2016 NY HIA Hemp Information and Networking Meeting
17 Sep 2016 2016 HIA Hemp Conference
25 Jun 2016 White Plume Hemp Victory Celebration
06 Jun 2016 7th Annual Hemp History Week
22 Mar 2016 KY HIA Spring Hemp Seminar
07 Mar 2016 IN HIA Hemp Happy Hour
02 Mar 2016 TN HIA Meeting
04 Feb 2016 TX HIA Hemp Happy Hour
15 Dec 2015 Hempy Holiday Party with KYHIA
27 Sep 2015 22nd Annual HIA Conference
28 Aug 2015 WV HIA chapter meeting
26 Jun 2015 HIA Hemp Building Course

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