Chapter News: February 2017

17 Feb 2017 12:47 PM | Anonymous

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West Virginia HIA: 

Local Food and Farm Day at the Legislature

WV Food and Farm Coalition, WV Farmers Market Association, and WV Farmers Cooperative passed resolutions in both the House and the Senate to make Feb. 23 Local Food and Farms day  that the WV Legislature. Farmers from around the state came to support the effort and to educate law makers about the opportunities to diversify our economy with local foods and innovative crops. Creating a local food supply will not only help to diversify the WV economy, but will increase the access to fresh fruits and vegetables for local markets. Expanding farm to table operations will have a tremendous effect on the health and wellness of our state. These organizations are teaming up with local farmers to advocate for legislation this session that will expand the Cottage Foods industry, the Rabbit processing industry, and Industrial Hemp production in West Virginia. For more information on the status of the legislation, you can visit, and  

President's Day Hemp Meeting

The WV President's Day hemp meeting was a great day of outreach and education! 


New York HIA: Join the NY HIA in Rochester on Wednesday, February 22nd for a hempcrete workshop!

THE WORKSHOP: Rochester's 21st Century Hemp is proud to host Hemp Technologies, builders of the first permitted hempcrete homes in America, and Hemp Solutions USA, for a world class hands-on instructional hemp building education event! Click HERE to register. This premier Hempcrete Workshop includes engaging and dynamic presentations on the fascinating science and use of hemp and lime construction infill, along with the the hand-mixing and forming of your own hempcrete block, breakfast fruit, and a delicious lunch. Don't miss this opportunity learn from the experts!

ROCHESTER, NY TEAM: Joining renowned industrial hemp instructor Joy Beckerman remotely from Canada and New Zealand will be Hemp Technologies globally recognized President Anndrea Hermann, M.Sc, B.GS, P.Ag. and larger than life Co-Founder Greg Flavall. There are over 50 years of combined industrial hemp experience between these three internationally distinguished hemp industry leaders. 

REGISTRATION FEE: $200 (U.S.) includes all instruction, materials, tools and protective gear for your own hempcrete block, along with breakfast fruit, coffee, and a delicious lunch during the workshop. Pre-registration is required. Click HERE to register!

Hempcrete, made from industrial hemp and lime, is the healthiest possible building material for constructing a safe indoor air environment. It is mold-resistant, rot-resistant, fire-resistant and pest-resistant. Hempcrete is a carbon negative, carbon sequestering building material that is durable and recyclable, lasting hundreds of years. Hempcrete regulates temperature and has a high vapor permeability, so it can absorb and release water, allowing it to respond to changing humidity levels and creating a “breathable wall.” Join us!

QUESTIONS? Please contact Ira Fair at or (585) 713-8116. You can also check out the event on Facebook!


Illinois HIA: Illinois HIA Chapter lead and HIA Vice President Eric Pollitt recently met with a State Representative who is interested in working with the Illinois Chapter to get the Illinois Department of Agriculture more involved with industrial hemp, and perhaps find funding to do so. Follow them on Facebook

Kentucky HIA:

Save the date for KY HIA’s 2017 Annual Conference! The conference will be  held Tuesday, March 21st from 9AM to 5PM at the Red Mile in Lexington. This is a great opportunity to network with industry peers, discuss hot topics and enjoy presentations from University Researchers and leading industry experts. Sponsorships are still available! If you are interested in sponsoring the event, email:

Tennessee HIA:

The Tennessee chapter of the Hemp Industries Association has been busy so far this year. We’ve selected a board, elected officers, and are brainstorming about events that will expand awareness and opportunities for profit.

We also plan for a prosperous 2017 by clarifying and expanding our legislative mandate. We have SB969•HB1164 before the Tennessee General Assembly which will achieve each of the following goals upon passage:

1. Broadening the definition of industrial hemp to include whole plant extract while in manufacturing process and when reconstituted to levels below 0.3% THC,

2. Expanding plant sourcing options to propagules (rooted cuttings/clones) for certified varieties,

3. Expanding seed and propagule sourcing options beyond certified varieties to landrace (feral) varieties as long as plants remain below THC levels (<0.3%) qualifying as industrial hemp. This is an industry-wide effort to expedite development of plant genetics suitable for Tennessee Crop Improvement Association consideration for certification,

4. Allowing Tennessee consumers to purchase and possess non-viable industrial hemp products without a license and free from fear of prosecution, and

5. Providing the TN Department of Agriculture the authority to register and track landrace (feral) varieties as well as establish fees to administer the industrial hemp pilot program.

We want to offer our very best wishes to our Executive Director, Colleen Keahey, in her new position and thank her for her tireless efforts on behalf of Tennessee hemp farmers.

Joe Kirkpatrick, President • TNHIA


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