The U.S. Hemp Growers Association (USHGA), the one nationwide grower-directed hemp commerce affiliation, was formally shaped in late December in Indianapolis. Founded by a various group of leaders, the group will present instructional and market improvement sources, analysis, and networking alternatives and can unify the voice of growers to actively have interaction in critically necessary advocacy efforts.
Founding companions that got here collectively to create USHGA embody U.S. Hemp Farming Alliance, First Crop, International Hemp Solutions, HiLo Seed, GenCanna, and Farm Journal. At launch, greater than 300 farmer-members of U.S. Hemp Farming Alliance will fold into USHGA.
Caren Wilcox will function the inaugural USHGA govt director. Wilcox is a well-known ag and meals chief who has held govt roles at Hershey, the USDA, and the Organic Trade Association. USHGA will meet in late February 2020 in San Antonio to safe founding companions and to put in an preliminary board of administrators. A majority of the board leaders will likely be energetic hemp farmers.
“I am honored to be a part of this historical moment in U.S. agriculture and lend my experience and expertise to the emerging commercial hemp industry as we develop this organization,” Wilcox says. “The forward-thinking industry leaders who have partnered on this endeavor see the potential for hemp as an agricultural commodity and understand this industry can contribute to the environment and sustainable products that benefit, at the grassroots level, farmers and consumers.”
“Industrial hemp provides a unique economic opportunity for farmers and all of rural America,” says Michael Bowman, Co-founder of First Crop. “I am thrilled that First Crop is a founding partner of USHGA. Our focus is to promote regenerative farming practices to nurture the soil, not just for this year’s crop but for future generations, and hemp is one of the tools that will help us achieve these goals.”
Farmers and organizations in supporting U.S. agriculture’s function in the success of commercial hemp ought to go to ushempga.org to acquire extra info or to enroll as a member of the group.