The National Hemp Association recently held its Annual General meeting earlier this week. The association is the country’s largest member’s nonpartisan organization that advocates for the hemp industry.
In the meeting themed around building trust, a number of crucial presentations that can positively impact the American hemp industry were presented. The agenda of the meeting was to provide a strong financial foundation to help solve many of the short and long term issues dragging the hemp industry behind.
Among the key speakers were Geoff Whaling who is the organization’s president and co-founder. In his remarks, Whaling was quick to acknowledge the one reason behind the organization’s respected status in Washington DC. He said that the new relations built with key stakeholder groups such as the congress through trust has been a door opener.
Whaling also noted that the organization’s respectful treatment of member dues played a huge role in helping it steer clear off the COVID 19 waters. The president appreciated the recent achievements by the NHA ‘s board members and staff. Some of these include being the first group to meet both the DEA and FDA post the August 2018 Farm Bill to discuss hemp matters.
The meeting was the most attended in the NHA history. Among the attendees was Brett Davies who is the VP of New Holland Agriculture. Brett was introduced as the latest appointment as a board member. He pledged more support in favor of North America hemp farmers through more innovation in agricultural equipment tailor made for the industry.
The meeting also discussed some proposals that the NHA presented to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. The proposals affected how cannabidiol regulations affected hemp production for fiber and seed, GMP guidelines, product labelling and OTC cannabinoid based products.
The latest hemp IFR by the DEA did not escape the floor of the house. Executive director Erica Stark commented on the matter clarifying the DEA did not bring in any notable changes. In regards to enquiries on the IFR ‘s impact on the future of hemp, Erica said that the DEA was strengthening what was already known but clouded by lapses in regulation and legislation.