What Is The ‘Hemp Industries Association’?

Hemp Industries Association I first ran across the Hemp Industries Association when I was watching the movie Hempsters.
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The people that make up this organization are very hardworking Americans who deserve to farm industrial hemp. If you haven’t seen the movie Hempsters, I suggest you check it out. Below is some info about the Hemp Industries Association, taken from the Hemp Industries Association’s website:

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is a non-profit trade group representing hemp companies, researchers and supporters. We are at the forefront of the drive for fair and equal treatment of industrial hemp. Since 1992, the HIA has been dedicated to education, industry development, and the accelerated expansion of hemp world market supply and demand.

The hemp industry has positioned itself over the past decade to once again become a major global economic force in the 21st century. Hemp is one of our planet’s most important natural resources, and we advocate using it to its full potential.

If you are currently involved in the hemp industry, thinking of starting a hemp business, or support hemp commerce, please consider becoming a member.

Join us! Please click here for benefits, more information and an application.

The mission of the HIA, a 501(c)(6) membership-based non-profit trade group, is to represent the interests of the hemp industry and to encourage the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp, low-THC oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis.

The HIA and HIA Members:

Educate the public about the exceptional attributes of hemp products.

Facilitate the exchange of information and technology between hemp agriculturists, processors, manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

Maintain and defend the integrity of hemp products.

Advocate and support socially responsible and environmentally sound business practices.

A Trade Association with a Conscience
Members of the HIA support ethical business practices, including accuracy in labeling, use of environmentally friendly technologies, sustainable and organic agriculture, high quality products and concern for human rights. It is the intention of the HIA to take all necessary steps to assure consumer confidence in hemp products. An HIA Member company agrees to the Association’s standards. Display of the HIA Membership insignia in business promotion and advertising is a mark of prestige.

Strength in Numbers
The HIA wants to make your experience in the hemp industry as profitable and problem-free as possible. Each new business that joins also increases the HIA’s ability to work on behalf of the industry as a whole and to act on behalf of its individual members. Because of the support from our membership, we have been able to fund other value-added services like HempStores.com and TestPledge.com.

Experience You Can Trust
You’re in good company with the HIA, which was founded in 1992. As a voting member, you can be confident that your voice will be heard. HIA members actively engage in the importation, manufacture, research and promotion of industrial hemp and hemp products. They have practical experience handling the day-to-day details of running a business and understand your concerns and needs.

Hemp is Business: A Wealth of Products & Supreme Versatility
Click here for a listing of products from HIA companies. These represent just the beginning of a huge wealth of possible items that can be manufactured from hemp.

Corporate Officers

Eric Steenstra, Executive Director
E.M. Kenderfono
Vote Hemp Director (President)

Steve Levine, President
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
Vote Hemp Director

Anndrea Hermann, Vice President
Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (Past Executive Director)

Larry Serbin, Treasurer
Hemp Traders

Sue Kastensen, Secretary
Fair Shake
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

Board of Directors

Bob Frankel (elected 2010, term expires 2012)
Green Solutions Printing

Summer Star Haeske (elected 2009, term expires 2011)

Anndrea Hermann (elected 2010, term expires 2012)
Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (Past Executive Director)
Hemp Oil Canada

Rob Jungmann (elected 2010, term expires 2012)

Sue Kastensen (elected 2009, term expires 2011)
Fair Shake
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

Steve Levine (elected 2010, term expires 2012)
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
Vote Hemp Director

Larry Serbin (elected 2010, term expires 2012)
Hemp Traders

HIA Committees

AGM & Convention Committee
Eric Steenstra and Steve Levine (Co-Chairs)

Bylaws Committee (Ad Hoc)
Steve Levine (Chair)

Election Committee
Steve Levine (Chair)

Food & Oil Committee
David Bronner (Chair)

Membership Committee
Jeremy Briggs (Chair)

Trade Shows & Events Committee
Steve Levine (Chair)

Board of Advisors

David Bronner
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
HIA President Emeritus
Vote Hemp Director

Adam Eidinger
Mintwood Media Collective
HIA Communications Director
Vote Hemp Communications Director

Bernd Frank
BaFa (Badische Naturfaseraufbereitung) GmbH
First Deputy of European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA)

Gero Leson
Leson & Associates

Tom Murphy
The Hemp Report
HIA Member Services Manager
Vote Hemp Director (National Outreach Coordinator)