Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is a non-profit trade association that has many hemp businesses and farms. On Sunday, September 27, HIA will be putting on an annual conference for three days. The conference will have various speakers such as James Comer, an agricultural commissioner, and David Mitlin, a teacher at Clarkson University. There will also be many other professors and CEOs of various companies. The conference will concentrate on expanding the hemp industry and market in North America; There will be many hemp exhibits, people to connect with, and a tour of a hemp cultivation site.
This is the first time in 22 years that the conference is occurring in Kentucky. Now, however, is the best time to have it since hemp is now being farmed in many research projects and farms throughout the state. SPINS and HIA show that over $620 million in retail sales have in hemp products have been sold; just in one year, there has been incredible market growth with 21.2% of a rise in food and body care products. At the moment, 26 states have differentiated industrial hemp from cannabis and got rid of restrictions to its production process. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act was introduced in January 2015 and now have 9 sponsors including Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.
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