Donate (cash or time) to show Support for WV Hemp!

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The West Virginia Hemp Industries Association is kicking off the 2017 political season with fundraising and lobbying goals that were set to achieve industry and philanthropic  goals.

CLICK HERE To Support The GoFundMe For WVHEMP!

Although we are asking people to donate monetarily, if your organization has philanthropic principals rooted in those similar to that of industrial hemp – don’t forget about Hemp Day at the Capitol on March 27th! You can sign up for a free exhibitor space to educate about hemp here, or you can check out our FB Event Page to make arrangements if you’d like to attend!

See you there! 😀

Thank you to everybody who is multiplying forces and supporting industrial hemp’s struggle to do what it was meant to do for human society and consumption.

 

 

 

WVHIA Repost: Hemp Farma VS Big Pharma

 

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The Pharmacy Board of the state with the highest opioid addiction rate recommends “cannabidiol” (CBD) to protect interests in future drug.

West Virginia has gained a reputation for having the worst opioid problem in the U.S.  The state attorney general has been forced to sue pharmaceutical companies for “flooding” the state with pills that have contributed to the widespread addiction crisis.[1] Companies are alleged to have “incentivized” opioid sales through illegal means and show no intentions of stopping.

Continue reading “WVHIA Repost: Hemp Farma VS Big Pharma”

URGENT: Show Support for WV HB2453

Dear readers, friends, affiliates, and colleagues,

There is a sense of urgency for a bill that goes to hearing tomorrow – HB 2453. This bill  will be heard by the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources tomorrow at 9AM to decide whether or not to let this bill continue through the legislative pipeline to the judiciary.

HB 2453 will expand West Virginia’s industrial hemp pilot program to include more participants. The pilot program is operating to develop market and scientific research – why wouldn’t our state allow more participants? Allowing more participants results in more diversified data and is a force multiplier!

Committee Members to potentially express your opinion to:
Google to find emails, and feel free to CC wvfarmerscoop@gmail.com in your message!
Delegate Evans, A. – Chair Agriculture
Delegate Hamilton – Chair Natural Resources
Delegate Romine R. – Vice-Chair Agriculture
Delegate Ambler – Vice-Chair Natural Resources
Delegate Sponaugle – Minority Chair Agriculture
Delegate Rodighiero – Minority Chair Natural Resources
Delegate Thompson – Minority Vice-Chair Agriculture
Delegate Hicks – Minority Vice-Chair Natural Resources
Delegate Anderson
Delegate Atkinson III
Delegate Baldwin
Delegate Brewer
Delegate Cooper
Delegate Eldridge
Delegate Folk
Delegate Hanshaw
Delegate Harshbarger
Delegate Lewis
Delegate Love
Delegate Lynch
Delegate Miller, C.
Delegate Moore
Delegate Overington
Delegate Summers
Delegate Wagner

 

WV Local Foods Day

 

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The 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 WV Food and Farm Coalition, WV Farmers Market Association, and WV Farmers Cooperative.

 

 

Want to support WV Hemp?

Hello everybody! Wanted to again extend gratitude to everybody who came out to our President’s Day meeting for some great conversation, people, and of course delicious and nutritious hemp food! As this industry has much potential to address many issues plaguing West Virginia, we cannot stop with one fun informal meeting.

We had so much fun, let’s do it again next month, on March 27th! The WV Hemp Industries Association is organizing Hemp Day at the WV Capitol, and we’re excited to help assemble support for a cause with so much positive potential.  Continue reading “Want to support WV Hemp?”

WV Hemp: Another Successful Collaborative Meeting

Yesterday, The WV Hemp Industries Association had an awesome meeting at Starlings Coffee & Provisions to discuss our policy goals and to collaborate with other community and business leaders. The turnout and atmosphere was welcoming and fruitful, and we want to extend our gratitude to everybody who came out. We know some of you had a serious hike to make it – and it is encouraging to observe the interest and collaboration increase with time to showcase the viability of cannabis’ industrial potential. We’re so happy to play our part in this opportunity of a lifetime!

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We had some tasty food made with hemp grown right here in Appalachia, live music, and plenty of networking time. Victory Hemp Foods is operating out of Kentucky, and we appreciate their valiant effort at creating Appalachian farming jobs while promoting local food’s role in health and wellness.

With one fruitful meeting comes the organization and planning of another. Our next meeting is on March 27th at the capitol! We’re going to set up around the rotunda and have speakers under the dome – and free exhibitor spaces! If you’re interested in helping us educate about industrial hemp, fill out our registration TypeForm.

Hope to see you there! Let us know how you would like to get involved in the evolution of industrial hemp:

 

 

The Stifling Business of Hemp Seed Orders

Ordering viable hemp seed is like walking into a maze with no map. Our state rule requirement for seed procurement is essentially one word. “Certified.” The actual legal process to order the seed is much more complicated than that.

First, the word certified has two meanings. 1) Certified below 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis and 2) Certified varieties of seed from Pedigree Seed breeders. Buying seed from breeders who meet AOSCA standards ensures that your crops will be uniform for harvesting and guaranteed to meet your state’s THC requirement. Second, although a license to grow hemp under 7606 of the Farm Bill may be obtained from your state department of agriculture, you have to obtain a permit from the DEA to actually procure seeds legally. “Section 7606 of the Farm Bill specifically authorized certain entities to “grow or cultivate” industrial hemp but did not eliminate the requirement under the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act that the importation of viable cannabis seeds must be carried out by persons registered with the DEA.” (NIFA Statement of Principles from USDA, DEA.)

Despite the red tape for cultivating and developing industrial hemp, the West Virginia Farmers Cooperative Inc. has successfully imported certified seeds in 2106 and currently has orders place for 2017. This is a new area of business the market will hopefully improve  in the years to come. We are pushing for the development of interstate seed transfers between 7606 programs of legally permitted states. Follow us to stay updated as the seed industry for hemp unfolds.

WVFarmersCoop@gmail.com

 

 

Join us for Hemp Day at the WV Capitol!

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Join us for the historic Hemp Day at the West Virginia Capitol on Monday, March 27, 2017. Exhibitors will display hemp products and the many benefits sustainable industries can have for our health and our environment. If you’re committed to a more prosperous West Virginia, please consider becoming a sponsor of our campaign to promote agri-business in the Mountain State. You can learn more about participating in Hemp Day and contributing to our Kickstarter by visiting the West Virginia Hemp Industries Association (WVHIA) at wvhia.org. To join your local hemp trade association, please visit the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) at thehia.org and select the West Virginia Chapter.

 

WV Hemp: The Importance of Local Food

There has been a lot of interest in 2016 surrounding Cannabis Sativa L (industrial hemp) being grown in West Virginia legally – under section 7606 of the Farm Bill (2014). Although it is a great stride to progress this new industry – it honestly does not matter in the context of society if the products are not going to market, and the farmers growing in West Virginia are investing with the hopes that a proof of concept can be shown. That we can, in fact, grow this new industry for farmers and the economy of our state alike.

There are already hemp products being sold locally throughout West Virginia – Chinese twine, Chinese clothing blends, Nepali textiles, Canadian foods, ect. The problem with imported products is that they consequently require more energy, time, and money during transportation. Domestic business makes sense, most of the time, but sometimes businesses would rather side with economy of scale whenever importing their supply of products as opposed to sourcing domestically. And with textiles, this may be okay going into the third year of hemp production in the United States while supply chains are being developed.

BUT, it does not make sense to source hemp foods from anywhere other than domestically. By being a hemp advocate or business person in the United States, to directly compete with domestic farmers is contradictory to the sustainable advocacy the entire industry has begun to adopt. How can we expect this industry to flourish, if business scattered throughout the United States are supporting foreign farmers instead of the farmer down the road?

If you carry food products in your store, or if you would like to learn where to obtain hemp food sourced from the Appalachian region, such as hemp seed, hemp hearts, hemp oil, hemp protein, etc., send us an email at wvfarmerscoop@gmail.com – we would be happy to direct you!

 

 

The DEA’s New Action on CBD

Attention 7606 State Licensed Hemp Farmers:

The DEA Rule on “Marihuana Extract” does NOT apply to you.

Carry on in your efforts to rebuild the American economy.

“…the DEA’s final rule regarding “Marihuana Extract” not only contradicts its own rulemaking authority …, but also explicitly conflicts with the Spending Bill provisions enacted by Congress, which disallows the DEA from expending resources that conflict with the Farm Bill.”

“Importantly, the Farm Bill specifies that the entire “industrial hemp” plant is made lawful, in spite of, or notwithstanding, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). As such, it expressly carves out an exception to the CSA for the entire industrial hemp plant and products/extracts therefrom. Id.”

Industrial Hemp is regulated by the Farm Bill, and NOT a Schedule I drug subject to DEA enforcement. Hemp may be legally cultivated, processed, transported and sold by 7606 licensed hemp farmers.

Thank you to the Hoban Law Group for addressing this issue here.