Industry Update November 27th 2017

We are very excited to start planning for the 2018 growing season!

As we move forward with beginning the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. The Arkansas State Plant Board will be issuing their draft of the Rules and Regulations for the 2018 season sometime in the near future – this date has yet to be announced, but will be posted here upon its release. The Rules and Regulations will be open to public comment and will discussed at a public hearing.
  2. Remember that the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act sets up a research pilot program (to read the full bill, see the Policy section on this website).  Therefor, anyone wanting to participate in the program must take a research based approach and answer some question(s) that further the knowledge about industrial hemp (agronomy, processing, market, consumer demand, etc…). For more details on what is going on in the hemp research realm, see the Science section of this website.
  3. Collaboration is the only way that this industry will be successful upon launching. If you are wanting to get involved in the hemp industry, make sure you are collaborating with other people in the planning process. Who will provide certified hemp seeds? Who will process raw materials? How will products reach the market? Having the answers to these questions will increase your chance of being involved with the 2018 season.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions/concerns (see the Contact Us) section of the website.

 

Happy Planning!

-AHA

The AHA

What is the Arkansas Hemp Association?

The Arkansas Hemp Association (AHA) is a 501 (c) (6) membership-based trade organization that represents the hemp industry in Arkansas and all of its participants. Our mission is to promote and encourage the growth of the state’s industry through research, development, education, and policy. We are dedicated to protecting the environment, creating new economic opportunities, and putting power back into the hands of American farmers. Our goal is to exist as a resource for farmers, processors, businesses, and legislatures to catalyze and facilitate the emergence of a new industry in Arkansas by providing information and helping to connect industry players with one another.

Agriculture is a huge part of Arkansas’ economy, with 97% of their 49,346 farms being family owned. Industrial hemp is a crop that could easily be incorporated into planting rotations to add diversity and provide new opportunities for farmers. As the market demand for hemp products continues to increase year after year, we are devoted to helping people become a part of the new thriving industry.