Even though it has been over 50 years since the last commercial hemp crop was grown in the United States, a financially viable and environmentally sustainable hemp industry not only exists here today, but is thriving. Business leaders of the worldwide hemp industry will meet to map out plans for bringing back hemp farming in the United States, to present updates on current industry developments, and to share new data about expanding markets. The HIA annual meeting comes on the tail-end of the Natural Products Expo East, taking place October 15-18 also in Boston. Hemp companies are regular exhibitors at the Natural Products Expo, an event attended by thousands of retail buyers for natural food stores, distributors and brokers. Featured speakers at this yearâs HIA Annual General Meeting include: Mario Machnicki, Managing Director, American Limetec: âHemcreteÂ® and the Potential Market for Hemp in Building Constructionâ Alex White Plume, Pine Ridge Hemp Project: âThe Lakota Hemp Building Project & Efforts to Grow Hemp at Pine Ridgeâ Amy Shollenberger, Executive Director, Rural Vermont: âThe âHemp for Vermontâ Bill: How to Successfully Pass State Hemp Legislationâ Anndrea Hermann, Executive Director, Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance: âCanadian Updateâ Barbara Filippone, EnviroTextiles: âHemp Textiles Updateâ Bernd Frank, Managing Director, BaFa GmbH: âIndustrial Hemp in the EU: Experiences and Future Prospectsâ Carl Hedberg, Consultant & Editor: âThe Entrepreneurial Mindset in Mission-Driven Enterprisesâ (based on the top-selling book on entrepreneurship) Christina Volgyesi, Living Harvest: âThe Hemp Foods Market & Consumer Studies Updateâ Gero Leson, Leson & Associates: âNutritional Assessment of Hemp Foods and the TestPledge Programâ David Bronner, President, Dr. Bronnerâs Magic Soaps: âHemp Industry and Legal Updateâ For more information including registration, see http://www.thehia.org/2008convention.html or contact Tom Murphy at 207-542-4998 or [email protected], or Adam Eidinger at 202-744-2671 or [email protected].
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