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Hemp Association To Host Informational Event

By Staff | Sep 29, 2015

The Iowa Hemp Association is proud to announce that its Fields of Opportunity Industrial Hemp Educational Series will be coming to the Emmetsburg area.

On Monday night, October 12, IHA will be making its way to The Shores at Five Island located at 14 N Lawler Street in Emmetsburg. The presentation will be from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

The presentation will focus on the advantages of utilizing industrial hemp in place of current feed stocks, including overviews of current technologies being developed and implemented for hemp processing in the 19 states with industrial hemp programs.

The presentation will further focus on the economic advantages of farming hemp in rotation with corn/soy here in Iowa,

including an overview of current economic potential for hemp cultivation based on statistics from multiple states/countries.

In addition, we will be featuring speakers on the environmental benefits of hemp, its historical use in the United States and an overview of current state and federal laws governing hemp cultivation.

Farmers, local community leaders, law enforcement officials and concerned citizens are all invited to attend this event, free of charge to learn more about the industry. All food and drinks will be provided courtesy of the Heartland Hemp Company in Des Moines, IA

www.heartlandhempco.com

The Iowa Hemp Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit, Iowa-based, advocacy and public benefit organization dedicated to the re-introduction and re-emergence of hemp as an agricultural crop in Iowa by educating farmers, farming organizations, landowners, students, and state legislators on the history, present, and future of hemp.

This “Fields of Opportunity” educational series involves a multi-faceted presentation on cannabis and hemp. Starting with an overview of the history of prohibition and the Controlled Substances Act, presntation moves on to discuss the environmental benefits of growing industrial hemp.

Following this discussion, a presentation on the Endocannabinoid System and the medicinal benefits of cannabis will follow.

The program closes out with an overview of the historical importance of hemp to the global economy, its subsequent prohibition, and the economic opportunities available to Iowa farmers with the passage of the 2014 Federal Farm Bill.

The mission of this tour is to educate Iowans on the differences between hemp and marijuana, the history of hemp, its economic and environmental benefits, current legislative obstacles, and how Iowans can get involved.

Through lobbying efforts, we have found that without grassroots support from Iowa farmers, landowners, and other stakeholders, the top agricultural state in the US will continue to lag behind its peers in industrial hemp cultivation, research, and production.