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The Iowa Hemp Association is dedicated to the re-introduction and re-emergence of hemp as an agricultural crop in Iowa.

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Iowa Hemp Association

The Iowa Hemp Association is a 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.

The IHA was founded in 2014 by a group of hemp activists from across Iowa. Across the country, states are passing legislation allowing farmers access to this once-staple American agricultural crop. As of the end of the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session, our lawmakers continue to deny Iowa farmers the legal climate necessary to take advantage of the rapidly growing hemp industry.

The IHA is engaged in various political and educational initiatives to educate Iowa farmers and the general public about the growing, $620 million US hemp products industry. Especially with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which fully removed the legal restriction to hemp production at the federal level, it has become imperative for Iowa to join the more than 40 states to already implement hemp programs. The IHA believes that this opportunity should be available to Iowa farmers and overseen by the Department of Agriculture.

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The Iowa legislative process is long, bureaucratic and riddled with obstacles requiring constant presence at the Capitol while legislators are in session, lobbying activities throughout the year and planning educational events for Iowa farmers and citizens. The IHA is committed to presenting a professional and responsive outlook to lawmakers in making the case for industrial and medicinal cannabis cultivation in Iowa. To do so, we need your help! By becoming a member, you will be directly contributing to the daily efforts of IHA members to re-introduce industrial cannabis as an agricultural crop in Iowa.
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