As the world comes to terms with the action needed to tackle global warming and the pollution of the planet, hemp must play a central role in the path to sustainability

sustainable, versatile...vital


Hemp is one of the world’s most versatile and most sustainable materials, yet it is not being used to its full potential. Hemp can be used for fuel and building materials, its fiber can make clothing, and it can nourish both humans and animals. 

As the world comes to terms with the action needed to tackle global warming and the pollution of the planet, hemp must play a central role in the path to sustainability. 

The National Industrial Hemp Council of America [NIHC] exists to promote the production and use of hemp both in North America and around the world. Backed by the US Government, our senior team comprises international, federal, state, private industry, and government professionals from across the agriculture and business sectors.

The global industrial hemp market size was estimated at $4.71billion in 2019 and is growing annually at rate of circa 15%. NIHC works tirelessly to increase this as new uses for hemp are pioneered, more governments embrace the industry and consumers continue to invest in more sustainable products. 

We know that hemp production is a sound business proposition. Even more importantly, we know the role it can play in repairing the planet.

our team, our mission


educate, advocate, facilitate

We represent the North American industrial hemp industry within its home market, and we are global advocates for its sustainable long-term growth and profitability. 

Following the 2018 removal of industrial hemp as a controlled substance, the US has become a global leader in the industrial production of hemp and in downstream product manufacturing. Hemp production is an emerging industry so there is often confusion and contradiction around the various hemp products. It is our role to cut through this by publicizing facts about the industry and seeking to establish unified standards and truth-in labelling. 

We assist members to enter the industry, educate consumers on the applications and advantages of industrial hemp and enable networking and the sharing of our resources.

By informing brands and consumers of the advantages and uses of hemp, we drive the demand which the industry, both in the US and globally, is growing to meet.  Our advocacy will ensure that the international framework for the industry is harmonized, to best facilitate that growth.

Our board is made up of leading international, federal, state, private industry, and government professionals whose expertise spans from hemp production, manufacturing and economics to marketing.

We work with US organizations including but not limited to the US Hemp Growers Association, Hemp History Week, the Midwest Hemp Council, the Texas Hemp Growers Association, the Southeast Hemp Association and Vote Hemp.  And we are working to establish ongoing relationships with the leading international and overseas market driven organizations in the hemp sector.

Our unique depth of resource gives us, as an organization, a practical and pragmatic view of the hemp industry in its entirety, and the ability to help shape its future. 

Global advocates for the sustainable long-term growth and profitability of hemp

services


regulatory

working for a unified legislative framework

We educate, and advise upon, a legislative framework across the whole hemp industry. Issues that we explore include THC content, transportation, sustainability and product manufacturing.

farming

helping established farmers as well as newcomers

We provide a wealth of information, resources and advice on issues including agricultural techniques, regulation, transportation, certification, pricing and sales.  And we work to create a reliable and profitable market for US hemp growers and farmers.

commercial

enabling greater financial prosperity

We are dedicated to ensuring open access to a fast-growing and international marketplace for hemp materials and products, and for the services offered by our members.  Through our work and our marketing we will help deliver greater financial prosperity.  Our ambition is to ensure that the industry is robust, healthy and continues to grow.

membership

creating a dynamic industry

Beyond the farming community, we help members in the US and around the world by creating vital networks, sharing resources, promoting and leading research and championing the legislative framework needed for growth.

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research & data


insight and information to power an industry

We present our research in clear and transparent terms to give our membership and the wider public valuable insights into all aspects of the hemp industry.  The information we provide serves as a benchmark for the global industry and subjects include scale, pricing, elasticity of demand, inventory modelling and everything else of use to our industry. 

Our timely provision of statistics and financial information is vital to help our members identify opportunities and assist them in their decision making.

international market development


a unified approach for a growing industry

We promote hemp worldwide and believe a common approach to regulation and production will benefit a growing industry.  One that is important to many economies and is vital in the drive for sustainability in many sectors including agriculture, textiles, fuel, construction, housing and food.

As demand for hemp products grows, production will increase. For hemp and hemp products to be marketable worldwide, it is vital they conform to an agreed set of standards, harmonized to ensure consumer safety, confidence and to enable straightforward trade.

NIHC has identified three key areas of market development:

  • Trade facilitation. Encouraging foreign buyers with education and information on US hemp, publicizing the US industry’s production of high-yield, fiber, and cannabinoid extract-use hemp.  We are leveraging trade mission and trade show opportunities and building commercial networks to enable a rapid and sustainable global industrial hemp market. 
  • Standards and harmonization. Working to provide clarity to a market that is currently fragmented and largely made up of small-scale operations. Standardizing baling, chipping and measurement of oil impurities will lead to a harmonization of the market. Our ultimate objective is the global certification of all hemp-derived products.
  • Industry wide transparency and communication. Raising awareness of the sustainability, historic, cultural and economic value of industrial hemp and tackling misconceptions about hemp and marijuana.  We highlight hemp’s role in driving climate-smart agriculture and its benefits as a low-input, low-water, low-management crop with deep root structure that improves soil conditions.

Our international communication makes the hemp industry much more visible. In the short-term we achieve this by ensuring US products, product availability and production standards are developed and shared. 

In the long term, we will partner with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to understand the supply chain in target markets, identify constraints to market access, and develop technical solutions for food, feed and supplement use along the value chain. 

We will also perform lifecycle assessments to publicize the sustainability credentials of hemp generally, and US hemp in particular.

For hemp and hemp products to be marketable worldwide, it is vital they conform to an agreed set of standards

NIHC has identified three key areas of market development:

trade facilitation

Encouraging foreign buyers with education and information on US hemp, publicizing the US industry’s production of high-yield, fiber and cannabinoid extract-use hemp.  We are leveraging trade mission and trade show opportunities and building commercial networks to enable a rapid and sustainable global industrial hemp market.

standards and harmonization

Working to provide clarity to a market that is currently fragmented and largely made up of small-scale operations. Standardizing baling, chipping and measurement of oil impurities will lead to a harmonization of the market. Our ultimate objective is the global certification of all hemp derived products.

industry wide transparency and communication

Raising awareness of the sustainability, historic, cultural and economic value of industrial hemp and tackling misconceptions about hemp and marijuana.  We highlight hemp’s role in driving climate-smart agriculture and its benefits as a low input, low-water, low-management crop with deep a deep root structure that improves soil conditions.

Our international communication makes the hemp industry much more visible. In the short term we achieve this by ensuring US products, product availability and production standards are developed and shared.

In the long term, we will partner with the USDA to understand the supply chain in target markets, identify constraints to market access, and develop technical solutions for food, feed and supplement use along the value chain. We will also perform lifecycle assessments to publicize the sustainability credentials of hemp generally, and US hemp in particular.

If you want to get in touch with the international hemp industry, talk to our advertising team today.

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