NIHC last year received funding from the U.S. Department of Agricultural (USDA) Market Access Program (MAP) to support export market development of industrial hemp.  

MAP funds are administered through USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Through the MAP program, FAS partners with U.S. agricultural trade associations, cooperatives, state regional trade groups and small businesses to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities that help build commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural products and commodities.

Funds can be used for facilitating trade missions and meeting with industry stakeholders and government regulators overseas.

NIHC offers five different membership categories


For established industrial hemp growers and those new to the industry


For North American-based businesses that produce, distribute, market or sell hemp products


For individuals who wish to know more about the hemp industry


Businesses and organizations that provide services including certification, financing and insurance, and non-profit organizations, National Farmers Union chapters, associations and government agencies. 


Our associate packages are available to business and organizations from outside the United States

benefits of membership

NIHC is the only Washington, D.C.-based organization that promotes policies that benefit the farmer, the companies that produce hemp fiber, nutritional and resin-based products, the retailers, and the consumer. NIHC has also led the charge in the research and promotion of and education about hemp from the farm to the end-user both in domestic markets and internationally. 

Membership provides the following benefits for businesses, farmers, and consumers of hemp-related products.

  • Legislative and regulatory advocacy at the federal level
  • Membership in NIHC committees including: Government Affairs Committee, Consumer Protection Task Force, and Trade and Marketing Committee
  • Influence on how NIHC engages on key issues
  • Opportunity to participate in discussions with leaders in key government agencies and Capitol Hill
  • Access to trade data and industry analysis from NIHC’s Chief Economist Beau Whitney
  • International market access through US Department of Agriculture Market Access Program – NIHC was awarded $200K for research and market development internationally from the USDA
  • Official and recognized partnership with USDA
  • Representation to international government officials through NIHC policy staff working on your behalf
  • Priority and discounted access NIHC Annual Business Meeting in Washington, DC
  • Complimentary webinars on issues facing the hemp industry
  • Weekly newsletter from NIHC on trending hemp news
  • Virtual and when safe, in-person networking opportunities

patron membership

NIHC depends on all of our members’ involvement to succeed and grow. For those who seek to increase their involvement beyond a traditional membership and take a more proactive role in the direction of NIHC and policy development, we have patron membership options available. These members provide critical expertise and support needed for NIHC’s success. Please contact us [email protected] for additional information

membership pricing

Membership levels

Individual member



Small farms – $500,000


Medium Farms – $500,000-$1million


Large Farms – more than $1million


(processor, production, distribution, marketing, laboratories, retail sales)

Less than $250,000


$250,000 – £500,000


$500,000 – $1million


$1million – $2.5million


$2.5million – $5million


$5million – $10million


$10million plus


Hemp-related services and non-US organizations (law firms, trade associations, non-profits, insurance companies, banks etc)

Less than £500,000


$500,000 – $750,000


$750,000 – £1.5million


$1.5million – $5million


$5million plus


State associate members

State Farm Bureau


Department of Agriculture


Thank you for your interest in joining the National Industrial Hemp Council of America. Please fill in the below form, and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss our membership options.

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