At the end of 2020, the National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) and Hemp Industry Association (HIA) reached out and surveyed a sample of industry stakeholders including; farmers, oil, seed, CBD processors, seed companies, importers and exporters, and others involved in the hemp industry. The goal was to get their opinions on a hemp check off program.
They found there is a high level of overall interest and support for the concept of a national hemp checkoff and the positive results of the survey have encouraged them to proceed on a hemp checkoff program. The overall survey results show that nearly eight out of every ten farmers and processors support the checkoff program for research, promotion, and consumer education. Over six of ten farmers and processors support being assessed to fund a program.
NIHC Chair Patrick Atagi says, “This is exciting news for our industry and exciting that there is such wide consensus in our industry to support such a program.”
Funded through assessments on the produced commodity at the first point of sale, checkoff programs allow producers of commodities to pool resources for research, education, and promotion efforts to expand sales and improve production efficiencies.
The survey received 270 responses and was conducted online via November 30, 2020, until December 31, 2020.
NHIC / HIA
NAFB – 2021