Advocacy

Tell Congress!
Ensure Consumer Safety with NIHC Verify

At the National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC), we are committed to upholding the highest standards of quality and safety for the hemp industry. That’s why we partnered with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) to launch the NIHC Verify program – a joint recognition accreditation initiative for hemp testing laboratories.

There is a pressing need for a consistent standard regarding consumable hemp and Cannabis in the United States. Laboratory accreditation is crucial for building consumer confidence and trust. As the hemp industry continues to grow, expanding the network of NIHC Verify-accredited labs is essential for safeguarding public health and moving the industrial hemp and cannabinoid industry forward with transparency and accountability.

The NIHC Verify program is recognized by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). By adhering to ISO/IEC 17025, the global standard for testing and calibration laboratories, and establishes a benchmark for hemp testing labs to ensure consistent, reliable testing practices and meet strict requirements for Pesticides, Heavy Metals, Potency, Microbiology, and Residual Solvents Analysis. Even more critical is the need to have a recognized testing program to ensure that imports, especially those from China, meet the same standards as US products.

It is imperative that Congress takes decisive action to establish a universal standard for testing and verification as part of the Farm Bill now being addressed in Congress. The NIHC Verify program covers essential testing categories such as Pesticides, Heavy Metals, Potency, Microbiology, and Residual Solvents Analysis.
Use the form to tell Congress to establish a universal standard for testing and verification with NIHC Verify.

Supporting producers with resources to help them at every stage, from sowing to sale

Information, advice, education

Information, advice, education

Our leadership team provides expertise from agricultural science to economics, law, marketing, and program implementation. This expertise is viewed as a trusted resource by industry stakeholders.

As well as being a vital source for information, advice and consultation, our business summits, seminars and webinars provide our membership and visitors with high-quality opportunities for the exchange of information and sharing of ideas. And we support producers with resources to help them at every stage, from sowing to sale.

Our leadership team provides expertise in all areas of hemp production, from agricultural science to economics, law and marketing. This expertise informs all aspects of our work and is used as a trusted resource by industry stakeholders.

Regulation & harmonization, building a secure framework

Working towards harmonization

To increase consumer confidence, simplify trade and transportation and allow the sharing of ideas and technology, the NIHC believes there should be an international standardized regulatory framework. As an organization we are working towards, and campaigning for, this type of harmonization.

We consult governments, producers and organizations, playing a vital role in sharing knowledge and encouraging the formation of a well-regulated and accountable industry.

This will not only ensure a level playing field to the benefit of all but will seek to embed new sustainability standards for the growth and processing of hemp. This will further promote the confidence needed for brands to invest and for consumers to purchase.

The NIHC believes there should be a worldwide standardized regulatory framework

Government
Funding

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.

As an industry body with a whole-of-market approach, we have a duty to work across the supply chain. To shape the market, to support the landowners, manufacturers and brands. And, to engage consumers to ensure demand driven by understanding is in place.

For market development and trade this means that we are working on issues including regulatory framework, THC content, product and testing.

For landowners and farmers this means that we are working on issues including permissions, technologies, market development.

For manufacturers and brands this means that we are working on issues including performance, quality of supply, traceability, certification, confidence of supply.

For consumers and commentators this means issues including education, product information, sustainable/green credentials.

Delivering across the supply chain

West Town Payments, in its partnership with West Town Bank & Trust, offers a full-service banking and payments solution catered to the hemp industry.

This allows hemp businesses to bundle financial service solutions for an end-to-end tailored approach, all while increasing revenues, reducing risk and having access to better service.

We know your business from the ground up.

We’re a hemp-friendly bank with market specialists who have a deep understanding of the financial challenges you and your industry face.

Connect with a hemp banking specialist to get started.
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