NHA Chair, Geoff Whaling. NHA Executive Director, Erica Stark and NHA Board Member Pablo Falla

The AIM for Climate Summit recently convened the largest gathering of ministers of agriculture ever assembled. This groundbreaking event brought together industry leaders, policymakers, and experts to discuss strategies for addressing climate change through agriculture and forestry. The conference also featured high profile speakers like former Vice President, Al Gore and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and former Secretary of State, John Kerry. The National Hemp Association (NHA) proudly participated as one of only fifteen exhibitors, seizing the opportunity to educate key USDA personnel, including Secretary Vilsack, Sanah Baig, Deputy Under Secretary, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Chavonda Jacobs-Young, and Daniel Whitley, Administrator USDA Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS). The NHA’s involvement in the summit aimed to highlight hemp’s potential in mitigating climate change and providing food security.

NHA Board Member, Pablo Falla, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Chavonda Jacobs-Young. NHA Chair, Geoff Whaling, NHA Executive Director, Erica Stark

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, NHA Executive Director, Erica Stark and NHA Chair, Geoff Whaling

NHA Chair, Geoff Whaling, USDA Deputy Undersecretary, Sanah Baig and NHA Executive Director, Erica Stark

The Power of Hemp in Building a Sustainable Future
Hemp, a versatile crop with a multitude of applications, was showcased by the NHA at the summit. With its ability to be utilized in textiles, construction materials, bioplastics, and more, hemp offers a sustainable alternative to traditional products. As an exceptional carbon sequestration tool, hemp has the potential to make a significant impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change.

By showcasing the sustainable products produced by our members including, HempWood, IND Hemp, Victory Hemp, Bish Enterprises, Tropical Hemp among others, we highlighted the staggering global $15 trillion total addressable market for hemp-based products. This figure underscores the economic potential of the hemp industry as well as the job creation and economic growth that could be achieved through hemp cultivation and the development of hemp-based products here are around the world.

The NHA’s participation in this historic event serves as a testament to our commitment to building a sustainable and resilient future through the widespread adoption of hemp.