Dear members of the National Hemp Association and hemp industry,

I am writing to share some exciting news. The National Hemp Association has been invited to participate in the upcoming Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C) Summit in Washington, D.C. from May 8-10, 2023, as one of only 13 exhibitors invited from a membership of over 600 to participate in this international event that will be attended by heads of state and Ministers of Agriculture.

As the only organization representing the hemp industry, we will be showcasing the work of our members who are helping to advance climate-smart commodities, sustainable agriculture, rural development, and economies.

AIM4C is an initiative by the United States and the United Arab Emirates in the lead-up to COP28, the next U.N. climate change conference, which will be held this November in Dubai. The summit brings together leaders from around the world to discuss how we can combat climate change and protect our planet’s future. Eminent keynote speakers include US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsak, Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, United Emirates Minister of Climate Change and Environment, former Vice President Al Gore, and several Agriculture and Climate Ministers from AIM for Climate Government Partners, who the National Hemp Association have been asked to meet.

The National Hemp Association will be involved in discussions at AIM4C, which is dedicated to spurring improvements in procurement and purchasing commitments, developing new partnerships, and benefitting producers with shared knowledge and data around sustainability. We will also be participating in a special bipartisan luncheon on Capitol Hill focused on tangible actions we can take for food system transformation. Hosted by one of our stakeholder partners, the luncheon will feature an incredible lineup of speakers, including policy leaders, private sector innovators, and food advocates, all focused on spotlighting and solidifying the links between food security and climate resilience. I am personally looking forward to this luncheon and the discussions that will take place around these important issues, and discussing how hemp can play a role in addressing climate challenges.

We are proud to represent the US Hemp Industry as its leading voice. The National Hemp Association will continue to advance the interests of our members at AIM4C and to showcase the products our members have brought to market and their role of advancing one of the most sustainable agriculture commodities in the world. We are honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation and help pave the way for a sustainable future.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to sharing updates from the AIM4C Summit in the coming days.

Geoff Whaling, Chair