The National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) is proud to announce that Groff North America (Groff NA) has joined as a founding member.
NIHC is a newly formed professional trade association representing all segments of the hemp industry from farmer to manufacturer, distributor, retailer, and all the way to the consumer. The founding board of directors of NIHC has substantial experience in public policy issues as well as trade association management. With a strong reputation and knowledge from “farm-to-fork,” these veterans of Capitol Hill and USDA with the institutional knowledge and extensive contacts in the private and public sector in Washington, DC are well-prepared to serve the growing hemp industry well into the future.
Groff NA is a diversified hemp operation comprised of contract farming, processing, and the production and distribution of cannabidiol (CBD) products through its sister company, Farmacy Partners, located in the York, Pennsylvania area. Groff’s business strategy will focus on increasing the efficiency of hemp production through the use of every part of the hemp plant. This will be accomplished by utilizing the latest innovative processing technology called the HempTrain advanced decorticator. In addition to the increasingly common use of CBD in health and wellness products, other components of the hemp plant will be utilized through Groff’s processing strategy. This includes seed for use as human food or animal feed, the course fiber referred to as hurd in construction materials and the bast fiber which is longer and stringy in textile applications. Many current hemp operations focusing on CBD not only fail to realize value from all components of the plant but actually have an expense to dispose of some byproducts.
“The forward-thinking, progressive mindset of Groff is a prime example of the type of company which we are proud to have as a member of NIHC,” stated NIHC Chairman Patrick Atagi. Atagi is a third-generation specialty crop farm owner from eastern Oregon who has spent his career in Washington, DC working for a US Senator, USDA, as well as multiple agricultural and industrial trade associations. He added, “We are glad to have Groff as a founding member to guide the policy of NIHC as we move forward.”
Taylor Groff, Chief Executive Officer of Groff NA, explained their perspective in getting involved with NIHC. “It was great to meet with NIHC staff members during their recent visit to Pennsylvania and discuss the future and opportunities at hand. We believe that NIHC will prove to be an effective professional advocacy group and an important asset for companies in the hemp space as this industry grows and evolves through these uncharted waters of the future.”
NIHC will be hosting its inaugural Hemp Business Summit on August 12-13, 2019 at the historic Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The Summit will provide an educational and networking opportunity for those currently in or soon to be entering the industrial hemp industry. More information can be found at www.hempindustrial.com.