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Who We Are:
We are The Texas Hemp Growers Association, (THGA) a 501c6 not for profit association that was created to leverage farmer influence on the emerging industrial hemp industry. We provide farmers with the resources they need to make decisions regarding the cultivation and marketing of hemp and hemp-derived products. THGA provides the resources, education and practical expertise for anyone wanting to grow industrial hemp.
THGA is working diligently to ensure that the livelihood of farmers is at the forefront of all discussions regarding hemp in Texas. We have spent countless hours attending meetings, participating in legislative and regulatory discussions and working with industry partners to ensure that IF a hemp economy develops in Texas, it is done so with foresight and care.
Currently, THGA is working with Texas Tech University, Texas A&M Agrilife and other Industry partners to make sure that all due diligence is taken to ensure that economies developed around hemp are practical and achievable. While the extraction of cannabinoids (CBD) has been the driving force behind the rapid growth and interest in hemp, it is but one use for a plant that has many. THGA hopes that the future of hemp will include things like textiles, construction materials, bio-plastics, and human and animal food.
We firmly believe that any farmer interested in growing hemp in 2020, should fully understand the market, legal and regulatory frameworks and the agronomic requirements to be successful. We would also expect that many who grow hemp in 2020 will not be profitable. 2019 saw a dramatic increase in hemp acreage and a flood of CBD into the market. As a result, prices that were once thought to be too good to be true turned out to be just that. Additionally, Texas lacks the infrastructure to process the acreage that is likely to be planted this year. In short, be cautious.
Hemp is not your average commodity. While the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp in the United States, it also required the establishment of a rigorous regulatory and legal framework that farmers must comply with. Farmers will need to be licensed by the State of Texas, submit to a thorough background check and allow regulatory agencies access to their farms. Additionally, farmers will be liable for licensing and testing fees.
We certainly believe there will be some people who make money on hemp in Texas this year, but it will be the exception and not the rule. Prices for CBD have fallen some 40% off the highs and as more States finalize and license growers, supply will continue to increase. That is why THGA is committed to developing multiple economies around hemp instead of focusing on a single one.
For 2020, THGA will be conducting a variety of seed trials across the State. Through this process, we hope to find which varieties work in which areas for a number of different end uses. We will be looking for seed yield, CBD percentages, fiber quality, and environmental suitability. It is our hope that these trials will help inform farmers who wish to grow in 2021.
We are a committed group of farmers who see hemp, not as a gold mine, but as a useful crop that can provide a diversified revenue source for farm operations looking to increase their diversity.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Tillery Sims our Executive Director.
Phone #: (806) 240-0210
Thank you from Our Founding Members
John Mark Addison
Bingham Family Farms
Anthony and Traci Furgeson
Nicholas & Katy Jane Seaton
Vance & Mandi Smith
Mike & Janice Timmons
The Texas Hemp Growers Association exists to leverage producer influence on the emerging hemp industry in Texas from seed to sale through supporting the development of infrastructure, connecting growers to resources and markets, and engaging governments and businesses in the promotion of industrial hemp as a valuable resource.
We are pleased to provide educational videos recorded at the 2019 Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show. Dr. Calvin Trostle, Wright-Oakes Farms, LLC, and Corbett Hefner of Formation Ag gave valuable information for Texas farmers. We followed up our meeting with a roundtable discussion that included our speakers along with an
Oklahoma farmer, Aaron Collins, and two of our board members, Delmon Ellison (Gaines County) and Kyle Bingham (Terry County).
Farmers have a tremendous opportunity to impact generations to come through:
Lawmaking – As federal, state, and local governments, along with the USDA and TDA, write and revise laws and regulations, THGA wants to ensure that the interests of farmers are advanced.
Education – THGA will gather and distribute research, and collaborate with public and private researchers, to secure the agronomic, manufacturing, environmental, economic, market, and pharmaceutical knowledge necessary for successful development of the industry across the state.
Infrastructure – THGA will support ventures that promote inputs, production, processing, and manufacturing systems that will benefit growers and build stability in the emerging hemp industry.
Markets – THGA aims to develop markets for industrial hemp and create and operate cooperative marketing organizations.
Communication – THGA: is committed to maintaining a positive public image of industrial hemp, sustain strong working relationships with law enforcement agencies, share important information with our hemp growers, and promote the open flow of information within the industry.
The Texas Hemp Growers Association exists to leverage producer influence on the emerging hemp industry in Texas from seed to sale through supporting the development of infrastructure, connecting growers to resources and markets, and engaging governments and businesses in the promotion of industrial hemp as a valuable resource. The membership of the Texas Hemp Growers Association is open to persons with interest in the promotion of Texas hemp, products made from Texas Hemp, and in the improvement of the economy of Texas through the production of hemp. Voting Members of THGA are individuals interested in such promotion. Voting Members must fill out an entrance form which will be provided upon request. Voting membership approval shall be based on a majority vote of the Board of Directors or upon recommendation by a current member.
To request membership via mail, please contact us at:
Texas Hemp Growers Association P.O. Box 53031 Lubbock, TX 79453.