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A Note from the Executive Director
Welcome to Texas Hemp Growers Association.
I am guessing you are here because you have an interest in the emerging hemp industry. I bet you are wondering who we are.
You should be because lots of folks are selling pickaxes in this new “gold rush.” We are your neighbors. We farm or own the land next to you. We want to be successful and to see our neighbors succeed.
We want to leave a legacy to our children and grandchildren. We are woven deep into the fabric of Texas agriculture.
THGA knows that you are working sunup to sundown.
You need to know the truth about hemp but just do not have time for one more thing. We hope you will allow us to help. We have folks researching reports and available data to find answers.
We are asking experienced growers and leaders in the industry to verify claims we hear every day. We are listening closely to the scientists doing the research at Texas A & M and Texas Tech as well as others across the country.
Please be patient as we work to make available what we are finding. We will do our best to keep you posted on any new information.
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.
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 are currently working on:
- The possibility of Section 18 exception for Pendimethalin
- Manufacturing and processing plants
- Markets for hurd, fiber, and seed
- Building relationships with people, companies, and associations
Richard Mason wrote
“Through a troublesome combination of necessity and inclination, the farmer who evolved on the Plains developed a healthy propensity for innovation. He learned to accept change or he failed. He extolled the doctrine of unending progress and as a matter of practicality kept one eye on his neighbor’s crop and cultivation practices and adopted those which proved promising.”
Mason’s description was true of farmers throughout Texas.
Those pioneers were your great grandparents and ours. They gave the world varieties of cotton that would grow in places never before cultivated, mechanized cotton harvesting and irrigation, and created organizations that would change the way cotton was processed, graded, and marketed.
We are propelled by that same “combination of necessity and inclination.”
I have seen the descendants of those first Texas growers show the same adaptability as they look to their neighbors in other states for “crop and cultivation practices” that are proving financially promising.
I hope you will join us as we represent the interest of the Texas farmer in Austin, and grow markets for a sustainable new crop.
Thank you again for stopping by. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
We are here to serve you. That’s who we are.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
The Texas Hemp Growers Association exists to
- leverage producer influence on the emerging hemp industry in Texas from seed to sale
- support the development of infrastructure, connecting growers to resources and markets
- engage governments and businesses in the promotion of industrial hemp as a valuable resource.
Thank you from Our Founding Members
John Mark Addison
Bingham Family Farms
Doug and Tillery Sims
Anthony and Traci Furgeson
Nicholas & Katy Jane Seaton
Vance & Mandi Smith
Mike & Janice Timmons