November 17, 2020

Join us for a Special Event!

Join us for a Special Event!

With growing awareness of the inequities and deep-rooted systemic effects of racism within society and the hemp industry in particular — as well as the counsel of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) — the U.S. Hemp Roundtable (USHR) formed a Minority Empowerment Committee (MEC) to support minority hemp businesses, amplify minority voices within the hemp space, and hold the USHR and its members accountable for inclusive practices.

The USHR MEC’s mission is simple – to create an equitable and impactful hemp industry for all.

Read the full MEC mission statement here.

In August, the USHR Board of Directors unanimously adopted an equity and inclusion framework developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In doing so, the Roundtable and its member companies and organizations committed to a multi-year, continually adapting program to promote racial equity and inclusion throughout the U.S. hemp industry.

Our first step in fulfilling our commitment is a comprehensive webinar to empower farmers of colors and minority owned businesses with the tools they need to succeed in the cannabis industry.

The USHR and the MCBA are planning to host a FREE live webinar on December 8th from 2pm – 3pm EST to provide essential information for small and small minority-owned businesses and engage all industry stakeholders. We would love to have you tune in to the discussion as our expert panelists discuss the following topics:

  1. Current State of the Industry
    1. Economics/Supply vs. Demand
    2. Markets (CBD vs. Seed vs. Fiber)
    3. Supply Chain/Business Models (Vertical Integration vs. Partnership or Co-op)
  2. Overcoming Financial Barriers
    1. Farming Support
    2. State vs. Federal Funding Options
    3. Seeking Investment/Capital
    4. Grant and Non-profit Support
  3. Regulatory Compliance
    1. USDA
    2. FDA
    3. DEA
    4. Future Options