Hemp industry stakeholders announced this week survey results regarding industry attitudes towards a hemp checkoff program.
The results, announced by the National Industrial Hemp Council and the Hemp Industries Association, show that nearly eight out of every 10 farmers and processors support the checkoff program for research, promotion and consumer education. More than six out of 10 farmers and processors support being assessed to fund a program.
NIHC Chair Patrick Atagi says, “This is exciting news for our industry and exciting that there is such wide consensus in our industry to support such a program.”
Funded through assessments on the produced commodity at the first point of sale, checkoff programs allow producers of commodities to pool resources for research, education and promotion efforts to expand sales and improve production efficiencies.
The survey received 270 responses and was conducted online via Nov. 30, 2020, until Dec. 31, 2020.
(From the National Association of Farm Broadcasters)