2010 HIA Convention in San Francisco - Hotel Deadline Extended!
HIA Convention 2010
The 2010 HIA Convention & AGM in San Francisco, CA

Remember to Register and Book Your Hotel Room Today


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - October 20, 2010 - The 2010 HIA Convention, which will be held in San Francisco on November 7th and 8th, is a little less than 3 weeks away! We worked with our hotel and the cut off date for our super low rates for room reservations at the Holiday Inn - Civic Center has been extended! We had a lot of members request that we hold the convention on the West Coast again so we hope to see you all there.

Make your reservation by Sunday, October 31st, to get the HIA group rate!

Rooms are being offered at $99 for a single and double, $124 for a triple and $149 for a quad. Please click here for hotel and reservation information.

Through a special arrangement, the hotel is also offering the same room rates for a limited number of rooms for HIA members who are exhibiting at or attending the SF Green Festival, so you can conveniently stay there for both events. (You must stay at least one of the nights of the HIA Convention to get the special rate.) To book reservations and include extra dates please call Monica Ho, the Sales & Catering Services Manager, at 415-575-5265.

If you have not made your plans to attend, please register now!

Register Today!

Be sure to check out the speaker section of the 2010 Convention page, which links to biographies of our confirmed speakers, along with the topics of their talks. We are also offering table space to attending companies who are interested in exhibiting their products at the HIA Convention.

Please click here to download the Event Flyer and Registration Form (PDF file 1.1MB).

Lyster Dewey Diaries to be Displayed at Convention!

The Hemp Industries Association will display the diaries of USDA Chief Botanist Lyster Dewey, which was the subject of a major article by the Washington Post, at the HIA Convention in San Francisco.

Lyster Dewey - Arlington Farms

The HIA displayed the Dewey diaries in public for the first time during Hemp History Week last May at Capitol Hemp Clothing and Accessories, located in Washington, DC. The diaries and personal photos of the USDA's top expert on fiber production for more than 40 years reveal a treasure trove of information on hemp farming research by the U.S. government from the 1890's to the 1940's.


The five volume set of sixty-two diaries begins in 1879 and spans until Dewey's death in 1944. Recovered at a garage sale and then resold to the HIA, there are two photo albums, one of which includes a picture of Dewey himself measuring a 20 foot high hemp plant grown at Arlington Farms, the current location of the Pentagon. The diaries also contain evidence of Dewey growing Hemp in the District of Columbia in his own backyard in the Petworth neighborhood.


Would be hemp farmers may be particularly interested in his regular mentions of receiving hemp seed from around the world and then breeding it with local varieties, including one variety he developed and named Arlington. Lyster Dewey's work paid off for the US government during World War II, when it encouraged hemp cultivation, which diminished during the depression due to cheap imports. Presumably, hemp farming was restarted with Dewey's seeds to supply the military which lacked hemp fiber for ropes and parachute webbing after fiber imports from the Far East were cut off.

More About the 2010 HIA Convention

Late Registration Fee - (first attendee): $300 per person from September 1 to November 8. HIA Full Company Members may bring additional attendees (company employees) at a $50 discount each. All other attendees must be HIA Supporting Members.

Please click here to register for the 2010 HIA Convention.

Additional information, including the hotel phone number, registration form, payment options, and other event details like the Awards Dinner, is available on the 2010 Convention page on our Web site.

If you need more information or have any questions, please feel free to call the HIA office at 707-874-3648.

We have arranged for special room rates starting at just $99 for Sunday and Monday nights at the Holiday Inn - Civic Center. Through a special arrangement, the hotel is also offering the same room rates for a limited number of rooms for HIA members who are exhibiting at or attending the SF Green Festival, so you can conveniently stay there for both events. (You must stay at least one of the nights of the HIA Convention to get the special rate.) The hotel is close to the SF Concourse Exhibition Center where the SF Green Festival is being held.

Please note: Attendees are responsible for making their own room reservations. Early booking is highly recommended. Once our block of reserved rooms runs out, we cannot guarantee the hotel will have a room for you.

You may call the hotel to make your reservation or you may book online.

Please remember to mention the Group Booking Code: HIA when booking to get the HIA group rate and be sure to get a reservation confirmation number.

Please click here for reservation booking information.

Please join us in San Francisco this November!
About the Hemp Industries Association

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp, oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis.

Hemp Industries Association
Tom Murphy
HIA Secretary
email: tom@thehia.org
phone: 207-542-4998
Hemp Industries Association
Kathi Levine
HIA Member Services
email: office@thehia.org
phone: 707-874-3648 x3