HIA Convention: Last Chance to Book Your Rooms!
HIA Convention 2011
The 2011 HIA Convention & AGM in San Francisco, CA

Remember to Register and Book Your Hotel Room Today


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - October 20, 2011 - We hope that you are excited about the upcoming HIA Convention in San Francisco, which will be held on Sunday and Monday, November 13 and 14. We have been adding a wide range of very interesting speakers to the roster for the convention and look forward to hearing them speak on their topics. Two of the speakers are profiled below. Please check them out and register today. This will be a fantastic time to be in California! We will see you there. This Sunday, October 23rd, is the final deadline for discounted room rates starting at $99 from the Holiday Inn Civic Center. We asked for and received an extension. The hotel is very close to sold out for our November dates, so book now to get a room at the best rate.

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 at 415-575-5265 or toll free at 1-800-287-0037.

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.

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!

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

We have a great lineup for speakers planned. To see the entire speaker lineup, click here.

Speaker Profile 

Jason Freeman, General Manager of Farmer Direct Co-operative
Jason Freeman, General Manager of Farmer Direct Co-operative
Topic: Why Do We Need North American Fair Trade Hemp?

Since December of 1996 Jason Freeman has been involved with Industrial Hemp first working as sales manager for a small Vancouver (Canada) based events and marketing firm, Wiseman Noble Sales and Marketing. At Wiseman Noble Jason was responsible for exhibit space, sponsorship and advertising sales for Wiseman Noble's two biggest projects, the Commercial and Industrial Hemp Symposium and Commercial Hemp Magazine. In this era of pre-hemp legalization this small firm's strategy was to create a skeleton infrastructure for the hemp industry through an annual conference and trade journal to prove to the Canadian government that a hemp industry existed and legalization would be in the best interest of Canada. In March of 1998, after two successful annual conferences, 800 conference attendees, sponsorship from a major Canadian bank, keynote addresses from the Federal government and eight quarterly publications of the trade journal the Canadian government legalized industrial hemp. That year Canadian farmers grew hemp for the first time in over 40 years.

After legalization, Jason founded Biohemp Environmental Technologies and in late 1999 Biohemp was the first company in North America to bring to market a line of certified organic hempseed foods; Mum's Original, which is still on the the shelfs today. In March of 2001, after selling his shares in Biohemp, Jason founded Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd., with three organic farmers that supplied hempseed to Biohemp.

Jason is the General Manager of Farmer Direct Co-operative. FDC is a farmer owned business that provides the world with ethically grown and traded food. Our co-operative of 60 Certified Organic, Fair Trade family farms and 120,000 acres of farmland produce high quality, 100% Certified Organic, Fair Trade grains, oilseeds, pulses and meats for food manufacturer's, distributors, and food service providers in Canada, the United States, the European Union and Japan. FDC is a bulk supplier of organic grains specializing in containers, truckloads, railcars and 25lb bags of grain for retailers' bulk bins.

In the Spring of 2010, Farmer Direct Co-op became the first organization in North America certified to domestic fair trade standards. Jason will be speaking about domestic fair trade, how it relates to hemp and the existing initiatives to make all hemp fair.
Tour Opportunities While You Are in San Francisco 

San Francisco Cable Car - Flickr photo by Maschinenraum

Before or after the HIA Convention there are many things to do in San Francisco. You can choose from the typical tourist fare or something that's more obscure. Some of the attractions that you can choose from are Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz, the Cable Cars, Chinatown, The Exploratorium, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, California Academy of Sciences and the Conservatory of Flowers and the brewery that makes Anchor Steam Beer. We will be organizing a tour of the new Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum across the bay in Oakland on Tuesday the 15th.

These are just a few of the things that you can in and around the city. Please click here for links of some of the things to do.
More About the 2011 HIA Convention 

Late Registration Fee - (first attendee): $300 per person September 1 to November 7. HIA Full Company Members may bring additional attendees (company employees) at a $50 discount each. All other attendees must be HIA Supporting Members. (The registration fee will be $350 at the door.)

Please click here to register for the 2011 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 2011 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 Newsletter Editor
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