Save $100, Register Today - Two More Speakers for the HIA 2013 Conference in Washington, DC
The 2013 HIA Conference, Lobby Day & AGM in Washington, DC

Remember to Register and Book Your Hotel Room Today

WASHINGTON, DC - September 19, 2013 - We hope that you have already made plans to attend the upcoming HIA Conference in Washington, DC, which will be held on Monday, November 17th-18th. If not, please don't wait any longer. We have lined up a number of very interesting speakers for the conference. Two more of the speakers - George Weiblen, PhD, University of Minnesota and Larry Serbin, Hemp Traders - are profiled below. Remember that the Regular Registration period ends on September 30th. Save $100 over the door price and register today!

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

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So far we have confirmed these speakers for the 2013 HIA Conference:

Tony Budden, Hemporium - South Africa
Kevin Greenwood, VP Marketing, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods
Erik Hunter, Hemp Cleans
Larry Serbin, Hemp Traders
Christina Volgyesi, Director of Marketing, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
George Weiblen, PhD, University of Minnesota

This year, after the suggestion of many members, we have also added a second day to the conference. This will be an Organized Lobby Day and you have the opportunity to attend one or both days.

After three years on the West Coast, we are pleased to head to Washington, DC and lobby Congress again as we did in 2009. Don't miss out on the great speakers and networking of the HIA Conference 2013, make your reservation today!

2013 HIA Conference & Lobby Day - General registration is $300 from June 15 to September 30; Late registration will be $350 from October 1 to November 10; Door registration will be $400. (Subtract $50 per additional company attendee.) The registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Sunday, November 17. (The hotel offers breakfast in their restaurant next to The Dubliner pub.) It also includes attendance to our Annual General Meeting, panel discussions and awards dinner, as well as the opportunity to network with other members. It also includes the Lobby Day on Monday, November 18, which includes training and speakers at the hotel in the morning. Your travel, lodging and meals (except as noted above) are not included.

Lobby Day Only - General registration is $50 from June 15 to November 10; Door registration will be $75. (Lobby Day will include training and speakers at the hotel in the morning and an HIA Supporting membership. Your travel, lodging and meals are not included.)

Please click here to download the Event Flyer and Registration Form (PDF file 1.2 MB).

Please join us in Washington, DC in November!

Phoenix Park Hotel - Washington, DC


Speaker Profile 

George Weiblen, PhD, University of Minnesota
George Weiblen, PhD, University of Minnesota
Topic: Lead us not into hemptation: the genetics of American Cannabis

George Weiblen, PhD, is a professor of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota and a curator of plants at the Bell Museum of Natural History. He earned his doctorate in biology at Harvard University in 1999. He has maintained a US Drug Enforcement Administration research registration since 2002 for the study of Cannabis plants and he has published peer-reviewed scientific papers on Cannabis genetics. His laboratory at the University of Minnesota studies the genetics of hemp and performs Cannabis DNA testing.
Speaker Profile 

Larry Serbin, Hemp Traders
Larry Serbin, Hemp Traders
Topic: Hemp Fiber Market Update

Lawrence Serbin is the President and Owner of Hemp Traders, the countries largest supplier of hemp fiber products such as textiles, twines, yarns, rope and apparel. Mr. Serbin has worked in the hemp industry for 23 years and was the national director of the Business Alliance for Commerce in Hemp from 1992 to 1993. He has ventured all over the gobe and has traveled to China over twenty one times during the last 14 years. He has seen the entire process of hemp textile production from field to finished product. Mr. Serbin has written several articles on hemp fibers and textiles and is currently on the board of directors of the Hemp Industries Association.
More About the 2013 HIA Conference 

General registration is $300 from June 15 to September 30; Late registration will be $350 from October 1 to November 10; Door registration will be $400. (Subtract $50 per additional company attendee.)

Please click here to register for the 2013 HIA Conference.

Additional information, including the hotel phone number, registration form, payment options, and other event details like the Awards Dinner, is available on the 2013 Conference 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 $179 for Sunday and Monday nights at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

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.

When you call, please remember to mention the Hemp Industries Association Annual or Group Code 17818 when booking to get the HIA group rate and be sure to get a reservation confirmation number. If you are booking online at remember to enter the Group Code 17818 to obtain our group rate.

You must make your reservation by Wednesday, October 16 to get the HIA group rate. The hotel will accept reservations from attendees after the cut-off date only on a space- and rate-available basis.

Please click here for more detailed reservation booking information.

Please join us in Washington, DC 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
phone: 207-542-4998
Hemp Industries Association
Kathi Levine
HIA Member Services
phone: 707-874-3648 x3