Tallahassee/Fort Lauderdale, FL--Representatives from Blue Moon Hemp, Blume Hemp, Evello Global, Evio Labs, GenCanna Global, Green Roads, Mission Lago Farms, Natural Life and Veritas Farms have joined forces to form theFlorida Hemp Council(FLHC), a working group of farmers, processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and professionals dedicated to the future production of all hemp products.

Announcing the launch, newly appointed FLHC Executive Director Eric Stevens outlined the nonprofit’s mission: FLHC will "work collectively toward creating an ecosystem that will catapult the Florida Hemp industry and those who support it to the forefront as the leader in Hemp production." The organization's vision, he explained, is to have all channels of the state’s economic engine--farmers to retailers with everything represented in between--represented.

“This is truly a pivotal time for hemp in Florida as we formally announce the establishment of this futurist association and its founding members of trailblazing leaders in the current market,” shared Stevens. “Hemp is projected to become a multi-billion dollar industry in Florida and The Florida Hemp Council has been formed to showcase and promote the ‘good actors’ in the industry and assist the State in holding the ‘bad actors’ accountable."
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FLHC Vice President Jeff Greene added that FLHC leadership attended the June rule-making sessions held by the Florida Department of Agriculture and has retained Dean Mead to represent the Council through the process. Further, FLHC is sponsoring workshops for the University of Florida/IFAS Industrial Hemp Workshop and Field Day. Details are availablehere.

A preliminaryFLHC websitewill share public documents and association news, as well as access to membership documents, Stevens said. A more comprehensive site be uploaded on Thursday, August 1 with an official launch set for August 31, 2019.