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April 17, 2020

With applications beginning April 27th, as a free service, the Hemp Industries Association of Florida (HIAF) is offering application assistance to its members for hemp cultivation permits.

Due to yesterday’s approval of Florida’s hemp plan by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) will be expecting a high demand for permit approvals within the upcoming weeks.

Florida farmers seeking permits for the commercial growth of industrial hemp have waited patiently as FDACS developed Florida’s hemp plan for submission to the USDA for approval.

HIAF President and Former Lt. Gov. of Florida, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, stated “The HIAF has been and will continue to represent the interests of its members and the industry as we all cross the threshold into cultivation together.”

Now that the wait is over, those who are interested in applying can do so starting April 27th. Cultivation applications for future hemp growers will be available on the FDACS website. According to an FDACS official, the only cost associated with the application process is a required criminal background check.

The HIAF knows that bureaucracy can be stifling, and time is of the essence for Florida farmers especially considering the current state of the economy. Anything the HIAF can do for its members to help condense the timeline from application to harvest will help our farmers immensely. A week or two can be the difference between planting and profiting or missing an entire season, which could be an economic deathblow. The HIAF is here to ensure those that want to cultivate will have the opportunity to do so in 2020.

The HIAF views this as a unique opportunity, especially for those whose businesses have been impacted by the tragic coronavirus pandemic. The HIAF is well suited to assist anyone in FL’s hemp industry thanks to its highly experienced board of directors. The HIAF can connect members with banking resources, cultivation equipment, processing equipment, reputable genetics providers, testing resources, and educational resources as well. The HIAF has it all.

Florida’s hemp cultivation permits represent the long-anticipated launch of the hemp industry in the state after Congress passed the Farm Bill in 2018.

HIAF Executive Director, Raymond Mazzie, stated “Florida’s farmers have waited long enough. It only seems right to provide our members free assistance with their applications, and we are happy to do so.”

The HIAF strives to provide information and guidance to every member so they can succeed in Florida’s budding hemp industry. There are free resources available on the HIAF webpage, social media channels, and through monthly industry newsletters.

The HIAF is the official state chapter of the national Hemp Industries Association, which has been fighting for fair hemp legislation for over 25 years. HIAF is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association committed to providing education, training, and a reliable network of industry players to make Florida the national leader of the hemp industry.

For those that are interested in learning more about the HIAF or becoming a member, please visit and click “Join Us” for more information on membership. Don’t forget to select “Florida” when joining!


Informative Resources

The HIAF has also created several free or low-cost educational tools to inform and assist members of the public with subject matter surrounding the hemp industry. Monthly industry newsletter signups are available on the home page.

The Southeast Hemp Guide contains a breakdown of Southeastern states’ statutes, rules, and regulations pertaining to the hemp industry. It is meant to be used as a compliance resource, curated for the everyday operator in the hemp industry, whether someone is a cultivator, processor, or in retail. The Southeast Hemp Guide can be accessed by clicking here.

The Florida Hemp Industries Journal also provides educational material containing actional information pertaining to all sectors within the hemp industry. We utilize actual industry insights from professionals within the industry to deliver the best possible information. The Florida Hemp Industries Journal can be accessed by clicking here.

Standardized industry contracts have been created for purchase by the public and made free to members. This includes a biomass purchase agreement as well as a co-marketing agreement. For more about these contracts, please visit:

It is our sincere hope that these resources provide valuable, actionable information to you. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by clicking here.