Sep 1, 2021
CDFA Announces Industrial Hemp Advisory Board Vacancies

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Pest Exclusion Branch is announcing five midterm vacancies on the Industrial Hemp Advisory Board (IHAB).

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Advisory Board was established by the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act (AB 566 – 2013). The board is composed of 13 members and the term of office for board members is three years, as outlined in Food and Agricultural Code Section 81001.

The board advises CDFA and makes recommendations on matters including, but not limited to, industrial hemp law and regulations, enforcement, annual budgets, and the setting of an assessment rate. Members meet at least once per year but may meet more frequently if needed. The members receive no compensation but are entitled to payment of necessary traveling expenses in accordance with the rules of the California Department of Human Resources.

The Industrial Hemp Advisory Board makes recommendations to the CDFA Secretary on all matters pertaining to industrial hemp law and regulations, enforcement, annual budgets, and the setting of an assessment rate required to accomplish the purposes of the California Industrial Hemp Law.

The board has the following vacancies:

  • Two (2) board members shall be a registered cultivator of industrial hemp.
  • One (1) board member shall be a representative of businesses that sell industrial hemp products.
  • One (1) board member shall be a representative of the Hemp Industries Association or its successor industry association.
  • One (1) board member shall be a member of an established agricultural research institution.

The successful candidates will be appointed to serve the remainder of terms that expire on May 31, 2023.

Individuals interested in being considered for this board appointment should send a letter of interest and a brief resumé to Juan Koponen by Sept. 30, 2021, by e-mail to [email protected] or by mail to:

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Pest Exclusion Branch
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attention: Juan Koponen

For additional information, visit the Industrial Hemp Program webpage at: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/industrialhemp/, contact the Nursery, Seed, and Cotton Program at (916) 654-0435, or send an email to [email protected]




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