Dec 10, 2021
Delta Agriculture President Named Co-Chair of NIHC Committee

Delta Agriculture president Graham Owens has been named co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the National Industrial Hemp Council of America (NIHC). Rick Fox, CEO and founder of Meristem Farms, remains as co-chair and both will help spearhead advocacy and public policy efforts important to U.S. industrial hemp as the industry continues mature and expand.

“It is an honor to take on this role on behalf of NIHC and the hemp industry at large,” said Delta Agriculture President Graham Owens. “Delta Agriculture is proud to not only be a leader in U.S. domestic hemp production but also a leading partner of NIHC in the effort to influence public policy in a manner that prepares our industry for the future. The hemp plant provides an incredible opportunity for our country to be a global leader in combatting carbon output without compromising our position as the world’s largest economy.”

The National Industrial Hemp Council of America provides high-quality networking and resources for its members, from farm to consumer. As a USDA cooperator, NIHC receives funds through the Market Access program to promote, develop and assist growers and processors on export promotion of industrial hemp in Europe and Asia. Its leadership is composed of leading international, federal, state, private industry, and government professionals throughout the sector. The organization is dedicated to furthering market development, assisting members in entering the industry, and educating consumers on industrial hemp and its applications.

“Graham’s previous experience working on Capitol Hill, at the Federal Trade Commission, and with advocacy groups in ag, manufacturing, and tech make him the perfect person to represent NIHC’s government relations efforts,” said NIHC president Patrick Atagi. “Industrial hemp has come a long way in a short time but there is much more work to do in terms of streamlining regulations and building an infrastructure that will allow this industry to compete in the mainstream economy for years to come. We are thrilled to have Graham bring his years of government and advocacy experience to NIHC and the hemp industry.”

Photo at top: Delta Agriculture executives join NIHC President Patrick Atagi in panel at NIHC Business Summit. (Left to right: Delta Agriculture CEO George Overbey, President Graham Owens, COO Nick Strawn and NIHC President Patrick Atagi.)

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