May 10, 2023
WAFBA announces a pause for 2023 Southern Hemp Expo

 WAFBA (We Are For Better Alternatives) — the umbrella organization that hosts and produces NoCo Hemp Expo, Southern Hemp Expo, Hawaii Hemp Conference, Winter Hemp Summit and other hemp-centric conferences, trade shows and events — is pausing the 2023 Southern Hemp Expo. The Southern Hemp Expo (SHE) was launched as the sister show to NoCo Hemp Expo in 2018.

SHE was canceled in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic. Both hemp shows struggled to regain the momentum that the hemp industry had prior to the pandemic and ended up being dominated by the rise in the intoxicating hemp-derived cannabinoid category, including Delta-8, HHC and other derivatives that have come to be popular with the consumer market in areas of the U.S. where adult-use cannabis is not yet legal.

Hemp for Health and Wellness
Both NoCo Hemp Expo and Southern Hemp Expo were founded on the decades-long mission and mantra that hemp is for health and wellness for humans and animals and an environmental benefactor for the planet in being able to produce eco-friendly, carbon-neutral to carbon-negative materials for a variety of industrial applications. These include commercial and residential construction products, textiles, automotive components, paper and packaging, bioplastics and biocomposites, animal bedding, biochar and more.

WAFBA has made the decision to focus its trade show and event energy on its flagship event, NoCo Hemp Expo, and to do everything to build this event as the international hub and gathering spot of hemp-based heath, wellness, nutrition, environmental, and socially impactful opportunities that can benefit humanity and the planet.

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