Project Update: National Industrial Hemp Variety Trials
Tony Eyres, Principal at Rounding Up reports that “AgriFutures Australia is supporting the development of national industrial hemp variety trials (IHVT), to address a core issue identified by Australian industry as essential to its growth ambitions”. The THA has two representatives on the steering committee for this project. Our President Tim Schmidt and our former Executive Officer Tim Castle (who will continue in this capacity post-resignation) are making sure the voices of our Grower and Corporate Members are heard. You can read more about the IHVT here. And if you can spare 15-20 minutes out of your day to add your contribution to the national conversation on these trials from a Tasmanian perspective, it would be great if you would take the time to fill in the survey here. Please don’t be deterred when you see there are 87 questions in the survey. Once you get to Q22, you will be directed to your industry-specific area (as a breeder, grower, processor, regulator, or customer) and there are only about 5-6 quick questions beyond that point.
These types of efforts are critical to the growth of the industry in Australia so we hope you take the opportunity to make your opinion known.