Industrial Hemp Western Australia Association Inc. (iHempWA) is a public not-for-profit incorporated entity. Our vision is to establish, develop and support a sustainable and prosperous hemp industry for Western Australia. The association is defined by iHempWA’s Rules of Association and governed by the Associations Incorporation Act 2015.
We, the committee and members, volunteer our time and energy to achieve our vision and it is our intention the association continue to be a vehicle of positive change and ultimately, to create a better world for our brothers and sisters, and for all our children’s children.
iHempWA is given life by the committee who are volunteers and members of the association. We meet monthly and our revenue is derived from memberships and fun-draising events.
All donations to iHempWA are economical, ecological, ethical and energetic investments in our collective futures…and deeply appreciated.
- to establish, develop and support a sustainable and prosperous hemp industry for Western Australia; and
- to foster the growing awareness of hemp, revealing the true nature of Cannabis sativa, its ancient and modern history, the vast array of uses and products that can be made from hemp and its potent economical, ecological and ethical value; and
- to represent, the best interests, of our members and all Western Australian hemp industry stakeholders, farmers, processors, manufacturers, retailers and consumers; and
- to build mutually beneficial, collaborative working relationships with existing local, state and national public agencies, private investors and other organisations with common values to realise our vision.
We need human resources, or enough money to employ, self motivated people with passion, energy and skills to deliver our objectives. We invite everyone who shares our vision to get involved. Help make the world a better place Join iHempWA today.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), Western Australia acts as the Registrar for the Industrial Hemp Act 2004. This legislation enables licensees to cultivate, harvest and process industrial hemp on a commercial scale. http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/plant-biosecurity/industrial-hemp-western-australia .
WA hemp farmers are currently focused on growing our seed banks for future crops and some seed oil production for body care products. The approval of low-THC hemp seed products to be used as a food additive by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) Nov 2017 is wonderful news for the developing hemp industry.
Today broadacre hemp farmers use labour saving mechanical advantage to seed, harvest and bail the fresh stems.
The harvested hemp seed needs to be dried and cleaned before being stored cool and dry with minimal air exposure to reduce oxidation and maximise the life force within. Under the Industrial Hemp Act 2004, whole hemp seeds can only be sold by and purchased from Industrial Hemp Licence holders. Only denatured seed, processed to a degree that deems them unviable for propagation (possibly for fear of people growing their own food and remedies) can be legally sold as food to the consumer. Common processes include; roasting, dehulling and cold pressing for oil. Hemp seed oil is good for us internally, externally and environmentally as a biofuel. The additional processing set up and costs need to be considered before choosing to grow hemp for the seed market.
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