IHGA Q3 MEETING NOTES
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 6-8PM
Members Present: Kelly Grace Anthony Good Bill Beyers Sabrina Tatum Terri Miller Gary Blosser John Mitchler Dennis Godar Ryan Green Nate
Sponsors Present: Jared Lung - National Hemp Insurance Agency Rachael & Jesse Smedberg - Tulip Tree Gardens Kalee Hooghkirk - Midwest Hemp Coalition Jeffrey Schuh - Smart Commodity Group Cathy Scratch- Terreplenish Jamie Campbell Petty - Midwest Hemp Council J.P. Mendoza -The 357 Company
IHGA Representation: Rachel Berry Chris Berry
We welcomed everyone to our Q3 membership meeting. This was our first meeting held on Zoom so we went over basic Zoom etiquette (keep mics on mute, ask questions in the chat, etc.) We then went over and dove into each topic below in Order of Events.
Order of Events:
We explained the rules of the raffle
In order to have had a chance at winning something in the raffle (and all raffles in the future) you must be a dues paying member in attendance of the meeting. Winners are chosen randomly using a Random Name Generator App. This meeting had 1 grand prize winner and 4 runner up winners. Winners were picked at the end of the first hour of the meeting.
*Congratulations to all winners & a BIG thank you to the Sponsors that made this raffle possible!
Prizes and winners were as follows:
Runner Up Prize 1 - Midest Hemp Council Raffle Package Winner: Gary Blosser
Runner Up Prize 2 - The 357 Company Raffle Package Winner: Dennis Godar
Runner Up Prize 3 - Terreplenish 64 FL oz Winner: Kelly Grace
Runner Up Prize 4 - Tulip Tree Gardens Raffle Package Winner: John Mitchler
Grand Prize - $100 Patagonia gift card from IHGA Winner: Sabrina Tatum
2. We gave the VP report (revenue and expense) - follow link to view spreadsheet: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12fGAjm3Y7ulCj7ovzWOZxzFrB7dGgabtjKKHq3ZFjw8/edit?usp%3Dsharing&sa=D&ust=1601398480934000&usg=AFQjCNH40AQDP2lfmbV0ogcSEKDjYqBXkg
3. We gave the President’s report (summary of growth and outlook) as follows:
”I am excited to report that since we met in February the number of members (103) and sponsors (15) has nearly doubled and we have a surplus of revenue for the second quarter in a row. These numbers are all indicators that we are and will continue to be, successfully generating public benefit, which is our first priority.
Though the pandemic has limited many of the ways we generate content and interact with the community, we are determined to carry on with community outreach via our blogs and the addition of a Youtube channel. I hope everyone will utilize the ways we can interact and offer support- the forum, member chat and groups, social media pages, and now our Youtube channel. If you have pictures or stories to share or would like a shout out in our blog, please let us know!
I am also excited to share that I have taken on two Board of Directors positions that extend the outreach and collaborative efforts of the IHGA - with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance and the U.S. Hemp Building Association. Please take some time to check them out!
I am grateful and inspired by all of you. Thank you for another great quarter and I am looking forward to getting together next quarter!”
4. We gave our sponsors time to introduce themselves and share a bit about what they do. All sponsors that were present participated:
Jared Lung - National Hemp Insurance Agency : NHIA is a nationwide crop insurance agency specializing in insurance based risk management solutions for the industrial hemp CBD, Grain and Fiber grower.
Rachael & Jesse Smedberg - Tulip Tree Gardens : Tulip Tree Gardens’ organically grown products reflect their commitment to protecting and improving the health of our locality, the earth & its inhabitants. It’s the embodiment of family values and a corporate-wide passion for consumers' health.
Kalee Hooghkirk - Midwest Hemp Coalition : An active organization representing the goals and needs of a diverse group of growers and business owners. The Midwest Hemp Coalition’s mission is to increase accessibility and opportunity in the hemp industry through direct political advocacy and diverse community connections.
Jeffrey Schuh - Smart Commodity Group : By offering comprehensive risk management tools focused on sustainable, socially conscious products, the Global Smart Commodity Group’s aim is to spearhead the evolution of commodities trading in an Exchange environment by leveraging emerging technologies to provide best-in-class transparency and price discovery mechanisms at every stage of the supply chain.
Cathy Scratch- Terreplenish : Terreplenish is the regenerative agriculture solution to the complex issues our ecosystem faces today. Terreplenish’s is OMRI-listed, a USDA BioBased® certified product, and registered as a soil amendment in California, allowing it to be used for the most stringent organic food (and hemp) production.
Jamie Campbell Petty - Midwest Hemp Council : MHC’s mission is to stand as a credible information center, a trusted policy advocate and a dedicated trade organization for the entire hemp supply chain in Indiana and beyond.
J.P. Mendoza -The 357 Company :The 357 Company’s leadership team has over 50 years of collective logistics experience combined with pioneers from the medical device, home food delivery, and heavily regulated medical cannabis industries. The founders take great pride when called upon to provide a private logistic service for high value and expedited shipments.
5. We opened the floor to all members in attendance for comments, questions, and concerns:
We heard from Terri Miller with Seed-To-Insight seedtoinsight.com From their website: “We are a hemp sampling service with the ability to geo-tag your sample plants so you can find and address 'hot' zones in your field. With the SignaKey technology on tamper-evident e-seals, we provide a secure chain-of-custody from the plant sampled to the lab. We capture and provide real-time data on the sample/testing process and its timeline. Our service is intentionally redundant to the hemp sampling procedures outlined in the USDA's 2018 Interim Final Rule and state laws where we operate.” Please reach out to her with questions at email@example.com
We heard from Kelly, Nate, and Anthony from Kifcure