The Industrial Hemp Research Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting
hemp-related academic research and public education at institutions of higher education across America.
Government funding for industrial hemp education and research is virtually non-existent at the federal level and only just beginning to come on line in some states and local jurisdictions. The IHRF was created to fill this funding gap by soliciting support from individuals and private businesses such as you and your organization.
Researchers across the United States are excited to involve themselves in hemp-related research, but like many specialty crops research funding is sparse when compared to larger, more established domestic commercial crops. While other organizations lobby to secure public funding for research opportunities, the Foundation has taken the stance that researchers, and the industry at large, can not wait for this laborious bureaucratic processes to be fulfilled. As we say all the time, “It took 78 years to get legally planted hemp back in the ground, how much longer will it take for hemp to be awarded the same support structure that other crops and related business receive?”. We do not have an answer, but we can provide the type of support that ameliorates the status quo; public-facing university research.
As of December 2016, the USDA has not approved any direct federal funding for hemp-related research.
Prior to 2016, the State of Colorado allocated limited funding to support hemp cultivar trials. That said, just this year CSU-Pueblo was able to acquire state and local funding to support hemp-related research to the tune of $1.2 million. While this action is encouraging, this amount of funding is insignificant compared to what is necessary to legitimize this area of study. Furthermore, the lack of traditional funding channels places the IHRF in a unique position to set the research agenda here in Colorado and across the country. Like many nascent industries, university research will bolster interest in sponsoring future projects from various sources and you can play a significant role in this endeavor.
The IHRF can only continue to support academic inquiry, raise public awareness on sponsored research and mitigate the risk associated with this plant by growing our membership. Your support directly impacts our ability to PMTX J]QTL innovation, safeguard the environment and enhance the quality of life for all people. As a federally approved 501(c) (3) non-profit any, and all, charitable donations or financial sponsorships are 100% tax deductible.