CDFA Announces Hemp Advisory Board Openings

Several positions have opened up on California’s Industrial Hemp Advisory Board (IHAB).

On Tuesday, August 31, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced that its Pest Exclusion Branch opened an application period to fill five midterm vacancies on the IHAB.

The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act, or AB 566, established the 13-member IHAB, which imposes a three-year term of office limit, as defined by Section 81001 of the Food and Agricultural Code.

The IHAB is responsible for advising the CDFA and making recommendations on industrial hemp law, regulations, enforcement, assessment rates, and annual budgets.

IHAB member positions are on a volunteer basis, though they can receive compensation for travel expenses, as per the California Department of Human Resources.

The IHAB holds meetings at least once a year or as needed.

The current vacancies on the IHAB include two spots for registered industrial hemp cultivators, one for an industrial hemp product business representative, one for a representative of the Hemp Industries Association or its successor industry association, and one spot for a member of an established agricultural research institution.

According to the CDFA, candidates who successfully secure a spot on the IHAB will serve the remainder of the terms, expiring on May 21, 2023.

Anyone interested in a position on the IHAB may send their letter of interest and resumé to Juan Koponen via email at by September 31.

Candidates may also apply by mail at:

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Pest Exclusion Branch
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attention Juan Koponen