CDFA Announces Open Positions On Hemp Advisory Board

An opportunity has opened up for people seeking an avenue into the state side of California’s cannabis industry.

On Tuesday, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Pest Exclusion Branch announced four midterm vacancies on the Industrial Hemp Advisory Board (IHAB).

California established IHAB after former Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 566 into law in 2013.

Each of the IHAB’s thirteen members may serve for three years, as defined in Section 81001 of the Food and Agricultural Code.

CDFA says IHAB provides recommendations on industrial hemp law, regulations, enforcement, and annual budgets.

According to CDFA, IHAB also sets assessment rates at which the state needs to fulfill the California Industrial Hemp Law’s purpose.

“The Industrial Hemp Advisory Board makes recommendations to the CDFA Secretary on all matters pertaining to industrial hemp law and regulations, enforcement, annual budgets, and the setting of an assessment rate required to accomplish the purposes of the California Industrial Hemp Law,” says CDFA. “Members meet at least once per year but may meet more frequently is needed. The members receive no compensation but are entitled to payment of necessary traveling expenses in accordance with the rules of the California Department of Human Resources.”

According to the CDFA announcement, IHAB seeks three registered industrial hemp cultivators and one member of an established agricultural research institution.

IHAB says that successful candidates will serve the remainder of the terms, ending on May 31, 2023.

CDFA encourages anyone interested in applying for a position on IHAB to submit a résumé and letter of interest by Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Applicants may email their résumé and letter of interest at or send it through U.S. mail.

For additional information, visit the official website.

Mail submissions:

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Pest Exclusion Branch
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attention: Industrial Hemp Program