NASHVILLE – September 5, 2019 – Today, the Southern Hemp Marketplace (SHM), LLC.,
announced it will host as many as a thousand or more farmers, growers, processors and traders
at the first-ever International Hemp Auction and Market (IHAM), a three-day event with a
minimum target goal of one million pounds.
“The hemp industry is evolving rapidly and, with a critical harvest period upon so many first-time
crops, it’s crystal clear that thousands of hemp growers across the United States need venues
for fair-market pricing,” said Mark S. Case, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Southern Hemp
Marketplace. “Likewise, hemp CBD extractors and processors need access to large volumes of
quality hemp and related product inventory to meet consumer demands, but also to ensure
operations are at maximum utilization.”
Additionally, SHM will contribute a portion of sales and proceeds to fund non-profit, non-partisan
political action that supports hemp and hemp products legislation and regulation. SHM applauds
supportive legislators and forward-thinking governmental bodies like the Tennessee Department
of Agriculture (TDA), which has become a model example for policy and regulatory framework
to propel the burgeoning hemp industry.
“It’s exciting that players big and small from across the continent are gathering in the hub of the
Hemp Heartland to establish fair and competitive prices for hemp and CBD products at North
America’s largest live international hemp auction to date,” said Joe Kirkpatrick, President of the
Tennessee Growers Coalition. “The International Hemp Auction and Market is a visionary step
for the industry and one that will help fuel much-needed education and advocacy efforts for
quality products that people everywhere want to buy.”
SHM has planned the live auction excitement of IHAM to coincide with harvest season and
holiday shopping near Nashville, one of the nation’s most desirable travel destinations. SHM is
already planning for additional auction-based events in the region and across the country. IHAM
has opened sponsorship opportunities at various levels and is targeting September 16, 2019 for
the sale of general admission tickets, and registration for buyers and sellers, as well as vendors
and exhibitors. More information can be found online at www.hempauctionmarket.com.
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