SANTA FE, N.M. & LOVELAND, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Santa Fe Farms, a leader in the production, manufacturing, and distribution of hemp and hemp-derived products for industrial use, soil health, and carbon offsets, and Hemp Feed Coalition, a non-profit with the mission to gain federal approval for hemp by-products as commercial animal feed, today announced that Hunter Buffington has joined Santa Fe Farms as Vice President of the Products Division and Director of Policy and Advocacy.
Buffington will split her time between Santa Fe Farms in her new role and as a policy consultant for the Hemp Feed Coalition (HFC) as the HFC’s first ever application for hemp-fed laying hens gains federal approval from the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM).
“Hunter Buffington is one of the few industry veterans in the emerging industrial hemp community, and her product and policy expertise is particularly critical at this stage of the company’s and the industry’s development,” said Santa Fe Farms CEO Steven Gluckstern. “Our ongoing ability to attract world-class experts to develop and implement the strategies and plans to build a vital new industry from the ground up is critical to the success of Santa Fe Farms.”
As VP of Products and Director of Policy and Advocacy, Buffington will be responsible for commoditizing hemp by-products and creating an overall value chain in the agricultural, carbon and manufacturing segments. Furthermore, she will be working on policy connecting the supply chain with rural economic development grants in Indian Country and other rural communities to create circular economies with hemp.
“The budding industrial hemp industry is still emerging; and the enthusiasm that began in 2018 now needs investment, development of standards, regulatory oversight and business intellect to become what we know it can be on a global scale,” explained Buffington. “That future for the hemp industry includes a supply chain that protects farmers by adding new crops to their agricultural toolbox that can capture carbon, provide high quality food and feed sources, and can change the way we think about building materials and carbon. Santa Fe Farms comprehensive approach to the business is what the industry needs and I’m proud to be a part of making it happen.”
About Hemp Feed Coalition
The Hemp Feed Coalition (HFC) began in 2018 as a pilot project under the Colorado Hemp Industries Association (COHIA) before forming its own non-profit organization in 2020. The HFC intends to continue its mission to gain federal approval for additional hemp by-products as commercial animal feed. To support the work of the HFC, visit our website and become a member at hempfeedcoalition.org.
About Santa Fe Farms
Santa Fe Farms is an integrated company leading the growth and development of the industrial hemp industry. Santa Fe Farms spans the growth, transformation, and impact of industrial hemp into key wellness, chemical and physical ingredients and components which can be incorporated into thousands of product categories including health, human and animal nutrition, agriculture, building materials, paper and packaging, plastics, and advanced carbon materials. Santa Fe Farms will be a net-negative carbon business and source of offsets available to other enterprises seeking to reduce their carbon footprint to meet ESG goals and/or regulatory requirements. For more information, visit santafefarms.com.