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For over 20 years the Herb, Spice and Specialty Agriculture Association has been proudly serving its members and their industry - providing networking and education opportunities while making sure their voices have been heard. H.S.S.A has opened its doors to the country and world... supporting the industry as a whole.
H.S.S.A began with a spice grower/broker, a wildcrafter and a culinary herb grower/processor. It evolved from a focus on purely production to encompassing the whole value chain including research and development. H.S.S.A now supports not only those crops and products they started with but many of the new crops overall, products and processes as they evolve. It is now an integrated industry association with many partners across the world and throughout the value chain. H.S.S.A is known for its ability to "play with others" and to partner successfully for the benefit of all. A prime example of this is H.S.S.A's role as the secretariat for the Canadian Herb, Spice and Natural Health Product Coalition.
— H.S.S.A has taken a lead role in adding value by developing voluntary tools for quality, traceability and safety.
— H.S.S.A has been a leader from day one in health of the plants they grow, collect and sell, in helping define and showcase the impact of consuming these healthy products and has supported the health of the communities that develop them.
— H.S.S.A has supported research and development
— H.S.S.A has been a voice to ensure a fair workable regulatory environment
— H.S.S.A is testing a gentlemen agreement spice levy to support industry lead research and development.