Andrew R. Graves is a 7th generation hemp farmer and 25-year outspoken advocate for industrial hemp. As chairman of Atalo Holdings, Inc, Mr. Graves is committed to creating value for shareholders and opportunity for the new American farmer through research, development and commercialization strategies. Atalo Holdings has become a leader for disruptive technologies in agricultural hemp and crop science under his guidance. Atalo’s Hemp Research Campus, in Winchester, Kentucky, is an incubator for innovative seed improvement, agronomics, processing, and commercialization techniques, developing scalable technologies for sustainable, alternative protein and food-based wellness solutions in the emerging hemp industry.
Mr. Graves has overseen the family agricultural enterprises for 30+ years, tending cattle and growing soybeans, wheat, corn & tobacco and has spent the past 25 years leading efforts to legalize and re-commercialize industrial hemp. Mr. Graves was advisor director at Second National Bank and Commerce National Bank in Lexington, Kentucky from 1989-1999. He was a director on Grain Marketing Board for Southern States in Richmond, Virginia and currently serves on the board of the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation and the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association.
Andrew served as president of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association from 1994 until 2000 and as a board member of the North American Industrial Hemp Council. Mr. Graves was president of the Fayette County Farm Bureau from 1993 thru 1995, and in this role was instrumental in obtaining the 1994 National Farm Bureau resolution in support of allowing U.S. farmers to grow industrial hemp. In 1995, Andrew worked with then former Kentucky governor Louie Nunn to write and pass legislation fostering an interest hemp research in Kentucky and across America.