Andrew Bish is the COO of Bish Enterprises, and the founder of Hemp Harvest Works. After exiting the retail management industry after 14 years, he rejoined the family business in 2012 and transitioned into the agriculture industry. Since 2015, he has been focusing on identifying and resolving the many issues currently facing hemp harvesting and processing. His goal is to provide equipment that helps standardize hemp farming practices, while allowing growers to increase their scale of operation and decrease costs.
2015 is the first time that Andrew participated in harvesting hemp. He harvested 180 acres near Fort Morgan, CO with the SuperCrop header. Since then he has personally harvested hemp in Colorado, Kentucky, and Tennessee, where he harvested Middle Tennessee State University’s hemp crop. Andrew has also visited hemp fields in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. In 2018 he publicly demonstrated the 1st mechanized whole plant harvester, the Hemp Handler, at Salt Creek Hemp Company, and released a Claas forage harvester swathing conversion kit.
Andrew is a member of the Hemp Industries Association, the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, Tennessee Growers Coalition, National Sorghum Board, Nebraska Sorghum Board, and the US Custom Harvesters Association. He is on the board of the 21st Century Agricultural Opportunities Coalition, the Colorado Hemp Industries Association Work Group, and the Steering Committee of the US Hemp Grower’s Conference & Expo. In addition to his memberships and board seats, he is also involved in speaking engagements with the Hemp Industries Association, the US Hemp Conference & Expo, and WAFBA. Beyond all these engagements, he participates in legislative activities. Andrew has helped introduce 3 separate bills into the Nebraska legislature to bring hemp production to Nebraska. He has also gone to Puerto Rico to educate legislators and regulators after they passed hemp legislation.
When Andrew is not adding to his over 35,000 miles he has travelled around the country working with hemp, he resides at his home in Giltner, Nebraska. There he spends time with his wife, two children, and their dog and cat.