2015 Hemp News

Is Hemp in Indiana’s AG Future
Nov 17, 2015
Hemp — its economic opportunities, research goals and benefits — took center stage Nov. 9 at the inaugural Indiana Industrial Hemp Symposium. More than 50 people met to network and listen to speakers, which included the state chemist and seed commissioner, Robert Waltz. The program was put on by Indiana Hemp Industries Association. “The regulation in Indiana is set up to do two things — first to facilitate the research component … the second phase requires us to adopt administrative rules,” Waltz explained.
    
Indiana Hemp Progress Is Slow Growing
June 8, 2015
More than a year after Indiana lawmakers legalized a so-called cash crop, the coffers are still empty. Legislation that was signed into law in 2014 approved the commercial growth and research of the versatile industrial hemp plant, which is a non-intoxicating form of cannabis. But, lack of federal approval has stalled the state from moving forward. Jamie Petty, the founder of the Indiana Hemp Industries Association (INHIA), says the plant could be a boon for Indiana agriculture and manufacturing.“We have empty factories in Anderson and Kokomo that could be converted,” she said. “It becomes the hemp processing plant.”
    
Hemp comes to Purdue
Sep 1, 2015
On Aug. 25, Purdue held its very first field day for the public to inspect their new industrial hemp pilot program. It was a three-hour tour of their agricultural effort to study the viability of industrial hemp crop in Indiana. The tour included presentations on economics, budgeting, weed management and cultivation, led by numerous Purdue scientists. Over 110 people attended, from farmers to hemp product merchants to sustainability enthusiasts.
    
Industrial hemp production focus of Purdue field day
July 30, 2015  
 The agronomic and economic potential of industrial hemp, as well as the legal issues surrounding its production, will be the focus of a Purdue Extension field day Aug. 25. "This field day will allow the public to see hemp production firsthand - in one of the worst growing seasons in Indiana history," said Janna Beckerman, professor of botany and plant pathology. "We've used our present experience growing hemp and years of additional experience with other cropping systems to inform our production practices. What we have learned sometimes conflicts with the 'conventional wisdom' found on the Internet, but we invite people to come see for themselves."