Hemp-Processing Plant Opens In Kokomo To Dry, Process Crop

Nov 18, 2019
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KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — A hemp-processing plant has opened in central Indiana to turn the state’s first legal crop into a market-ready product.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Purdue University researchers about $1 million to develop growing techniques for organic hemp production.

Legal, commercial growth of hemp is set to start next year with farmers eager to get into the market.

Purdue University agronomy department head Ron Turco says the research will help create a base-level understanding of growing hemp.

Some Indiana Farmers Uncertain Hemp Will Become Profitable

Oct 20, 2019
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WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — Some Indiana farmers have started harvesting their first legal crop of hemp without knowing for certain whether it will be lucrative.

President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill last December, legalizing hemp.

Since then, Indiana farmers have taken out permits to grow thousands of acres of hemp for its fiber, seed and cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD.

Hemp flowers and seeds can be processed to make materials that include paper, cloth and rope.

Indiana And Michigan Farmers Eager To Begin Growing Hemp

May 26, 2019
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Farmers in Indiana and Michigan are preparing to grow hemp as a legal agricultural commodity following the declassification of industrial hemp as a narcotic with the passage of the federal Farm Bill in 2018.

Lawmakers wrapped up the 2019 legislative session with passage of a new, two-year state budget and a major gambling bill. But a vaping tax couldn’t make it to the finish line.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hemp Regulation Bill Goes To The Governor

Apr 25, 2019
Samantha Horton

Lawmakers in both chambers passed legislation Wednesday that would allow Indiana to regulate the growth and sale of hemp.

Michigan Launches Pilot Program For Farmers To Grow Hemp

Apr 19, 2019
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is launching a pilot program to aid farmers and processors interested in growing industrial hemp during the 2019 planting season.

The U.S. government is implementing a national program to start in 2020. But the state already has the authority to grow industrial hemp for research purposes.

Participating farmers and processors will have to obtain a license and enter into a research agreement with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Senate Republicans released their budget proposal, with more money for schools over the next two years. Gaming legislation went through major changes. And an expansion of the state’s Stand Your Ground law is headed back to the House.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

House Amends Hemp Bill, Restructures Advisory Committee

Apr 5, 2019

A House committee has restructured the membership of a hemp advisory committee – if growing the crop is legalized in the state.

Expo Highlights CBD Industry Challenges

Mar 18, 2019

As the hemp industry grows, so is the selling of CBD oil – non-psychoactive cannabis, with low tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC so it can't get people high – but that could open the door to unscrupulous businesses wanting to make a quick buck.


The CBD business has been exponentially growing and is forecast to become $22 billion industry by 2022.

The 2019 legislative session’s first half ended as the House passed the budget, the Senate approved a major gaming bill, and Gov. Eric Holcomb stood firm on hate crimes.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

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