Hemp

Purdue University Hires First Extension Hemp Specialist

Jun 18, 2019

Purdue University has hired its first hemp specialist to educate farmers and processors.

Hemp Regulation Bill Goes To The Governor

Apr 26, 2019
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Samantha Horton

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

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.

Senate Hemp Bill Goes To House

Feb 26, 2019
Hemp plant (Pixabay)
Samantha Horton

A bill that would regulate hemp production in Indiana has passed out of the Indiana Senate.

Gov. Eric Holcomb answers Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron's questions about issues impacting the Hoosier agriculture industry. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

Indiana Farm Bureau hosted its legislative kickoff Wednesday bringing together organization members and legislators. Some of the priorities this session include rural school funding, insuring deployment of expanded broadband, tax values, hemp, confined feeding and township government.

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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.