Industrial hemp workshop planned

The Purdue Extension will be hosting an informational session, titled “Growing Hemp in Indiana,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Banquet Hall at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center, 201 E. Boonville-New Harmony Road, Evansville.

The United States passed the 2018 Farm Bill on Dec. 21, 2018. This new legislation changed long-standing laws regarding industrial hemp, which is no longer considered a Schedule 1 drug. Hemp no longer requires a federal DEA permit to handle, is recognized as an agricultural crop, and is regulated by the USDA. For the 2019 growing season, there is an opportunity and a need to accommodate research that will contribute to Indiana’s hemp infrastructure.

At this workshop, extension educators will present the current status of hemp production in Indiana and provide information for interested growers. A question and answer session will take place following the presentation.

This event is open to the public and no reservation is necessary. For more information, call the Purdue Extension-Vanderburgh County office at 812-867-4935.

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