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Indiana Industrial HEMP

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and provided a federal framework for industrial hemp production. Under this framework, states desiring to regulate industrial hemp must have a state hemp plan that has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture.

On October 31, 2019, USDA published an Interim Final Rule, which established the regulatory framework for industrial hemp in the U.S. The rule also allowed states the opportunity to operate without an approved state plan for one year as an extension under the 2014 Farm Bill. Indiana is currently operating under this extension.

SEA 516 was passed by the General Assembly in 2019 and created the hemp advisory council. It also required the state seed commissioner to submit Indiana’s hemp program plan to USDA no later than Dec. 31, 2019. The plan was submitted Dec. 26, 2019 and later returned by USDA for edits. The state seed commissioner is working to resubmit the plan this summer.

The 2020 Indiana Hemp License Applications are available here.

 

An interactive map of hemp grown in Indiana is available here.

 

Anyone interested in potentially growing or handling hemp in Indiana may view the 2020 Hemp Grower/Handler Application Directions and the 2020 Grower/Handler Example Application to get a full overview of the program. We also recommend reviewing the Ten Questions to Ask Before Growing Hemp in 2020 and the Indiana Hemp Frequently Asked Questions.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AN INTERACTIVE MAP OF HEMP GROWN IN INDIANA

Full details, including information for the Indiana State Hemp Program Plan submitted to USDA, can be found on the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) Indiana Hemp Regulatory Website.

The information is organized under nine different sections as listed below:

Section 1: Authorities in Law

Section 4: Forms Section 5: Federal (USDA, FDA, EPA) Comments, Hemp Guidance

and Policy Announcements

Section 7: Seed & Seed Labeling of Hemp

Section 2: Frequently Asked Questions and Indiana Hemp Websites

Section 5: Federal (USDA, FDA, EPA) Comments, Hemp Guidance

and Policy Announcements

Section 8: EPA & Pesticide Use in Hemp

Section 3: Applications for Grower/Handler of Hemp with University

Researcher/Research Advisors in 2020

Section 6: Research Links for Hemp Section 9: General Information
 


Questions?

Persons interested in Indiana’s hemp industry and not already on the OISC’s e-mail notification list may register to receive periodic updates here - https://lists.purdue.edu/mailman/listinfo/hempnews.
 

Role: The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) coordinates with our state partners to provide information and encouragement to interested agribusinesses and organizations in entering Indiana’s hemp market and expanding sales.

Role: Indiana Grown is an ISDA agricultural marketing initiative with over 1600 members in all 92 counties. Once a member, producers can leverage our logo on all approved value-added products packaged, processed and/or grown in Indiana.

Role: The Midwest Hemp Council is a credible information source, trusted policy advocate and dedicated forum for the hemp industry in Indiana and beyond. Our members are proactively building and promoting the entire hemp supply chain from seed to shelf.

Role: The Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) regulates the production and handling of industrial hemp in Indiana in accordance with federal and state law. 

Role: Purdue Extension connects Indiana to Purdue University research and programs to provide education about agronomic practices, pest and weed management, marketing and the legality behind growing hemp.
Contact: Victoria Herring – Email vherring@isda.in.gov or call 317-954-4073 Contact: Heather Tallman - Email htallman@isda.in.gov or call 317-697-5863 Contact: Email info@midwesthempcouncil.net Contact: Don Robison – Email drobiso@purdue.edu or call 765-494-1557 Contact: Email hemp@purdue.edu or call 765-496-1567
Relevant Questions: 
  • Who should I contact to ask my questions about hemp?
  • How do I start a hemp processing business?
  • Where can I source Indiana hemp?
Relevant Questions:
  • Do I qualify to be an Indiana Grown member?
  • How can Indiana Grown help promote my business/products?
  • What kinds of hemp products can be promoted through Indiana Grown?

Relevant Questions: 

  • How do I join the Midwest Hemp Council?
  • Where do I source seeds/clones?
  • Where can I find a processor?
Relevant Questions: 
  • Do I need a license to grow or handle hemp?
  • Can I add a growing area?
  • Can you tell me the rules?
Relevant Questions: 
  • How can I manage pests, diseases or weeds for my hemp crop?
  • Do you have soil amendment suggestions?
  • How much water should hemp plants get?

 

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