USDA Approves Indiana’s Industrial Hemp Rising Plan

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(AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved ’s plan to allow farmers to commercially grow and process hemp.

The plan is to convert Indiana Chemist’s pilot hemp program into a program that will enable commercial hemp production. Previously, hemp farmers needed a research proposal and had to be affiliated with a university to apply for a license. However, farmers can be licensed independently under this newly approved plan.

Applications for the 2021 growing season will open online in November.

“This planning approval is a tremendous achievement for both farmers and our ,” said Don Robison, seed administrator for the Indiana State Chemist’s office, in a press release. “We look forward to expanding this program and bringing more efficient licensing to Hoosier farmers and processors.”

Indiana is now one of 29 states with approved hemp plans. Twelve other states are currently negotiating their plans with the USDA.

Earlier this month, the USDA also signed hemp plans for Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, as well as the Comanche Nation, the San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona, and the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

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