Purdue Launches Industrial Hemp Project

NAIHC.org, Indianapolis, May 11, 2015 – To help prepare Indiana to supply the industrial hemp now being imported from overseas for a variety of uses, Purdue University researchers will grow two acres of hemp this year. As required by law, Purdue has obtained federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) permission for the project and a DEA license to import seed for planting.

As reported by Maureen Hayden in the Terre Haute Tribune Star and the Goshen News, Purdue agronomist Ron Turco “has spent months clearing hurdles to begin the first legal production of industrial hemp in decades in Indiana. Facing questions from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was just one of many steps in getting the cannabis seeds into the ground.” Continue reading

Kentucky Leading Industrial Hemp Renaissance

NAIHC.org, Lexington, Kentucky, May 8, 2015 – Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer’s goal “to brand Kentucky as a leader in industrial hemp production” is happening fast.

At an old tobacco warehouse in Lexington, Comer celebrated a year of rapid progress in reviving the state’s once thriving industrial hemp industry. “We’ve proven this is a viable industry in this state,” he said. “We’ve proven that our farmers want to grow it. We’ve proven that we can grow it.”

The proof that industrial hemp – marijuana’s distant, non-drug cousin – is back lies in impressive numbers. Continue reading

Politico Explains Why Sen. McConnell Champions Industrial Hemp

NAIHC.org, Washington, DC, March 3, 2015 – Under the headline “Mitch McConnell’s Love Affair with Hemp – How the Kentucky senator picked a fight with the DEA and became one of Washington’s top drug policy reformers,” a Politico news article explains why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., came to support legalizing industrial hemp.

The article notes that McConnell continues to work for full legalization of industrial hemp: Continue reading

Farm Bureau Reaffirms Support for Industrial Hemp

NAIHC.org, San Diego, Calif., January 13, 2015 – This week American Farm Bureau members voiced their strong support for growing industrial hemp.

Farm Bureau’s 355 voting delegates representing every crop and livestock sector in the United States voted 246 to 96 in favor of “the production, processing, commercialization and utilization of industrial hemp.” Continue reading