Indiana Joins Industrial Hemp Ranks, April 6, 2014 – Joining a dozen other states, Indiana has formally requested federal approval for launching an industrial hemp research program as authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill which President Obama signed into law in February. Read details on the Farm Bill’s industrial hemp provisions here.

The 13 states which have passed enabling legislation are California, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. Continue reading

European Industrial Hemp Association Conference, February 17, 2014 – The 11th International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) will be held May 21-22, 2014 in Wesseling near Cologne, Germany. The conference will present the latest technology developments and applications of industrial hemp for bio-composites, food, feed, insulation and construction.

Billed as the world’s largest meeting of experts on industrial hemp, the EIHA conference will focus on hemp and other natural fibers, covering applications for fibers, hurds, seeds and oil. Continue reading

2014 Farm Bill Authorizes Industrial Hemp Research, January 29, 2014 – The U.S. House passed the compromise five-year 2014 Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) Wednesday on a bipartisan 251-166 vote. The next step is for the Senate to vote on the bill, with the expectation that the bill will be passed and sent to President Obama for his signature next week. The “Agricultural Act of 2014” includes a bipartisan amendment to authorize universities and state departments of agriculture to grow hemp as part of a research program in any state which has passed a state law to legalize industrial hemp as an approved crop. Continue reading

Indiana Senate Moves Ahead on Industrial Hemp Bill, January 25, 2014 – Indiana’s Senate Agriculture Committee voted unanimously Jan. 24 in favor of legislation to legalize industrial hemp as a crop pending federal approval. Bill sponsor Sen. Richard Young pointed out that hemp was an important crop in Indiana before and during World War II. He said that “This is a plant that has been used for centuries throughout the world and has tremendous potential.”

If the bill is passed by both the state Senate and House and signed into law by the governor, Indiana will join the ten states which have already approved industrial hemp as a legal crop: Continue reading

Farm Bureau Supports Legalizing Industrial Hemp, January 23, 2014 –The powerful American Farm Bureau Federation has joined the effort to legalize industrial hemp.

At its annual meeting in Texas, the national farmer organization voted to oppose the federal government’s “classification of industrial hemp as a controlled substance.” Under current federal law, industrial hemp remains banned because non-drug industrial hemp is related to marijuana. The Farm Burea vote was to adopt as national policy a resolution proposed by the Indiana Farm Bureau to legalize industrial hemp as a crop. Continue reading