Indiana preparing for first hemp harvest

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In this Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 photo, University of Virginia Wise research assistant, Adam Jones, displays a few harvested hemp plants in the lab at the school in Wise, Va. Virginia is wrapping up its second year of a research program that allows farmers to grow hemp, a crop long banned because of its association with marijuana. But research reports and interviews with those involved in the program show the challenges that come with cultivating a plant that had not been grown in Virginia for decades. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Farmers across The Hoosier State are preparing for the harvest season, which now includes hemp.

With September comes Indiana’s first hemp harvest since the crop was legalized earlier this year. State Representative Don Lehe (R, Brookston), who chairs the House Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, says hemp can be used to develop a wide range of materials. That includes textiles and industrial materials.

Experts say the hemp harvest this year will likely run through October.

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