USDA Proposes Regulations Regarding Hemp

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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)

Indiana hemp growers and those who process the crop now have a better road map for the legal production of industrial hemp in the Hoosier state in 2020.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the proposed federal regulations, which are now under a 60-day comment period. The proposal establishes requirements for licensing, maintaining records on the land where hemp will be grown, testing the levels of THC – that’s the active ingredient in marijuana that causes a high – and disposing of plants that don’t meet the requirements.

After the USDA approves state plans, hemp producers will be eligible for USDA programs, including crop insurance coverage, in the 2020 crop year.

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