Purdue Extension and Heartland Harvest Farms teach hemp farming

Farmers are ready to try something new in agriculture here in Indiana. Hemp is now legal to grow in the state which means plenty of farmers are going to try to grow it themselves.

Posted: Aug 7, 2019 6:40 PM
Updated: Aug 8, 2019 8:43 AM

HARTFORD CITY, Ind. (WFFT) - Hundreds of farmers and interested people are learning all there is to know about what it takes to have a thriving hemp farm at Heartland Harvest Farm's Diagnostic Field Day.

"We've got the office of the state chemist who is in charge of regulating. We've got the Indiana State Police here educating people on their regulatory process and what they do to inspect the hemp so the public is getting a safe product. Then we have Purdue agronomics, and our farmers educating based on what they know," Owner Adam Kline said.

Hemp became legal to grow in Indiana in May, and so far Heartland Harvest Farms is the only operational hemp processor in the state. They control the process from the seed to finished product and showed others how to do the same.

"One bad product on the market gives the entire industry a black eye. Like any new industry, first impressions are everything," Justin Swanson president of the Midwest Hemp Council said.

Researchers at Purdue University said industrial hemp grown for food, oil and fiber must not contain over 0.3% THC.
The farmers here are showing how to avoid that.

Each person who inspects the field goes through 4 plants per minute to make sure the crop is good for use which is 480 hours of work to cover a field like the one Heartland Harvest Farms has.

It took a little longer this year because the rainy weather delayed the planting process for the first round this year.

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