2020 License applications are still available. Applications can be found at The Office of Indiana State Chemist website. You should also review the average THC by variety bar graph and the hemp THC results by variety table

Important Information Regarding 2020 Hemp Licensing and Production

  1. Marijuana production is not legal in the state of Indiana.
  2. If you are growing unlicensed hemp, you are a marijuana producer.
  3. Indiana’s Hemp Plan will be submitted to the USDA prior to the end of the year.
  4. In 60 days, a response is given from the USDA to determine if the program is in compliance.
  5. At this point, administrative rules have been created to facilitate legal hemp production, and will include licensing, background checks, recording of sites with proper GPS formatting, minimum acreage or square footage, and compliancy THC testing of plants.
  6. A license to grow hemp is required, and hemp must test below 0.3% THC. In the absence of a license, any cannabis production regardless of THC level is considered marijuana.
  7. For 2020, a license must have a research project tied to hemp production.
  8. Hemp growers will need to register with their local FSA.

So, technically, very little changes for the 2020 season.

Create your business plan now, get your contract in place, and start ordering seed for 2020. 

This website provides information to support 21st century hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) cultivation in the Midwest. All crops have issues with respect to production; however, with a crop like hemp, which was banned in the United States for over eighty years, large information gaps have developed with regards to production, pest management and economic impact. Unlike other agronomic crops, U.S. hemp production faces additional obstacles in form of U.S. government drug policies.

The goal of this website is to inform the public about industrial hemp as a crop, and to identify the challenges faced by modern industrial hemp producers in the North Central Region—from the legal production of the crop, to the pest management that will be necessary to produce long-term sustainable yields of hemp. We have tried to use our present experience growing hemp and years of additional experiences with other cropping systems to inform our production practices. What we have learned sometimes conflicts with “conventional wisdom”. We hope this website continues to improve on what we know and provides a sound foundation for those interested in growing industrial hemp.