Saltmarsh caterpillars feeding on hemp.

The mission of the Purdue Hemp Project is to provide research-based information to aid in the development of hemp as an industry in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. Unlike other agronomic crops, US hemp production faces additional obstacles in the state and federal regulations.

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 economics.

For 2020, licensed hemp growers need a RESEARCH PLAN included in their license. You can find information for this here.

Why a research plan? It’s the law! For more information, see the ‘following information about the USDA Hemp Production Program and Frequently Asked Questions about USDA NIFA research has been updated since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.’

Past Research Seasons