Plant scientists at Purdue University have been chosen to study organic production of hemp, a concern for most producers contemplating a lack of crop protection sources labeled for hemp production.

The U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) has granted almost $1 million for researchers to:

  • Create organic practices for hemp production.
  • Assess the integration of hemp into cropping systems that consist of cover crops and no-till practices.
  • Figure out the impact of place and planting date on the functionality of several hemp cultivars.

“There’s absolutely tremendous interest and tremendous possibilities, but the reality is that this is a crop we haven’t grown on substantial acreage for 70 to 80 years,” botany and plant pathology professor Kevin Gibson mentioned in a university statement announcing the grant.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hasn’t but authorized legal pesticides for farmers to use on hemp, which tends to make understanding organic practices specifically essential, according to Gibson.

The study will examine difficulties connected to soils, soil microbial communities, pests, pollinators and economics though also addressing details requires inside the provide chain.

The study group at Indiana-primarily based Purdue will also function in partnership with the Rodale Institute, a Pennsylvania nonprofit, to study about how hemp can contribute to regenerative agriculture.

The USDA announced earlier this month that it has awarded $500,000 to researchers at Virginia Tech University to appear at the path of hemp and switchgrass pollens.

For a lot more details about the USDA grant on organic farming practices, click right here.

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