Plant scientists at Purdue University have been chosen to study organic production of hemp, a concern for most producers thinking about 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 contain cover crops and no-till practices.
  • Ascertain the impact of place and planting date on the overall performance 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 stated in a university statement announcing the grant.

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

The investigation will examine challenges associated to soils, soil microbial communities, pests, pollinators and economics although also addressing data desires inside the provide chain.

The investigation group at Indiana-primarily based Purdue will also operate 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 much more data about the USDA grant on organic farming practices, click right here.

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