South Bend Tribune Published 12:36 PM EDT May 26, 2019 South Bend, Ind. – Farmers in Indiana and Michigan are preparing to start growing hemp as a legal agricultural commodity following the declassification of industrial hemp as a narcotic with the passage of the federal Farm Bill in 2018. Between the two Midwestern states, hundreds of permits have been issued to plant thousands of acres of hemp, a cousin of marijuana that contains almost none of the psychoactive component that gets users high, the South Bend Tribune reported. Milan Kluko, of New Buffalo, Michigan, has been hydroponically cultivating fresh produce for grocery stores and restaurants for years. Kluko said he hopes to grow hemp on a trial basis this year which could provide cloned seedlings and even seeds in the future. PHM Brands, a Denver-based food manufacturer, is spending $6 million on an old plant that will be converted into a facility to process cannabidiol, or CBD, from hemp plants, said Clarence Hulse, executive director of the Michigan City, Indiana’s Economic Development Corp. The facility is expected to generate 32 new jobs with salaries at an average $20 per hour. Initially, the business will likely need to import the hemp… Read full this story
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