Growing High-CBD Hemp in Indiana

What You Need to Know About Growing CBD Seeds in Indiana

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Regardless of which you plan to grow hemp in–the venture can be challenging because the regulations are new and often temporary. Therefore, before you become a hemp farmer in Indiana you should get a thorough understanding of the local regulations. To properly and profitably grow hemp you must consider both the current and future legalities too. For instance, information like where to buy high CBD seeds and which pesticides are allowed all vary from state to state. Luckily, for farmers in Indiana and across the US there are numerous resources to find information–including our experts here at CBD Seed Co. There are many online resources as well.

Where to Get Licensed to Grow CBD In Indiana

The state’s hemp program was approved in October 2020. Farmers interested in growing hemp commercially will need to apply for licensing with the Indiana Hemp Program. Farmers will need to follow both federal and state regulations in order to maintain their licensing and ability to grow this cash crop. In addition to your application, you’ll need to pass an FBI background check and submit the corresponding fees.

Leading CBD Seed Genetics for Indiana

CBD Seed Co. has spent over five years in research and development in order to breed high-producing CBD seeds. Our genetics feature options that are ideal for the humid, continental to humid, subtropic climate. We value compliance and always have our seeds independent, third-party lab tested for cannabinoid content, no pesticide exposure, and quality. Learn more about our current available hemp varieties:

High CBD Hemp Seeds

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BaOX Feminized Seed

Field tested from California to Michigan and down to Florida, Our BaOX feminized seed Is a no bralner for the large scale farmer looking to use mechanization from start to finish.

Cherry HD Feminized Seed

Cherry extracts very well but unfortunately also grows very slow. We set out to change this! We experimented with many different breeding combinations to increase vigor, size and strength without sacrificing terpene or cannabinoid content, the result of these trials is what we call Cherry HD. Cherry HD is a early finishing, bigger plant capable of competing with the weeds and creating a quick canopy. She has a sweet smell with a hint of funk.

• Strong field ready structure
• Heavy resin and terpenes
• Ideal for biomass or flower
• 2-3%CBC
• Early finisher, finishes mid to late September depending on geography

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High CBD Hemp Clones

Baox High CBD Hemp Clones

This vigorously growing satlva dominant plant will fill In up to S’ spacing and will quickly create canopy to crowd out weeds with tighter spacing (we recommend 30″ x 24″). A true veteran of the hemp world BaOX has strong stalks and stems suited for even the windiest environments with close Inter-nodal spacing making her an excellent candidate for biomass.

• Quick to create canopy
• Excellent vigor and plant strength
• 26:1 CBD to THC ratio
• Excellent uniformity
• Ideal for biomass
• High in terpenes B-Myrcene and B-Caryophyllene

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Cherry HD Hemp Clones

Cherry is a short squat plant that grows in a very dense tight bush with thick resinous flowers that stretch to the bottom of the plant. Very resinous with nice tight buds making it ideal for either extraction of flower. Cherry grows a little slower than most so performs best when planted a little denser. While she is smaller she makes up for it with Cannabinoid content.

• High terpene content
• Dense flowers
• 29:1 CBD to THC ratio
• Can reach 15% CBD or more.
• Finished flower has an almost red or purple hue
• High in terpene b-caryophyllene, farsenene, humulene, limonene, linalool and myrcene

Spectrum Hemp Clones

Clone only Spectrum is a little slower to flower but once she does she packs on the flower weight quickly, not ideal for climates with a shorter growing window but will reward farmers with large resinous buds suitable for extraction or flower. Strong stems and stalks she is field ready for any weather.

• High terpene content
• Grows large dense resin coated flowers
• Ideal for biomass or flower 27:1 CBD to THC ratio

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Spectrum Hemp Clones

Clone only Spectrum is a little slower to flower but once she does she packs on the flower weight quickly, not ideal for climates with a shorter growing window but will reward farmers with large resinous buds suitable for extraction or flower. Strong stems and stalks she is field ready for any weather.

• High terpene content
• Grows large dense resin coated flowers
• Ideal for biomass or flower 27:1 CBD to THC ratio

CBG Clones

CBG is a fast growing indica dominant CBG variety suited perfectly for the Smokable flower Market. Fast growing and even faster to flower she makes for quick turnaround time between runs. Heavy resin with large dense flowers make this a win win for grower and customer alike.

• Kush like terpene profile
• Can reach up to 25% CBG
• Best for indoor growing
• Needs 20+ hours daylight in Veg

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Indiana Regulations for Growing CBD Clones & Seeds

When you decide to start hemp farming here in Indiana, and even after you begin, the rules in your farm’s state are something you need to be aware of and follow. Currently, The Office of Indiana State Chemist will license hemp growers and handlers. As it stands, 2020 will be a “research only” year. Growers and handlers can apply using a research proposal and a research advisor. As the licensee, you will be responsible for reporting all growing, drying, and processing sites to the Purdue University county extension offices and county Sheriff. Data you will need to include is the total acres, latitude and longitude, and the sources of your hemp seed or clone supplier.

Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC): The Office of Indiana State Chemist located at Purdue University regulates the state’s hemp program. This is your first resource for the state’s regulations. Since Indiana has its own state program that’s been approved, any regulation updates will be posted here. If you have any questions regarding the hemp program, you can contact them via email at indianahemp@groups.purdue.edu or call 765-494-1492.

Here are some important links to help get you started:

  • Indiana’s Approved Hemp PlanThis document outlines the rules and regulations set forth by the state’s hemp plan. The USDA-approved plan provides important guidance regarding how to stay compliant for local farmers.
  • Indiana’s Hemp FAQFor farmers looking for a comprehensive resource regarding regulations, cultivation advice, CBD, and more, this FAQ delivers some great information. It details a lot of important regulations that are pertinent for you to stay locally compliant.
  • Purdue Hemp Project: Purdue University heads a comprehensive hemp research project. More regulatory information can be found on their website as well as other resources that you can take advantage of.
  • USDA Hemp Insurance Coverage: Learn more about the USDA provided hemp insurance coverage that’s available for certain farmers. Insurance can be a great option for farmers that live in places prone to flooding, molds, etc.
  • Indiana Hemp Farming Application: Farmers must create an online account through the Purdue portal before being able to complete their application. Applications are filled out online and submitted through their system. Applicants must include corresponding fees along with an FBI background check.
  • 10 Questions to Ask Yourself About Hemp FarmingThis thoughtful questionnaire put together by Purdue University is a great starting point. If you’re interested in hemp farming, this is a great resource for making sure you’re ready. It also includes a list of local hemp processors.
  • FBI Background Check: Hemp farmers will need to pass an FBI background check in order to be licensed. Here are the instructions on how to complete your background check.

National Resources for Hemp Regulations

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA): This federal agency provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. They are a researched-based organization that invests in and supports initiatives to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture, now including industrial hemp and CBD. NIFA applies an integrated approach to ensure that groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture-related sciences and technologies reach the people who can put them into practice.
  • USDA: The United States Department of Agriculture is in charge of creating regulations for the industrial hemp industry and the growing of CBD seeds and clones. Their site is comprehensive and a must-read for hemp growers and processors. While there is a state program here, farmers looking for licensing in other states without a hemp program can often obtain licensing directly from the USDA. This federal resource is crucial to keep up with in addition to state regulations.
  • FDAThe FDA is currently creating a legal framework for hemp-derived CBD products. For farmers cultivating hemp in order to produce CBD, this can be a great resource. Once the FDA has established its regulatory framework for CBD products, this could potentially impact farmers as well as manufacturers. Farmers that are also processors and manufacturers of CBD products can also find its current instructions on how to stay compliant in terms of labeling, marketing, and more.
  • Vote Hemp: This nonprofit is dedicated to educating legislators and policymakers, advocating for progressive hemp laws, and defending standing policies that inhibit commerce. In addition to advocacy, farmers can utilize this resource for its regulatory information. The website provides comprehensive regulation education by state including ways that you can help with advancing policies. From legal cases to regular political updates, farmers can keep up to date with the ever-changing legal framework.
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Indiana’s Hemp Biomass Transportation Regulations

Hemp biomass can be transported freely between two licensed entities, to a licensed processor, as well as across state lines. While there are no regulations enforced, the OISC recommends carrying your batch’s lab reports with your biomass. Make sure that your shipment contains the legal 0.3% THC and has the paperwork to prove it in order to minimize the risk of any potential issues. We recommend also carrying your hemp grower’s license if you are the individual transporting the hemp.

Regions of Indiana Where CBD Is Grown

CBD hemp plants grow in nearly every state in the US. However, like any crop, there are areas of the US that are better for growing hemp. Indiana has fantastic farmland. This means it should be an excellent place to grow high CBD hemp. Some of the top-performing counties for crops like corn, soybeans, and other crops comparable to hemp are La Porte County, Knox County, Jasper County, and Randolph County. However, since the land in Indiana is so fertile any county in the state of Indiana will likely have fantastic hemp yields.

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Indiana Agricultural Regions for Cultivating CBD Hemp

Two-thirds of Indiana is farmland, providing numerous opportunities for farmers interested in cultivating hemp. Here are some ideal agricultural regions:

  • Benton
  • Newton
  • Fountain
  • Carroll
  • Clinton
  • Montgomery
  • Knox
  • Rush
  • Blackford
  • Tipton
  • Shelby
  • Wells
  • Adams

Each region has varying climate, topography, and agricultural needs making it important to discuss your agricultural region with your CBD seed provider.

Indiana Hemp & CBD Seed News

When you start hemp farming in Indiana, keeping up with legislation, news and events is an essential activity. Any information you gather and utilize about hemp or CBD seeds and regulations will contribute to your success. There are a lot of ways to get this info including hemp industry newsletters, talking to your account manager here at CBD Seed Co, and doing independent research. Google Alerts is another great way to receive news updates. Here are the most important news updates from the past year:

JANUARY 18, 2021: Indiana warns hemp farmers of unscrupulous seed vendors

Indiana is warning hemp farmers of unfortunate CBD seed companies that don’t deliver compliant seed or seed with high CBD content. It’s important to always read through COAs, check company track records, and to not limit your purchase based on your location.

OCTOBER 28, 2020: USDA Approves Indiania’s Hemp Plan

The USDA has officially approved Indiana’s hemp plan. Prior to its approval, farmers had to obtain a research license and be affiliated with Purdue University in order to cultivate the crop. This paves the way for a legal commercial hemp industry for local farmers.

JULY 18, 2020: Federal Appeals Courts Says Indiana’s Ban on Smokeable Hemp Is OK

Originally, the ban on smokeable hemp was lifted in Indiana. However, federal appeals courts agree with the state’s position to continue the ban. The ban is in place in order to mitigate the potential of mistaking it with marijuana.

MARCH 13, 2020: Indiana Hemp Farmers Forming Co-Op to Focus on Fiber

While hemp farming has commonly focused on CBD production, there are local farmers farming a co-op in order to focus on fiber production. These farmers are creating this group in order to provide support for each other. This is a great read for farmers that are interested in cultivating hemp for other end product goals.

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CBD & Hemp Resources for Indiana Farmers

Learn more about all the different local and federal resources available for hemp farmers on cultivation, CBD regulations, and more. It’s always a good idea for beginner hemp farmers to find a few organizations to join to help network and find the support they need for potential buyers.

Indiana-Based Hemp Organizations

  • Indiana Farmers Union: Hemp ChapterThis is a great resource that provides comprehensive support for local hemp farmers. The farmers union offers other general resources along with networking opportunities. Farmers can find useful events and information on their Facebook group page and can join the local farmers union here.
  • Midwest Hemp Council: The Indiana-based organization promotes crucial advocacy for supporting the local hemp industry. It’s broadened its member inclusion for other surrounding midwestern states and provides great benefits for members. Find networking opportunities and important resources.

National Hemp Resources

  • Hempstead Project Heart: Hempstead is an educational, environmental, and economic advocate for industrial hemp. This organization strives to raise awareness of industrial hemp for tribes and local communities. By focusing on raising awareness on the benefits of hemp, Hempstead hopes to help redevelop successful hemp economies and connecting tribal, urban, and rural communities. Farmers can find more general information regarding hemp if they’re interested in learning more about the industry and finished product opportunities.
  • National Hemp Association: Membership is available for entrepreneurs, farmers, professors, researchers, manufacturers, investors, organizations, and businesses involved in the hemp industry. This is an excellent resource for beginner farmers and experienced farmers alike looking to joining an extensive network. Since this association serves farmers, processors, businesses, manufacturers, and researchers, you can connect with different individuals from various sectors of the industry. While local organizations are always important, having a national network can help you expand your business and find potential biomass buyers. From member directories to state-specific resources, this is a wonderful starting point.
  • Hemp Industries Association: Hemp Industries Association has worked as a hemp advocacy group for almost 30 years. The organization has fought to legalize and establish hemp as a federal commodity through legal action, advocacy, and education. They offer a great trade association for hemp farmers with reasonable membership pricing. Membership benefits include incredible networking benefits with other individuals in the industry as well as lawmakers. With significant educational resources and highly transparent access to other members, hemp farmers can create connections and find invaluable information.
  • US Hemp Roundtable: This coalition of leading hemp companies and organizations is committed to safe hemp and CBD products. The US Hemp Roundtable works with political officials for passing legislation that supports both hemp farmers and consumers. This organization also provides education and advocacy to help create a viable path for safe, legal hemp-derived products. Gain access to complimentary state action, industry updates, and federal resources when you sign up for their newsletter.
  • US Hemp Authority: Achieve better credibility, compliance, and more by getting certified through the US Hemp Authority. If you’re only interested in growing hemp then selling your biomass to a buyer or processor, this certification is not for you. This resource is for Indiana farmers that plan on producing CBD in-house or would like to sell hemp-derived products. For farms interested in branding themselves and selling directly to consumers, having a US Hemp Authority certification can provide better trust for your customers. Since the CBD industry is currently unregulated, this certification provides assurances that your growing and manufacturing standards are high.
  • US Hemp Growers Association: Gain access to hemp research and incredible resources that help farmers stay up to date on regulatory developments, certified CBD seed, and more. This farmer-specific national organization is great for connecting with other licensed growers and certified crop advisors. They offer a free six-month trial membership and have various membership levels to choose from. With comprehensive educational resources, this can be a great jumping-off point for novice hemp farmers. US Hemp Growers Association also provides extensive industry and regulatory resources in addition to events you can attend.
  • American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp: The trade association is a great place for both marijuana and hemp industry professionals. Their mission is to professionalize industry representation. Unlike the other hemp-specific associations, this one provides support for both cannabis industries. This can provide a wonderful networking opportunity for fellow individuals in the hemp industry as well as the marijuana industry. By focusing on advocacy and education, ATACH hopes to make cannabis mainstream and provide professional industry representation.

Hemp Biomass Selling Tips for Indiana Farmers

  • Hire a hemp broker: There are licensed hemp brokers that can help you negotiate the best price for your hemp biomass. You’ll want to look for an experienced individual with many connections in the industry and a great track record.
  • Presell your biomass: This is an ideal option since the window for selling your harvested biomass is short. Having a buyer lined up can help alleviate stress post-harvest while giving you the competitive advantage of growing specific strains that potential buyers are looking for.
  • Sell directly to buyers: If you have the connections, it may be a good idea to cut out the middle man. Selling directly to buyers can help you maximize your profits but it will require more work.
  • Profit-sharing agreements: For farmers interested in joining the hemp industry but don’t have the upfront finances, profit-sharing agreements may be a good option for you. Profit-sharing works by finding a buyer willing to pay for all upfront costs and recoups these expenses after harvest.
  • Hemp future contracts: This type of agreement is signed before you start your season with a set price arranged for your biomass. While the price provided in future contracts is usually less than the price available with the open market, this is a good option for better stability and minimizing fluctuation risks.
  • Networking: Joining a hemp association or attending a hemp trade show can offer networking opportunities for connecting with potential buyers. The more places you can find to network, the more opportunities you’ll find.
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Indiana Hemp Farming & CBD Seed FAQ

No, smokable hemp is illegal in Indiana under the new law.

Yes, there is a minimum acreage or square footage required as well as plant density requirements. These requirements are outlined in Indiana’s emergency rule in section 52. In 2021, farmers with insufficient grow requirements will be subject to negligent violations.

Yes, hemp cooperatives are allowed. However, licensing is required for each entity involved in the cooperative. Every grower, processor/handler, and the cooperative itself will need licensing if the cooperative is handling money, finances, or hemp. All entities will also require federal background checks.

No, only the hemp grower applicant is required to pass the background check. Any employees under their supervision will not need to pass background checks.

Now that the state’s hemp program has been approved, farmers are no longer required to work with Purdue University.

Indiana CBD Hemp Farming Resources

Learn more about local market updates, cultivation advice, and more for your hemp farm:

November 10, 2020
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Work With Indiana’s Trusted CBD Seed Company

Since the hemp industry is rather new in the US, regulations on CBD seeds and growing hemp in Indiana and across the US are constantly changing. Getting the proper direction in your hemp venture is important for your success. A way to be more profitable in your hemp farming endeavor–working closely with an account manager here at CBD See Co is a good place to start. Our team keeps up with these changes and are always happy to answer any questions. To find out more or to inquire about our premium high CBD seeds for your Indiana farm, contact us today! 

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