Hemp Victory Tour: Celebrating the right to grow

Dozens of people gathered at the Hemp Victory Tour in Indianapolis July 16.

INDIANAPOLIS — Dozens celebrated farmers’ right to grow industrial hemp at the Hemp Victory Tour in Indianapolis.

An evening of awards, food, music and networking set the stage for the July 16 event, hosted by the Midwest Hemp Council.

The council was formed last year with the goal of legalizing hemp production and providing accurate information to neighboring states to ensure ease of hemp commerce.

In April 2019, one goal was met: The legalization of commercial hemp production in the state.

“We are well on our way to developing the regulatory structure that will continue to attract investments in the hemp market here in Indiana,” said Justin Swanson, president of Midwest Hemp Council.

“We’ve seen unprecedented growth in investments in the hemp space in Indiana after we passed Senate Bill 516, led by Sen. Randy Head.”

Jamie Campbell-Petty, hemp advocate and treasurer of Midwest Hemp Council, has worked tirelessly to promote farmers’ right to grow hemp.

“We still have farmers about to plant in mid-July,” she said. “We don’t know what that’s going to look like. We hope to come out of this year with a lot of lessons learned.

“This has been a really long road. It’s been a bumpy ride, and there have been a lot of volunteer hours put in.”

Jeff Cummins, counsel and director of public affairs at the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, said that ISDA wants to partner with the hemp industry.

“With hemp, we want to help connect the dots between growers and processors,” Cummins said. “Our farmers know how to produce a crop. They need an agency and an advocate to bring in new processors so they can sell their products here. We have a great business climate here.

“The industry is open for business, and it’s time to get it up on its feet and thriving.”

Learn more at www.midwesthempcouncil.com.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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