Some Purdue University students might have spent their summer consuming a certain plant. Ron Turco spent his summer growing it.
Turco, a professor of agronomy at Purdue, and a team of researchers planted in June Indiana’s first industrial hemp in 80 years. Although derived from the same plant family, hemp contains a fraction of the THC — the plant’s psychoactive ingredient — found in marijuana. It was legalized for research purposes at universities and state institutions of agriculture in a 2014 federal farm bill.
“You can smoke our whole field,” Turco said, “but you’ll potentially get lung cancer before you get high.”
Turco will host public tours of the farm Aug. 25 for a Purdue Extension field day, where he’ll share the hoops he jumped through to grow the long outlawed plant and what he’s learned while farming it. [Read more at the Indianapolis Star]