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Hoosier Ag Today farm radio network reports:

Purdue University is expanding its investment and support of the industrial hemp industry by selecting a hemp production specialist, a brand-new position.

Marguerite Bolt earned an entomology degree from Michigan State and just received her master's degree in entomology from Purdue University. Ron Turco, head of Purdue's Department of Agronomy said Bolt has been working on a hemp research project for the last three years and is a great fit for the job.

"She also has extensive background in hort operations," he told HAT. "She worked on a number of greenhouse operations and has grown up in the extension world. She's from Michigan where she's had quite a bit of diversity in crop production, so her background really fits the diversity of people who are trying to come into the hemp world.

"So, we thought it was a great match in that one, she has hemp experience, which is really hard to find, and two she's got greenhouse and diverse crop experience which is also hard to find."

Turco said Purdue has been working on industrial hemp in a rather low-key manner the last four years, but it is time to intensify what they do now that Indiana farmers can legally get into the industry.

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