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Hemp-processing plant opens in Kokomo to dry, process crop

A hemp-processing plant has opened in central Indiana to turn the state's first legal crop into a market-ready product.
In this Thursday, June 13, 2019, photo, a lady bug sits on a leaf of a young hemp plant at a research station in Aurora, Ore., that's part of Oregon State University's newly formed Global Hemp Innovation Center. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — A hemp-processing plant has opened in central Indiana to turn the state's first legal crop into a market-ready product.

Kentucky-based Third Wave Farms opened the plant last month in Kokomo inside a 22,000-square-foot building.

It’s now equipped with machines that can dry and process over 75,000 pounds of hemp a day, turning it into a stable, storable, market-ready product that's used in dozens of cannabinoid-based products, such as cannabidiol, or CBD oil.

CBD oil is a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn't cause a high but which many people see as a way to better health.

The Kokomo Tribune reports Third Wave Farms is offering free tours of the facility in Kokomo, a city located about 40 miles north of Indianapolis.

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Information from: Kokomo Tribune, http://www.ktonline.com

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