House Bill 491 by Representative Clay Schexnayder was signed into law by Governor John Bell Edwards on June 6, 2019.This legislation recognizes industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity in Louisiana and authorizes the cultivation, processing, and transportation of industrial hemp in Louisiana in accordance with the Farm Bill of 2018.The law also authorized the LSU AgCenter to cultivate, handle, and process industrial hemp and industrial hemp seeds for research and product development.
The LSU AgCenter Industrial Hemp Working Group was formed to provide research-based educational information to the public and to guide the University’s vision for hemp-based research.The Hemp Working Group consists of faculty members representing diverse backgrounds in crop production, plant breeding, pest management, agricultural economics, and chemistry.The group has met regularly since the passage of the bill and will continue to do so throughout the infancy stages of the program.
Hemp Working Group Members L – R:(back) Dr. Steve Harrison, Jason Stagg, Dr. Ted Gauthier, Dr. Jeff Davis; (front) Dr. Gerald Myers,
Dr. Babitha Jampala, Dr. Ashley Mullens; (not pictured) Dr. Kathryn Fontenot, Dr. Raghuwinder (Raj) Singh, Dr. Ron Strahan, Dr. Michael Deliberto
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture