Author Bio

Marguerite is the Hemp Extension Specialist at Purdue University in the Department of Agronomy. Marguerite received her M.S. in Entomology from Purdue University, and her B.S in Entomology from Michigan State University. Her research has focused on hemp-insect interactions and plant chemistry. She is interested in the secondary compounds that hemp produces and how they affect insect pests. Her position is new to Indiana and she is serving as a catalyst to link growers to production facilities and the research community through online resources, field days, and workshops. Abstract: There are many challenges facing hemp production in the 21st century. However, many prospective growers are unaware of risks associated with hemp production because of misinformation. One of the largest misconceptions is hemp is a pest free plant. The opposite is true, and many different crop pests are found feeding on hemp, as well as pests that only feed on hemp. This talk aims to educate growers on pests that are commonly encountered in the Midwest, which pests are the most concerning right now, and what they can to do prepare for insect pest pressure.  


Wednesday - 1:00 pm-3:00 pm - Room: Atrium

Hemp-Arthropod Interactions

Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L) is an important crop globally for textile, food, and medicinal/nutraceutical purposed. Although the same plant species, hemp is genetically dissimilar from marijuana, and is different in use and chemical profiles. In most of the United States, industrial hemp must have Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels <0.3%. While hemp has the potential to