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Posted on: Jul 2, 2018

From the Indianapolis Business Journal

A clean, white barn with red trim breaks the repetition in the acres of farmland that define Converse, Indiana. On its face, a sign—printed with sunflower patterns and the company’s name, Healthy Hoosier Oil—hints to passersby what products come out of the Miami County facility 20 miles west of Marion.

Right now, that oil comes from sunflower and canola seeds and is produced mostly for culinary purposes. But someday, the product mix might include hemp oil.

At least that’s what company owner Mark Boyer hopes.

“I’m a sixth-generation commodity crop farmer,” said Boyer, who has lived in the Converse farmlands his entire life. “We still farm two separate tracts that my ancestors settled about 1840, right here, and we’re still here farming those same tracts. That’s something that we’re very proud of.”

But Boyer also represents a break in tradition. First, he diversified his 350-acre farm by processing oil.

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