Hemp Industry in Minnesota OK’d by USDA/MDA
With the approval from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture, Hemp farming in the State is expanding.
According to the MDA, the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program studies the growth, cultivation and marketing of hemp. The program allows for the state to better learn about hemp. The pilot program began in 2016 with six growers and now, there are currently 511 Minnesotans growing or processing hemp in the state. The program was made possible in 2014 in part of a federal farm bill that allowed for pilot programs to better understand hemp. This marked the first time that the plant could be legally grown in the United States in decades.
Industrial Hemp has a wide variety of uses, which include food, rope, clothing, paper and common house hold materials! One acre of hemp can produce as much fiber as three acres of cotton. To learn more about the different usage of industrial hemp, you can click here!
Applications for the program will begin around October 1, 2020 according to the MDA website. To learn more about the program, you can click here.