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Minnesota’s hemp crop has grown exponentially and the number of farmers cultivating the crop has increased sixfold as the state’s pilot program enters its second year.
This year, 42 farmers are growing hemp on roughly 2,100 acres, Minnesota’s Alpha News reported. That’s a huge increase from 2016, when Minnesota’s hemp cultivation program launched with seven farmers growing the low-THC plant on 37 acres.
Farmers who want to cultivate hemp must apply for a license with Minnesota’s agriculture department, which manages the state’s pilot program. The application must include:
- A detailed growing plan
- Information about the kind of research