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State Agriculture Dept. starting hemp pilot program

Oct 28, 2015

The state Agriculture Department is beginning a hemp pilot program.

The Department’s Rachel Seifert-Spilde says industrial hemp may only be grown by a university or in a pilot research program.

"We will request proposals from producers," said Seifert-Spilde. "It will be open through January first of 2016. Producers will fill out a research proposal."

Seifert-Spilde says a committee will screen the applicants – and will choose who gets to plant hemp.

"We wanted to give folks enough time to put together great proposals," said Seifert-Spilde. "But we also wanted to have enough time to apply for the import permits to get hemp seed imported into the US."

Seifert-Spilde says the Ag Department has recently received registration from the Drug Enforcement Administration to import hemp seed. Hemp is a cousin of marijuana.

Seifert-Spilde says she thinks there is a lot of interest in hemp.