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Growing hemp has its challenges

Nov 4, 2019

North Dakota has 64 licensed hemp growers.

Some of them are growing it for CBD oil.

The hemp coordinator for the North Dakota Agriculture Department said 2019 was the first year it could be grown for that purpose. And John Mortensen says there are a lot of differences between growing hemp and convention grain production.

"The CBD is more of a horticulture-type crop," Mortensen said. "It is a lot more labor-intensive."

Also, Mortensen said there are no pesticides listed for hemp.

"So it's a lot of hand-labor," Mortensen said.

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.