Montana Hemp License Applications Now Available

HELENA, Mont. (NMB) – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for the 2022 hemp growing season.

This comes after the state’s hemp production plan received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Montana State Hemp Program follows the provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill for state hemp production while incorporating input from growers, law enforcement, and stakeholders to benefit the industry.

According to the MDA, 37 hemp growers were licensed with the state in 2021 and they planted 2,540 acres in total. Another 2,000 acres were grown on Reservations. Planted acres were used for grain, fiber and CBD.

There are a handful of new changes to the program this year.

Applicants must submit to an FBI background check, producers must report hemp acreage and locations to their local FSA office prior to submitting planting information to the department, and remediation options for non-compliant hemp are now limited to meet federal requirements.

For more information on applications, visit agr.mt.gov/hemp. Applications for outdoor producers are due by May 30th.

Information courtesy of MDA

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