North Dakota farmers who are considering industrial hemp this year will need to map out a plan and submit it to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture for approval. NDSU Extension Bioenergy Economics Specialist David Ripplinger says North Dakota farmers will need a license from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture before purchasing hemp seed or plants. “The state’s new program will be for commercial production and relies to some extent on the existing paperwork and processes,” says Ripplinger. “There are changes being made by the legislature in terms of a policy and they need to update the forms.” More information will be available soon. Ripplinger also cautions farmers not to get too bold. “The industrial hemp market is still new,” he says. “There’s an absence of cash hemp markets for farmers to sell.”
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