Montana Department of Agriculture taking applications for hemp growing season

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MISSOULA, Mont. — The Montana Department of Agriculture is taking applications for the upcoming hemp growing season. In 2021, 37 hemp growers licensed with the state and planted just over 2,500 acres. Grain and fiber filled most of the land followed by CBD. Montana Tribal Reservations accounted for another 2,000 acres of hemp. This year, growers can expect some changes to the application process, including an FBI criminal background check, reporting location and acreage, and federal remediation options for non-compliant hemp. The Montana Department of Agriculture released the following press release today: The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for the 2022 hemp growing season after receiving federal approval from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its state hemp production plan which took effect January 1, 2022. “Montana’s hemp industry continues to advance and present opportunities for growers,especially with regard to fiber and grain,” said Christy Clark, Acting Director for Montana Department of Agriculture. “Our department is proud to operate a hemp program that has been federally compliant since the beginning. With more processing available in the state now than ever before, I look forward to seeing what the industry will accomplish in the year ahead.” The Montana State Hemp Program has worked diligently to ensure its program follows 2018 Farm Bill provisions for state hemp production while incorporating input from growers, law enforcement, and stakeholders to benefit the industry. In 2021, 37 hemp growers licensed with the state and planted 2,540 acres. The majority of planted acres were for grain (1,700 acres), followed by fiber (590 acres), then CBD (250 acres). Approximately 2,000 additional acres were grown on Montana tribal reservations. Growers can expect hemp program procedures similar to the prior year. New changes include: Applicants are required to submit a FBI criminal background check.…

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