Minnesota’s hemp program is preparing to enter its third growing season. More farmers are adding industrial hemp to their crop rotations. The state has added 30 growers and five processors in 2018.
It is estimated that 1,323-acres are dedicated to hemp cultivation in Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune. In the first year of the pilot program, only 38-acres were dedicated to hemp cultivation. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture oversees the program.
Hemp farmer Michael Erickson said, “I think the potential for this crop is very good. There’s profit to be made.”
A market exists for nearly every part of the plant from clothes to building materials and therapeutic uses. Minnesota is still important a lot of its hemp products, but the Department of Agriculture is hoping that changes as more farmers harvest their crops and more farmers obtain licensing to cultivate.