What to know if you’re considering hemp production

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Growers planted 38 acres in 2016, apply to grow 5,700 acres in 2019.
Hemp is not a Jerusalem artichoke, nor is it a silver bullet for an ailing farm economy. Hemp was grown in Minnesota through World War II, when USDA extolled the virtues of hemp in the film, “ Hemp for Victory .” In 1970, the Controlled Substances Act classified hemp as an illegal drug, all but ending its cultivation in the United States through 2007, when two North Dakota farmers were granted licenses to grow hemp .

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