North Dakota’s First Hemp Program Better than Expected

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Growing industrial hemp in North Dakota is easier than expected. At a meeting with the ND Dept. of Agriculture, Rachel Spilde said North Dakota is well suited to grow hemp. She shared results from the 2016 industrial hemp program, the first program of it’s kind in North Dakota. She says the net profit per acre is between 500 and 850 dollars per acre. She says that’s high compared to many other crops. “People interested to know that hemp is found well here, it’s well suited to ND. It wasn’t as difficult to grow as we maybe expected. It was easier to harvest than we thought, it grew well, we had yields that were above the Canadian averages, we are really pleased with the data,” says Rachel Spilde, Hemp program Coordinator, ND Dept. of Ag All of this year’s crop will be shipped to a processing plant in Carrington. Hemp oil extract can be used in food grade oils, and cosmetics.

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