It’s going to be another busy year at NDSU research centers around the state.
At the North Central Research Center, among the crops and varieties, they’ll be testing is industrial hemp.
Eric Eriksmoen says his office has handled some inquiries about the crop that’s not really new to the state.
He says it was grown quite a lot about 100 years ago.
Eriksmoen says these fields will be testing hemp varieties to see which ones do best in North Dakota.
(Eric Eriksmoen, NDSU Research Agronomist) “North Dakota has been involved with hemp production back in the ’20s. It’s now coming into play again, we’re able to grow this crop. One of the cautions for farmers looking at production is to establish your markets.”
Under state and federal law, farmers must receive a license and undergo a background check to grow hemp.