Missouri producers seeking to grow hemp in 2020 will need to fill out more than just an application. Missouri Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Sami Jo Freeman says with applications not being accepted until January second, producers are encouraged to begin preparing their applications by drafting parcel maps that will show where they plan to grow the crop.

Freeman says each non-contiguous parcel will require a separate application and 750-dollar fee for each year of the three-year license. She says the three-year length gives producers one less thing to worry about when adjusting to changes in state and federal law.

Blank application forms and details on required background checks will be added to the department’s website December 16th.