DECEMBER DATE ANTICIPATED FOR HEMP PRODUCTION APPLICATIONS
October 31, 2019 10:15AM CDT
The Missouri Department of Agriculture will spend November collecting public comment on their proposed rules for hemp production licenses. The department plans to begin taking applications from interested and eligible producers as early as December second, the day after the comment period ends. Communications director Sami Jo Freeman says producers would need to complete a background check.
Freeman adds that the department’s proposal spells out procedures for two different applications.
Freeman notes that with Missouri’s industrial hemp program exiting the pilot stage, there is no limit to how many producers or acres can receive a license to grow hemp. The proposed rules are available on the Missouri Department of Agriculture website<https://agriculture.mo.gov/plants/industrial-hemp/>, with public comment beginning tomorrow (Friday). The USDA would have to approve Missouri’s management plan before permits are issued.
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