The Missouri Department of Agriculture has announced a timetable for when prospective hemp producers will be able to file applications to grow the crop in 2020. Department spokeswoman Sami Jo Freeman says the timetable will help producers prepare their application for submission before the process officially opens January second.

Freeman notes that there is no deadline for producers to submit applications.

Licenses will be good for three years, but will cost 750 dollars per year per application. A separate application will be required for each non-contiguous parcel where a producer seeks to grow hemp.

Sample forms are currently available on the department’s website. A fillable application and additional details will become available December 16th. However, the department will not accept online applications this year.