Provisions added to the 2014 Farm Bill (Public Law 113- 79) defined industrial hemp for the first time under federal law and granted state agricultural departments the authority to develop research pilot programs to study the growth, cultivation, or marketing of industrial hemp. While the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) currently recognizes no distinction between industrial hemp and marijuana, the language of the new Farm Bill provisions have drawn a line between the two types of Cannabis sativa L. and have allowed states to adopt their own pilot programs to grow industrial hemp.
The Minnesota Industrial Hemp Development Act (IHDA), Minnesota Statues 18K.01- 18K.08, became
law at the conclusion of the 2015 legislative session. The law provides a framework for commercial
industrial hemp production in Minnesota following approval by the federal government. The Minnesota
IHDA also provides for the development of a research pilot program administered by MDA under
Minnesota Statute 18K.09.
The following are key provisions of Minnesota Statute 18K:
In 2016, there were 6 pilot participants in Minnesota who obtained industrial hemp seed under the umbrella of MDA’s industrial hemp pilot program. It was a historic year, as we saw the harvest of approximately 40 acres of hemp in Minnesota for the first time since the 1950s. Applications are being accepted now through February 24, 2017 for the 2017 growing season. Please check out our FAQ section for Minnesota’s industrial hemp pilot program.
Industrial Hemp Program Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org