In 2015, the Minnesota Industrial Hemp Development Act (IHDA), Minnesota Statues 18K, became
law. This allowed MDA to create an industrial hemp research pilot program in order to study the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp. This law directed the commissioner of agriculture to make program rules, determine a fee structure, and perform testing and other regulatory activities.
In 2016, there were 6 pilot participants in Minnesota who grew industrial hemp in MDA's 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. There are 2,200 acres proposed for 2017, with a total of 42 pilot applications.
Industrial Hemp Program Coordinator