Now accepting applications for the 2020 Hemp Pilot Program

The deadline to apply for a 2020 license is March 31. 

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Hemp indoor grow horizontal leaf with rows, photo by MDA 2019

The Hemp Research Pilot Program studies the growth, cultivation, and marketing of hemp. To better learn about hemp in Minnesota, pilot participants are required to provide reports to the MDA regarding seed varieties planted, agronomic findings, and any processing, distribution and sales of products. The pilot program has been administered by the MDA since 2016.

The MDA hosted three listening session around the state the week of November 18 to gather input on Minnesota’s Industrial Hemp Program. You can access the presentations here: