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North Dakota: Industrial Hemp Production Expands, Farmers Excited For Future
Author: restore 14/06/2017 - 20:57:00

By Michael Bachara 
Hemp News 

Over the past few years, North Dakota's hemp production has grown into the third-largest in the nation behind Kentucky and Colorado. This year, there were 3,124 acres accepted for North Dakota’s 2017 industrial hemp program. In 2016, 70 acres of hemp were planted. The boom brought interest from processing plants, with several scheduled to open by harvest. 

At the moment, Healthy Oilseeds, located in Carrington, is the only processing plant certified to handle hemp in the state. The processing plant offers milling, roasting and cold press. "There’s a possibility the new plant could be built yet this year in an effort to get in on part of this season’s production", according to Healthy Oilseeds President Roger Gussiaas. 

“I’ll continue to expand the number of acres permitted if producers have the opportunity to sell product,” Gussiaas said. “If I’m going to permit 20,000 acres, I’m going to check with processors to make sure they’re able to handle it.”

“I anticipate we could expand our production leaps and bounds,” North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said.

Since North Dakota’s climate and soil are great for hemp production, farmers say it’s an easy crop to grow that is drought resistant and fetches a premium price.

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Original article from crrh.org:North Dakota: Industrial Hemp Production Expands, Farmers Excited For Future



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