MDA accepting applications for 2020 Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program is now accepting applications for its 2020 growing season. The program, which is now in its second year, allows eligible farmers to partner with institutions of higher education or the department to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. Officials say program participants will be allowed to sell their crops for profit at the end of the growing season. Officials add that industrial hemp is another opportunity for state farmers to diversify their operations.

“The program last year, from the growers that we heard from was pretty successful. It’s not going to be a silver bullet that’s going to solve all the problems, but it does give them another option on something to grow to diversify and fill out their business plan,” said Secretary of Agriculture, Joe Bartenfelder.

Officials say applications will be accepted from now up until the spring. And if you’re interested in applying, click here.

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