The Hemp program’s ultimate goal is to create a vibrant hemp industry in Minnesota. To that end it educates farmers and creating informative resources in following areas:
1) Agronomics: including crop and variety data, herbicides, pesticides, pests and diseases, fertility requirements, planting and harvesting.
2) Machinery: including harvesting, processing, and custom work.
3) Pilot hemp program: Laws, rules, regulations, application process
Sensible Minnesota’s Hemp Program will coordinate with the Government Affairs Program to identify issues with implementation of administrative rules to streamline the process for interested farmers.
The organization is currently evaluating possible volunteers for implementation of the program, as well as monitoring relevant legislation and administrative proceedings.
What We’ve Done
With little progress on hemp policy in Minnesota over the past year, Sensible Minnesota has stuck to monitoring legislation and administrative rule, sharing media stories, and providing interviews to news outlets.
What We are Working On
The program will begin expanding over the next year to include a Facebook group for farmers to exchange information regarding the growing and processing of hemp. Representatives plan to hold informational meetings for the public, where the organization will provide materials about the many uses for hemp and the pilot hemp program in Minnesota. Additionally, the organization hopes to hold a “field day” where members of the public can visit a hemp farm that is part of Minnesota’s pilot hemp program.