The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be holding three listening sessions around the state to gather input on Minnesota’s Industrial Hemp Program. Currently, the MDA is drafting a state plan to submit to USDA to manage hemp regulations in Minnesota. The department is also beginning expedited rulemaking that will outline specifics of the state’s hemp program, including licensing and testing requirements.

The meetings will allow growers, processors, consumers, and others interested in hemp and hemp products to share their vision for this new commodity. The meeting closest to our listenership will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, November 18 at M State Detroit Lakes Campus Auditorium, 900 MN Highway 34 in Detroit Lakes.

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