Wisconsin taking applications to grow industrial hemp

Wisconsin farmers will have a new option for their fields this year. The state is now taking applications for people who want to grow industrial hemp.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said 250 farmers and processors have already asked for information on growing industrial hemp. Starting this summer, fields of green could be popping up across the state for a crop that had been off limits...

...Federal drug law still doesn't differentiate between hemp and its cousin marijuana. However, last November, Wisconsin lawmakers lifted the state's ban on the crop, requiring growers and processors to simply pass a background check for state or federal drug convictions. >>>

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