It’s an historic year in American agriculture: Industrial hemp crops are returning to the fields for the first time in decades. Colorado’s program steamed forward without any second guesses. Kentucky had to sue and file for permits that it really shouldn’t have had to, but still managed to plant hemp this season.
North Dakota’s Agriculture Department and NDSU Plant Science haven’t been as aggressive, however, and seem to have acquiesced in the face of undue restrictions on importing hemp seed from Canada. Maybe next year — or for sure next year? North Dakota’s ag leaders need to stop slouching on this.