Ohio farmers began applying for three-year permits Tuesday to start growing hemp in the state this year.
“It’ll really help those farmers out in Ohio,” Julie Doran, founder of the Ohio Hemp Farmers Cooperative, told the Dayton Daily News. “Between trade wars and exporting of crops, us farmers have taken a big hit.”
Federal law allows states, territories and tribes to take the lead on regulating hemp production – but only with the blessing of the USDA.
The application period ends May 1. There are separate applications and requirements for cultivating and processing hemp.