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Wisconsin Farmers Consider Hemp

by Samantha Stetzer, Chippewa Herald

With just over two weeks left to apply for a license and register to grow hemp in Wisconsin for the first time in more than half a century, state farmers must also factor in low traditional crop and dairy prices—and a possible trade war—when considering adding hemp to their field rotation and market sales.

Jerry Clark, agricultural agent for UW-Extension-Chippewa County, said the extension has been fielding questions about hemp farming possibilities since the Wisconsin State Legislature approved the farming in November, which was allowed through the Farm Bill in 2014.

This is the first year in recent decades farmers can grow hemp in the state. The deadline to apply for a license and register is May 1.

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