Louisiana hemp plan approved

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Louisiana’s plan to regulate industrial hemp farming. Louisiana is one of the first three states to be approved under the 2018 federal farm bill, along with New Jersey and Ohio and three Native American tribes.

“With the USDA approving our state industrial hemp plan, the pieces of the regulatory puzzle are falling into place,” Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said. “We are now able to move forward and begin accepting industrial hemp license applications.”

Anyone growing, handling, transporting or processing industrial hemp or hemp seed will be required to have a license issued by the LDAF. All applicants are required to submit a completed application, background check and license fees.