The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the State of Minnesota’s hemp production plan this week. The plan governs the production and regulation of hemp in Minnesota and needed federal approval as part of the USDA’s U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. While the plan is now approved, Minnesota will continue to operate under the state’s pilot program.

Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen, called it “a major step forward,” but noted there are still concerns over some of the regulations imposed on states and tribal governments, such as testing equipment.  

“We look forward to continuing our dialogue with USDA so we can ensure Minnesota’s hemp growers and processors are successful in this fledging industry” Petersen said.