Farmers growing hemp in De Soto

For over 100 years, farmers in De Soto have had to adapt because of the changes in the economy and they’re hoping hemp is the next big thing.

MANHATTAN, KS -- Applications to obtain a license to participate in the new Kansas Industrial Hemp Research Program are now available on the Kansas Department of Agriculture website

The program allows for the licensing of growers, distributors and processors of industrial hemp as part of a research program.

To be considered, applicants must submit a research license application, including a research proposal, along with all required attachments, applicable fees, and fingerprint cards and waiver forms to submit to a state and national criminal history check. Applications materials must be submitted by March 1. 

KDA says the opportunity to grow a new crop in Kansas offers the potential for diversification for Kansas farmers looking for an alternative crop, or for new farming enterprises.

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