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North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced that 35 proposals submitted for the industrial hemp pilot program have been approved....

    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced that 35 proposals submitted for the industrial hemp pilot program have been approved. Those producers will plant a total of 3,064 acres in 17 counties. The 2017 growing season marks a substantial increase from the 70 acres of industrial hemp planted in North Dakota in 2016.

    "Industrial hemp may only be grown in North Dakota through the North Dakota Department of Agriculture's pilot program or by institutions of higher education," Goehring said. "The program's primary goal is to increase our knowledge of how industrial hemp fits into the existing agriculture landscape and economy. The producers will also be researching various field practices."

    The approved producers will focus research on the following areas:

· Seed conditioning

· Variety trials

· Planting date trials

· Grain and fiber production

· Grain and fiber processing (including oil extraction, roasting and germination testing post processing)

· Soil compaction and improvement

· Organic growth

· Utilizing fiber for animal bedding

· Pollinators

· Marketing

    A provision in the 2014 farm bill gives authority to state departments of agriculture to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. Proposals were ranked by a committee and ultimately approved by the agriculture commissioner.

    This is the second year individuals will be able to grow industrial hemp in North Dakota. North Dakota State University's Langdon Research Extension Center has also been planting hemp in research plots since 2015.

    Industrial hemp can be used for oil, fiber, textiles, recycling, automotive, furniture, food, paper, construction materials and personal care.


    FARGO, ND - On Friday, USDA will release its March 1 stocks and US 2017 planted acres by crop reports. Some industry members are expecting oil sunflower acres to show a decrease from 2016. Confection sunflower acres are expected to be equal to or slightly higher than last year. Most private firms look for corn and wheat acres to decrease with soybeans showing a large increase from last year.


    FARGO, ND - The National Sunflower Association has welcomed new board members. Bruce Speich joins the NSA Board of Directors as a farmer representative from North Dakota's District 3 in Sargent County. Speich replaces Arnold Woodbury of Wyndmere, ND. Woodbury decided not to seek reelection. He had served on the NSA Board of Directors since 2009. Ben Vig was also reelected to another term as the District 2 representative from Steele County. This is Vig's third term on the Board. He was first elected in 2011.


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)



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