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Hemp pilot program candidates may now apply

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Posted at 2:04 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 15:04:57-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Last month, Nebraska's Legislature passed LB 657, making hemp farming legal in Nebraska. With its passing, Nebraska's Department of Agriculture (NDA) was given authority to oversee the program and they say they're ready to accept applications to begin grow operations.

The NDA says, "The legislation gave NDA the authority to regulate the growing, harvesting and processing of hemp for research purposes in Nebraska under a licensing agreement until further action is taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture."

To legally grow hemp, parties must apply for a license to do so with the NDA. They say people can do so online at nda.nebraska.gov/hemp

Applications must be in by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 28.

The NDA also says, "Growing, handling and/or processing hemp without a signed license agreement from NDA is illegal in Nebraska. Additional information can be found at nda.nebraska.gov/hemp."