Montana hemp farmers can purchase seeds in time for growing season
Tester’s efforts force Department of Agriculture to issue new trade notice, greenlighting emerging industry
April 24, 2019
From the office of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., delivered some news to Montana hemp farmers Friday, saying, “There is no more red tape keeping farmers from growing hemp in Montana.”
Tester successfully pushed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue new guidance and allow Montana producers to purchase their hemp seeds from Canada. Prior to Tester’s push, farmers weren’t allowed to purchase hemp seeds as a result of USDA’s inaction to approve Montana’s updated hemp growing plans.
“This welcome news will ensure producers can purchase and clean t...