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Nebraska Hemp

In this 2013 file photo, a woman stands in a hemp field at a farm in Springfield, Colo. 

Growers looking at the possibility of growing hemp this season can apply for a license with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

The department announced Friday morning that applications are available online at nda.nebraska.gov/hemp. Those interested have only a week to apply. They are due by 5 p.m. on June 28.

To legally grow or process hemp in Nebraska, people must apply for and receive a signed license agreement from the department. Licenses for individuals and businesses are for research purposes only at this time.

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Growing, handling and processing hemp without a signed license agreement is illegal in Nebraska, the department reiterated. Additional information can be found at nda.nebraska.gov/hemp.

The Legislature passed a bill (LB657) late this session that was signed into law by Gov. Pete Ricketts with an emergency clause, meaning it went into effect at the time the bill was signed.

The Nebraska Hemp Farming Act establishes a state hemp program within the Department of Agriculture, which regulates 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.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7228 or jyoung@journalstar.com

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