Montana, Arizona plans OK’d

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Montana and Arizona have had their hemp plans approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under federal guidelines in the 2018 Farm Bill. Montana’s 37 licensed operators planted 2,540 acres of hemp in 2021 with 1,700 dedicated to grain, 590 planted for fiber and 250 acres planted for CBD flowers, state agriculture officials said. License applications for Montana outdoor producers are due to the Department of Agriculture May 30. Hemp acreage in Arizona was 1,130 in 2020, the most recent figures reported. The state licensed 160 growers and 70 processors that year. Operators in both states must obtain new licenses under the changes.

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