Like many small business owners, Josh Helberg is always looking for new ways to grow his business. But Helberg is taking the unusual step of literally growing a crop that could become building materials for his construction business – industrial hemp. This year is the second year of a Industrial Hemp Pilot Project through the
Josh Helberg is ready to plant hemp — but not for the reasons you think. A construction company owner who also owns farmland in west-central Minnesota, Helberg’s interest in the crop is purely industrial. “I’m committed to grow on our farmland and with all the benefits and uses, it’s going to be incredible,” he said.
ST. PAUL – Farmers eager to grow hemp as part of a newly authorized Minnesota pilot project are expressing frustration after being told by state regulators that chance won’t come soon. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture informed interested farmers in a recent email that there “are no opportunities to be involved with the pilot program
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A once-banished crop could soon sprout legally again in select Minnesota farm fields: hemp plants that lead to oils, lotions, seeds, rope fibers and other industrial uses. Minnesota lawmakers approved the “Industrial Hemp Development Act” this month, making theirs the latest among an expanding network of states to reconsider the commodity