Legalization of industrial hemp production in the 2018 Farm Bill increased interest in growing the crop in Michigan. Commercial production of industrial hemp is now legal in all 50 states, giving each state regulatory authority and opening the door for the re-development of a domestic hemp industry. In Michigan, growers and processors are required to register their hemp acres and facilities with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and submit crop samples for THC testing. Research conducted by MSU will soon provide region-specific data on growing requirements. In the meantime, MSU Extension has published a bulletin compiling the best information available, recommending growers review production data established in Ontario, Canada, as soils and climates are similar to Michigan.
- Ongoing MSU Extension educational efforts in the form of a website and bulletins focus on general information about industrial hemp.
- In summer 2019, MSU Extension webinars reached nearly 600 participants interested in growing industrial hemp in Michigan.