Montana hemp growing in popularity among farmers

Montana hemp growing in popularity among farmers

Posted: Updated:

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials say hemp is growing in popularity as a crop among farmers in Montana.

The Billings Gazette reports that statistics released by the Montana Department of Agriculture indicate there are 277 farmers now licensed by the state to grow hemp.

Agriculture department Director Ben Thomas estimates there are between 70 and 78 square miles (181 and 202 square kilometers) on which hemp is being grown.

Officials say Montana was growing hemp before the 2018 federal farm bill loosened regulations and interest has grown since then.

Officials say about 65 farmers attended a recent meeting of hemp growers, although only one had turned a profit so far.

Farmers say they are interested in selling hemp and extracting oil from plants to sell in the growing market for CBD products.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Pigeons in cowboy hats spotted around Las Vegas

    Pigeons in cowboy hats spotted around Las Vegas

    Wednesday, December 11 2019 1:15 AM EST2019-12-11 06:15:57 GMT
    Screenshot via Facebook/Bobby LeeScreenshot via Facebook/Bobby Lee
    Screenshot via Facebook/Bobby LeeScreenshot via Facebook/Bobby Lee

    It looks like everyone in Las Vegas is in National Finals Rodeo spirit. Even the pigeons.  

    It looks like everyone in Las Vegas is in National Finals Rodeo spirit. Even the pigeons.  

  • Western governors form council to target invasive species

    Western governors form council to target invasive species

    Tuesday, December 10 2019 6:37 PM EST2019-12-10 23:37:32 GMT
    Credit: USDACredit: USDA
    Credit: USDACredit: USDA

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — States need to work together to stop the spread of invasive species, Western governors say.

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — States need to work together to stop the spread of invasive species, Western governors say.

  • Agriculture organizations react to USMCA agreement

    Agriculture organizations react to USMCA agreement

    Tuesday, December 10 2019 6:12 PM EST2019-12-10 23:12:24 GMT

    After it was announced Democrats and the White House had reached an agreement for the USMCA, many ag groups released statements of support.  National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Jennifer Houston  ..

    After it was announced Democrats and the White House had reached an agreement for the USMCA, many ag groups released statements of support.  National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Jennifer Houston  ..

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 Frankly and RFDTV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service , and Ad Choices .