CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is leading the way for the state's industrial hemp pilot program.

Farmers were allowed to apply for licenses to grow the crop in 2015 with 54 approved growers for the year compared to 63 this year.

Last year's crop was unsuccessful due to "late seeding, weed pressure and fungal diseases" according to an email sent to The Leaf-Chronicle from the Deputy Director of Communications for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Samantha Jean.

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