For the first time in generations, Minnesota farmers are planting hemp.

“We’re the first ones putting seeds in the ground since the 1950s,” said Ken Anderson, watching as a bottle-blue tractor trundled across a field near Hastings on a sunny Friday afternoon.

The 8.5-acre tract is the first of at least half a dozen hemp fields to be cultivated this summer under the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s new industrial hemp pilot project.

The seeds should have been in the ground a month ago, but bureaucratic delays and shipping companies leery of carrying a cargo of cannabis delayed delivery.

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