A month after the latest farm bill legalized industrial hemp as a crop plant, Minnesota's hemp program coordinator has been swamped with phone calls.

"I get calls a lot from county commissioners and local economic development authorities in various rural areas who are really eager to get more information and potentially invest in processing facilities in their area," said Margaret Wiatrowski, who works for the state Department of Agriculture.

When Congress passed the 2018 farm bill in December, it removed hemp from the federal controlled substances list. And now, farmers, municipal leaders and producers across the state are clamoring to learn more.

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Dan Gunderson ~ Minnesota Public Radio

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