Agriculture department schedules hemp orientation meetings – New Orleans CityBusiness

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is hosting free voluntary orientation meetings for people interested in cultivating, processing and transporting industrial hemp in the state. Topics of discussion will include license requirements, seed acquisition, cultivation, processing and transportation regulations and requirements.

The meetings will be held on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 with morning and afternoon sessions offered each day at LDAF headquarters on Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed.

Participants must register to attend. More information is available at LDAF’s website.

Louisiana lawmakers legalized industrial hemp this year. Officials hope the federal government will approve the state’s industrial hemp program by Jan. 1 so they can begin issuing licenses, allowing farmers to begin planting the new crop next spring.

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