Program helps locate processors for hemp growers – Laredo Morning Times

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HURON COUNTY — Huron County is working on a pilot program to create an opportunity for industrial hemp growers to locate hemp processors.

The regional and statewide pilot is a project, handled by the Huron County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), with hopes of addressing the need identified during various meetings and discussions around the region.

“This has been a unique opportunity to create a platform that helps support a new sector of the agricultural industry,” said Carl Osentoski, executive director of Huron County’s EDC. “We have growers in the region and the state that are seeking hemp processors, so we decided to try and make those connections.”

While the effort is still a pilot, anyone in the state who is licensed to grow industrial hemp, and those licensed to process industrial hemp in Michigan by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, is able to register on the website — and hopefully make business connections.

“This is purely a voluntary program that we are piloting.” Osentoski said. “Our goal is to work to ensure our growers and processors have an opportunity to connect in an efficient way to grow their respective businesses.”

For more information contact Osentoski at 989-269-6431 or

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