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USDA approves development of hemp for Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa - KFYR-TV

BELCOURT, N.D. – The United States Department of Agriculture recently approved the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa to grow hemp on tribal lands. The signing of the Farm Bill in December of 2018 legalized industrial hemp. Now, hemp is coming to the Turtle Mountain Reservation, in the form of the project “Green Buffalo.” “Our traditions …

Farmers deliver raw hemp biomass, dried to 10% moisture, to Prairie Products in Fargo. The company uses 190-proof denatured ethanol to remove CBD oil. Photo taken Feb. 3, in south Fargo. Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service

The tribe began looking to hemp as a potential avenue for economic development on the reservation two years ago, when President Donald Trump legalized the cultivation and production of hemp and its derivatives as part of the 2018 farm bill, Thomas said. Through their partnership with the USDA, he hopes to form long-term relationships with …