Tennessee seeks farmers to grow hemp

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is looking for a few farmers interested in growing industrial hemp.

Applications are now open for farmers and producers to work with department in the production of industrial hemp.

The Tennessee General Assembly last year passed a law that legalized strains of low-THC varities of cannabis, as well as the measure to start a licensing program.

Currently, industrial hemp or Cannabis sativa L. is only allowed to be grown in Tennessee as part of a research or pilot project.

Cannabis sativa L. is the same plant species as marijuana but has significantly lower tetrahydroncannabinol (THC) content and is distinguished by its use and chemical makeup. This strain has been specifically bred for use in clothes, construction, oils and nutritional benefits.

In order to grow hemp, all applicants must complete and sign the Memorandum of Understanding that dictates what the farmer may or may not do as part of the program. This includes how to get the seeds and the process for reporting stolen hemp plants.

The application and memorandum are availble atwww.tn.gov/agriculture/regulatory/industrialhemp.shtml. All applications must indicate the type of cultivar to be used and quantity requested when returned to[email protected] or by mail to: Industrial Hemp Program, Consumer and Industry Services Division, TN Department of Agriculture, P.O. 40627, Nashville TN 37204.