The Missouri Department of Agriculture plans to begin taking hemp production license applications from interested and eligible producers as early as Monday.

Communications director Sami Jo Freeman says the department has been collecting public comment on its proposed rules for hemp production.

She says interested producers must complete a background check.

Freeman says applicants should plan for three major things.

Freeman adds that the department’s proposal spells out procedures for two different applications.

With Missouri’s industrial hemp program exiting the pilot stage, Freeman says there is no limit to how many producers or acres can receive a license to grow hemp.
Before permits are issued, the USDA is required to approve Missouri’s management plan.