Dakota college in Bottineau is attempting to make Hemp History by offering a new program in hemp production.
The college is applying to the State Board of Higher Education for permission to teach a two year degree and a certificate program in hemp cultivation. If approved, classes could start as early as January 2020.
Campus Dean Jerry Migler recognizes the potential of this revitalized crop and the new opportunities it can bring the state.
The curriculum will focus on growing low THC industrial hemp, for industrial and commercial purposes. It will be a two year degree program, with the option of a shorter certificate program.
North Dakota was one of a number of states that implemented the hemp pilot program in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill. The program was for research purposes only. As a result of the federal legalization last year, the state now has more than 50 growers.
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