Farmer interest in hemp heating up:Farmers brave winter’s worst to learn about state’s pilot program to grow industrial hemp

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MADISON, Minn. — Blowing snow and sub-zero temperatures didn't stop more than 80 people from traveling the roads of western Minnesota Thursday, Jan. 11, to reach the aptly-named Frozen Farm...

Robert Mitchell, founder of The Hemp Connection of Tulsa, Oklahoma, (center) visits with Doug Breberg, Dawson, (left) and Brad Kurtz, of Renville County, during the Frozen Farm Forum held in Madison on Friday. Kurtz holds a 1913 book on Minnesota agriculture that devoted a chapter to hemp production in the state. Tom Cherveny / Forum News service
John Dinse, who farms in the Owatonna area (left) and Bryan Biegler, who farms in the Lake Wilson area, answered questions at the Frozen Farm Forum in Madison on Friday about the hemp crops they raised last year. Tom Cherveny / Forum News service
Sub-zero temperatures and blowing snow did not deter more than 80 people with an interest in the possibility of raising hemp in Minnesota to attend the Frozen Farm Forum in Madison on Thursday. Tom Cherveny / Forum News service
As part of a research project, University of Minnesota officials prepare to plant hemp at a field near Rosemount, Minnesota. (Minnesota Department of Agriculture photo)
A stand of hemp quickly takes root in a field. (Minnesota Department of Agriculture photo)
Many industrial hemp farmers in Minnesota have found that conventional equipment can be used to harvest hemp. Here a producer uses a combine with a soybean head attached to harvest the hemp seeds. (Minnesota Department of Agriculture photo)

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