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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has submitted the state’s plan to regulate industrial hemp to the USDA. With passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and issuing of USDA interim rules, states who wish to maintain oversight of industrial hemp production must submit a plan before Oct. 31.

For the 2019 growing season, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture issued 158 individual licenses under the industrial hemp program. This included 71 applicants who marked processing as part of their submission. The proposed total acreage to be grown by licensees is 2,531.

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Participants in West Virginia’s Potato Pilot Project and the West Virginia Division of Corrections are feeling the brunt of the Department of Agriculture’s decision to close the Huntington Aggregation Center.