The Montana Department of Agriculture is seeking applicants for a Montana Hemp Advisory Committee after hemp growers unanimously supported the committee’s formation during two public meetings.

The deadline for growers to apply is Thursday, February 21.

“We’ve heard from growers across the state and there is significant interest in forming a hemp advisory committee,” said MDA Director Ben Thomas. “With Montana being the nation’s #1 hemp-producing state, having a committee to advise on research, marketing and education efforts will be a big benefit to our growers.”

Earlier this year, MDA received a verified petition from 25 Montana hemp growers to create a Montana Hemp Advisory Committee, according to a press release.

After receiving the petition, MDA held two listening sessions with growers, in Sidney on January 31 and in Helena on February 7. Growers present at those meetings unanimously voted to proceed with the formation of a committee.

Those interested in serving on the committee can find an application here.

Finished applications can be sent to MDA:
Via email: 
agr@mt.gov
Via mail at: 
Montana Department of Agriculture
Hemp Advisory Committee
302 N. Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

A press release states that after the application period, Thomas will evaluate the applications and make appointments, officially forming the committee.

In addition to advising MDA on research, marketing and education efforts, the committee will be responsible for proposing an assessment and collection method for a Montana hemp checkoff. Any proposed assessment and method of collection will then be submitted to all known Montana hemp growers for a formal vote, according to the press release.

Source: https://krtv.com/news/montana-and-regional-news/2019/02/13/mda-seeking-applicants-for-montana-hemp-advisory-committee/