Q. What is the difference between hemp (industrial hemp) and marijuana?
A. Both hemp and marijuana are Cannabis sativa. However, in simple words, hemp is bred for CBD, grain and/or fiber production, whereas marijuana is bred for the Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) production.
Q. Can I grow hemp legally in Missouri and if so what are the requirements?
A. Yes but you need to get a license from the state of Missouri Department of Agriculture before you begin buying hemp seeds. See more details about obtaining a license to grow hemp in the Missouri Department of Agriculture website http://www.agriculture.mo.gov/plants/industrial-hemp
Q. Where can I learn about hemp production?
A. Lincoln University regularly organizes hemp field days in various parts of Missouri. Please regularly check here.
Q. Is it legal to use medical marijuana in Missouri?
A. Please visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for more information.
Q. Can I buy hemp seed or propagules?
A. Only a Missouri State Department of Agriculture's approved producer can buy hemp seeds. A licensed grower can purchase hemp seeds from any of three sources:
- Missouri agricultural hemp seed and propagule permit holder
- State or territory approved hemp program
- Supplier approved by USDA for international importation
You should always regularly check with the Missouri Department of Agriculture for the most current and accurate information.
Q. Can I use pesticides on industrial hemp?
A. Currently, few biopesticides are approved by EPA, but it does not mean that those pesticides are legal to use in Missouri. Growers should check the pesticide label to find out if it is approved to use on industrial hemp in Missouri.
Q. Where can I get more information about industrial hemp production and crop protection practices?
A. Lincoln University of Missouri has experts in plant sciences, plant breeding, entomology, plant pathology, and economics. Please feel free to contact these experts.
Q. How do I find out more information about diseases and insect pests in industrial hemp plants?
A. You can contact our Plant Pathologist (Dr. Jaimin Patel) at email@example.com and entomologist (Dr. Clement Akotsen-Mensah) at firstname.lastname@example.org for disease and insect pest-related concerns.