While tightly controlled, Wisconsin farmers will soon be allowed to explore a cash crop in which Wisconsin led the nation in production decades ago.

Industrial hemp licensing applications are available for Wisconsin's research pilot program.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting applications with a May 1 deadline.

The U.S. Congress included a provision in the 2014 farm bill allowing states to do hemp research programs.

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Ken Krall ~ WXPR.org