Almost 2,100 applications to grow or process industrial hemp have been received by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection for 2019, nearly a six-fold increase from the less than 350 licenses issued in 2018.

A money maker for Wisconsin farmers decades ago could become a money maker for new growers today.

Industrial hemp, an old crop that started anew in Wisconsin agriculture last year, could turn into a full-fledged industry this year if the number of applications to grow it is an indication.

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