It’s springtime for hemp — the dawn of a new age for Minnesota agriculture.

“This is pretty sweet!” yelled Charlie Levine, over the clatter of his hemp-planting rig.

He kicked off the growing season last week on his Waconia farm, joining the stampede of 562 farmers rushing into the hemp market this year.

Hemp has been de-criminalized by the federal government, opening the floodgates for cultivation.

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Bob Shaw ~ Pioneer Press