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; David Monson grows wheat, barley and canola, on 700 acres in Osnabruck, a little town in the northeast corner of North Dakota. But wheat has sometimes been a problem crop for farmers in recent years. So Monson, who’s also a Republican state legislator, wanted to help farmers find a way to switch to another cash crop. He happened to read about hemp.



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Hemp has played a role in world commerce for thousands of years. The plant was originally cultivated in China to make rope as well as fish nets. Hemp was widely grown for use in paper-making early in America’s history. In fact, the Declaration of Independence is written on parchment containing hemp fibers.

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North Dakota Department of Agriculture

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