The Montana Department of Agriculture has opened a new in-state Hemp Marketplace for buyers and sellers, mitigating the often complicated contract communication of this new industry.
“With hemp being a relatively new crop grown in Montana, the department recognizes that these markets are still developing,” MDA Director Ben Thomas said in a public statement. “The Hemp Marketplace was developed to help facilitate connections between buyers and sellers. I’m looking forward to seeing how the marketplace will continue to advance the industry.”
On Nov. 10, for example, a grower in Scobey, Mont., had listed 60 bales of X-59 fiber for sale. “Loading and delivery help available,” according to the listing.
As local news outlets reported, the Hemp Marketplace mirrors Montana’s Hay Hotline, where hay and pasture products are bought and sold.
Hemp listings may only be added to the marketplace by licensed growers. The service is offered free of charge.