10 farms were awarded licenses to grow hemp products as part of a UN-L research program over the summer. The licenses were set to expire at the end of the year, but one of the farms was given an extension into 2020. The research being done at Midwest Hop Producers seeks to discover the best way to grow hemp in Nebraska. An important part of the research is testing CBD and THC levels as the plant grows. To assist with this part of the research, Annette Wiles has purchased a Purpl-Pro testing device. It allows them to test both levels right here in Nebraska. The tool will help them keep their plants within the legal limits of THC and help monitor the levels as the plants grow. The Department of Agriculture just granted the farm an extension through the first quarter of 2020.