Hemp breeders can now put a patent on their strands. On April 24, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture announced that hemp farmers can apply for intellectual property (IP) protection for seed-propagated hemp through the Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO). The PVPO provides IP protection for breeders of new varieties of plants. Under the PVPO, successful applicants will be able to prevent other cultivators from selling their specifically developed strand of hemp for 20 years. Interested cultivators can apply or IP protection using the office’s electronic application filing system.