Farmers can now apply for hemp production licenses through USDA

Producers who want to grow hemp in 2020 but live in a state that does not currently have a program can now apply for federal licenses.

The Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting license applications from producers whose states or tribes do not submit plans for approval.

The agency issued hemp rules in October but delayed acceptance of individual applications until now to allow time for states and tribal governments to submit their plans first.

Federal licenses aren’t available in states that have laws banning commercial growing of hemp, such as Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire and South Dakota.

Instead, federal licenses are an option for farmers in states with no plans to regulate hemp themselves. Members of American Indian tribes living in states that ban hemp are also eligible.

Farmers in states or tribes with approved hemp regulations are expected to enroll in those programs.

The USDA will not accept individual license requests from farmers in those states or tribes that already have submitted a state plan or have a draft production plan pending USDA approval.

The USDA accepts license applications year-round. Licenses are good for one calendar year.

License applications can be submitted electronically through the USDA Domestic Hemp Production Program website or sent by mail.

Copies of the license applications can be requested via email at [email protected].

3 comments on “Farmers can now apply for hemp production licenses through USDA
  1. Kim Bui on

    What is the requirement to farm hemp?
    Where the hemp manufacturing after harvest?
    Is there any test or inspection Peter hemp whole before or after?

  2. Fred W. Baumann Jr. on

    I am looking to “marry” the Hemp Industry to the Paper Industry. I know the current focus is on the CBD oils but after the plant goes through that process there will fiber that can be used to make paper products. I need help in this task. I am an owner in a wholesale paper [and plastic, foam and foil] company. We have been in business since 1950. Located in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky is rapidly becoming one of the leading producers of hemp through licensed growers. There are three paper product production plants in the state. I have contacts all over the United States in the paper Industry. I am talking about the large production operations.

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