Licenses issued under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program are for growing industrial hemp, not medical or recreational marijuana. Marijuana remains a Federally controlled substance and is illegal to cultivate under Federal law. Individuals or businesses who hold a State issued medical or recreational marijuana license are prohibited from obtaining a USDA hemp production license.
USDA is currently only accepting applications from producers located in the following States:
and from the following tribes:
Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation
White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
Walker River Paiute Tribe
USDA hemp production applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. If you are located in another state or are a member of an Indian tribe, please contact your State Department of Agriculture or Tribal Government (pdf) for licensing instructions.
To apply for a USDA hemp production license, you will need to create an account using the Hemp eManagement Platform (HeMP) and use HeMP to submit a USDA Hemp Application and a copy of your FBI Identity History Summary Check.
The FBI Identity History Summary Check ensures no licensed USDA hemp producer has a felony conviction related to a controlled substance in the last 10 years. Applicants and their key participants will need to include completed FBI reports with the USDA producer application through HeMP at the time of submission. FBI reports cannot be dated more than 60 days from the date of USDA producer application submission. Applications without accompanying FBI reports will be returned. For more information on obtaining your FBI Identity History Summary, please visit the FBI's Criminal Justice Service website.
If you have questions we can be reached at (888) 721-HEMP(4367) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that to meet sampling and testing requirements, producers are responsible for securing their own sampling agents and laboratories. All reporting required of USDA licensed producers can be done directly in the Hemp eManagement Platform (HeMP). Please view these instructions for Information on creating or accessing a HeMP account.
- Vermont 2022 Hemp Webinar
- North Carolina Hemp Program Transition Webinar
- Wisconsin Transition Webinar
- Webinar Slides for USDA Licensed Hemp Producers – April 2021 (pdf)
- Crop Acreage Reporting (pdf)
- Guidance on Servicing Direct and Guaranteed Loans with Hemp Producers (pdf)
- Video - How to Manage Producer Compliance Activities
- Video - How to Apply for a Hemp License
- Video - How to Create a Sampling Event
- Video - How to Manage Harvest Details
- NIFA’s Industrial Hemp page (For grant information)
- American Seed Trade Association’s website
- Publication 52 Revision: New Mailability Policy for Cannabis and Hemp-Related Products
- EPA - Pesticide Products Registered for Use on Hemp
- Notice on Importation of Hemp Seeds