Please note: USDA is currently accepting license applications from producers in Hawaii, New Hampshire, and Mississippi due to those states opting to use a USDA plan. Growers in any other state or tribe that makes a similar decision may also apply for a license under the USDA plan. 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.
Licenses issued for producers in Hawaii will not be effective until November 1, 2020.
To apply for a USDA hemp production license, you will need to provide USDA with a completed application form (pdf) and a copy of your FBI criminal history report. Remember to include FBI criminal history reports for all key participants listed on the application.
Please send your completed application and FBI criminal history report to email@example.com. If approved, you will receive an email message from USDA with your license and further instructions.
If you are unable to apply electronically, you may mail the required documents to:
USDA/AMS/Specialty Crops Program
470 L’Enfant Plaza, SW,
PO Box 23192
Washington, DC 20026
Be advised that USDA is experiencing delays in processing paper applications as a result of Covid-19. We encourage you to submit your application electronically.
Remember that in order to meet sampling and testing requirements, producers are responsible for securing their own sampling agents and laboratories.
If you have questions about applying for a USDA hemp program license, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USDA Producer Reporting Forms
These forms are to be completed by producers that hold a USDA issued license only. Please submit reporting forms via email to email@example.com.
This form collects disposal information of cannabis that tested above the 0.3 percent THC threshold legal limit under the USDA Program. The form includes the producer’s name and address, license number, location information for the production area subject to disposal, information on the agent handling the disposal, and the date when the disposal was completed. This form needs to be submitted to USDA no later than 30 days after the disposal date listed on the form.
This form will be filled out by each licensed producer under the USDA program. Each licensee must fill out annual production data including acreages planted, harvested and disposed of under their license. This form is required to be submitted to USDA on December 15th of each year.
Once your application is approved, remember to bring your license certificate with you when you visit your local Farm Service Agency field office to report your hemp crop acreage.
- Crop Acreage Reporting (pdf)
- Guidance on Servicing Direct and Guaranteed Loans with Hemp Producers (pdf)
- 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
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