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ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE INDUSTRIAL HEMP LICENSING PROGRAM

Welcome to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture's (“Department”) Hemp Licensing Program. The 2020 program calendar year is the final year of the research pilot program, which means Arkansas will continue to operate under 2014 Farm Bill guidelines.

*Department update regarding 2021 Hemp Grower Applications: *

The Department is currently in the process of obtaining plan approval from the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”), as prompted by the 2018 Farm Bill. The current program exists under the 2014 Farm Bill, which allows states to establish research pilot programs, but this federal legislation set to expire on October 31, 2020.  Once Arkansas’ state hemp production plan is approved by the USDA, the Department will continue licensing growers and processor/handlers for the 2021 grow season. 

For more information, visit: https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/hemp

Once the Department receives hemp production plan approval from the USDA, the 2021 Hemp Grower Application will be posted here, on the Hemp Program’s website, under the “Applications for the Hemp Program” tab.  We greatly appreciate your patience as the Department continues to collaborate with the USDA.    

When the 2021 Grower Application is made available, the Department will accept 2021 Grower Applications until May 1st, 2021.  Grower Applications received or post-marked after this date will not be considered for participation to grow industrial hemp for the 2021 grow season.  Processor/Handler Applications will be accepted and reviewed year-round. 

Please keep in mind Program Fees are set to be implemented for the 2021 grow season.  The Program Fees should be taken into consideration before applying for a license.  Program Fee information is located within the Hemp Program Rules, Section 14, as well as on the “Hemp Program Rules & the Law” tab. 

*Applications can be found here: Industrial Hemp Applications*

Anyone interested in potentially growing, processing, or handling hemp in Arkansas should view the Program Rules, as well as the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act, which can be found here: Hemp Law & Rules Page.

It is also recommended to read through all the program forms prior to applying for a license. The program forms can be found here: License Holder Forms & Deadlines.

Full details for the Arkansas Department of Agriculture's Hemp Licensing Program, including applications and program rules, can be found on this website. All information about the Hemp Licensing Program is organized under different “program pages” as listed below.

Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program Overview - Hemp Program Overview

Provides a general overview of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture Hemp Program, including a list of current License Holders, Licensed AR Hemp Seed Dealer information, 2019 program year statistics, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Hemp Program Rules & the Law - Hemp Law & Rules

Here you will find all the hemp related Laws and Rules/Regulations, including the “Arkansas Industrial Hemp Research Program Rules & AR Hemp Act, which was originally approved and issued by the Arkansas State Plant Board in August 2018. This current rule reflects the approved & implemented proposed rule change from May 2019, and is effective as of May 30, 2020.

Applications for the Hemp Program - Industrial Hemp Applications

Interested in joining the program? Visit this page for the Grower and Processor/Handler License Applications. Both applications are available in Adobe PDF format.

License Holders – Forms & Deadlines - License Holder Forms & Deadlines

License Holders will now be submitting all reports and requests via email or post mail. This page contains all program forms available in “fillable” Adobe PDF format, as well as a convenient list of deadlines.

Restrictions on Sale or Transfer - Restrictions on Sale or Transfer

Planning to move hemp materials? This is your one-stop page for the hemp transfer rules governing the Arkansas Hemp Program.

Hemp Resources & Additional Links - Additional Hemp Resources & Links

This page contains helpful links and resources pertaining to the industrial hemp industry in general.

If you have visited all of Department’s hemp pages and still have questions about the program, please send inquiries to industrialhemp@agriculture.arkansas.gov.


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