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ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE INDUSTRIAL HEMP LICENSING PROGRAM

Welcome to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture (Department) Hemp Research Licensing Program (Program). The Program will continue to operate under federal 2014 Farm Bill guidelines for the 2021 season, as permitted by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, ratified into federal law on October 1, 2020. 

*A current list of Program Licensees can be found on the “Program Overview” web page tab* 

Full details surrounding the Program, including licensing applications and Program Rules, are all located on this Department website. All information about the Program is organized under different “program web page tabs” as listed below. If you have visited all of the Hemp Program web page tabs and still have questions about the Program, please send e-mail inquiries to industrialhemp@agriculture.arkansas.gov.

2021 Hemp Program Applications are now available! Visit the “Applications for Hemp Licensing” web page tab.

NEW Grower Application Deadline:  April 30th, 2021

NEW Processor/Handler Application Deadline:  NO Deadline – Accepted All-Year

RENEWAL Grower Application Deadline:  April 2nd, 2021

RENEWAL Processor/Handler Application Deadline:  May 28th, 2021

Grower applications received or post-marked after the dates indicated above will NOT be considered for participation to grow industrial hemp for the 2021 season. 

Prior to applying for licensure, an applicant MUST review the 2021 Grower Orientation PowerPoint as well as the 2021 Application Instruction Packet. Both documents are located on the Applications for Hemp Licensing web page tab. 

An applicant must also consider the new 2021 Program Fees and budget operations accordingly prior to applying for licensure. 

*Applications can be found here: Applications for Hemp Licensing*

Anyone interested in potentially entering this industry should first read and review ALL the Program’s webpage tabs as well as the Program’s Rules, the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Act of 2017, the 2021 Grower Orientation PowerPoint, and the 2021 Application Instructions Packet. 

It is also recommended that applicants read and familiarize themselves with all the Program request and report forms prior to applying for a license. All license holder Program request and report forms are located here: License Holders - Forms & Deadlines.

Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program Overview - Hemp Program Overview

This Program web page tab provides a general overview of the Hemp Program, including a list of current Hemp License Holders, Arkansas Seed Dealer/Labeler License information, and research season statistics. 

Hemp Program Rules & the Law - Hemp Program Rules & the Law

This Program webpage tab is where the Arkansas hemp-related Laws and Rules/Regulations are located. The Arkansas Industrial Hemp Research Program Rules were originally approved and issued by the Arkansas State Plant Board in August of 2018. This current rule reflects the approved and implemented proposed rule change from May 2019, and is effective as of May 30, 2020, which resulted in the implementation of Program Fees for the 2021 season. 

Applications for Hemp Licensing Hemp Program Applications

Interested in joining the Program? Visit this Program web page tab for both Grower and Processor/Handler License Applications. Both applications are available in ‘fillable’ Adobe PDF format. Make sure you first review the 2021 Grower Orientation PowerPoint as well as the 2021 Application Instructions Packet. 

License Holders – Forms & Deadlines - License Holders

License Holders are required to submit all Program reports and requests via email. This Program webpage tab contains all Program forms available in “fillable” Adobe PDF format, as well as a convenient list of deadlines and other helpful resources for hemp license holders, like an approved and registered pesticide product list. 

Restrictions on Sale or Transfer - Restrictions on Sale or Transfer

Planning to move or transact hemp materials? Have a question whether specific hemp material is considered publicly marketable? This is your one-stop Program web page tab for the transfer rules governing the Arkansas Hemp Program.

Hemp Resources & Additional LinksHemp Resources & Additional Links

This Program webpage tab contains helpful website links and resources pertaining to the industrial hemp industry in Arkansas and nationwide. 

If you have visited all of the Hemp Program web page tabs and still have questions about the Program, please send e-mail inquiries to industrialhemp@agriculture.arkansas.gov.