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License Holders – Forms & Deadlines

HEMP PROGRAM FORMS

Quality Control and Compliance Required Confidential Information Form
2021 Processor-Handler Application
2021 Destruction Request Form
2021 Domestic Seed-Propagule Request Form
2021 Field Planting Report Form
2021 Greenhouse Planting Report Form
2021 Harvest Request Form
2021 Hemp Material Transfer Request Form
2021 Site Modification Request Form
2021 Processor-Handler Application

This Program webpage is intended to provide Hemp Program license holders with specific details and deadlines associated with the Program. All Program paperwork can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

All Program Request or Report forms must be submitted via e-mail to industrialhemp@agriculture.arkansas.gov. Please do NOT post-mail Program Report or Request Forms. E-mail use ensures the timely receipt of time-sensitive Program paperwork.

PAYING FOR PROGRAM FEES & PROGRAM INVOICING

All Program fee payments must be post-mailed to the Department WITH associated invoicing or program paperwork attached to the check, cash, or money order. The Program does not have online payment capabilities at this time, but this option may be available in the near future.

The Department will e-mail Program Invoices to approved licensees. All invoices will be due by the due date listed on the invoice, usually within thirty (30) days.

Again, all program payments must be post-mailed to the Department with associated invoice or Program paperwork. Failure to provide necessary paperwork with post-mailed payment may result in payment delays, which then may result in delays in licensing, requests, lab reports, etc.

PROGRAM PAPERWORK: REPORT AND REQUEST FORMS

Please read all instructions associated with each Program form prior to submitting the form via e-mail. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a Program Form, call (501) 225-1598 or e-mail industrialhemp@agriculture.arkansas.gov for assistance.
*All paperwork for the Program can be found at the bottom of this webpage.*

All Program forms are available as ‘fillable’ Adobe PDF documents. If Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on your computer or device (free download, here: https://acrobat.adobe.com/us/en/acrobat/pdf-reader.html), then you should be able to type directly into the Program forms and e-mail the final document to industrialhemp@agriculture.arkansas.gov.

SUMMARY OF VARIETIES LIST

The Summary of Varieties List for the 2021 growing season is now available.

Summary of Varieties – 2021

Licensed growers should first review this Summary of Varieties list prior to selecting hemp varieties to grow for the 2021 season. 

If a variety has been designated by the Department as a “Variety of Concern,” you are still permitted to grow the variety, but do so cautiously and responsibly.  Make sure to monitor your THC levels throughout the season using a licensed third-party laboratory to ensure compliance with the 0.3% THC threshold up until harvest.   

If the variety you are interested in growing for the 2021 season has not been approved by the Program, you must request the new variety by submitting a Domestic Seed/Propagule Request Form to the Department before purchasing or obtaining the variety.

PURCHASING & OBTAINING SEEDS OR TRANSPLANTS

License holders that wish to purchase seeds or transplants (also known as propagules, clones, seedlings, etc.) should first determine whether the hemp variety or strain has been approved for growing with the Program, or if the variety has been determined by the Department to be a Prohibited Variety or Variety of Concern. This is done by referring to the “Summary of Varieties” List located on this webpage.

Once you have selected a Program-approved variety, you are ready to obtain the material. Transferring viable hemp seed or hemp transplants have similar transfer requirements. The following documents/records must always be in possession of the transporter OR included within a shipping container:

1)  Company or Individual’s Transfer Documentation:  This could be a company or individual’s bill of lading document, manifest document, or similar transfer documentation, OR the Program’s Hemp Material Transfer Request Form.

2)  Copies of ALL Hemp License Certificates:  The company or individual you are purchasing material from MUST be licensed to grow or handle hemp within their state, and you need to retain copies of this license with your files. You may also be asked to supply them with a copy of your own license certificate.

3)  Copies of Arkansas Seed Dealer Licenses OR Nurseryman License / Phytosanitary Certificate:  If obtaining seed, must have copy of Arkansas Seed Dealer/Labeler’s License with transfer records. If obtaining transplants or rooted plants, must have copy of Nurseryman’s License Certificate or a phytosanitary certificate issued from a state’s department of agriculture. Rooted plants cannot come into Arkansas without either a Nurseryman’s license or phytosanitary certificate accompanying the rooted plants.

4)  Valid Lab Analysis Sheets or Certificates of Analysis: COAs or Lab Analysis Sheets must be representative of the variety’s mature plant Total THC analysis.

If you have any questions regarding transfers of hemp seed or hemp transplants, please feel free to e-mail industrialhemp@agriculture.arkansas.gov, or call (501) 225-1598.

For information about the Arkansas Seed Dealer/Labeler License, contact the Department Seed Section or visit:  https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/plant-industries/seed-section/ For information about the Arkansas Nurseryman’s License, contact the Department Nursery/Landscaping Licensing Program or visit:  https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/plant-industries/regulatory-section/nursery-landscaping-licensing-program/

ARKANSAS HEMP SEED & TRANSPLANT PROVIDERS

Hemp Seed Providers/Companies in Arkansas:

You must be licensed as either a Hemp Grower or Hemp Processor/Handler to legally possess viable hemp seed in Arkansas. Not only do you need the Arkansas Seed Dealer/Labeler’s License to sell or distribute the viable hemp seed, but you also need to hold an actual hemp license with the Department Program. An individual or company distributing or selling viable hemp seed must also verify hemp licenses issued by a state’s department of agriculture prior to any transaction of viable hemp seed. You should also refer to that state’s rules/regulations and laws governing seed transactions.

Hemp Transplant Providers/Companies in Arkansas:

First and foremost, you must be licensed as either a Hemp Grower or Hemp Processor/Handler by the Department to legally possess or sell live hemp plants in Arkansas. If you will be regularly selling or transferring rooted plants/transplants across state lines, you may need the Arkansas Nurseryman’s License issued by the Department Nursery/Landscaping Program. If you will only be occasionally selling or transferring rooted plants/transplants across state lines, you may not need the Nurseryman’s license, but you WILL need a phytosanitary certificate from the Department for EACH transfer of rooted plants across state lines. An individual or company distributing or selling rooted plants/transplants must also verify hemp licenses issued by a state’s department of agriculture prior to any transaction of live plants.

PESTICIDE PRODUCT USE ON HEMP

An approved Hemp Pesticide Products List for Arkansas Licensed Hemp Growers can be found below.

All pesticide products in Arkansas must be registered for use with the Department Pesticide Section. Additionally, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates most pesticides that are sold and distributed in the United States. The EPA has approved forty-eight (48) different pesticide products labeled specifically for industrial hemp application, but not all these products are registered and labeled for use within the State of Arkansas. An approved Pesticide Product List is posted on this webpage, which is maintained by the Hemp Program.

For more information regarding registered pesticide products for hemp from the EPA, visit https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/pesticide-products-registered-use-hemp.  

Even though a product may be registered with the EPA, this does not mean it is registered for use in Arkansas. 

Some Minimum Risk Pesticides are labeled for hemp or—while not specifically labeled for hemp—can still be applied to hemp. While there are more products available for hemp use now, there are still only a few pesticides specifically labeled for hemp application. Minimum Risk Pesticides (sometimes called 25b pesticides) do not have to be registered with the EPA but are regulated and registered by the Department. Both state and federal law require that the labels on Minimum Risk Pesticides be followed. Some Minimum Risk Pesticides are labeled broadly enough that hemp can be covered. This can cause confusion about what products can be used and how. As part of the directions for use, these labels will specify the particular crop and sites (field, greenhouse, etc.) to which they can be applied. 

ARKANSAS APPROVED HEMP PESTICIDES LIST

The Program has compiled a list of registered pesticide products that are permitted for use on hemp in Arkansas. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement of a pesticide company’s claim nor a recommendation of a product. Hemp Program staff will update the approved pesticides list as products that are registered and labeled specifically for hemp application/use in Arkansas become available. The Department registers thousands of pesticide products annually, so it is possible an approved pesticide for hemp may have been unintentionally excluded from this list.

Hemp Producers/Growers are responsible for determining which pesticides can be legally used and in what manner.  The Department encourages growers to work with processors or purchasers on what will be acceptable for use. For more information about pesticide use on hemp in Arkansas, please contact the Department Pesticide Section, or submit your question to industrialhemp@agriculture.arkansas.gov.

FIELD PLOT SIGNAGE

All outdoor hemp plots in Arkansas’s Program MUST have signage posted at each Field Location ID or outdoor plot where hemp is planted or grown. This was a direct request from law enforcement and is also a Program Rule.

The Program has provided a Field Plot Signage template for licensees to utilize for their outdoor hemp plots. The sign templates are available in two sizes and are in “fillable” PDF format on this webpage.  Make sure your Location ID name exactly matches the name listed on Page 2+ of your license certificate.

Hemp Field Plot Signage – 8.5 x 11

Hemp Field Plot Signage – 11 x 17 

2021 HARVEST SEASON: DEPARTMENT SAMPLING & THC-TESTING OF HEMP

The Department samples and tests 100% of all hemp plots produced by license holders prior to harvest. After the Department collects pre-harvest or post-harvest compliance samples, the Department Plant Industries Chemistry Lab conducts the compliance laboratory testing to ensure state and federal law compliance with the 0.3% Total THC threshold. Refer to the 2021 Sampling & Testing Guidelines below.

If you request to harvest a plot with a Harvest Request Form, you MUST completely harvest the plot within fifteen (15) days starting the day after the Department has collected the compliance sample(s); you CANNOT wait to harvest your requested plot. If you request to harvest a plot, and the Department collects a pre-harvest sample from the plot, you MUST completely harvest the plot by the fifteenth (15th) day. You cannot wait!

The Department will report THC test results via e-mail as soon as results are available. This is the regulatory compliance lab report that determines whether a hemp plot is permitted to go to market or not.  

Harvest season with the Program is incredibly fast-paced and time-sensitive. It is imperative that license holders: 1) read Section 10 of Program Rules, 2) read the 2021 Sampling & Testing Guidelines document, and 3) check e-mails frequently for any communications from the Department.

Hemp growers are highly encouraged to monitor THC levels once plants begin maturing by using an independent third-party laboratory. Third-party lab results do NOT permit a license holder to market a hemp plot. For now, private labs are not permitted to conduct the official regulatory test, only the Department. At this time, the Department is the only entity authorized to conduct the official THC compliance testing and does not offer THC testing or any other lab testing as an additional lab service.

2021 Sampling Testing and Disposal Guidelines

The Hemp Research Program Rules direct the Department to publish annual Sampling & Testing Guidelines for regulating all hemp material produced or grown with the Program.

This document covers: 1) how all pre-harvested and post-harvested hemp plots are sampled by Department staff, 2) the licensee’s responsibilities when receiving a specific lab report from the Department, 3) how to determine whether hemp is compliant or noncompliant from the Department lab report, and 4) how to dispose of noncompliant hemp materials produced under the Department Program.  

Please remember that all Department lab reports will be e-mailed directly to licensees as soon as the COA or lab report is available from the Plant Industries Chemistry Lab. Do not wait to harvest your plot(s) waiting on the Department lab report!