Plant Industries

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License Holders – Forms & Deadlines

This program webpage is designed to provide license holders with specific details and deadlines associated with the program. Program forms may be submitted via email to industrialhemp@agriculture.arkansas.gov or post-mailed to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture (Department).

Program forms are available as ‘fillable’ Adobe PDF documents, but you must have Adobe PDF installed on your computer in order to use this function.

All program forms can be found below.

Please read all instructions associated with each form prior to submission.

PURCHASE OF SEEDS OR TRANSPLANTS

License holders intending to purchase seeds or transplants should first determine whether or not the variety or strain intended for purchase has been approved for growing with the Department's Hemp Research Program.

*a published “Summary of Approved Varieties List” will be generated very soon, we greatly appreciate your patience*

Until this list is published, you can verify with Department's Hemp Staff whether a variety has been approved for growing or not.

If a variety you’re wishing to obtain has not be approved with the Department's Hemp Research Program quite yet, you must request the variety using the Domestic Seed/Propagule Request Form before obtaining seed or transplants.

Once the variety is approved, you must request the actual movement of seed or transplants using the Hemp Material Transfer Request Form. Make sure all necessary documents are attached with each transfer request submitted. Seed companies are required to have an AR Seed Dealer/Labeler License. Transplants requesting to be moved into the state must have either 1) a phytosanitary certificate issued by that state’s department of agriculture or 2) a Nursery license. Please attach necessary licensure with your Hemp Material Transfer Request.

Keep in mind hemp seed companies must 1) be licensed to grow industrial hemp within their respective state, and 2) must be licensed to deal seed into the State of Arkansas with the AR Seed Dealer/Labeler License. For more information about this license, visit the Arkansas Department of Agriculture Seed License or contact the Department Seed Section. Department Hemp Program staff will be unable to assist you with this license.

SELLING SEED AND TRANSPLANTS

If you are a licensed grower who plans to sell seeds or transplants, you are required to abide by additional regulations governing seed distribution and out-of-state transport of live plants, as well as the Arkansas Department of Agriculture Hemp Program Rules. Viable seed and live plants shall only be permitted to be sold to entities licensed through a state’s department of agriculture. Any movements of viable seed or transplants MUST be documented using the Hemp Material Transfer Request Form.

For more information pertaining to AR Seed Laws and regulations, contact the Department Seed Section.

For more information pertaining to AR transplant/nursery laws and regulations, contact the Department Nursery Section.

PESTICIDE USE FOR INDUSTRIAL HEMP

All pesticides used in Arkansas must be registered with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture Plant Industries’ 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 ten (10) pesticide products labeled specifically for industrial hemp application in 2020, but not all of these products are registered and labeled for use in the State of Arkansas.  For more information regarding registered pesticide products from the EPA, visit https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/pesticide-products-registered-use-hempEven 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.  There are very few pesticides specifically labeled for hemp.  Minimum Risk Pesticides (sometimes called 25b pesticides) do not have to be registered with the EPA, but are regulated and registered by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.  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. 

The Department has compiled a list of registered pesticides that may be used on hemp.  Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement of a pesticide company’s claim nor a recommendation of a product.  Department Hemp staff will update the following list as products that are registered and labeled specifically for hemp application/use in Arkansas become available:

(APPROVED PESTICIDES LIST)

Hemp Producers/Growers are responsible for determining which pesticides can be 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 for industrial hemp in Arkansas, please contact the Department’s Pesticide Section, or submit a question to industrialhemp@agriculture.arkansas.gov.  Always remember: “The Label is the Law!”  

SAMPLING AND THC COMPLIANCE TESTING

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture samples and tests every planted location prior to harvest. The Department Plant Industries Chemistry Lab ensures federal and state law compliance with the 0.3% Total THC threshold.

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture will report THC test results via email as soon as results are available. 

Hemp growers are highly encouraged to monitor THC levels once plants begin maturing by using an independent third-party laboratory.

For now, the Department will only test hemp ready for harvest/compliance testing and will not offer THC testing as an additional lab service.

All license holders MUST request to harvest using the Harvest Request Form. License holders cannot harvest without proper permissions from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. Harvesting hemp without submitting the Harvest Request Form or proper compliance testing is a violation of program rules. 

Important Program Dates

GROWER APPLICATION – The Arkansas Department of Agriculture staff will not accept applications after May 1st.

PROCESSOR/HANDLER APPLICATION – Applications will be accepted year-round.

PROCESSOR/HANDLER PRODUCTION REPORT – Due January 31st each year.

DOMESTIC SEED/PROPAGULE REQUEST FORM – Submit at least 3 weeks prior to any proposed seed/propagule purchases.

DESTRUCTION FORM – Due at least 15 days prior to destruction. No harvest is authorized until a sample of each plot is collected by the Department; no destruction is authorized until you receive approval in writing from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

FIELD PLANTING REPORT – Due within 15 days following the first day of each planting. This form is not due quarterlyIf no planting will occur at ta certain Location ID, this must be submitted by July 31st.

GREENHOUSE/INDOOR PLANTING REPORT – Due quarterly. The first time the form this form should be submitted, is within 15 days of the first planting. Once the initial planting is submitted, it is due (Mar. 31, June 30, Sept. 30, Dec. 31) whether there are any live plants in approved location. If no further production will occur in the location for the year, you may submit multiple quarters on the same report.

HARVEST REPORT FORM – Due at least 15 days prior to harvest. No harvest is authorized until a sample of each plot is collected by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. No destruction is authorized until approval in writing is received from the DepartmentAfter the Department collects compliance sample, harvest must be completed within 15 days.

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