Beginning January 1, 2022, hemp growers will be licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and hemp processors will no longer require a license. Learn more about this transition.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is currently accepting hemp applications for the 2021 growing season, which is from January 1, 2021-December 31, 2021. Based on the 2018 Farm Bill as modified on December 21, 2020, by Section 782 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, the 2021 growing season extends through December 31, 2021.
You must have a license to grow or process hemp in Wisconsin. Both grower and processor licenses are one-time licenses you only need to obtain once. These one-time licenses will expire when the Hemp
Research Program expires. The U.S. Congress recently extended the authority of
states to operate hemp research programs, under Section 782 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Authority for the Hemp Program as operated
under Section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (“2014 Farm Bill”) is
repealed effective on January 1, 2022. This means that the Hemp Program and the
one-time licenses are effective through December 31, 2021.
Grower license: Allows you to plant and harvest hemp, if you register each year to do so.
Processor license: Allows you to store, handle, and convert hemp into a marketable form, if you register to do so. If you are:
- Processing only hemp that you grow: You must have a grower license and current annual registration.
- A grower who will process hemp from other growers: You must have a grower license, processor license, and current annual registration.
Before applying, read the background check and research agreement.
Apply online at https://mydatcp.wi.gov. Click on "Licenses" which allows you to choose either “Hemp Grower License and Registration” or “Hemp Processor License and Registration.” Read the information for more details and then click on the “Start New Application Button.”
If you cannot apply online, download the appropriate paper form(s) below and return by mail with your payment.
Hemp Grower Application
Hemp Processor Application
All growers and processors must register annually with DATCP to grow or process hemp.
Renewing Annual Registrations
If you are already licensed, you can renew your registration or register for the first time if you did not grow or process in 2020.
Growers or processors who are already licensed and have a 2020 annual registration received a registration expiration notice in the mail during the first two weeks of November 2020. Use your PIN or username and password to log into https://mydatcp.wi.gov/ to renew your annual registration for 2021. If you are unable to apply for your annual registration online, download the paper application above that matches your existing hemp license.
If you are an existing licensee, but do not plan to grow or process hemp in 2021, you do not need a 2021 registration.
New applicants only: Licensing and registration forms include a consent form to allow DATCP to conduct a background check on the applicant or operations manager. If the applicant is an individual, the background check will be for that individual. If the applicant is a business, the background check will be for the operations manager. DATCP will not issue a license to applicants who have any felony criminal drug convictions in the last 10 years, either federal or in any state. Hemp program staff will contact you with instructions on how to submit your background check form. Do not send your background check form with the application form.
Fingerprinting: After you have submitted your application form and background check consent form, hemp program staff will provide you with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process. Additional fees may apply at the time of fingerprinting. This is required for all new applicants.
A signed research agreement is required for each person or legally formed business entity applying for a hemp grower or hemp processor annual registration. Hemp program staff will contact you with instructions on how to submit your research agreement. Do not send your research agreement with the application form.
Grower license (one-time fee)
$150 (0-30 acres)
$5/acre (31-199 acres)
$1,000 (200 acres or more)
Processor license (one-time fee)
Supplemental federal background check
$21.25 (covers the DATCP portion of the actual cost of the required state and federal background check)
$50/change (plus fee for additional acreage as listed above)
Grower registration (annual fee)
Processor registration (annual fee, waived for first year)
$250/sample and test
Each lot needs at least one sample and test and will be invoiced after sampling. A lot is a contiguous area in a field, greenhouse, facility, or growing structure containing the same variety or strain of hemp throughout the area.