Industrial Hemp Licensing, Registration and Fees

Attorney General Brad Schimel announced an update on May 10 concerning CBD. Read the Department of Justice press release and contact DOJ with any questions on the announcement. 

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License

You are required to have a license to grow or process industrial hemp. The grower license allows you to plant and harvest industrial hemp. A processor license allows you to store, handle, and convert industrial hemp into a marketable form. Both are lifetime licenses. If you are processing only hemp that you grow, you need only the grower license.

Registration

Growers and processors will also need to register annually with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection annually to continue growing or processing hemp.

Applications for NEW industrial hemp licensees will be accepted between November 1 and December 31, 2018.

Renewing Annual Registrations

You can now apply to renew your hemp grower and processor registrations for the 2019 growing season. The renewal period will remain open until December 31, 2018.. If you have an existing license, please watch the mail for your expiration notice this week.  After you receive your expiration notice, you may use your PIN or username and password to log into https://mydatcp.wi.gov/ to renew your annual registration for 2019.  If you are unable to apply for your annual registration online, please see the right side of this page to download a copy of the application form(s) matching your existing hemp license. 

Note: If you are an existing licensee, but don’t plan to grow or process industrial hemp in 2019, you do NOT need a 2019 registration. 

Background check

Your licensing and registration forms include a consent form to allow DATCP to conduct a background check on the applicant. If the applicant is a business, the background check will be for the operations manager. You will not be licensed if you have any criminal drug convictions, either federal or in any state. 

Fees

Grower license (one-time fee)
​$150 (0-30 acres)

​$5/acre (31-199 acres)
​$1,000 (200 acres or more)
Processor license
​No fee
License modification
$50/change (plus fee for additional acreage as listed above)
​Grower registration (annual fee)
​$350
Processor registration (annual fee)
​$100
Sampling/testing
​$250/sample and test (each field and variety needs at least one sample/test)


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