Hemp Licensing, Registration and Fees

The application period for the 2020 license year opened November 1, 2019.

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License

You are required to have a license to grow or process hemp in the State of Wisconsin. The grower license allows you to plant and harvest hemp, if you register each year to do so. A processor license allows you to store, handle, and convert hemp into a marketable form, if you register to do so. Both grower and processor licenses are lifetime licenses that you only need to obtain once. If you are processing only hemp that you grow, you need only the grower license.

If you are a grower who will process hemp from other growers, you must obtain both a grower and a processor license.

Annual Registration

 All growers and processors also need to register annually with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to grow or process hemp.

Applications for NEW hemp licensees are November 1, 2019. Use the Hemp Grower or Hemp Processor application located in the column (2020 Application Materials) on the right hand side of this page.
NOTE: Read the Background Check and Research Agreement sections before applying.

You can also apply online via https://mydatcp.wi.gov/. If you choose this option, click on the Licenses button, which allows you to click 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.”
NOTE: Read the Background Check and Research Agreement sections before applying.

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 2019. If you are renewing your annual registration for the 2020 License Year, your completed application form and applicable fee(s) are due by March 1, 2020. Late renewal applications and/or payment for 2020 annual registrations will incur a 20% late fee. Changes made to your license after March 1, 2020 will result in additional fees, as detailed below.

Growers or processors who are already licensed should have received a registration expiration notice in the mail. Use your PIN or username and password to log into https://mydatcp.wi.gov/ to renew your annual registration for 2020. If you are unable to apply for your annual registration online, see the column (2020 Application Materials) on the right hand side of this page to download application forms matching your existing hemp license. 

Note: If you are an existing licensee, but do not plan to grow or process hemp in 2020, you do not need a 2020 registration. 

Background check

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. DATCP will not issue a license to applicants who have any criminal drug convictions, 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.

Research Agreement

A signed 2020 research agreement is required for each individual applying for a 2020 hemp grower or hemp processor annual registration. Hemp program staff will contact you with instructions on how to submit your 2020 research agreement. Do not send your research agreement with the application form.

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)

Grower registration late fee

​$70 (20% late fee for hemp grower annual registration renewal application form and/or payment received after March 1, 2020.)

Processor registration late fee

​​$20 (20% late fee for processor annual registration renewal application form and/or payment received after March 1, 2020.)


 

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