Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program

The license application period for the 2018 growing season is now closed. If you applied, you can expect to receive your license within a month after submitting your application.


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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The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s industrial hemp research pilot program requires both growers and processors to obtain one-time licenses, and register each year that they intend to plant/process industrial hemp. Growers and processors must also pass background checks and pay fees to participate in the program.The emergency administrative rule, ATCP 22, became effective March 2, 2018. It sets up the program requirements. 

This is a research pilot program permitted under terms of the 2014 federal farm bill. As participants in the research program, growers and processors will be required to report their research plans along with their annual registrations, and to file research reports for each growing season. 

Licensing, registration and fees 

Reporting and recordkeeping 

Inspection and testing 

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