Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program

You can now apply for a license to grow or process industrial hemp and register to participate in the program for the 2018 growing season.

Licensing and registration information 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s industrial hemp research pilot program is now accepting applications. Both growers and processors must obtain one-time licenses, and must 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, is 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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