Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program

​​​​​​​​​​Applications and registrations for the 2019 season are now closed. The next license opportunity will open in fall 2019 for the growing/processing season of 2020.  

RENEWING APPLICANTS: We will not renew your registration unless you have all your 2018 fees paid and reports filed.


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. 

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 

Seed and transplants 

Frequently asked questions