Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program

​​​P​lease note: We will open applications for the 2020 growing season late this year or early in 2020. We will announce here and via news release when we open the application period. You can also add your name to the list at right​ to receive updates, and receive an email when we open the application period. Our very limited staff is prioritizing calls and emails from growers requesting sampling, so we would appreciate your help and understanding that we will make a very public announcement when we have determined the dates for the 2020 licensing application period. Thanks much for your assistance.

Reminder to hemp growers: You must notify us via email or voicemail 30 days before you harvest your crop, so that we have adequate time to schedule testing. You should have received an email from us detailing this requirement. For details, click here​.​


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