Industrial Hemp

Field of industrial hempAs provided in Sec. 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill industrial hemp may only be grown as part of a research or pilot project.  The 108th General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 916 regarding the growing of industrial hemp in Tennessee. The Act removes industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the criminal code. The cultivation of industrial hemp is now available as an option for Tennessee farmers on a limited basis. The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has promulgated regulations establishing a program of licensing authorized hemp producers.

Sec. 7606. Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research contained in the 2014 Federal Farm Bill, which was signed into law Feb. 7, provides for the cultivation of industrial hemp for purposes of research by institutions of higher education or state departments of agriculture in states where it is legal. The interaction of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the provisions of Sec. 7606 is a developing process. As TDA develops Tennessee's industrial hemp program every effort will be made to minimize the impact of federal law on potential hemp producers in Tennessee.   In May of 2016 the law was amended to allow for a processor license.

The regulations are available at http://share.tn.gov/sos/rules/0080/0080-06/0080-06-28.20150415.pdf

The application period for the 2017 growing season is from November 1, 2017 through April 1, 2018.

Applicants wishing to participate in the Department’s pilot program must complete an application and required documentation as “Applicant.”   They must submit with their application a signed memorandum of understanding with the Department.  Applicants are asked to please complete the application in full by the April 1 deadline.  INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Applicants will be notified of approval, but licenses will not be issued until after the April 1st deadline. At the end of the growing season, program participants are required to submit an agronomic report provided by the Department regarding their industrial hemp crop(s).  The department will collect license fees and other regulatory expenses from the program participant directly.  An industrial hemp grower license is required to grow industrial hemp.  A processor license is required  for manufacturing of industrial hemp into various products.  No application period for processor licenses. Please choose the application(s) that most suit your research goals.

Applications

Download a copy of the Industrial Hemp Grower Application (available later)

Download a copy of the Industrial Hemp Processor License Application

Return applications to industrial.hemp@tn.gov or:

Industrial Hemp Program
Consumer and Industry Services Division
TN Department of Agriculture
PO Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204

Seed/Propagule Aquisition

 

At this time the importation of viable industrial hemp seed across state lines and country boundaries is illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) without a permit from DEA. TDA will oversee the importation of  industrial hemp seed and plant material into the state. However, industrial hemp pilot program participants are responsible for sourcing their own material for planting. Please use the provided forms to make your seed and plant material requests. Incomplete seed acquisition forms will not be approved. No seed/propagules are permitted into the state without prior approval from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. If you need assistance finding seed, please contact the Tennessee Hemp Industries Association at http://www.tnhia.org or https://www.facebook.com/tnhemporg

Download a copy of the International Seed Acquisition Form (coming soon)

Download a copy of the Domestic Seed Acquisition form (coming soon)

Return seed acquisition forms to industrial.hemp@tn.gov, or:

Industrial Hemp Program
Consumer and Industry Services Division
TN Department of Agriculture
PO Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204

ALL MOVEMENT OF VIABLE INDUSTRIAL HEMP, INCLUDING SEEDS AND PLANT PROPAGULES, REQUIRES PRIOR APPROVAL FROM THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. Licensees must submit a written request to the department at least three days in advance of the requested movement.

Download a copy of the Industrial Hemp Movement Permit Application (coming soon)

Return movement permit forms to industrial.hemp@tn.gov or:

Industrial Hemp Program
Consumer and Industry Services Division
TN Department of Agriculture
PO Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204