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TENNESSEE HEMP HISTORY

GETTING STARTED

2019 HEMP LICENSE

SEED + CLONE ACQUISITION

HEMP PROCESSOR LIST

GROWERS INFORMATION

Seed/Propagule Acquisition

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.

Download a copy of the International Seed Acquisition Form
Download a copy of the Domestic Seed Acquisition Form

Return seed acquisition forms to [email protected] or:

Industrial Hemp Program
TDA Consumer and Industry Services Division
PO Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204

MOVEMENT PERMITS

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

Return movement permit forms to [email protected] or:

Industrial Hemp Program
TDA Consumer and Industry Services Division
PO Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204

Agronomic report

All growers are required to submit an agronomic report for each growing area, even if you did not grow. If you did not grow, please include why.

Part One of your report will be collected by your inspector.

Part Two needs to be mailed or emailed to [email protected] by the requested date TBA.

Applications

Application instruction guide and example application
Download a copy of the Industrial Hemp Grower Application
Download a copy of Hemp Processor Registration Application
Download a copy of the Industrial Hemp Processor List
Download a copy of the Industrial Hemp University License

Certified breeder applications are available upon request.

Return applications to [email protected] or:

Industrial Hemp Program
TDA Consumer and Industry Services Division
PO Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204

Publications

STATUS OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP IN TENNESSEE
Publication of UT Institute of Agriculture

Source: Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture Website

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New Rules for Tennessee’s Hemp Program

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is announcing rule changes for the state’s hemp program to better serve hemp producers.

“Farmers have been growing and researching this crop in Tennessee since the program began in 2015 as a pilot program,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “The hemp industry and federal laws have changed in recent years, and we’re updating our program rules to be more consistent with how other crop programs are managed.”

The application period for a license to grow hemp is now open year-round. Grower applications can be found here. Licenses will expire June 30 of each year, and all grower licenses issued in 2019 will expire June, 2020.

Other program changes include:

  • Hemp processors will no longer be required to register through TDA.
  • The hemp program will no longer issue licenses for certified seed breeders. However, anyone manufacturing, distributing, or labeling seed should be licensed through TDA’s Ag Inputs section.
  • Growers will still need movement permits when transporting rooted plants and are now required to be permitted when moving harvested hemp from their growing site.

TDA has licensed more than 2,900 hemp growers in 2019. In 2018, TDA approved 226 hemp producer applications.

Federal and state laws require Tennessee hemp growers be licensed through TDA’s hemp program. While the 2018 Farm Bill removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances, it remains illegal to grow hemp without a license through an approved state program.

The Tennessee General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 916 in 2014, tasking the department with development of a licensing and inspection program for the production of hemp in Tennessee. You will find more information about Tennessee’s hemp program here.

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