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Title: Industrial Hemp Pilot Program -Grower / Processor Licenses
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The Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program studies the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp. To better learn about hemp in Minnesota, pilot participants are required to provide reports to the MDA regarding seed varieties planted, agronomic findings, and any processing, distribution and sales of products. The pilot program has been administered by the MDA since 2016. Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

Subject: Agricultural Products
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:10:35 PM
Modification Date: 5/28/2020 1:38:26 PM
Agency Name: Agriculture (MDA), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The mission of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.
Agency Phone: 651-201-6000
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address:
625 N. Robert Street

St. Paul
Division Name: Plant Protection - Industrial Hemp Program
Division URL:
Division Description:
Division Phone: Division Fax: Division URL:
Audience: Hold Application URL:
Renewal URL:
Versa URL:

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is no longer accepting applications at this time. 
The application period for 2021 will begin around September 1, 2020.

If you are a current license holder and need to add or change locations, submit a Change Request Form. If you need to request an inspection/THC test, submit a Planting/Harvest Report. The application period for 2021 will begin around September 1, 2020. 

Information for first-time growers and processors

Information for returning growers and processors


Industrial Hemp


First-Time Applicants

Returning Applicants

Current License Holders

Statutes: 13.643 Subd 7


Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Grower Application

Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Processor Application

Informed Consent Background Check

Background Check Fee

Application forms are available at Application Instructions for First-time Applicants


2020 FEES

The MDA is required to collect annual fees for registration of sites and certification of hemp crops through THC testing.  All fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. **New for 2020- there is a $50 processing fee for all changes to licenses. Such changes include: changing the license holder's name; adding new grow or processing locations; and changing existing grow or processing locations. All changes must be made by submitting a Change Request Form. 

Grower License $150
Each Grow Location  $250
Each Additional Inspection for THC Testing Beyond First Harvest $250
Each Additional Sample for THC Testing Beyond First Sample $175 
License Change Fee $50
Processor License $250

*Applicant mails their fingerprint card, a check for $33.25, and a completed Hemp Program Background Check Request Form to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). 

Period of Issuance: Each license expires on December 31 of the year issued.
Length of Determination:
Other Info:
Activity: Fertilizer
Liming Material
License Detail URL:

Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

Current Industrial Hemp License Holders

Licenses & Inspections Locator

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

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