Title: Industrial Hemp Pilot Program -Grower / Processor Licenses
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: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/
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: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/
625 N. Robert Street
Division Name: Plant Protection - Industrial Hemp Program
Division Phone: Division Fax: Division URL:
Application URL: https://www2.mda.state.mn.us/webapp/erenewal/apply.do?licenseTypeID=102
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
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
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.
|Each Grow Location
|Each Additional Inspection for THC Testing Beyond First Harvest
|Each Additional Sample for THC Testing Beyond First Sample
|License Change Fee
*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:
License Detail URL:
Industrial Hemp Pilot Program
Current Industrial Hemp License Holders
Licenses & Inspections Locator