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Kentucky Department of Agriculture Now Accepting 2020 Hemp Program Applications

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has released the 2020 Hemp Program Application.

Individuals and businesses interested in applying for a grower or processing/handler license can apply online for no charge at The KDA Online Licensing Portal.

All grower applications are due to KDA by March 15, 2020.

In addition to the changes in application format and submissions, The KDA notes several key improvements or new conditions to the hemp program and licensing procedures. According to The KDA website, those include:

  • Multi-year license applications for both growers and processors/handlers and those licenses are subject to annual renewal requirements.

  • Background checks are required for applicants and all key participants in a business entity.

  • Site modification fees (after the application has been finalized).

  • The following are no longer requirements for obtaining a license: a research plan, previous farm experience, a marketing plan, or a seed acquisition plan.

The KDA is conducting a regulatory review of its hemp licensing program to compare it to the minimum requirements issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s interim final rule for hemp production. This review includes every facet of the program, from data collection to sampling and testing protocol.

You must submit an application to the KDA Hemp Program in order to receive a license to grow or process hemp in the state of Kentucky. The KDA is hosting the first Kentucky Hemp Summit on December 4, 2019 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville for applicants, licensed growers, processors, and other interested parties to interact and learn more about hemp and the Kentucky Hemp Licensing Program. Click here for more information.

For more about Kentucky Hemp Program, visit

*Kentucky Hempsters is not affiliated with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and has no influence or involvement in the Hemp Program Licensing process.

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