Industrial Hemp Program

UPDATE 4-6-20Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there will be NO Industrial Hemp Program staff operating out of the Arizona Department of Agriculture main office, at 1688 W Adams St. in Phoenix.

FOR NEW PROGRAM APPLICANTS: Please continue to mail application packets and payments directly to 1688 W. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ 85007. Please be patient as there may be a slight delay in processing time for new applications.

FOR CURRENT LICENSE HOLDERS: To continue to serve you effectively and in a timely manner, please submit any form, notice, report, or any other correspondence via email to [email protected]. If you do not have access to submit documents electronically please contact Brian McGrew at 602-542-3228 to arrange alternate methods for submission.

We apologize for any inconvenience and we will notify you as soon as we are operating out of our office location at 1688 West Adams Street once again.

If you have any questions please contact Brian McGrew at 602-542-3228 or at [email protected]

UPDATE 4-2-20: We are postponing scheduling any site-visits with program licensees that are not required in order to meet regulatory mandates for essential business operations. We will still be scheduling inspections for pre-harvest sampling for compliance. 

Please continue to submit any pre-planting, planting, intent to harvest, or any other required reporting and notification documents for regulatory compliance. Please be patient with any requests or questions as Program staff are currently working remotely and response times may be affected. However, we are still here to provide support and oversight of hemp operations where needed. Agriculture is an essential business and the Department is here to ensure that stakeholders are provided with the best service as possible during these challenging times.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 602-542-3228 or email [email protected]


AGENCY NOTICE:  During this COVID-19 social distancing time, the Arizona Department of Agriculture is asking our customers to interact with us via phone and email.  If you must come to the office please schedule an appointment with the appropriate person as the front doors are locked and require you to call when you do get here. Additional details available in:

PDF iconAZDA_Department_COVID-19_Operations_Update 03-31-2020.pdf(link is external)


2019 Industrial Hemp Final Report

Licensing, Grower, and Varietal Data for the 2019 Growing Season


UPDATED 1/2/20: Industrial Hemp Applications and Forms

Applications, Forms and Instructions to apply for a license to grow, harvest, transport, and/or process industrial hemp are found here.


Arizona Revised Statutes

Hemp Laws are found in Title 3, Ch. 2, Art. 4.1 Industrial Hemp

Industrial Hemp Statutes


Arizona Administrative Rules

Hemp Regulations Will Be Under Title 3., Chapter 4., Article 10:

Industrial Hemp Administrative Rules 


Director's Administrative Orders

DAO 19-02: Industrial Hemp Advisory Council

DAO 19-04: Industrial Hemp Program TImeframe Extension

DAO 19-05: Industrial Hemp Program Processor Notification


Substative Policy Statements

SP 19-01: Industrial Hemp Sampling Method


Hemp and Pesticides: Please Read

Please make sure and read this document carefully.  When considering using a pesticide, review the actual label of the pesticide registered here in AZ to ensure the language allows this use.  Language on products can vary from state to state.  Ensure the product is registered for use here in AZ.   

Hemp and Pesticide Use


 Industrial Hemp Seed

You must be a licensed seed labeler and follow Arizona's seed labeling laws if you are going to be labeling hemp seed for sale in Arizona.

You must be a licensed seed dealer if you are going to be selling seed for planting.


Visit our Environmental Services, licensing page for more information:



Please read this document if you are purchasing hemp seed for planting or selling hemp seed to Arizona producers.


AZDA -Hemp Seed

AZDA Hemp Seed Letter.pdf Download


Arizona Industrial Hemp Program Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 1-21-20

Arizona Industrial Hemp License Holders



On May 14, 2018 Senate Bill 1098 was signed by Governor Ducey that authorized the Arizona Department of Agriculture to license qualified applicants to grow and process industrial hemp. The Department began issuing licenses on May 31, 2019.



EFFECTS OF THE 2018 FARM BILL: On December 20, 2018 the 2018 Federal Farm Bill was signed into law and legalized industrial hemp ("hemp") by excluding it from the definition of marijuana. It also expanded the definition to include seeds, all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids (including Cannabidiol (CBD)), isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers. There are also several other changes made that will open up the commercialization of hemp, without the limitations of an industrial hemp agricultural pilot program. However, there still remains the need for legitimate research to further the development of this crop in Arizona.


What does this mean for Arizona?

  • The Arizona Department of Agriculture will still retain primary oversight of a licensing and compliance program
  • Growers, harvesters, transporters and processors are still required to be licensed by the Department
  • Allows for the commercialization of industrial hemp
  • Allows for the interstate shipment of industrial hemp under the provisions of a licensing program
  • Crops are eligible for USDA-FSA crop insurance
  • Future USDA grant opportunities
  • Plus More (Click Here to be Directed to the 2018 Farm Bill Website)



Industrial Hemp Advisory Council


Next Meeting: TBD 



Click below for information regarding laboratory certification. For additional information or questions on laboratory certification contact Dominique Ramirez ([email protected]).

Level I Fingerprint Clearance Card

A valid fingerprint clearance card is required to apply for any Industrial Hemp License.

To apply for a fingerprint card or if you have questions regarding fingerprint clearance cards please visit: or call 602-223-2279

NOTE: Under A.R.S. 3-314, only a valid Level I Fingerprint Clearance Card will be accepted as a form of eligibility to participate in this program. No other background check credentials can be accepted. 

Industrial Hemp Program Rules Committee

The Industrial Hemp Program Rules Committee's term expired on 8-3-19.

Thank you



If you have questions regarding the Industrial Hemp Program or you would like to receive updates on upcoming events and important announcements please email Brian McGrew, [email protected](link sends e-mail)

Check back to this page for periodic updates and information.

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