Industrial Hemp Program

UPDATE 4-2-20: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for social distancing to limit the potential risks associated with spreading the disease, we are postponing any scheduled 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.

INDUSTRIAL HEMP LAWS, RULES, ORDERS & POLICIES

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: https://apps.azsos.gov/public_services/register/2019/24/contents.pdf

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: https://agriculture.az.gov/about-us/divisions/environmental-services

 

!!IMPORTANT!!!

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

FOR ALL HEMP RELATED Q&A CHECK THIS PAGE FIRST

https://agriculture.az.gov/industrial-hemp-faq-page 

Arizona Industrial Hemp Program Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 1-21-20

Arizona Industrial Hemp License Holders

ARIZONA HEMP LICENSES 3-20-20

 

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)

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INFORMED OF UPCOMING MEETINGS AND IMPORTANT UPDATES, PLEASE SEND YOUR REQUEST, INCLUDING YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION TO: [email protected]


Industrial Hemp Advisory Council

Meeting Open to the Public

October 21, 2019 @ 10:30 AM

1688 W. Adams St., Room 206

Phoenix, AZ 85007

 


 

INDUSTRIAL HEMP CERTIFIED LABORATORY

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: https://www.azdps.gov/services/public/fingerprint 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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