Industrial Hemp Program
For a copy of the 2021 Hemp Production Report please click here: https://agriculture.az.gov/sites/default/files/AZDA-HempAnnualReport2021.pdf
For a copy of the 2022 Hemp Program Update please click here: https://agriculture.az.gov/sites/default/files/AZ%20Hemp%20Program%202022%20Update.pdf
USDA has approved the State Hemp Plan for Arizona that will go into effect starting January 1, 2022.
What does this mean for Arizona?
Hemp producers may be eligible for many USDA programs starting in 2022, including:
- Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP)
- Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)
- NRCS-administered conservation programs, including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, Regional Conservation Partnership Program, and Agricultural Conservation
- Easement ProgramFarm loans, including operating, ownership, beginning farmer, and farm storage facility
Click here for more information regarding these programs: https://www.farmers.gov/your-business/row-crops/hemp
Hemp Licensing and Regulatory Oversight is maintained through the Arizona Department of Agriculture as it has in previous growing seasons. However, hemp producers are required to file acreage reports with FSA, which includes these steps:
- Obtain a hemp production license (Grower and/or Nursery) issued by the AZDA.
- File an acreage report with FSA, including the license or authorization number and identifying each field or subfield where hemp is planted.
- These fields could be referred to as a “lot” and includes greenhouses.
- Identify the intended use of the reported hemp acreage:
- Fiber – used for cloth, pressed plastics, ropes, animal bedding, paper, biofuel, packaging, concrete additives, spill cleanup.
- Cannabidiol (CBD) – grown for extraction of plant resin, which includes CBD and other phytocannabinoids to be extracted from the flower. Subject to FDA regulations, resin may be used in oils, lotions, cleansers, bath or other pharmaceutical or topical products.
- Grain – used for hemp hearts, crushed seed oil (not CBD), protein supplements (human or animal consumption)
- Seed – used for propagation stock, hybrids (non-human consumption)
- Producers should contact their local FSA county office for more details on acreage reporting. https://www.farmers.gov/working-with-us/service-center-locator
2022 HEMP PROGRAM RENEWALS AND NEW APPLICATIONS
Industrial Hemp Renewal Notices have been sent out in the mail. If you have not received your renewal application, please contact [email protected].
2022 New Hemp Applications are posted to the Applications and Reports page.
Changes to Hemp Regulations Effective Now. See "Industrial Hemp Laws, Rules, Orders and Policies" below.
Questions about Adult Use Marijuana can email [email protected] or call 602-364-0857.
ARE YOU GROWING HEMP?
YOU MUST FILE A PLANTING REPORT FOR ALL HEMP THAT IS PLANTED.
FAILURE TO FILE A PLANTING REPORT WITHIN 5 BUSINESS DAYS OF PLANTING COULD RESULT IN A VIOLATION OF THE PROGRAM REGULATIONS.
STARTING JANUARY 2022 YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER YOUR HEMP CROPS WITH USDA-FSA PRIOR TO FILING A PLANTING REPORT WITH AZDA
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: USDA-FSA HEMP CROPS FACT SHEET
YOU CAN FIND REPORT FORMS HERE, UNDER "INDUSTRIAL HEMP REPORTS": https://agriculture.az.gov/plantsproduce/industrial-hemp-program/industrial-hemp-license-applications
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL [email protected] OR CALL 602-542-0955
Because of a statewide initiative to encourage teleworking by state employees, 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 to ensure they will be at the office when you do get here.
Walk-in customers, without an appointment, may experience significant delays in processing times due to staffing issues.
Customers with an appointment will take priority. If you require a meeting with program staff you must schedule an appointment prior to your visit. Please call 602-542-0955 or email [email protected].
FOR NEW PROGRAM APPLICANTS: Please continue to mail application packets and payments directly to 1688 W. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ 85007.
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.
If you have any questions please call 602-542-0955 or email [email protected]
HEMP MICROGREENS AND GREENS PRODUCER GUIDANCE
Starting in 2022, Arizona hemp growers will be able to commercially produce hemp microgreens and hemp greens that comply with state and federal regulations. Since these products are not produced to a mature, flowering state where a sample would be collected to determine THC concentration, an alternative protocol has been developed to determine crop compliance. This method was approved by USDA-AMS as part of the Arizona State Hemp Plan for Domestic Hemp Production, starting January 1, 2022. In addition to the requirement of utilizing verified hemp seed, and timely crop reporting, the method will involve requiring crops to be harvested prior to flowering, and visually verified by the Department that crops were harvested to the standards listed in the Department's Substantive Policy, SP21-02. Crops are subject to sampling by the Department to verify THC concentrations are below compliance levels. Crops will still be required to meet all other food safety guidelines separate from the hemp program requirements.
REGISTER WITH USDA-FSA BEFORE FILING A PLANTING REPORT WITH AZDA
Links to Hemp Microgreens Guidance Documents:
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
Arizona Administrative Rules - UPDATED OCTOBER 1, 2021
Director's Administrative Orders
Substative Policy Statements
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.
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
Please read this document if you are purchasing hemp seed for planting or selling hemp seed to Arizona producers.
Arizona Industrial Hemp Program Frequently Asked Questions
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 for the applicant, including all key partcipants, 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.