Growing & Processing Permits
Hemp is used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products and can even return nutrients to the soil and sequestering carbon more efficiently than most other agricultural crops. Nearly all the hemp plant can be used limiting waste.
Pennsylvania's Hemp Program aims to encourage the growth and use of this sustainable and regenerative crop.
Growing Permit Deliverable Timelines
|Register your farm acreage with
USDA Farm Service Agency County Office.||Once PDA permit is received.|
|Report planting of indoor and outdoor plantings (both seeds and transplants).See
Planting Report Form. ||Within 10 days of planting. |
|Schedule a hemp sampling for compliance testing of hemp lots.||Thirty (30) days before harvest completion.|
Harvest Report form to the Hemp Program.||Following harvest and before November 15.|
|If a hemp crop will not be harvested, a
Crop Loss Report form must be submitted.||Within 10 days of final crop destruction.|
|If a hemp crop will not be planted at a permit location for the 2021 season, then an
Inactive Permit Report form must be submitted.||By September 1.|
* For some special categories of permits there are different requirements for reporting. These categories include hemp researchers and growers of micro-greens, greens and hemp transplants.
Guidance documents for these categories can be found under
Information for Permitted Growers.
General Permit Update in 2021
The Department updated the PA Hemp General Permit Guidelines to incorporate changes made in USDA's Final Rule. These are changes are beneficial for Pennsylvania's hemp growers and include:
- Increasing to a 30-day harvest window.
- Allowing for remediation of non-compliant lots through flower removal from stalks or blending whole plants into biomass.
- Adjusting the definition of a negligent violation to when a lot test above 1% Total THC.
- Reducing the accrual of violations to only one violation per season for permit holders with lots above the 1% negligent level.
- Changing the size of the sample clippings to 5-8 inches of floral bud.
- Delaying the enforcement of requirement to use DEA-registered labs for testing until January 1, 2022.
Information for Permitted Growers