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Industrial Hemp

The application period for the 2019 growing season has closed as of May 1, 2019. The Hemp Program anticipates that the updated program details and permit application for 2020 may be available around the start of the new year. Parties interested in applying can check this webpage for updates at that time.

For the past two years, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has administered an Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, legitimized by the 2014 Farm Bill and authorized in Pennsylvania statute by the Industrial Hemp Research Act of Jul. 20, 2016, P.L. 822, No. 92. The 2018 Farm Bill removes industrial hemp from regulation under the Controlled Substances Act and provides for commercial production of industrial hemp, creating an exciting opportunity for industrial hemp in Pennsylvania. 

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is taking advantage of the new opportunities in the Farm Bill Industrial Hemp Production program by submitting a state plan to USDA. That plan certifies our commitment to creating the conditions for Pennsylvanians to grow a profitable, sustainable, and in-demand product. Acreage caps—previously set at 100 acres—have been lifted, and acreage will no longer be restricted under the new program.

PA Hemp Permit Map and Database

An interactive PA Hemp Map is now available, showing the distribution of 2019 hemp permits throughout the commonwealth by County and by Zip Code along with contact information for the permits. This information is searchable by county, zip code, permit ID, permit contact name and institution/business name. (Please note that this application is not formatted for mobile devices.)