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Growing hemp seed should be an easy task for Louisiana farmers. Few regions perform better than Louisiana’s agriculture industry. The state’s farming history dates back decades to the early 1800’s when the first sugarcane plantations were established. These years of experience and insight are a useful asset for all farmers in Louisiana who wish to grow industrial hemp.

That being said, any farmer who endeavors to cultivate this new cash crop will have to go through the process of becoming licensed. In this article, we’ll explain the process step by step.

Who Administers Hemp Licenses in Louisiana?

It’s legal to grow hemp seed and clones in Louisiana under federal law. But actual cultivation activities are overseen by state entities. In Louisiana, the authority that administers hemp growing licenses and regulates associated activities is the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Steps for Applying for a License to Grow Hemp in Louisiana

Whatever you intend to plant, whether it’s hemp seeds, clones, or seed starts, you will need to get approval from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture. In order to apply for a license to grow industrial hemp, you will need to:

  1. Visit the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry either online or in-person.
  2. Obtain the forms to become a licensed hemp Grower. If you are doing this on the LDAF website, you will need to go to the section titled Industrial Hemp, then click on the drop down that says “Applications & Forms.” Next, click on the link title “Grower License Application.” Download this form.
  3. Complete the forms. Start by providing your name, address, and personal information.
  4. Complete the Criminal History section by either attaching a rap sheet or filling out the response section.
  5. Create a colorized photographic map of your operation using the instructions provided. You may need to make more than one map.
  6. Complete the section for business entities if applicable.
  7. Provide information about all key participants.
  8. Provide information about the intended use of your crops.
  9. Fill out the information regarding your hemp seed source.
  10. Provide additional information about your farm or growhouse location.
  11. Read the agreements and check the corresponding box.
  12. Provide all the necessary attachments, including your driver’s license, criminal background check, maps, designated responsible party form, and key participants form.
  13. Submit the application by mail or in-person along with the required fee.

Buy Hemp Seeds for your Louisiana Farm

In order to become licensed to grow hemp in Louisiana, you must provide information about the seeds and/or strains you intend to produce. This means that you will need to secure a partnership with a seed provider before applying. CBD Seed Co. has all the resources you need to get started and can provide you with high CBD hemp seeds and clones. Call today to place an order.

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Farmers to begin growing hemp in La. in spring, but must jump through some hoops first

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – We’re just a couple of months away from the first round of hemp being planted in Louisiana in several decades.

In spring of 2020, farmers will finally be able to grow hemp, the cousin to marijuana. Its growth was made legal federally after Congress approved the 2018 Farm Bill, but remained illegal to grow in Louisiana. In 2019, that changed when the state legislature passed a bill legalizing the plant.

This spring is the first year the crop can be grown in Louisiana , but before farmers can put the seed in the ground though, there are a lot of hoops must jump through.

“Before we start issuing license, we wanted to make sure all the potential participants were aware of the process and how to comply with the regulations and such,” said Lester Cannon, director of seed for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF).

Hemp, unlike just about any other crop, has a litany of regulations surrounding it. Farmers must pass a federal background check and submit to random testing of their crop to ensure the THC levels do not exceed 0.3%. Any levels above that is considered marijuana by the federal government.

If the hemp tests over the set limits, the entire crop must be destroyed. Farmers can have their plants retested once after a failed sample, but if it fails again, the farmer must destroy the crop.

“The material we’re going to be regulating and dealing with is actually going to be industrial hemp,” Cannon said. “That’s the stuff under that 0.3.”

Farmers will have to be licensed before they can start growing. According to LDAF, those licenses will be issued shortly after the USDA releases its final rules for the plant. That’s expected to happen Feb. 20. Lester says once licenses are distributed, he expects seed to be in the ground by late April.

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We’re just a couple months away from the first round of a brand new crop being planted in Louisiana in several decades.