Thank you for your interest in the North Dakota Hemp Program. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released the Interim Final Rule for the Hemp Program these rules can be found here. North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) recommends that anyone interested in the hemp program review these rules. USDA will be taking comments till December 30th, 2019


Hemp Licensing Process for 2020

Because of these changes NDDA is currently reviewing the North Dakota State Hemp Program Plan. Until this plan is accepted by USDA, NDDA will not be taking applications for the 2020 growing season. If a grower would like to grow in 2020, they can start the process by submitting the following items:

  • Criminal History Record Check Request (SFN 60688)
  • 2 sets of fingerprints (list of locations)
  • $41.25 non-refundable check or money order made out to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture as payment for the background check


After completing these forms mail them to:

North Dakota Department of Agriculture
Plant Industries Division
600 E Boulevard Ave, Dept 602
Bismarck, ND 58505-0020


Interested parties are also recommended to subscribe to our Industrial Hemp List Serve below. This list serve will keep interested parties up to date on changing rules and when applications will be available.



Buying International Seed

The regulations for importing hemp seed into the U.S. have recently changed. This means that seed can be brought into the country without a DEA Import Permit. There may be other requirements for importing seed; please contact the seed distributor for more information.


Buying Domestic Seed

If a grower would like to purchase domestic seed, seed can be purchased and moved into North Dakota from any state; however, we urge caution in making purchases from a reputable source and that the variety is known to have delta-9 THC levels below 0.3%. Growers are not required to purchase certified seed. There were a few varieties of certified hemp seed growin in North Dakota last year. Please contact the North Dakota State Seed Department for information on these varieties.


Buying Hemp Clones

Clones or young hemp plants may be brought into the state. There are no additional requirements.


Hemp Information

Hemp includes varieties of Cannabis sativa that are intended for agricultural and industrial purposes. Industrial hemp is commercially grown in virtually every industrialized country in the world, except the United States. The special varieties are grown for their seed and fiber content, as well as byproducts. Industrial hemp fiber is used for textiles, rope, paper and building products. Hemp seed is used for food, feed and oil. Hemp oil is also the basis for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, inks, lubrication, household detergents, stain removers, varnishes, resins, and paints. Industrial hemp may even prove significant in the biofuel industry.


Hemp Pilot Program

Federal law, specifically the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), 21 U.S.C. § 801 et seq, continues to prohibit the possession, cultivation, processing, or distribution of industrial hemp except for the limited purpose of agricultural or academic research conducted by a state department of agriculture or by an institution of higher education. 7 U.S.C. § 5940.


To avoid being in violation of Federal criminal law, a North Dakota industrial hemp pilot producer must be licensed in the state of ND and: (1) be part of an agricultural or academic research program conducted by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture or by an institution of higher education; and/or (2) obtain annually a registration issued by the DEA.


The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) created the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program to research the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp in North Dakota. The purpose of the pilot program is to increase the understanding of how industrial hemp fits into the current agricultural landscape, and investigate how it may contribute to the economy of North Dakota.


2018 NDDA Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Research Summary

2017 NDDA Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Research Summary

2016 NDDA Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Research Summary

Subscribe to Hemp List Serve


Hemp Contacts

John Mortenson

Plant Protection Specialist
701-328-4128 jmortenson@nd.gov