Mail: Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection Division, Industrial Hemp Program, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538
Mail: Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Attn: Cashier, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538
All persons who wish to grow industrial hemp in Minnesota must obtain a hemp pilot license. All individuals who sell hemp seed for planting, process hemp materials, or conduct laboratory testing on hemp must also obtain a license. Growers must fill out Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the Hemp Pilot Program Application (PDF: 241 KB/ 2 pages), AND submit the four items listed above.
Seed sellers, processors, and testing laboratories—only fill out Parts 1 and 3 of the Hemp Pilot Program Application (PDF: 241 KB/ 2 pages). Only first-time individuals who are growing hemp or selling hemp seed need to obtain a criminal background check.
Minnesota Statute 18K.09; Subdivision 2 requires MDA to collect annual fees for registration of sites and certification of hemp crops through randomized THC testing. MDA is also required to administer criminal background checks for all first-time applicants. The following fees will be assessed by MDA if your application is approved. All fees are non-refundable.
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. If your application is approved, then you will be sent a License Fee Request form and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Only after you have returned those signed documents, plus required fees, will you be issued an industrial hemp pilot certificate. Seed will not be imported on your behalf unless you have obtained a current certificate.
Industrial Hemp Program Coordinator