The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (AAFM) under 6 V.S.A., chapter 34 has adopt rules establishing how the AAFM will conduct research within its hemp program and the requirements for the registration of hemp growers and processors. These rules also address standards and expectations for record keeping, reporting, testing, and labeling, and include enforcement provisions.
Industrial hemp or hemp is the Cannabis sativa L. plant including all parts of the plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. In Vermont, hemp is considered an “agricultural product” when grown by an individual that is registered with Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (the "Agency") as part of its pilot program. Cannabis sativa L. with a delta- 9 THC concentration greater than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis is not hemp and is not an agricultural product.
Questions about the Hemp Program can be directed to Agr.Hemp@vermont.gov or 802-828-1732.
Complaints about hemp cultivation or processing can reported to the Agency using the Environmental Complaint Form.
The Agency through its Hemp Program, authorized under 6 V.S.A., chapter 34, accepts registrations from interested hemp growers and processors. There are no residency requirements, minimum acreages, or limitations on the numbers of registrants. This is an annual registration; applications received and processed in previous years are not valid beyond the end of that calendar year. Growers and processors must have a valid registration prior to sowing through harvesting, drying and processing.
The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets offers a combined grower and processor printable 2020 hemp registration application form, so that businesses are able to register and continue operations without disruption and prepare for the season ahead. All persons must hold a valid 2020 registration to grow and /or process hemp. The Agency continues to assist in the development of a new online registration platform that will improve the registration experience. The features of the new online platform will include user verified accounts, online mapping, ability to amend a registration including cultivation areas, and online payment for most transactions. As soon as the online platform is available the Agency will let all registrants know and provide instruction for its use.
In addition to the printable form, and similar to the 2019 registration process, registrants are required to provide GPS coordinates for the driveway used to access the hemp processing facility or cultivation area. For those that register to grow hemp, an aerial view map showing the location of indoor or outdoor cultivation areas is required.
Also similar to last year, the map must contain the following information:
- Applicant’s full name as listed on the application form,
- Name of the legal business entity, if applicable,
- Physical address, including town, of the property pictured in the aerial view map,
- Location of the driveway access from the road,
- Location of drying/storage area, and
- Boundaries/outline of the cultivation areas.
VERMONT AGENCY OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD & MARKETS COMMENTS ON USDA'S INTERIM FINAL RULE GOVERNING HEMP PRODUCTION
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) filed comments on United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Interim Final Rule (IFR) establishing a Domestic Hemp Production Program. VAAFM acknowledged the complexity of developing a national hemp production program, but asked USDA to revise its rule to stay within the federal statutory mandate and avoid creating unnecessary restrictions that significantly increase costs and risks to producers.
2020 Farmshow Hemp Presentation
On Wednesday January 29th at the 2020 Vermont Farmshow, the Agency of Agriculture held a Hemp Program Q&A session to address questions and concerns about the upcoming 2020 growing season. 28 people attended the conversation, with much focus placed on the USDA Interim Final Rule and the rules that will impact the 2020 growing season in Vermont.
Vermont will operate under its hemp production pilot program enabled under the 2014 Farm Bill for the 2020 growing season. All growers and processors of hemp in Vermont are required to register with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets to grow or process hemp in 2020. The Agency also continues to develop its Cannabis Quality Control Program governing the certification of laboratories that conduct compliance testing for potency and contaminants.
Registered Processors sourcing from Vermont Hemp Farmers (list)