The Hemp Program is currently not accepting applications for the 2020 growing season.
Please stay tuned for updates on registration.
All participants in the Hemp Program must register annually. A registration issued in 2019 is not valid in a subsequent calendar year, which means a hemp grower or processor registration issued in 2019 expires on December 31, 2019.
A person must register with the program if the intent is to grow, cultivate or process hemp in the state of Vermont. Hemp “means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of the plant, including the seeds and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, acids, salts, isomers, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with the federally defined tetrahydrocannabinol concentration level of hemp."
Growing includes planting, cultivating, harvesting, or drying hemp; and selling, storing, and transporting hemp grown by the grower. Processing is when a person offers services for storing, drying and the person is not the grower of the crop, or a person is trimming (including bucking), handling, compounding, or converting a hemp crop for a single grower or multiple growers into hemp products or hemp-infused products. “Process” includes transporting, aggregating, or packaging hemp from a single grower or multiple growers.
The cost of registration to cultivate hemp for personal use remains $25.00 in the 2020 registration year regardless of the end use of the crop or whether it is cultivated under lights or in the field. There is no requirement to register as a processor if processing for personal use. No hemp crops, products or infused products shall enter the commercial marketplace under a personal use registration. All other registration fees to grow and process hemp are increasing for the 2020 registration year and can be found in 6 V.S.A. § 570.
The cost of registration for commercial production of seed for food oil production or as a grain crop, or fiber is $100 regardless of the number of acres being grown.
An application to grow and/or process hemp commercially for floral material, viable seed, or to process crops to extract one or more of the 130 cannabinoids or other chemical compounds, it is the greater of the number of acres planted or the dry weight of the hemp crop or viable seed being processed annually.
- Less than 0.5 acres or less than 500 pounds is $ 100.00
- 0.5 to 9.9 acres or less than 10,000 pounds is $ 500.00
- 10 to 50 acres or less than 50,000 pounds is $1,000.00
- Greater than 50 acres or greater than 50,000 pounds is $3,000.00
An application to operate exclusively indoors (bringing plants to flower under lights) for commercial production of floral material, viable seed, or cannabinoids and processing of that harvest is based on the size of the indoor cultivation area. The fee to register a cultivation area of 500 square feet or less is $1,000.00; and the fee to register a cultivation area greater than 500 square feet is $2,000.00.
While the Agency has not yet established its laboratory certification program, beginning in 2020 the fee to become a certified lab is $1,500.00. Certification enables a laboratory to conduct testing of hemp and hemp products and produce results for purposes of showing compliance with the state and federal definition of hemp and to conduct contaminant testing as part of the Agency’s cannabis quality control program.
The Agency continues to accept applications to register in the Hemp Program for 2019
The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (AAFM) has an Industrial Hemp Program compliant with federal law as authorized by Title 6, Chapter 34. Individuals and businesses that want to participate in Vermont’s program as growers or processors must submit a complete application form, provide required aerial maps, GPS locations, and applicable fees. There are no residency requirements, minimum acreages, or limitations on the numbers of registrants in AAFM's program. All registrations are annual, a registration in the program is not valid beyond the end of that calendar year. If you are retailing hemp products and are not formulating or processing hemp into hemp products or hemp-infused products, there is no need to register with the Agency.
Once the Agency receives the complete application and payment it takes approximately 10 business days to certify locations and to issue the registration. Registrations are sent via email to the business email address in the application.
- Have the GPS coordinates identified before beginning the online application process.
- Submissions must be complete and accurate.
- There are no deadlines to register. The AAFM accepts submissions throughout the calendar year.
- The AAFM will review complete applications including required fees in the order in which they are received.
- Registrations are not transferable.
- All information provided to AAFM may be subject to disclosure under 1 V.S.A. §315 et. seq., Vermont Public Records Law.
- Please keep a copy of the complete submission for your records, including copies of submitted maps.
Questions about registration can be directed to Agr.Hemp@vermont.gov or 802.828.1732.
Who are Growers?
Growers are registrants in possession of viable seed, live and harvested plants. Growers can cultivate plants in fields, greenhouses or indoors, and may store, dry and transport their hemp crops. Registration with AAFM as a Grower is required to cultivate hemp, and a submission must include aerial view maps that identify the cultivation area and drying/storage areas, and the location of driveway entrances to these features from a public road. A Grower Registrant may register multiple cultivation areas or drying and storage areas on a single registration application. Growers of a certain size must comply with the Required Agricultural Practices. Please contact your farm coordinator for more information.
Mapping for Cultivation, Drying and Storage Areas (additional guidance, below including sample map)
At this time the Agency is not accepting electronic aerial view maps. Please be sure to send in a hard copy of your map with the fee and remittance letter. Failure to include the map will result in delays in the registration process.
Aerial view maps must
- be in color
- include the name of registrant, name of business entity (if applicable), the physical address of the location of the field represented in the map, including town or city
- include the name of most nearly adjacent public road
- have a point marking the vehicular access from a public road to the cultivation area, or drying and storage areas (please make sure all GPS coordinates are accurate and are the same as what is on the submitted application form)
- the outline of the boundaries of the cultivation site
- Grower registration application (at this time the Agency is not accepting applicaitons for 2020, please stay tuned)
- Grower registration guidance
- Mapping guidance
Who are Processors?
Processors are registrants in possession of harvested plants or seed, hemp concentrate, or any hemp process intermediate used in the formulation of retail products. Processors may process harvested crops into end products such as pre-rolls, concentrates, seed hearts, pressed oils, fiber or hemp-infused products from derivatives of the hemp plant. Processors may also transport, dry and store harvested crops from registered growers, and may market and broker harvested crops. Registration as a Processor requires the submission of GPS locations of vehicular entrances to a processing site from a public road. A processor may only register a single processing site per registration.
- Processor registration application (at this time the Agency is not accepting applicaitons for 2020, please stay tuned)
- Processor registration guidance
- GPS location guidance
Please note that Licensing and Registration does not assist applicants in completing the registration forms.
All questions concerning the AAFM's Hemp Program should be directed to AGR.hemp@Vermont.gov.