Hemp Program Registration

 

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is accepting 2020 hemp registration application form.  A person is able to register all growing and processing activities on a single application, and is no longer required to file separate registrations for growing and processing.

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 a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis." 

A person registered to grow, process, or grow and process hemp for floral material production, viable seed, or cannabinoids shall not grow more acres of hemp or process more pounds of hemp than the amount identified in the registration without first notifying the Agency and paying an additional registration fee, if necessary.  If you would like to amend you current registration to increase your cultivation area or volume of materials processed you must complete an amendment application.  Please contact the AGR.hemp@vermont.gov for more information.

The cost of registration to cultivate hemp for personal use is $25.00 in 2020.  Personal use cultivation areas are limited to less than 0.5 acres.  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 and number of pounds being processed annually.

An application to grow and/or process hemp commercially for floral material, viable seed outdoors, or to process crops to extract cannabinoids or other chemical compounds, is the greater of the number of acres planted or the dry weight of the hemp crop or viable seed 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 grow exclusively indoors (bringing plants to flower under lights), or grow and process that crop 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 an indoor cultivation area, including processing that crop, of

  • 500 square feet or less is $1,000.00; and 
  • greater than 500 square feet is $2,000.00.

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.  

  • Checks must be made out to VAAFM and mailed in to the address, below.
  • Applications and Maps must be complete and accurate and may be emailed to the AGR.Hemp@vermont.gov; or 
  • The entire application may be mailed into the VAAFM along with the payment. If payment is mailed in separate from a complete emailed application form and map, the fee that is mailed must be accompanied by a copy of the registration form to facilitate tracking of payment.
  • There are no deadlines to register. The VAAFM accepts submissions throughout the calendar year. 
  • Registrations are not transferable.
  • 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.

Please mail all payments and a copy of the completed registration application for tracking purposes to

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Licensing and Registration

116 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05620-2901

​Contact Information

Questions about registration can be directed to Agr.Hemp@vermont.gov or 802-828-1732.

Please note that Licensing and Registration does not assist applicants in completing the registration applications.

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 VAAFM 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)

Maps may be sent along with a completed applcation via email to AGR.Hemp@vermont.gov.  Failure to include a map including all the required information below will result in delays in the registration process. 

Aerial view maps must contain the

  • 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.
 

Who are Processors?

Processors are registrants in possession of harvested plants or seed, hemp concentrate/ process intermediate used in the formulation of hemp or hemp-infused products. Processors may process harvested crops into end products such as pre-rolls, hemp concentrate, seed hearts, pressed oils, fiber or hemp-infused products from derivatives of the hemp plant.  Registration as a Processor requires the submission of GPS locations of vehicular entrances to a processing site from a public road.  A processor may register multiple sites on a single registration.

 

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.522.7811
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431