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Applications now available for industrial hemp production

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The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has started accepting applications from farmers and producers interested in growing industrial hemp.

In 2013, the Tennessee General Assembly tasked the Department of Agriculture with the development of a licensing and inspection program for the production of industrial hemp in Tennessee. As provided in the 2014 Farm Bill, industrial hemp may only be grown as part of a research or pilot project.

Industrial hemp is Cannabis sativa L., the same plant species as marijuana bu has significantly lower tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content and is distinguished by its use and chemical makeup. 

You can download an application and Memorandum of Understanding at

Please complete the application, sign the MOU and include the particular cultivar you wish to use and the quantity requested. If your application is approved, the department will assist in obtaining your seed in compliance with requirements of the Drug Enforcement Agency. Individuals are not permitted to import their own seed.

Email the completed application and MOU to

Or send it by mail to:

Industrial Hemp Program, Consumer and Industry Services Division

TN Department of Agriculture

P.O. Box 40627

Nashville, TN 37204

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