The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications from farmers and producers interested in growing industrial hemp.
In 2013, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 916 tasking the agriculture department with development of a licensing and inspection program for the production of industrial hemp in Tennessee. As provided in Sec. 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill, industrial hemp may only be grown as part of a research or pilot project. The cultivation of industrial hemp is now available as an option for Tennessee farmers on a limited basis.
Industrial hemp, or Cannabis sativa L., is the same plant species as marijuana. However, industrial hemp has significantly lower tetrahydrocannabinol content and is distinguished by its use and chemical makeup. You will find industrial hemp in a variety of products, including fabric, textiles, fibers and foods. More than 30 nations grow industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity.
Download an application and Memorandum of Understanding. 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.