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Industrial hemp

Produce, process, sell, and transport non-consumable hemp in Louisiana

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the commercial production of hemp and authorized states to submit plans to administer hemp programs.

Act 164 of the 2019 Louisiana Legislative Session, now known as the Industrial Hemp Law, was signed by Governor John Bel Edwards on June 6, 2019, recognizing industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity in Louisiana. The law not only authorizes the commercial cultivation and processing of hemp in Louisiana, but also required the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) to license and regulate hemp in Louisiana.

LDAF began the hemp licensing application process in early February 2020.

Industrial hemp resources

  • Industrial hemp laws, regulations, and restrictions

    Learn requirements around producing hemp in Louisiana
  • Industrial hemp licensing

    Get authorized to grow, process, and handle industrial hemp
  • Purchasing and transporting hemp seeds or stock

    Follow our guidelines for the safe and legal movement of hemp
  • Industrial hemp reporting

    Stay compliant with required reporting for industrial hemp production and acquisition
  • Industrial hemp forms

    Find all forms related to industrial hemp, from license applications to required reporting documents
  • Louisiana Industrial Hemp Promotion and Research Advisory Board

    Supports the growth and development of the industrial hemp industry in Louisiana by enhancing research, education, promotion, facilities, and industrial hemp-related activities throughout the state.

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