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Hemp Program

Hemp under 0.3% THC may be cultivated in Georgia with a valid hemp grower license and processed into finished hemp products with a valid hemp processor permit. The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) regulates licensed hemp growers and permitted hemp processors and issues the annual licenses and permits.

 

GDA Hemp Licensing and Reporting System

New applications for 2023 are open

Renewals are open for currently licensed growers and permitted processors. The 2023 window opened to new applicants on January 1, 2023.

Highlights

  • About this program

    The Georgia Hemp Farming Act was passed in 2019. This Act allows hemp cultivation and processing within the state. Individuals or businesses may obtain a Hemp Grower License or Hemp Processor Permit and are subject to the Georgia Hemp Grower and Processor Rules. License or permit holders must renew every year they wish to grow or process hemp in.

    Upon obtaining a license or permit, holders are subject to additional program requirements including:

    • Sampling and Laboratory Testing

    • Disposal or Remediation of Non-Compliant Hemp

    • Compliance Inspections

    • Farm Service Agency (FSA) Reporting (Growers only)

    • GDA Planting and Site Reporting (Growers only)

    • Other requirements as described in the Act and the documents below

     

    See the list of approved hemp processors for 2022.

     

  • FSA Reporting

    FSA Reporting

    All licensed hemp growers in Georgia must report crop information to the USDA Farm Service Agency (or FSA). The deadline established by FSA for this information is July 31, 2022. Please visit https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Georgia/index if you are not sure how to contact your local FSA office. You will need your FSA information for the GDA Planting and Site Reporting.

    Below is some basic information that producers need to provide when reporting acreage to FSA:

    • Crop and crop type or variety.
    • Intended use of the crop.
    • Number of acres of the crop.
    • Planting date(s).
    • Planting pattern, when applicable.
    • Producer shares.
    • Irrigation practice(s).
    • Acreage prevented from planting, when applicable.
    • AMS License Number- if not already on file with FSA
    • Other information as required.
  • GDA Planting and Site Reporting

    Reporting

    All licensed hemp growers in Georgia must complete planting and annual reporting requirements for each of the grow sites listed on a license. Reporting is required regardless of whether you grew or not that year. If you grew you will need to provide the Farm, Track, Field, and Sub-Field numbers you were assigned by your local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).

    All site reporting will be completed on the Department’s Hemp Licensing System. Log in with your email and password. Site reports must contain the following information:

    • Planting
    • Harvesting
    • Disposal and remediation (if applicable)

License Types

Hemp Grower

You need a Hemp Grower license if you are an individual or business that wishes to grow hemp in Georgia.  If you grow hemp and process it yourself, you need both a Hemp Grower license and a Hemp Processor permit.

Hemp Processor

You need a Hemp Processor permit if you are an individual or business that wishes to process hemp in Georgia, including hemp that you grow yourself.

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