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To grow hemp, you need a license, and these are the key points:

  1. Hemp growing licenses expire on December 31 each year. Fees are not prorated.
  2. You must submit your grower application (renewal or new) to the ODA by May 31 of the year you plan to grow.  Late submissions, received by the Department no later than July 31, are subject to a $250 late fee for each grow site application.
  3. You must have your license number before you start growing.​
  4. Make sure your application is complete and error-free. Incomplete applications won't be processed until they are fixed.
  5. Growing hemp without a license can lead to not getting a license and possible fines.
  6. If you plan to produce agricultural hemp seed, you'll also need an agricultural hemp seed license.

Reminder on background checks

In Oregon since 2022, all hemp growers must go through a background check. This means all key participants need to get checked, including fingerprinting. Only those without recent felony drug convictions (in the last 10 years) can get a license to grow hemp.

If you've submitted a complete application to the ODA, they'll email you with instructions on what to do next. So, remember to check your email. If you don't see that email, get in touch with the hemp program directly.

For more information on what a key participant and ownership interest are, visit the hemp rules and read the definitions.​


Note that if you submit your grower application after the initial deadline of May 31 but before July 31, you wi​ll incur a late fee of $250 for each grow site application. Additionally, to complete the submission process, ensure you check the designated box on the final page and include payment for the late fee. This step is crucial to avoid any delays or complications in obtaining your hemp grower license.​

Grower/grow site license application

Hemp grower and grow site license application

Research grower license application

Must be submitted with both a research plan and a destruction plan for review prior to approval. Hemp research application- grower and grow site

Seed application - hemp

Hemp seed application


Cannabis waste and disposal form

Cannabis waste, determined by hemp grower, includes plants that lost market value due to mold, pest, disease or that will not be processed, sold, or transferred. Grower must request ODA approval within 10 days of determining something is waste and at least 7 days before disposal. For crop failure, determined by a failed preharvest test or presumptive marijuana, hemp growers must request ODA approval at least 7 days before disposal. Cannabis waste and disposal form

Hemp key participant change of status report form

Key participant change of status form

Hemp license change of status report form - Fee required

Use this form to change a business name, add or remove a production area on an existing hemp license, or to notify ODA that you will not be growing hemp. Change of status report form

Hemp sample request for growers

Use this form to request an official sampling from the ODA or an accredited laboratory. Pre-harvest sampling and testing request form

Request to cancel hemp registration

Use this form to cancel your hemp license. Hemp license cancellation form

Update contact information form for hemp license

Use this form to change contact information on an existing hemp license. For handlers and growers. Update contact information form



Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Information on how to report hemp crop acreage to the USDA Farm Service Agency as required under the 2018 Farm Bill and Oregon state law. FSA flyer
FSA video overview

Hemp complaint form

Use this form to submit information associated with a hemp complaint. Hemp program complaint form

Hemp grower responsibilities - Responsabilidades del cultivador de cáñamo

Process and responsibilities for hemp growers from registration through testing, harvesting, selling, and reporting. Proceso y responsabilidades para los productores de cáñamo desde el registro hasta las pruebas, la cosecha, la venta y la presentación de informes. Hemp grower responsibilities infographic
Infografía de responsabilidades de cultivador de cáñamo

Hemp requirements for naming harvest and process lots

Hemp harvest and process lot naming protocol (Exhibit C)

What to Do if You Fail a Pesticide Test for Hemp

Failed pesticide test handout

What to Do if You Fail a Pre-Harvest Test for THC Potency for Hemp

Failed pre-harvest test for THC handout



Hemp Program
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4652
Fax: 503-986-4786

​​Sign up to receive email correspondence regarding industrial hemp industry implementation and regulation.

Visit the hemp license contacts and data webpage if you are looking for contact information.​