As the department works to develop and implement a program for regulating industrial hemp in Oregon, it is our goal that this program provide assurance of compliance to state laws, continued good health, safety and welfare to Oregon’s citizens, while providing yet another opportunity for Oregon agriculture to grow.
Federal Hemp Program
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill, Section 10113) directs the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue regulations and guidance to implement a program for the commercial production of industrial hemp in the United States.
Hemp rules released
October 29, 2019—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released interim rules for hemp production.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is analyzing the document to:
- determine what changes if any, need to be made to its current hemp program, and
- submit a state plan as required by the USDA.
ODA established a statewide hemp program in 2015, which is considered a hemp pilot program under the 2014 Farm Bill. ODA requires hemp growers and handlers to register. So far this year, there are more than 63,000 acres of hemp registered statewide.
Register before growing or handling hemp
All registrations expire on December 31 of the calendar year and are not pro-rated at any time during the calendar year.
You must have a copy of your registration number before growing or handling industrial hemp. Industrial hemp registration applications submitted with complete and accurate information can take as long as four weeks to process. Applications containing incomplete or inaccurate information can take longer.
Additional registration is needed for those wishing to produce or handle agricultural hemp seed. The agricultural hemp seed production registration must accompany either a grower or handler registration and is an option on both applications to include.
Grower registration and resources
As of January 1, 2020, rules for pre-harvest testing have changed from delta9-THC to total THC. Testing rules are included in OAR 603-048-0600
Hemp seed registration
Laws and rules
Industrial hemp email list