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If you intend to distribute industrial hemp planting seed in Virginia, please review Virginia’s Seed Law and contact VDACS’s Agricultural Commodities Team for additional information on obtaining a Seed Dealers License.

“Deal” means to temporarily possess industrial hemp grown in compliance with state or federal law that (i) has not been processed and (ii) was not grown and will not be processed by the person temporarily possessing it.

If you intend to bring hemp clones or plants into Virginia, please contact VDACS’s Office of Plant Industry Services to determine whether a phytosanitary certificate is needed to do such.

Chapter 745 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly requires VDACS to convene a Work Group to assess the opportunities for development and manufacturing in the industrial hemp industry. The legislation establishes the membership of the Work Group and directs the Work Group to consider the following six areas in its assessment of opportunities for development and manufacturing in the industrial hemp industry: (i) federal and state requirements; (ii) key drivers and challenges; (iii) anticipated job growth and wage expectations; (iv) talent and skill requirements; (v) site and building needs; and (vi) manufacturing companies and supply chain requirements. If you have questions regarding this work group, please contact Stephen Versen, Program Manager, Office of Agriculture and Forestry Development, at [email protected]

Other Considerations

Registered Industrial Hemp Growers must hire a sampling agent listed on VDACS’s Trained Sampling Agents List to collect a representative sample of each lot of industrial hemp no more than 30 days before the lot is harvested.

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To apply for an Industrial Hemp Dealer Registration or to renew your Industrial Hemp Dealer Registration, complete the application below. The application fee is $250.

On November 19, 2021, USDA approved VDACS’s Plan to Regulate Hemp Production in the Commonwealth. As such, beginning January 1, 2022, VDACS will regulate industrial hemp production in Virginia in accordance with the 2018 federal Farm Bill’s hemp provisions, USDA’s Domestic Hemp Production Program regulation, and the Virginia Industrial Hemp Law. Should the federal government provide new flexibility in the regulation of the production of industrial hemp, VDACS will consider the implementation of any program modifications that will benefit Virginia’s industrial hemp growers.

Sampling and Testing Industrial Hemp

Registered Industrial Hemp Growers are responsible for selecting a sampling agent and a testing laboratory. The grower is responsible for cost of sampling, sample delivery or shipping, and testing.

VDACS has issued information to assist industrial hemp growers in identifying pesticide products that may be used on hemp crops grown in Virginia.

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