How to Participate in the MDARD Industrial Hemp Ag-Pilot Program

Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Kicking Off the Industrial Hemp Ag Pilot Program

Governor Whitmer just launched an Ag pilot program for farmers interested in growing industrial hemp. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, this program is meant for research purposes. Moreover, Interested participants can submit applications to The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).

“Michigan is uniquely positioned to grow, process and manufacture industrial hemp. We are one of the nation’s most agriculturally diverse states – growing 300 different commodities on a commercial basis – making it a natural fit,” said Whitmer. “This emerging crop not only cultivates new opportunity for our farming community, but it also creates an avenue for new businesses to crop up across the state.”

If you’re serious about farming hemp, you should consider this program as qualifying applicants have a head start on entering the industrial hemp market. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, participants will work directly with MDARD as they develop future industrial hemp opportunities.

Do You Want to Become an Industrial Hemp Cultivator?

Kicking off this program, MDARD will be holding a series of licensing events at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education in Lansing. These meetings will serve to facilitate expedited issuance of required licenses and research agreements during the following times:

Tuesday, April 23        8:30 am – 11:45 am, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, April 24 8:30 am – 11:45 am, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, April 29        8:30 am – 11:45 am, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, April 30       8:30 am – 11:45 am, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Forms for a grower registration, a processor-handler license, and participation in MDARD’s 2019 Hemp Ag Pilot Program are now available online. The department will begin accepting applications on April 23, 2019. Grower registration costs $100 and a processor-handler license cost $1,350.

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To participate, carefully review the Ag program’s requirements on MDARD’s website. Cannabis Legal Group is here to help if you would like to explore the application process.

Travis Copenhaver (16 Posts)

Travis Copenhaver is a senior associate attorney with the Cannabis Legal Group. Travis has significant experience in promoting the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, and has provided dozens of municipal presentations to city council, trustee, and planning commission meetings throughout the state. In addition to cannabis services, Travis is also a seasoned trademark attorney, prosecuting hundreds of Federal Trademark Applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency's (MRA) Stakeholder Workgroup. Travis holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.

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