New Hemp Program Allows for Licenses In Time For 2019 Planting Season

The State of Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD)recently announced a pilot program for industrial hemp.  This new program comes after President Trump signed the 2018 Federal Farm Bill into law which provided a framework for the states to create and regulate  hemp industries.  Michigan’s hemp pilot program is great news for those who were hoping to be able to plant a crop this spring.  The pilot program will have two different licenses available.  One license will be required for those who choose to plant, propagate, grow cultivate or harvest hemp, the other license will be required to process,handle, broker or market hemp.

If you are interested in obtaining either license, it is important that you start by visiting the MDARD website . There you will see a list of dates (4/23, 4/24, 4/29, 4/30) where MDARD is offering a series of on-site licensing events on the campus of Michigan State University.  Prior to attending the event, interested participants will need to call MDARD customer service at 1-800-292-3939 and  reserve a spot.  It is also required that applicants have the proper applications (Hemp Grower Application, Hemp Processor Handler Application) filled out before attending the event.  MDARD has also provided application checklists (Hemp Grower Checklist, Hemp Processor Handler Checklist)  for applicants to ensure they are properly prepared for the licensing events.   You will see each of the applications requires a Federal identification number. If you are applying as an individual your social security number will work, but if you are applying as an entity such as a corporation, LLC or  LLP, you will need to have legally created your entity and been issued an EIN  (Federal Employer Identification Number) .  If you are unsure how to create your business entity or are unsure which entity is best for you, we suggest calling our office (517-512-8364) and scheduling a consultation to discuss the options available to you.