Industrial Hemp Overview
The Industrial Hemp Program was developed to assist with advancing the knowledge base and increasing awareness of industrial hemp production in Nevada. This program is a product of U.S. Farm Bill, Section 7606, Nevada Senate Bill 305 and Senate Bill 396. Intentions of this program are to illustrate the agricultural benefits from industrial hemp cultivation in Nevada. Hemp will ideally provide producers with the ability to diversify crop growth and determine the capacities of industrial hemp. Growers, seed producers, and handlers that have followed proper protocol and have been deemed eligible may participate. This entails submission of an application, payment of all relevant fees, payment of all program fees and adherence to all state of Nevada regulations.
Industrial hemp is defined in the Federal Farm Bill as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
Under this definition it is the responsibility of the Nevada Department of Agriculture to ensure that any hemp grown in the state abides by the threshold requirements relating to delta-9 THC concentrations.
a) Issue licensure to qualifiable program candidates;
b) Assist in importation of seed varieties;
c) Conduct testing on all active fields to ensure biomass contains less than 0.3% THC;
d) Require participants to maintain chain of custody forms to monitor supply chain;
e) Issue documents ensuring legitimacy of product and compliance of participants;
f) Develop testing requirements for product manufacturing;
g) Act as a liaison to the industry and support the continued growth of this crop.
Maximum/Minimum production size
The NDA has not implemented any area restrictions related to industrial hemp. The applicant can apply to produce as much, or as little hemp as they desire, so long as they are appropriately zoned for production.