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The Nevada Department of Agriculture is the entity responsible for providing support to industrial hemp growers, seed producers and handlers. The Department will ensure that all seasonal trials abide by the standards set forth in Senate Bills 305 and 396, and the statutory obligations set forth thereafter (NRS/NAC 557). The following information describes necessary requirements that are to be followed by any program applicant:

    Requirements

    a. That any information obtained by the Department may be publicly disclosed and provided to law enforcement agencies without further notice to the applicant/registrant.
    b. That the Department may inspect and sample as the Department deems necessary and will have unrestricted access to all plant parts used for processing, cultivation or in storage.
    c. A law enforcement background check will be obtained, if deemed necessary.
    d. The applicant cannot have any variant of a criminal record related to possession, production, sale, or distribution of a controlled substance within 5 years of the date of application.
    e. Intended research purposes must fit approval by Department personnel prior to clearance for production.
    f. A complete application form must be submitted to the Department prior to handling industrial hemp in any form (seed/clones/tissue cultures/biomass).

      Licensure Categories Defined

      Grower Defined: A person who is registered by the Department and cultivates industrial hemp.

      Producer Defined: A person who is registered by the Department and produces agricultural hemp seed for replication.

      Handler Defined: A person who is registered by the Department and receives industrial hemp for processing into commodities, products or agricultural hemp seed.

      A registered handling facility is subject to testing requirements set forth in Nevada Administrative Code, Chapter 557 when manufacturing products intended for human consumption.

        Use of Seed and Variety of Selection

        AOSCA Certified Seed: If using certified seed varieties, there are no limitations imposed on the first year of production.

        Non-Certified (Rogue) Seed: If the applicant desires to use rogue seed, the maximum production area for the first year is limited to 5.0 acres, or under 5.0 pounds of seed. After the first growing season, if the variety meets the definition of industrial hemp (Less than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis), production can increase any desired seize for subsequent seasons. 

        Non-Certified (Rogue) Seed Exception: If the applicant can provide analysis reports illustrating that the variety consistently produces less than 0.3% THC, and is willing to accept the risks, rogue seed will not be subject to an area restriction.

          Seed Purchasing and Transfers

          Industrial Hemp seed is a controlled substance and there are special requirement imposed by the federal government associated with its handling. The Department of Agriculture is a designated entity that has federal authorization to import and distribute industrial hemp seed to producers for research and development purposes. This means that there is an explicit protocol (international v. domestic) exclusive to the ordering process of industrial hemp seed. This protocol is as follows:

            International Imports of Seed (Can take 6+weeks)

            1. Growers/Producers complete an Industrial Hemp Research and Development application.
            2. Attached to the application is a “Materials Order Form.”
            3. The Materials Order Form must also be submitted to the Department when seed quantity and selected varieties are determined.
            4.The Department will apply for an import permit via the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
            5. After import permit is obtained, a copy will be sent to supplier location, to be attached to package.
            -Supplier will need to obtain all necessary export documents to clear U.S. Customs (ie. Phytosanitary Certificate)
            -Buyer/Seller will also need to identify a broker to logistically coordinate the shipment and allow for smooth entry into the United States.
            6. Order will be placed by the Applicant when all order forms are submitted for the season and the Department has approved the applicant as a grower/producer.
            7. Seed will be shipped to the Department Sparks headquarters.
            8. Once eligible, producers can opt to have seed delivered, or the seed can be picked up.
            9. A chain of custody needs to be maintained at all times to ensure safe, legal seed handling.
            10. Any unused seed at the end of the growing season will be confiscated by NDA and stored in a secure setting, unless the Department has authorized the grower/producer to store seed.

              Domestic Imports of Seed (Including Clones/Cultures)

              1. Growers/Producers complete an Industrial Hemp Research and Development application.
              2. Attached to the application is a “Materials Order Form.”
              3. The Materials Order Form must also be submitted to the Department when seed quantity and selected varieties are determined.
              4. An approved grower/producer contacts supplier and orders material (seed/clones/cultures).
              5. Material is shipped directly to the Department of Agriculture Headquarters:
              405 S. 21st Street
              Sparks, NV 89431
              6. Once package arrives, material is processed and weighed to verify quantity.
              7. After processing, grower/producer is contacted to schedule transfer of material into their possession.
              *There is currently no federal protocol that authorizes the domestic import of industrial hemp propagative material. Any domestic import should be handled at the applicant’s own risk.

                Associated Costs

                Grower Category:
                     -Application fee: $500.00
                     -Acreage Fee: $5.00/Acre, or;
                     -Square Footage Fee: $0.33/1,000 Square Feet
                Seed Producer Category:
                     -Application fee: $100.00
                     -Acreage Fee: $5.00/Acre
                     -Square Footage Fee: $0.33/1,000 Square Feet
                Handler Category:
                     -Application Fee: $1,000.00

                In addition to the application fees;
                -The applicant is responsible for inspection costs, at $50.00/hour /inspector for drive time, inspections, and sampling.
                - Mileage will be charged at the current IRS reimbursement rate.
                -The Department may charge a fee for any analysis which it conducts.
                -Fees are determined based upon an approximation of the actual cost of performing tests.