Industrial Hemp Research Program

UPDATE: Commercial Industrial Hemp Regulations

October 29, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided insight into the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program through a draft of the interim final rule (IFR) for the 2018 Farm Bill. The Kansas Department of Agriculture is updating the soon-to-be-proposed administrative rules and regulations for the Commercial Industrial Hemp Program to coincide with the new federal ruling, and the state plans to submit its plan promptly. Publication of the IFR occurred on Oct. 31, 2019. The USDA has already approved some states’ plans for 2020.

For information about the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program please visit: USDA Rules & Regulations

For information about the upcoming Kansas Commercial Hemp Program please visit: Kansas Commercial Hemp Program

2020 Applications and Forms

The 2020 Industrial Hemp Research Program submission deadline was November 30, 2019. KDA will contact the primary applicants and licensees as indicated in received applications for confirmation of application receipt. Please be patient as KDA reviews applications for their completeness as additional correspondence will be shared concerning each application’s review process.

If you submitted an application and have NOT received a confirmation email (sent on Friday, Dec. 6) please contact the KDA Industrial Hemp Research Program staff at

Proper forms for licensees to stay current with planting and harvest reports are available below. If a licensee has any questions about forms, please contact the KDA Industrial Hemp Research Program staff at

Program Regulations
Approved Varieties of Industrial Hemp
Summary of Fees

Request Forms
Request for Modification of License: Addition or Removal of Research Section or Area
Request for Modification of License: Addition or Removal of Individual
Request for Modification of License: Change of Industrial Hemp Variety
Request to Use an Unapproved Variety
Request for Permission (General)

Industrial Hemp Important Deadlines (updated list coming soon)

Report Forms (last updated 2-14-2020)
Report Forms  Ways to Submit
Hard Copy 

KDA Portal
Summary of Reports  N/A N/A
Planting Report End-Use Production  Yes No 
Planting Report Clone and Seedling Production  Yes  No 
Replanting Report End-Use Production  Yes  No 
Voluntary Partial Destruction Report  Yes No 
Voluntary Withdrawal Report  Yes No 
Pre-Harvest Report  Yes Yes 
Harvest Report  Yes Yes 
Production Report (Grower)  Yes Yes 
Distribution Report (Distributor)  Yes Yes 
Processing Report (Processor)  Yes  Yes 
Research Report    Yes Yes 

Program Information

Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. signed Senate Bill 263 (now K.S.A. 2-3901 et seq.) in April 2018, which enacted the Alternative Crop Research Act allowing the Kansas Department of Agriculture to oversee the cultivation of industrial hemp in a research program. The KDA legal staff and plant protection and weed control program staff quickly began the process of developing regulations and other administrative documents and procedures to guide the Alternative Crop Research Act.

Since that time, KDA staff participated in more than 14 public outreach events across the state, which began with an open dialogue and information exchange at a public forum May 11 and included a public hearing prior to publishing the regulations. Content from those events is included on this page. 

The regulations were approved by the Department of Administration and the Attorney General and reviewed by the Legislative Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and Regulations before final regulations were published in the Kansas Register on Jan. 24, 2019. They became effective on Feb. 8, 2019, 15 days following their publication.

The Industrial Hemp Research Program became possible because the 2014 Farm Bill included a section to allow for universities and state departments of agriculture to begin cultivating industrial hemp for purposes of research, provided that the growing and cultivating of industrial hemp is allowed under state law. Industrial hemp is defined by SB 263 as all parts and varieties of the plant cannabis sativa L that contain a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill removed federal restrictions on the establishment of commercial hemp programs and allows individual states to develop a plan to license the commercial production of hemp and further directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a plan for states that do not do so. In order to establish a program for the commercial production of industrial hemp, Kansas must develop a plan through KDA, in consultation with the Governor and Attorney General. Any such plan must be submitted to USDA for approval.

The opportunity to grow a new specialty oilseed crop in Kansas offers potential for diversification for Kansas farmers looking for an alternative crop, or for new farming enterprises interested in cultivating industrial hemp. The Kansas agriculture industry has developed a statewide strategic growth plan in recent years, and is committed to pursuing new and innovative opportunities to grow agriculture. The research generated by participants of this new industrial hemp program will be valuable data in identifying the growth potential offered in this sector.