Program Information


April 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it has approved the plan submitted in January by the Kansas Department of Agriculture to regulate a Commercial Industrial Hemp Program in Kansas. this approval is a critical formal step in the process to establishing the new commercial hemp program; however, the program will not be active in Kansas until completion of the process for adoption of rules and regulation. Given the timeline of the formal adoption process, it is anticipated the Commercial Industrial Hemp Program will be finalized no earlier than early fall 2020. At this time, the industrial hemp industry in Kansas continues to function under the Industrial Hemp Research Program regulations.

Status of State and Tribal Hemp Production Plans for USDA Approval

January 2020

Kansas Department of Agriculture proposed Kansas Administrative Rules and Regulations to regulate a Commercial Industrial Hemp Program.

Kansas Department of Agriculture submitted a plan to USDA-AMS for inclusion into U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.

U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program website


October 2019

Interim Final Rule on Domestic Hemp Production – U.S.Department of Agriculture - Agriculture Marketing Service (USDA-AMS)

Published rules states and tribal nations to follow. Each state and tribal nation wishing to be included in the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program must be approved by USDA and an be approved on or before Oct. 31, 2020. If a state or tribal nation does not submit a plan, USDA will license producers in that state or tribal nation.


April 2019

Senate Sub. House Bill 2167 - The Commercial Industrial Hemp Act authorized the Kansas Department of Agriculture to develop a “commercial program.” 

The passage of the Commercial Industrial Hemp Act authorized KDA to develop a commercial production of industrial hemp within the state in accordance with 7 U.S.C. § 1621 et seq. and any rules and regulations adopted by the KDA.


December 2018

Agricultural Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) 

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, and in consultation with the Governor and Attorney General, KDA must submit to USDA for approval and implant the governing administrates rules and regulations.

Industrial Hemp Research Program — established

February 2019

Kansas Industrial Hemp Research Program Administrative Rules and Regulations: K.A.R. 4-34-1 – 4-34-21

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.

Look up rules and regulations here

April 2018

Senate Bill 263- The Alternative Crop Research Act authorized the Kansas Department of Agriculture to develop a “research program.” 

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. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. signed Senate Bill in April 2018, which enacted the Alternative Crop Research Act (now Commercial Industrial Hemp Act K.S.A 2-3901 et. seq.) allowing KDA 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. 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.


February 2014

Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill)

Authorized state departments of agriculture and educational institutions the ability to conduct activities with industrial hemp in pilot or research programs.