Applications for Growers and Processors
The Grower Application Period is now closed for 2018 - there are no exceptions. The Grower Application under Forms & Documents is for Reference only.
Final Processor/Handler Application deadline is June 1, 2018 at 4:30 pm. The Processor/Handler Application is under Forms & Documents in the right column.
The application packets are designed to provide sufficient instructions for completion by any individual who would be prepared to participate in this research pilot program. The application packets include a broad understanding of the program, but applicants should read the draft regulations for complete details. The regulations can be found on the Hemp and Law program page. Please make sure to fully review all application materials and draft regulations prior to contacting hemp staff with questions.
KDA is not in the position to offer direct consultation on completing a program application or to educate individuals about the production of industrial hemp. Prospective participants are to conduct research which will add to the industrial hemp body of knowledge that is currently limited. For a better understanding of hemp production techniques refer to a recent publication by the University of Kentucky (under Forms and Documents).
All costs associated with the research are the responsibility of the participant, including both profits and loss. There are no sources of funding from KDA to cover any aspect of research projects. Participants should understand that at the present time it is likely that they may suffer a loss on the industrial hemp crop. Limited production knowledge combined with an uncertain federal regulatory environment and unstable pricing creates significant risk for the participant. The focus of this program is the collection of research data.