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Thank you for your interest in the expanded hemp pilot program. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) received 176 applications for the 2019 growing season by the June 28, 2019 deadline. A listing of those that applied can be found HERE.

As such, NDA approved a limited number of applicants that have been notified and are working through the next steps of the process to move forward under the law. A listing of the currently approved and signed licensing agreements can be found HERE. This listing will be updated as additional licensing agreements are returned to NDA and signed by the Director.

We appreciate the vast interest in this new commodity and feel it promotes promise for the future of this crop in our state.

We look forward to USDA providing federal guidelines to help ensure the success of a full program for 2020 and beyond. As the Department continues moving through this process we will continue to take stock in feedback we have received.


LB657, passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pete Ricketts, adopted the Nebraska Hemp Farming Act and amended existing statutes to establish a state hemp program within the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA). The legislation gave NDA the authority to regulate the growing, harvesting and processing of hemp for research purposes in Nebraska under a licensing agreement until further action is taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

To legally grow hemp in Nebraska, interested parties must receive a signed license agreement from NDA. Growing, handling and/or processing hemp without a signed license agreement from NDA is illegal in Nebraska.

Updated August 13, 2019