As the hemp cultivation season progresses, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) would like to remind hemp growers of the following information.
Grower Registration: If you did not receive a paper copy of your hemp Grower Registration certificate in the mail, you may not be registered. If you submitted a complete application and did not receive a certificate, call MDARD’s Central Licensing Unit at 517-256-7509 during regular business hours.
Applying does not guarantee you are registered. If there are any deficiencies, you will receive an email requesting additional information. If you do not correct deficiencies, you will not be issued a certificate. Ensure you provide MDARD with a valid, monitored email with your application. There is no deadline to apply, but you must be registered before receiving seeds, clones, transplants, or performing other grower activities.
Unpaid Fees or Fines: MDARD will not conduct pre-harvest sampling until all outstanding invoices or fines issued are paid. Invoices for THC testing by MDARD’s Geagley Laboratory are emailed to the email address you provided to the MDARD inspector during the sampling visit.
If you need another invoice or have an unpaid fine and need more information, send an email to MDARD-IndustrialHemp@Michigan.gov. Invoices open over 180 days are sent to the Michigan Department of Treasury for collection.
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Crop Acreage Reporting: You must contact the FSA to receive your 2023 crop acreage report, which lists unique FSA numbers for each lot of hemp you are growing. You need to have this information before you request preharvest sampling from MDARD, and sampling by MDARD is required before harvesting hemp for any purpose. Find more information about FSA reporting here.
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