News and Updates
February 18, 2020 - TDA encourages TN hemp growers to please take note of the following changes and reminders for the 2020 growing season:
- If you are growing seedlings or clones for sale, you will need a Plant Certification Greenhouse license.
- If you are buying and re-selling seedlings or clones, you will need a Plant Dealer license.
- ALL plant certification licenses expire JUNE 2020. If you apply & receive a license now, IT WILL EXPIRE JUNE 2020.
- Hemp License RENEWAL INFORMATION will be mailed in MAY 2020.
February 6, 2020 - USDA Announces Details of Risk Management Programs for Hemp Producers
January 6, 2020 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved adding hemp to the use sites for some pesticides. Six pesticides have been approved for use in Tennessee.
- EPA Registration Number: 84059-3. Applicant: Marrone Bio Innovations, D/B/A Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. Active ingredient: Extract of Reynoutria sachalinensis. Product type: Fungicide and Fungistat.
- EPA Registration Number: 84059-28. Applicant: Marrone Bio Innovations, D/B/A Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. Active ingredient: Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain F727. Product type: Fungicide.
- EPA Registration Number: 91865-1. Applicant: Hawthorne Hydroponics LLC, D/B/A General Hydroponics. Active ingredients: Soybean Oil, Garlic Oil, and Capsicum Oleoresin Extract. Product type: Insecticide and Repellent.
- EPA Registration Number: 91865-3. Applicant: Hawthorne Hydroponics LLC, D/B/A General Hydroponics. Active ingredient: Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain D747. Product type: Fungicide and Bactericide.
- EPA Registration Number: 91865-4. Applicant: Hawthorne Hydroponics LLC, D/B/A General Hydroponics Active ingredient: Azadirachtin. Product type: Insect Growth Regulator and Repellent.
- EPA Registration Number: 91865-2. Applicant: Hawthorne Hydroponics LLC, D/B/A General Hydroponics. Active ingredient: Potassium Salts of Fatty Acids. Product type: Insecticide, Fungicide, and Miticide.
Nov. 1, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a draft of the rule outlining federal provisions for the domestic production of hemp. A preview of the rule is posted on USDA’s website, along with answers to frequently asked questions.
Leaders at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) are reviewing this draft to determine potential impact on Tennessee’s hemp program.
No immediate changes are expected. Licensed hemp growers in Tennessee will continue to operate under current state regulations at this time.
As of Nov. 1, we have 3,800 producers licensed to grow as much as 51,000 acres of hemp statewide.
TDA looks forward to continue working with farmers and industry partners to support the production of hemp in Tennessee.
Harvesting Hemp in Tennessee
This is an exciting time for hemp production in Tennessee. In an effort to streamline the regulatory process for farmers, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture offers the following guidelines:
Do I need a movement permit?
You must have a movement permit before transporting rooted hemp plants and/or transporting harvested hemp to a processor for commercial purposes. Although it’s not required in all instances, we strongly encourage you to have a permit before moving any hemp plants or plant material. It takes only a few minutes to apply for a movement permit online here.
Do I need to carry my hemp growing license?
Although it’s not required, we strongly encourage you to carry your hemp growing license when transporting any hemp plants or plant material.
Questions for Us?
Email email@example.com or call 615-837-5137.
Role: The Tennessee Department of Agriculture coordinates the rules and regulations of hemp production through Tennessee's hemp program.
Contact Information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-837-5137
- Do I need a movement permit?
- Can I add a growing area?
- Can you tell me the rules?
Role: The Tennessee Hemp Industries Association is a non-profit association with the goal to provide support to state hemp farmers and businesses.
- Where can I find hemp seeds?
- Who can I talk to that is growing near me?
- Where can I find a processor?
Role: UT Extension helps Tennesseans to improve their quality of life and solve problems through the application of research and evidenced-based knowledge about agriculture and natural resources.
Contact Information: Call or email your local extension office. Full list of county offices is available here.
- How do I plant this crop?
- Do you have soil amendment suggestions?
- How much water should these plants get?