State unveils new hemp growing rules

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Agriculture recently released registration materials for the state’s hemp program online. The First State’s domestic hemp production program is fee-based, as outlined in the guide and applications that can be viewed at https://de.gov/hemp.

Compared to the pilot program launched last year, a number of changes have been made, including the removal of an acreage limit for growing hemp. Additionally, a partnership with a research institution is no longer required, and participants in the hemp program will receive official cards from the department.

The 2020 Delaware Domestic Hemp Production Program is fee-based as outlined in the guide and applications that can be found online at https://de.gov/hemp.

The Department of Agriculture will be accepting producer applications and growing site registrations through May 7. All questions related to hemp growing should be emailed to DDA_HempProgram@delaware.gov.

The state’s program authorizes the Department of Agriculture to regulate the production of hemp, although not the sale of hemp products.