Industrial Hemp Program
Rules and Regulations
On Monday January 27th the USDA announced the second round of approvals of State and Tribal plans for the regulation of industrial hemp production. Among those approved were the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, now one of seven Tribes in the United States granted the ability to individually regulate the production of industrial hemp on their reservation. The implementation of the industrial hemp program will now allow all farmers within the reservation to be able to directly apply with the Tribe's Department of Agriculture for licensure. Applicants can choose between either one-year or three-year license terms starting February 15th, 2020.
Certification of Approval
Applications and Forms
Please use the following forms when submitting your application for the production of industrial hemp. No formal deadline has been set for when applications are to be submitted for the 2020 growing season, though it is suggested to have an application submitted by June 1st, 2020. We will be addressing all applications within a timely manner. It is important to make sure all forms are submitted with the correct information before submission in order to make sure your application is processed quickly as possible. All
applicants will go through a screening process which makes sure all information is correct, and all key participants meet background check requirements.
The required forms are listed below for application into the program, as well as the planting and harvest reports. Please read the rules and regulations for the program in order to maintain compliance.
If a licensee has any questions about the forms and application process please contact us at ITKN.IndustrialHemp.DOA@Iowas.org.
Applications and Forms
These rules and regulations are approved by the United States Department of Agriculture in concert with the Agricultural Marketing Service(AMS). These rules and regulations were published onto AMS's Industrial Hemp web page on January 27th, 2020 and became effective on the same date.
The Industrial Hemp Production Program allows for the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska to regulate the production of industrial hemp on their reservation. Industrial Hemp is defined as the plant Cannabis sativa L., and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not with a total THC concentration of not more than three- tenths of one percent (0.3%) on a dry weight basis, or as otherwise defined in Federal law. For all of those who previously grew underneath a state pilot program in the previous year and whom grew within the boundaries of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, applicants will now have to apply through the Tribe's program in order to produce industrial hemp in 2020 and beyond. These rules and regulations do not put limits on what types of hemp products can be created from industrial hemp as long as they meet THC threshold requirements.
Industrial hemp like any other crop has its own unique growth and environmental characteristics and it's important that any farmer new to industrial hemp production be educated on this unique plant, the risks associated with its production, and how to maintain compliance. The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska plans on being at the front lines of the industrial hemp industry for Native American tribes and will be leading the integration of this plant into their already growing transition towards regenerative agriculture.
Get in Touch
Below is the contact information for the industrial hemp program department and the interim program director:
Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Program
3345 B Thrasher Rd. White Cloud, KS 66094 785-595-3258
Interim Program Director Artees C. Vannett