Montana Department of Agriculture Announces Hemp Processor Licenses

HELENA, MT- The Montana Department of Agriculture has announced that a Hemp Processor License is now available. The department has created a hemp processing license to provide consistency and comply with new USDA oversight established in the 2018 Farm Bill. The new rule will help the Department of Agriculture avoid jurisdictional confusion with the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and allow new businesses to have some degree of regulatory certainty.

The rules allow persons wanting to process hemp plants or plant parts to apply for a Hemp Processor license. The processor license allows licensees to produce derivatives that may be included in products for food, fiber, oils, supplements or drugs (excluding THC) for the wholesale or ingredient market. Hemp processors must comply with city, county, and tribal ordinances and laws.

For more information on hemp processing in Montana, visit agr.mt.gov/HempProcessors.

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