Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is a strong supporter of industrial hemp production as a new market opportunity for Texas farmers to expand their operations and grow alternative crops.
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the commercial production of hemp and authorized states to submit state plans to administer hemp programs. On June 10, 2019, House Bill 1325, was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. The bill authorizes the production, manufacture, retail sale, and inspection of industrial hemp crops and products in Texas. This also includes products for consumable hemp products which contain cannabidiol (CBD), as well as other edible parts of the hemp plant.
The TDA submitted the state hemp plan to USDA on December 2, 2019 and it was approved by the USDA on January 27, 2020. Administrative rules were published in January 2020 and became effective in the Texas Department of Agriculture on March 11, 2020. Texas Hemp Program FAQ (PDF) | Texas Industrial Hemp Program Orientation Video (YouTube)
Texas Industrial Hemp Program Site: Click Here
Texas Industrial Hemp Grower Application: Click Here
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Texas Industrial Hemp Program Phone: 512-463-8215
Texas Industrial Hemp Program Email: TDAHempProgram@TexasAgriculture.gov