LB657 and LB1152, passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pete Ricketts, adopted the Nebraska Hemp Farming Act and amended existing statutes to establish a state hemp program within the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA). The legislation gave NDA the authority to regulate the growing, processing, handling and brokering of hemp in Nebraska. To legally grow hemp in Nebraska, interested parties must receive a license from NDA, regardless of the size or purpose for cultivation. Growing, processing, handling, and/or brokering hemp without a license from NDA or a Tribe with a USDA-approved hemp plan is illegal in Nebraska.

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Below you will find links to all of the forms and applications associated with the Nebraska Hemp Program. Please read the application guidance document associated with your license type (cultivator or processor-handler) prior to submission. All license applications must be submitted by mail or in-person.


Applications - the following applications are for 2021 hemp licenses

The FBI has not been consistent with mail submission for FBI Identity History Summary Checks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow the instructions for Option 1 or Option 3 on the FBI’s website to complete your Identity History Summary Check: https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks. Questions regarding the FBI Identity History Summary Check process should be directed to identity@fbi.gov.

Updated April 20, 2021

To contact the Hemp Program, email agr.hemp@nebraska.gov or call 402-471-2351.