Missouri Industrial Hemp Program Applications

Important notes

  • Applications are open year-round and must may be mailed to:
    Missouri Department of Agriculture
    Industrial Hemp Program
    PO Box 630
    Jefferson City, MO 65102-0630
  • Submitted applications must include a nonrefundable personal check, business check, money order or cashier’s check of $750 per application. Checks must be made payable to the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
  • State and federal fingerprint criminal history background checks are required for Producer Registration applicants and all key participants;
    • Further instructions are provided in the Background Check section below.
  • There are no limits for the number of registrations or permits that will be issued.
  • There are no acreage minimums or maximums.
  • Registrations and permits will be valid for three years, with continued compliance required.
  • An annual fee of $750 per application will be due at the end of the anniversary month of the date of issuance.
  • Each application is limited to one parcel of land. Additional contiguous parcels which are owned by the same person may be included on a Supplemental Parcel Attachment (see sample below) at no additional charge;
    • A parcel is a piece of land with a unique legal land description (available on deeds, titles, etc.) that includes Section, Township, and Range.
    • Noncontiguous parcels and parcels owned by different persons must be submitted as a separate application.
  • Producer Registration: Authorizes a person to cultivate industrial hemp in Missouri. These persons are authorized to sell their harvested, nonviable products once they are confirmed to have an acceptable hemp THC level.
  • Agricultural Hemp Propagule and Seed Permit: Authorizes a person to sell, distribute, or offer for sale any viable industrial hemp in Missouri, including propagules (transplants, cuttings, clones, seedlings, etc.) or seed. This permit is not required for the sale of nonviable hemp products such as baled fiber stalks, denatured grain, and dried, seedless floral material. Any authorized permit holder who holds or stores any agricultural hemp propagules for more than 48 hours is considered a producer and will be required to obtain a Producer Registration.
    • A Missouri Industrial Hemp permit is not required for out-of-state persons to sell into Missouri unless they have an in-state presence, such as a brick-and-mortar location (even if not open to the public), in-person sales, or in-person distribution within the state. Review “What Permit(s) Do I Need?” below for further clarification.

Background Checks

The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s four-digit registration number is 8249.

  • Each Producer Registration applicant and all key participants must complete a State and Federal Criminal History Fingerprint Background Check.
    • Key participants include sole proprietors, partners in a partnership, or persons with executive managerial control, including but not limited to chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. This does not include non-executive managers such as farm, field or shift managers.
  • Background checks for Producer Registration applicants and all key participants must be completed, including fulfillment of the fingerprinting services, within thirty (30) days of submitting the application.
  • Only background checks using the Department’s four-digit registration number (8249) may be used for the purposes of this application.
  • Applicants for an Agricultural Hemp Propagule and Seed Permit are not required to complete a background check.
  • Each Producer Registration applicant and all key participants must set up an account through the fingerprint portal at http://www.machs.mo.gov. Step-by-step instructions are available in the Background Check Guide linked below.
    • MDA’s four-digit registration number required for the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Missouri Automated Criminal History System (MACHS) online account set up is 8249.
      • While creating your online account, please verify that you typed the correct code by looking for “MO Dept of Agriculture” and the ORI code of “MO921511Z” in the auto-populated boxes.
    • Once a MACHS account is created, each person will be assigned a TCN. This is a unique identification number that must be included on the official application form.
    • After receiving a TCN, a person can set up a fingerprinting appointment at a local office or arrange for remote fingerprinting, if necessary. Instructions for how to complete fingerprinting is available in the guide linked below and during your account set up.
    • Fingerprinting may not occur until a person has an account and TCN.
    • A background check is not considered submitted until fingerprinting services have been rendered.


Mapping Guidelines

  • Each application for the Producer Registration or Agricultural Hemp Propagule and Seed Permit requires a detailed map of the parcel(s) of the proposed location(s). Maps must include:
    • A clear satellite image of the entire parcel, including a named roadway for reference.
      • High-resolution, color images are required.
      • Overall parcel boundaries that correspond with county records.
      • GPS coordinates and additional details as outlined in the documents linked below.
    • Further land details, including lot-specific GPS coordinates, will be required prior to planting and Registered Producers must record the information on the Lot Identification Form.