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UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project

UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project

UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Approval Program

UF/IFAS, in partnership with Roseville Farms, has established a program that provides a science-based evaluation of industrial hemp varieties.

As a crop new to Florida, all industrial hemp material must be approved prior to production and sale within the state per state law and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) rules.

Frequenly Asked Questions (FAQ)

Note: These answers are current as of 22 December 2020.

For answers to other frequently asked questions about the UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project, please visit our FAQ page. For updates, please subscribe to our newsletter. For questions and comments, email hemp@ifas.ufl.edu.

Hemp is undergoing a nationwide evolution, and it may seem that there are more questions than clear answers. The following list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) attempts to provide the most accurate answers currently available from the UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project.


How do I get my hemp genetics approved by the UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Approval Program?

Growers interested in having their hemp varieties or cultivars approved by UF/IFAS must complete the online application. UF/IFAS faculty will review each submission and accept or reject.

What do I have to supply?

Growers must submit 20 rootless cuttings of the selected cultivar for testing. Parties submitting hemp cuttings for approval are responsible for providing only pest-free plant material. Submitted plant material will be inspected on arrival.

How much does it cost?

A one-time fee of $100 per variety is required to participate. This covers the THC testing portion of the approval process.

Which hemp genetics will receive program approval?

Cuttings are evaluated for THC levels to ensure the submitted hemp genetics test at or below the 0.3% total THC levels required by state statute. Submitted cultivars that test below the required total THC levels will be approved by UF/IFAS. The submitting party will receive a certificate that states that their named cultivar/variety and corresponding lots(s), has been approved for sale in Florida per state statute and FDACS rules. The submitting party will receive a certificate that states that their named cultivar/variety and corresponding lots(s), has been approved but not guaranteed for sale in Florida per state statute and FDACS rules.