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The governor made the announcement during a visit in Ledyard to Town Farm, one of the many small businesses across the state that are participating in the program. He said the program is creating more business opportunities for the state’s agricultural industry.
“The Department of Consumer Production is looking forward to supporting this emerging industry while ensuring products manufactured in our state protect the health and safety of the public,” DCP Commissioner Michelle Seagull said.
The legislation, Public Act 19-3, was approved in both chambers of the General Assembly by unanimous, bipartisan votes and quickly signed into law by Governor Lamont on May 9 with the intent of enacting the program in time for the fast approaching hemp-growing season.
“Our administration is committed to efforts that will strengthen our agricultural economy and create jobs, and do so in a responsible manner by offering a competitive market to thousands of our state’s farmers,” Governor Lamont said. “Since we launched this hemp program, we’ve developed great partnerships with these farmers – some of whom have been in the industry for many years and are diversifying their agricultural opportunities with hemp, and other who are first-timers and have become attracted to this new and growing market. I’m excited about the opportunities this program is creating.”
(LEDYARD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut has licensed 82 hemp growers, 2 processors, and 21 manufacturers under a new pilot program he signed into law this spring allowing for the cultivation, harvesting, processing, and manufacturing of hemp plants and by-products in the state. In total, there are currently 294 acres of land being used to grow hemp in Connecticut.
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“It’s exciting to be able to offer a new opportunity and market for Connecticut farmers to participate,” DOAG Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt said. “There has been a lot of engagement and collaboration with partners and farmers across the state, and it’s great to celebrate the first growing season with all of the partners today.”
The act requires the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) to license manufacturers of hemp products for human consumption.
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DOAG), which is responsible under the act for licensing the growers and processors, had the program up and running within one week and launched an online portal – available at – giving interested growers an opportunity to submit applications for licenses. The pilot program requires DOAG to study the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp by licensed entities in Connecticut. In accordance with federal law, the state agency is responsible for ensuring that the production is only taking place at sites certified by, and registered with, the state.
CT Has Licensed 82 Hemp Growers Since This Spring – Greater Hartford, CT – In total, there are currently 294 acres of land being used to grow hemp in Connecticut.
DoAg will regulate processors in Connecticut who use Hemp and Hemp derived fiber products which are manufactured for such uses as for paper, cat litter, potting mix, animal bedding, textiles, etc.
DCP will regulate all manufactured Hemp products that are intended for human ingestion, inhalation, absorption or other internal consumption.
DoAg will regulate Hemp and Hemp derived products intended for animal feed.
Below, find links to some academic sites that provide information concerning growing and harvesting of Hemp for grain and fiber purposes:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced they are holding a public hearing to obtain scientific data and information about the safety, manufacturing, product quality, marketing, labeling, and sale of products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds.
DoAg is not regulating Hemp or Hemp products that make a claim that the product can be used to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent an animal disease. Such claims classify the product as an animal drug. Animal drugs are regulated by the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine.
Information on Growing and Harvesting Hemp
NOTICE: To protect the health and safety of the public and our employees, DOAG has limited the number of employees at our 450 Columbus Blvd office and as such, mail and messages may receive a delayed response. Please use our online services and email specific COVID-19 related issues to [email protected]
The 2018 Farm Bill redefines Hemp as a raw agricultural commodity that can be freely marketed, provided the THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) content is not more than 0.3% on a dry matter basis. THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants.
Connecticut Department of Agriculture NOTICE: To protect the health and safety of the public and our employees, DOAG has limited the number of employees at our 450 Columbus Blvd office and as