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Hemp Marketplace

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s Hemp Marketplace is an online portal where producers can buy, or sell hemp. Users can also search existing listings to see what is currently available.


If you have hemp seed, grain, fiber, flower, or clones for sale click here to Enter a New Listing

 

If you are looking for hemp seed, grain, fiber, flower, or clones click here for Hemp Listings

Approval

All listings require approval by the MT Department of Agriculture before being available to the public for search. Please enter all of the required information. Submit separate listings for each different type of product, even if the difference is minor. If any of the information does not have the specific choice that describes your product, please enter information in the text field labeled "Message to MT Department of Agriculture".   

Disclaimer

The Montana Department of Agriculture maintains this list as a service to the Agricultural industry and particularly to those in need of hemp seed, grain, fiber, flower, or clones and those who have these products to supply. The department maintains this list and makes it available with the expectation that all buyers and sellers will treat each other in an equitable and lawful manner. However, the department makes no representations, express or implied as to the amount, kind or quality of the product listed or as to the character of the participants.


Hemp Marketplace FAQ...

Yes, to list your hemp on the marketplace you need to have been a licensed hemp grower with the state of Montana in the year your hemp was grown.
There are four ways to get your listing on the Hemp Marketplace:
  1. Enter your listing online (click here to get started) .
  2. Call (406) 558-9880.
  3. E-mail your information to agr@mt.gov.
  4. Fax your information to (406) 444-9493
Select the "I'm looking for Hemp... option on the Hemp Marketplace page, then use the different search filters to find listings that suit your needs. Once you've found a hemp source you believe may work for you, contact that producer directly using the contact information provided in each listing.
No, the service is entirely free of charge.

There are many components to the emerging hemp industry and differentiation between programs within the Department of Agriculture. Depending on the subject matter of your interest, please contact the appropriate person(s) listed below:

Hemp Contacts
Contacts

Topic

Contact

Phone

Email

Hemp Program (general)

Andy Gray

(406) 444-0512

Angray@mt.gov

Hemp Grower Licensing

Mikayla Moore

(406) 444-5430

Mikayla.Moore@mt.gov

Hemp Processor Licensing

Andy Fjeseth

(406) 444-3571

AFjeseth@mt.gov

Marketing  

Weston Merrill

(406)  558-9880

Weston.Merrill@mt.gov

Seed (distribution) Licensing

Bob Ballensky

(406) 444-3950

BBallensky@mt.gov

Commodity Dealer Licensing

Bob Ballensky

(406) 444-3950

BBallensky@mt.gov

Hemp Varieties

The department has developed four risk-based categories for hemp seed varieties. The variety you choose will determine the level of review your application receives and the testing frequency of your crop.

The department has chosen to not make any updates to the 2019 Hemp Seed/Clone Variety List based on a single year of test data. The 2020 Hemp Seed/Clone Variety List will remain the same as 2019.

Click here for the full 2020 Hemp Seed/Clone Variety List
The categories include:

 

Seed/Clone Variety List

Category

Hemp Seed Variety Class

Approval

A

Varieties previously grown in Montana

Approved for planting

B

Seed Certified to ASOCA or OECD standards*

Approved upon review

C

Seed not certified

Approved upon review

D

Seed not meeting definition of hemp (THC>0.3%)

Prohibited

* Hemp seed included on the Certified Seed lists of Canada, European Union, Colorado and other states with varieties certified per AOSCA or OECD standards.

The Department recognizes seed certifications by the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) standards for Category B.  The Department may recognize other standards that certify hemp seed varieties as being true to varietal traits and no greater than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis. Category C varieties must meet the definition of hemp throughout the growing season. 100% of Category C varieties are subject to testing. Compliant testing results are required for sale of any Category C hemp.

For more information on AOSCA and the process of submitting seed for official certification, visit https://www.aosca.org/ .

Any company selling agricultural seed including hemp seed in Montana must have the required license under the Section 80-5-101 through Section 80-5-144 MCA.

Montana Licensed Hemp Seed Providers

Click here to see the current list of hemp seed providers licensed to distribute into Montana.  This list is subject to change and will be updated periodically.  The department is providing this list as a service to Montana hemp license applicants.  It is not an endorsement, recommendation or guarantee of the company’s seed in regard to germination, purity or THC levels.


Approved Types of Products in the Montana Hemp Program

The Montana Department of Agriculture does not regulate the production or sale of food, drugs, health supplements, or cosmetics.  FDA did not object to Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) petitions for hulled hemp seed (GRN765), hemp seed protein powder (GRN771), and hemp seed oil (GRN778). A recent FDA statement from December 20, 2018 on Cannabis products can be found here:

 https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm628988.htm

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has published a guidance document on “Industrial Hemp and Cannabidiol Policy for Foods”.

Non-Approved Types of Products in the Montana State Hemp Program

  • Commercial animal feeds (including pet foods, specialty pet foods, treats and snacks)

The Montana Department of Agriculture is not responsible for a participant’s business plan or activities and will not be a mediator between participants and any business associates or partners. We encourage interested individuals to contact a hemp trade association to learn more about marketing opportunities, such as the Hemp Industries Association or the National Hemp Association.


 

Hemp News

Related Links

Montana Code

Montana Alternative Agricultural Crops (Hemp) Act - Montana Code and Administrative Rules: An unofficial compilation of the state’s regulations related to the Montana Hemp Program

MCA 80-18-1: Industrial Hemp