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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...

  •  Do I need to be a licensed grower to list hemp on the marketplace?
    • 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.
  • How do I list my Hemp for sale/wanted?
  •  How do I buy hemp?
  •  Is there any cost to list my hemp?
    • No, the service is entirely free of charge.
  •  When I find hemp I want to buy, do I need to contact the Montana Department of Agriculture, or do I contact the producer directly?
    • It is not necessary to alert the department for hemp sales or purchases.

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:

 

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:

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

Montana Department of Agriculture Reminds Montanans to Sow Safe Seeds

Buying and planting seed from licensed dealers protects Montana from invasive species

Montana Department of Agriculture Reminds Montanans to Sow Safe Seeds

As people across the state gear up to plant their gardens this spring, the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding growers about the importance of buying and planting seeds from licensed seed dealers to protect against invasive species and plant diseases.

“Spring is such an exciting time for agriculture in Montana, from our farmers and ranchers out in the field to the folks planting gardens in their backyard,” said Director Mike Foster. “Along with this excitement comes a responsibility to look after our state by purchasing seeds from trustworthy sources. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Department to ensure that your seeds are safe before planting them.”

Last year, residents in all 50 states received unsolicited “mystery seeds” through the mail that originated in China causing federal and state agencies to urge recipients not to plant them, and to contact their state regulatory officials to submit them for testing or dispose of them instead. Close to 150 seed packages were received in Montana and sent to USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) for testing. A mix of ornamental, fruit and vegetable, herb and weed species were discovered and fortunately determined not to be severely hazardous. In this case, the unsolicited seeds appear to have been sent as part of a brushing scam designed to boost e-commerce rankings for companies by shipping items to unknowing individuals and then creating false profiles and fabricated positive reviews.

Whether it be as part of a brushing scam or otherwise, planting unknown or unsolicited seeds can introduce harmful pests and/or diseases. To ensure your seeds are safe, please:

  • check to confirm the seed species information is printed on the seed package
  • do not plant any seeds of unknown species or origin
  •  verify seed suppliers are licensed in MT at mtplants.mt.gov or call MDA at (406) 444-3144.

The Federal Seed Act and Montana Seed Laws require seed sellers and distributors to plainly label their packages. The MDA Seed Program ensures that seeds offered for sale in Montana are truthfully labeled for identity, purity, and viability. To learn more, visit the Montana Department of Agriculture’s web page at agr.mt.gov/SeedProgram.

Documents to download

Public Meeting Notice: MT Hemp Advisory Committee

MT Hemp Advisory Committee will meet via Zoom on May 12, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Public Meeting Notice: MT Hemp Advisory Committee

The Montana Hemp Advisory Committee will meet vitrually via Zoom on Wednesday, May 12th beginning at 9:00 a.m. A meeting agenda will be posted soon.

To receive Zoom meeting information, please contact Dani Jones at Danielle.Jones@mt.gov or (406) 444-2402.

Click here to learn more about the MT Hemp Advisory Commitee.

Documents to download

Governor Gianforte Proclaims March 22 - 26 Montana Agriculture Week!

Montana Agriculture Week: March 22 - 26, 2021

Governor Gianforte Proclaims March 22 - 26 Montana Agriculture Week!

Governor Greg Gianforte has proclaimed March 22 - 26, 20201 Montana Agriculture Week!

Click here to view the full proclamation.

Documents to download

Andy Gray
Hemp Program Coordinator

Phone : (406) 444-0512
E-mail : AnGray@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493


Mikayla Moore
Hemp Program Technician
Phone
: (406) 444-5430
E-mail : Mikayla.Moore@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493


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