Industrial Hemp

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The cultivation of industrial hemp in California became legal in 2017 and nationwide in 2019. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is developing a program to regulate industrial hemp farming in California and is the appropriate agency to contact with questions. See contact information below.

Pesticide guidance developed for cannabis by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is specific to cannabis and not applicable to industrial hemp. We strongly recommend stakeholders familiarize themselves with current pesticide law and regulations and contact your local agricultural commissioner's office with pesticide related questions.

What is okay to use?

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Hemp – Pesticide Use Guidance, PDF

Products registered for use on industrial hemp can be queried through DPR's external database.

What if I have pesticide questions?

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The county agricultural commissioner (CAC) is responsible for regulating pesticides in your county. You should contact your CAC with pesticide-related questions.

What if I have industrial hemp cultivation, registration, or licensing questions?

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CDFA regulates the cultivation of industrial hemp.

For more information, please contact:
Rachel Kubiak, Cannabis Program Supervisor
Phone: (916) 445-5010