Louisiana did not participate in the industrial hemp pilot project program authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and, therefore, no legal production can occur in the state at this time.
On December 23, 2019, Louisiana's state industrial hemp plan was approved by the USDA.
On December 27, 2019, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry began accepting license applications to produce, transport, and process industrial hemp in Louisiana.
While Louisiana’s industrial hemp state plan was approved and state rules are pending final adoption, it is anticipated that LDAF can begin issuing licenses later this spring to accommodate the 2020 planting season.
The USDA has published an interim final rule that outlines the provisions for the USDA to approve plans submitted by States and Indian Tribes for the domestic production of hemp. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this rule and the proposed information collection until January 29, 2020.