Industrial Hemp

California requirements for industrial hemp cultivation can be found in Division 24 of the California Food and Agricultural Code (FAC) and in Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR). It is important to understand the cultivation requirements outlined in laws and regulations. Information is available from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) website at:

CDFA Industrial Hemp

In accordance with FAC Sections 81003 and 81004 and CCR Section 4901, industrial hemp growers and breeders are required to register with the county agricultural commissioner prior to planting. Stanislaus County Ordinance C.S. 1269 amends Chapter 6.85 of the Stanislaus County Code regarding hemp cultivation and places additional restrictions on industrial hemp cultivation above state requirements and includes established agricultural research institutions. Detailed information is available at:

Stanislaus County Code requires a license to cultivate industrial hemp in the unincorporated area of Stanislaus County. The deadline to submit a Stanislaus County industrial hemp license application was July 1, 2020.

NO NEW LICENSE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED PRIOR TO MAY 1, 2021.


Industrial Hemp Forms:


FBI Identity History Summary

On March 17, 2020, it became a requirement for each registration application to be accompanied by a Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Identity History Summary for all key participants. Information on how to obtain this document may be found at:


Established Agricultural Research Institutions (EARI)


Scheduled Meetings:

An industrial hemp meeting was held:

Date: February 18th 2020
Time: 10:00 A.M. - Noon
Location: Stanislaus County Agricultural Center
3800 Cornucopia Way
Harvest Hall, Rooms DE
Modesto, CA 95358
Power Point: Industrial Hemp Program


Last updated : 2020/07/07