Growing High-CBD Hemp in Arkansas

What You Need to Know About Growing CBD Seeds in Arkansas

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Growing hemp in any state can be challenging because of regulations, requiring a thorough understanding of the local regulations for potential farmers here in Arkansas. To properly and profitably growing hemp you must know a significant amount about legalities like– where you can buy CBD seeds and which pesticides are allowed? You also must have a clear picture of what the state of Arkansas requires. Luckily, there are a variety of sources out there, including our in-house experts. We’re here to help support local farmers succeed in this new, exciting industry. While this could be an incredible, lucrative opportunity, you’ll need to have a vast understanding of cultivation requirements, legal regulations, and current market trends before getting started.

CBD Seed Co. is honored to be the trusted CBD seed company serving the state of Arkansas.

Where to Get Licensed to Grow CBD In Arkansas

For farmers interested in applying for commercial hemp cultivation licensing, you’ll need to start with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Licensing Program. All applications, fee information, and resources can be found on their website. All applications can be submitted via email. Anyone interested in getting involved in the hemp industry including processors and handlers must also go through proper licensing channels via the state’s department of agriculture.

Leading CBD Seed Genetics for Arkansas

CBD Seed Co. has spent over five years in research and development in order to breed high-producing CBD seeds. Our genetics feature options that are ideal for the humid subtropical climate. We value compliance and always have our seeds independent, third-party lab tested for cannabinoid content, no pesticide exposure, and quality. Learn more about our current available hemp varieties:

High CBD Hemp Seeds

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BaOX Feminized Seed

Field tested from California to Michigan and down to Florida, Our BaOX feminized seed Is a no bralner for the large scale farmer looking to use mechanization from start to finish.

Cherry HD Feminized Seed

Cherry extracts very well but unfortunately also grows very slow. We set out to change this! We experimented with many different breeding combinations to increase vigor, size and strength without sacrificing terpene or cannabinoid content, the result of these trials is what we call Cherry HD. Cherry HD is a early finishing, bigger plant capable of competing with the weeds and creating a quick canopy. She has a sweet smell with a hint of funk.

• Strong field ready structure
• Heavy resin and terpenes
• Ideal for biomass or flower
• 2-3%CBC
• Early finisher, finishes mid to late September depending on geography

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High CBD Hemp Clones

Baox High CBD Hemp Clones

This vigorously growing satlva dominant plant will fill In up to S’ spacing and will quickly create canopy to crowd out weeds with tighter spacing (we recommend 30″ x 24″). A true veteran of the hemp world BaOX has strong stalks and stems suited for even the windiest environments with close Inter-nodal spacing making her an excellent candidate for biomass.

• Quick to create canopy
• Excellent vigor and plant strength
• 26:1 CBD to THC ratio
• Excellent uniformity
• Ideal for biomass
• High in terpenes B-Myrcene and B-Caryophyllene

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Cherry HD Hemp Clones

Cherry is a short squat plant that grows in a very dense tight bush with thick resinous flowers that stretch to the bottom of the plant. Very resinous with nice tight buds making it ideal for either extraction of flower. Cherry grows a little slower than most so performs best when planted a little denser. While she is smaller she makes up for it with Cannabinoid content.

• High terpene content
• Dense flowers
• 29:1 CBD to THC ratio
• Can reach 15% CBD or more.
• Finished flower has an almost red or purple hue
• High in terpene b-caryophyllene, farsenene, humulene, limonene, linalool and myrcene

Spectrum Hemp Clones

Clone only Spectrum is a little slower to flower but once she does she packs on the flower weight quickly, not ideal for climates with a shorter growing window but will reward farmers with large resinous buds suitable for extraction or flower. Strong stems and stalks she is field ready for any weather.

• High terpene content
• Grows large dense resin coated flowers
• Ideal for biomass or flower 27:1 CBD to THC ratio

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Spectrum Hemp Clones

Clone only Spectrum is a little slower to flower but once she does she packs on the flower weight quickly, not ideal for climates with a shorter growing window but will reward farmers with large resinous buds suitable for extraction or flower. Strong stems and stalks she is field ready for any weather.

• High terpene content
• Grows large dense resin coated flowers
• Ideal for biomass or flower 27:1 CBD to THC ratio

CBG Clones

CBG is a fast growing indica dominant CBG variety suited perfectly for the Smokable flower Market. Fast growing and even faster to flower she makes for quick turnaround time between runs. Heavy resin with large dense flowers make this a win win for grower and customer alike.

• Kush like terpene profile
• Can reach up to 25% CBG
• Best for indoor growing
• Needs 20+ hours daylight in Veg

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Arkansas Regulations for Growing CBD Clones & Seeds

Unlike any other agricultural crop, hemp is highly regulated. The 2018 Farm Bill has made hemp farming possible but also created a patchwork of various legal frameworks across each state. This can make regulations a bit more confusing since farmers will have to stay up to date with both federal and state regulations. The state hemp program here has decided to continue to operate under the 2014 Farm Bill guidelines for its 2021 season. It will be your responsibility to ensure you stay compliant for the duration of your commercial hemp farming license. Here are the links you’ll need to get started for the current state and federal regulations:

Arkansas Department of Agriculture: Your primary source for information about the state’s industrial hemp program. The website contains important information regarding licensing requirements, state regulations, and more. Farmers can find supplemental forms, FAQs, and other resources for state regulations. All questions can be directed to the state hemp program via email at or by phone at (501) 225-1598.

Here are a few of the other useful links you can find on their website:

  • 2021 Arkansas Hemp Grower Application Instructions: This PDF contains comprehensive instructions for applying for hemp growing licensing. Fee information is based on the type of licensing you’re searching for and is listed within the document. Farmers will have to undergo a state background check in addition to submitting their grower application.
  • 2021 Arkansas Hemp Grower Application: Applications are currently being accepted electronically via email. While applications are being accepted electronically, you’ll need to submit your application fee payment via mail. The 2021 application deadline is April 30, 2021, for new growers. Renewal applications must be submitted by April 2, 2021. Arkansas requires farmers to submit information regarding which CBD seed companies they are considering to use.
  • ASP Criminal Background Check: Hemp farmers must pass a criminal background check when applying for their commercial licensing. Individuals applying for hemp licensing can access online criminal history records and also submit a manual request for a background check. This website contains all the instructions on how to proceed.
  • Current License HoldersFor current license holders, this page includes all of the information you’ll need regarding sampling, THC testing, approved pesticides, hemp varieties, and more. Farmers can find all the subsequent forms they need to submit in order to stay compliant. Crop testing is a crucial part of the process, so make sure to check back once they have released the 2021 guidelines.
  • Arkansas Hemp Sampling GuidelinesThe state provides comprehensive instructions on how to sample your hemp both pre- and post-harvest. These samples are collected by the Department of Agriculture’s inspectors and submitted to the Plant Industries Chemistry Lab for THC analysis.  All commercially grown hemp must undergo this process in order to stay compliant.
  • Arkansas Hemp Testing GuidelinesThese guidelines detail the procedures required for determining hemp material compliance and disposal. Pre-harvest and post-harvest THC tests run by the state will determine how farmers may proceed with their crops. Pre-harvest THC content of 1% or more will require destroying crops while post-harvest THC content of 0.37% will require the same action.
  • Arkansas Hemp Harvest Request FormArkansas requires farmers to submit a harvest request form 15 days prior to harvesting their hemp. The report is required for every indoor area and every field planted but only one form is required per planting address. Once farmers submit a sample, an ADA inspector will schedule an appointment to collect the samples. Once samples are collected, farmers must be completed within 15 days.
  • Arkansas Hemp Field Planting Report FormFarmers are required to submit a planting report form within the 15 days following the first day of each planting. The form details crop locations, hemp varieties, seeds planted, source of CBD seeds, and more. Farmers can submit this form either electronically or through the mail.

National Resources for Hemp Regulations

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA): This federal agency provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. They are a researched-based organization that invests in and supports initiatives to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture, now including industrial hemp and CBD. NIFA applies an integrated approach to ensure that groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture-related sciences and technologies reach the people who can put them into practice.
  • USDA: The United States Department of Agriculture is in charge of creating regulations for the industrial hemp industry and the growing of CBD seeds and clones. Their site is comprehensive and a must-read for hemp growers and processors. While there is a state program here, farmers looking for licensing in other states without a hemp program can often obtain licensing directly from the USDA. This federal resource is crucial to keep up with in addition to state regulations.
  • FDAThe FDA is currently creating a legal framework for hemp-derived CBD products. For farmers cultivating hemp in order to produce CBD, this can be a great resource. Once the FDA has established its regulatory framework for CBD products, this could potentially impact farmers as well as manufacturers. Farmers that are also processors and manufacturers of CBD products can also find its current instructions on how to stay compliant in terms of labeling, marketing, and more.
  • Vote Hemp: This nonprofit is dedicated to educating legislators and policymakers, advocating for progressive hemp laws, and defending standing policies that inhibit commerce. In addition to advocacy, farmers can utilize this resource for its regulatory information. The website provides comprehensive regulation education by state including ways that you can help with advancing policies. From legal cases to regular political updates, farmers can keep up to date with the ever-changing legal framework.
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Arkansas’ Hemp Biomass Transportation Regulations

In order to transport hemp biomass within state borders, the responsible transporter party must submit a hemp material transfer form to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. The form must also include a copy of the transferor and receiver’s hemp licenses, documentation from the transferor’s state hemp program that authorizes transportation, and an official lab analysis that shows the total THC content for the hemp biomass. Documents must accompany the hemp material during transport. A copy of this form can be found here and submitted to

Regions of Arkansas Where CBD Is Grown

Hemp plants are known to be a relatively low maintenance plant, especially when compared to other cash crops. However, some spots in the US and some states will be better for growing hemp. Agriculture is the largest industry in this state due to its diverse landscape and climate. As a major exporter of rice, soybeans, poultry, cotton, and grains, Arkansas has great land for growing hemp. From Madison County in the northwest part of Arkansas all the way down to Lincoln County and Chicot Counties– farmers can easily transition part of their land to grow this crop. To get a better understanding of which planting zone you will be planting in, in Arkansas look here.

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Arkansas Agricultural Regions for Cultivating CBD Hemp

Arkansas has widely diverse farming land and varying climates in which hemp can thrive:

  • The Ozark Mountains
  • The Arkansas River Valley
  • The Ouachita Mountains
  • The West Gulf Coastal Plain
  • The Mississippi Alluvial Plain
  • Crowley’s Ridge

Farmland covers approximately 13.5 million acres in Arkansas.

Arkansas Hemp & CBD Seed News

It’s always best to stay informed regarding current industry news and the local hemp market overview. Since regulations and market trends vary from state to state, it makes it even more important to keep up to date. A great way to get local industry news is by setting up Google Alerts. Google Alerts provides an email alert either daily or weekly for whatever you’re interested in. Try terms like “CBD market Arkansas” or “hemp farming Arkansas” to get any current news updates. Here are some of the local news features from 2020:

MAY 18, 2020: Industrial Hemp Production is Lucrative, but Arkansas Producers Should Start Small

This is a wonderful read for first-time and novice hemp farmers interested in joining the industry. The article features valuable information from Dr. Henry English, the head of the University of Arkansas’s Pine Bluff Small Farm Program. While this can be a lucrative industry, he recommends that farmers start small and to consider soil health factors before planting CBD seed.
MAY 14, 2020: Arkansas hemp industry growing despite 94% of farmers losing money in 2019

A very interesting read regarding the growing hemp industry in Arkansas despite high profit losses. This article analyzes the contributions to profit losses which include significant theft issues, pest concerns, and a general learning curve for hemp cultivation. In-state processors reported about half of them purchasing hemp from local growers. It’s important for local farmers to network, do their research, and invest in proper security.
MARCH 31, 2020: Hope for hemp in Arkansas

Local farmers are hopeful to join the lucrative hemp industry but may not have been as prepared during the 2019 season. While hemp has the reputation of being rather low maintenance especially when compared to other cash crops, it does require significant knowledge in terms of cultivation. Some farmers jumped on the chance to grow industrial hemp but did not complete the adequate research needed for a successful first year.
MARCH 24, 2020: Arkansas hemp industry on the rise while some farmers call for change in regulations

This interesting read on a local organic farmer adding hemp to his crops explores the newly emerging local hemp industry. With 125 licenses issued to hemp farmers across 51 counties, more and more farmers are interested in joining the industry. Learn more about current market value trends and more.

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CBD & Hemp Resources for Arkansas Farmers

Learn more about the various local and federal resources available for hemp farmers regarding cultivation tips, different regulations, and more. It’s always a good idea to join different organizations in order to create the network you need for potential processors, buyers, and more.

Arkansas-Based Hemp Organizations

  • Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association: This cannabis industry trade association advocates for progressive laws, regulations, and public policies more focused on the medical cannabis industry. ACIA provides education for policymakers, the community, and regulators. There are significant annual membership dues but this could be a good networking opportunity.
  • Arkansas Farmers’ Industrial Hemp Conference: Join an annual conference with fellow farmers and hemp experts to learn more about hemp cultivation. The conference outlines pertinent information including regulatory and legal requirements, best growing practices, how to work with processors, finding your best market, the biggest cultivation mistakes, best hemp varieties for Arkansas, farming equipment requirements, and much more.

National Hemp Resources

  • Hempstead Project Heart: Hempstead is an educational, environmental, and economic advocate for industrial hemp. This organization strives to raise awareness of industrial hemp for tribes and local communities. By focusing on raising awareness on the benefits of hemp, Hempstead hopes to help redevelop successful hemp economies and connecting tribal, urban, and rural communities. Farmers can find more general information regarding hemp if they’re interested in learning more about the industry and finished product opportunities.
  • National Hemp Association: Membership is available for entrepreneurs, farmers, professors, researchers, manufacturers, investors, organizations, and businesses involved in the hemp industry. This is an excellent resource for beginner farmers and experienced farmers alike looking to joining an extensive network. Since this association serves farmers, processors, businesses, manufacturers, and researchers, you can connect with different individuals from various sectors of the industry. While local organizations are always important, having a national network can help you expand your business and find potential biomass buyers. From member directories to state-specific resources, this is a wonderful starting point.
  • Hemp Industries Association: Hemp Industries Association has worked as a hemp advocacy group for almost 30 years. The organization has fought to legalize and establish hemp as a federal commodity through legal action, advocacy, and education. They offer a great trade association for hemp farmers with reasonable membership pricing. Membership benefits include incredible networking benefits with other individuals in the industry as well as lawmakers. With significant educational resources and highly transparent access to other members, hemp farmers can create connections and find invaluable information.
  • US Hemp Roundtable: This coalition of leading hemp companies and organizations is committed to safe hemp and CBD products. The US Hemp Roundtable works with political officials for passing legislation that supports both hemp farmers and consumers. This organization also provides education and advocacy to help create a viable path for safe, legal hemp-derived products. Gain access to complimentary state action, industry updates, and federal resources when you sign up for their newsletter.
  • US Hemp Authority: Achieve better credibility, compliance, and more by getting certified through the US Hemp Authority. If you’re only interested in growing hemp then selling your biomass to a buyer or processor, this certification is not for you. This resource is for Arkansas farmers that plan on producing CBD in-house or would like to sell hemp-derived products. For farms interested in branding themselves and selling directly to consumers, having a US Hemp Authority certification can provide better trust for your customers. Since the CBD industry is currently unregulated, this certification provides assurances that your growing and manufacturing standards are high.
  • US Hemp Growers Association: Gain access to hemp research and incredible resources that help farmers stay up to date on regulatory developments, certified CBD seed, and more. This farmer-specific national organization is great for connecting with other licensed growers and certified crop advisors. They offer a free six-month trial membership and have various membership levels to choose from. With comprehensive educational resources, this can be a great jumping-off point for novice hemp farmers. US Hemp Growers Association also provides extensive industry and regulatory resources in addition to events you can attend.
  • American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp: The trade association is a great place for both marijuana and hemp industry professionals. Their mission is to professionalize industry representation. Unlike the other hemp-specific associations, this one provides support for both cannabis industries. This can provide a wonderful networking opportunity for fellow individuals in the hemp industry as well as the marijuana industry. By focusing on advocacy and education, ATACH hopes to make cannabis mainstream and provide professional industry representation.

Hemp Biomass Selling Tips for Arkansas Farmers

With hemp farmers reporting the inability to sell about half of last year’s crops, here are some recommendations for finding buyers for the upcoming season:

  • Hire a hemp broker: There are licensed hemp brokers that can help you negotiate the best price for your hemp biomass. You’ll want to look for an experienced individual with many connections in the industry and a great track record. Organizations like Arkansas Hemp Brokers offer services for helping clients with business development, agricultural advisory services, and also purchase hemp commodities.
  • Presell your biomass: This is an ideal option since the window for selling your harvested biomass is short. Having a buyer lined up can help alleviate stress post-harvest while giving you the competitive advantage of growing specific strains that potential buyers are looking for.
  • Sell directly to buyers: If you have the connections, it may be a good idea to cut out the middle man. Selling directly to buyers can help you maximize your profits but it will require more work.
  • Profit-sharing agreements: For farmers interested in joining the hemp industry but don’t have the upfront finances, profit-sharing agreements may be a good option for you. Profit-sharing works by finding a buyer willing to pay for all upfront costs and recoups these expenses after harvest.
  • Hemp future contracts: This type of agreement is signed before you start your season with a set price arranged for your biomass. While the price provided in future contracts is usually less than the price available with the open market, this is a good option for better stability and minimizing fluctuation risks.
  • Networking: Joining a hemp association or attending a hemp trade show can offer networking opportunities for connecting with potential buyers. The more places you can find to network, the more opportunities you’ll find.
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Arkansas Hemp Farming & CBD Seed FAQ

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture regulates hemp farming. All hemp farmers, processors, and handlers must be licensed through this department.

Under Arkansas law, hemp growers can only sell or transfer their raw hemp materials produced lawfully under the state program to other licensed hemp growers and/or processors. These recipients must have licensing either through the state’s department or another approved USDA plan.

“Out-of-program” materials are considered legal to transfer or sell to anyone. These materials include fiber, roots, leaves/floral material, and grain. Raw hemp material must be processed into finished products by a licensed processor and cannot exceed the federally legal threshold of 0.3% THC.

In order to produce CBD, hemp farmers will need to invest in high-producing CBD seed. Always work with a CBD seed company that values compliance, traceability, and transparency. It’s ideal to find a company that has had the time and experience in research and development in order to produce high-quality genetics.

While some regions experience more flooding concerns than others, the best irrigation system for regions across Arkansas is drip irrigation. Flood and pivot irrigation systems will also work well but don’t offer the high water efficiency benefit of drip systems. With the added benefits of automation capability and minimized mold risks, drip systems are highly recommended.

Arkansas CBD Hemp Farming Resources

Learn more about local market updates, cultivation advice, and more for your hemp farm:

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Work With Arkansas’ Trusted CBD Seed Company

Since the industry is so new–the regulations on CBD seeds and growing hemp in Arkansas and across the US are always shifting. They will change a lot in these first couple of years until more permanent regulations are in place.  Our account managers here at At CBD Seed Co. keep up with these changes and are always happy to answer any questions for you. To find out more or to inquire about our premium high CBD seeds for your Arkansas farm, contact us today

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