Growing High-CBD Hemp in Georgia

What You Need to Know About Growing CBD Seeds in Georgia

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No matter which state you live in growing hemp can be challenging because of all the new and interim regulations. In order to be a hemp farmer, you need a thorough understanding of the local regulations for Georgia. To properly and profitably growing hemp you must consider current and future legalities alike.  Information like where you can buy CBD seeds and which pesticides are allowed all vary from state to state. Happily, there are many sources to find out this info, including our in-house experts here at CBD Seed Co.

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

Where to Get Licensed to Grow CBD In Georgia

The Georgia Department of Agriculture is in charge of running the state’s hemp program. Farmers must apply through the Georgia Hemp Program in order to grow hemp commercially. This is a great resource in regards to state regulations and finding the forms you need for applying and reporting. Since there may be new federal regulations and state regulations in play at any time, it’s best for farmers to check this resource periodically.

Leading CBD Seed Genetics for Georgia

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 and shorter growing season. 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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Georgia Regulations for Growing CBD Clones & Seeds

When deciding whether or not to farm hemp here in Georgia, and once you begin farming, the rules in the state where you live are critical to be aware of and abide by. The Georgia Hemp Farming Act was signed into law on May 10. This act made it possible to research, produce, process and regulate industrial hemp in Georgia. You need a license to grow hemp in Georgia and it will cost you $50 an acre with a maximum fee of $5,000.

To get a Georgia hemp growers license, you must be a qualified agricultural producer, which is a farmer who qualifies for and procures a Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption Card from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Potential farmers must pass a criminal background and make known the GPS coordinates of their fields and greenhouses. If you are growing hemp for CBD or for industrial applications it is important you get the correct licensure and approval for other things like purchasing hemp seed, receiving hemp seed, and planting hemp seed.  

Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA): This is your primary resource for state regulations. The GDA runs the hemp program and will provide regular updates if regulations change. Farmers will need to obtain their commercial licensing through this department in order to grow hemp. If you have any questions about licensing, you can email the department at GDALicensing@agr.georgia. If you have any other questions about the hemp program, you can also email You can also reach them by phone at 404-586-1140.

Here are some useful links to help get you started:

  • 2021 Georgia Hemp Grower Application: This is where you can find the hemp grower application. It includes an application checklist that details grow site information, background checks, and affidavit. The application process is completed online through the GDA’s application portal.
  • Georgia Hemp Reporting InstructionsAll hemp growers are required to submit an annual report. These instructions detail how to submit your report, including email information on how to obtain your report code. This report will be completed online through the GDA’s portal.
  • Georgia Hemp Grower License Application GuideThis step by step guide offers comprehensive directions for applying for your commercial cultivation license. Since the application is completed online rather than in written form, these instructions can be really helpful.
  • Georgia’s Approved State Hemp PlanThis document details the USDA-approved state hemp program. This comprehensive document includes all the local regulations required by Georgia. This is an important read for any farmer since it contains the exact regulations that are expected.
  • Approved Hemp Pesticides: Here is a list of approved pesticide products that have been registered for hemp cultivation. Hemp can be easily grown with strict organic farming practices but it is ultimately up to you to decide what’s best for your farm.
  • Georgia Hemp Grower RulesThis comprehensive document details all of the rules and regulations required for processing hemp in Georgia. Included are regulations for both growers and processors. This is an important read for any farmer that would like to stay compliant with state regulations.
  • Hemp Licensing Background Check Instructions: A background check is required for all applicants. Here are the instructions for completing your licensing background check via fingerprinting procedure. The request form must be completed online, then you’ll choose a site to electronically scan your fingerprint.

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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Georgia’s Hemp Biomass Transportation Regulations

According to statute 40-32-2-.07 in the rules and regulations provided by the GDA, all hemp being shipped, transported, or delivered within Georgia must include documentation that proves the following:

  • Hemp biomass produced lawfully under a USDA-approved program, under a USDA-issued license, or under 7 USC 5940
  • Hemp contains 0.3% THC or less

The transporter must carry a bill of lading that includes the following information:

  • Name and address of the owner
  • Point of origin
  • Point of delivery
  • Kind and quantity of packages
  • Date of shipment

Regions of Georgia Where CBD Is Grown

CBD hemp plants grow in most states  But there are areas of the US that are better for growing hemp. Georgia is a great environment for and for growing hemp since agriculture contributes approximately $73.3 billion a year to Georgia’s economy. 

While you will be able to grow hemp nearly anywhere in Georgia there are some counties that grow other crops very well, so should be considered some of the best areas in Georgia for high CBD hemp. Counties like Coffee county and Pierce county in Georgia are excellent for Tobacco, therefore hemp has potential there too. Also, corn growing counties show promise for hemp as well.  So from Miller County down in southeast Georgia to Burke county over by the coast and most of the areas in between should be great for growing hemp in Georgia.

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Georgia Agricultural Regions fo Cultivating CBD Hemp

Georgia offers rich, diverse farmland throughout the state that offers great opportunities for growing hemp:

  • Ridge and Valley
  • Appalachian
  • Blue Ridge
  • Piedmont
  • Coastal Plain

The climate, topography, and soil conditions will always vary from region to region. It’s important to speak to your CBD seed provider regarding your agricultural region in order to find the right genetics for your needs.

Georgia Hemp & CBD Seed News

When you start hemp farming it is critical to keep up with legislation, news, and events. A huge part of being a successful hemp farmer is staying up to date on hemp or CBD seeds and regulations. There are a lot of resources to get this information. A convenient way to get location-specific news updates about the industry is with Google Alerts. This provides a streamlined way of getting email updates either daily or weekly. Try search terms like “hemp farming Georgia” or “CBD market Georgia”. Here are some of the most important news articles from the past year:

AUGUST 4, 2020: Hemp farming regulations signed into Georgia law

While the state’s hemp program was approved in early 2020, the governor has signed additional regulations into law. These regulations include increased processing fees, setting hemp biomass transportation rules, and enabling out-of-state hemp sales.

JUNE 17, 2020: Georgia Weighs Another hemp Bill As New Industry Begins

A new bill has been introduced during the first legal hemp farming year in Georgia. The new bill provides more regulations determining how the local industry will work. The government is looking for viable ways of supporting the new industry while addressing the costs involved.

APRIL 2, 2020: USDA Approves Georgia’s Hemp Plan

The state’s program has received USDA approval and joins 13 other states that have created their own regulatory plans. Since farmers weren’t allowed to grow hemp until the state program was approved, this means that local farmers can get their 2020 season started.

JANUARY 22, 2020: Georgia Hemp Production on Hold

Hemp production is on hold while the state finds funds to allocate to the program. The USDA won’t allow local farmers to grow hemp until the GDA has received $800,000 for funding and until the state program has been federally approved.

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CBD & Hemp Resources for Georgia Farmers

There are many organizations and groups out there that support the hemp farming industry. Getting involved in one of these organizations can provide excellent networking opportunities, local cultivation advice, and the support you need for running a successful farm.

Georgia-Based Hemp Organizations

  • Georgia Hemp Industries: This organization was established for all hemp-related education, industry development, support, and policy advocacy. They welcome farmers, investors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers to join this advocacy group. Members have opportunities to better connect with locals in the hemp industry.
  • Georgia Hemp Economic Revival Organization: Their mission is to revive the local economy by supporting the farming and production of local industrial hemp. This public Facebook group welcomes farmers and businesses while providing important local industry news.
  • Georgia Hemp Association: The GHA strives to be a leader in providing hemp education, marketing, consulting, and lobbying services. They envision being a partner with both national and international hemp experts, state leaders, and enthusiasts in order to deliver high-quality education.

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 Georgia 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 Georgia Farmers

  • 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.
  • 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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Georgia Hemp Farming & CBD Seed FAQ

Farmers are required to pay a fee of $50 per acre of hemp cultivated up to a maximum of $5000. This is an annual fee.

Sampling is required within 15 days prior to your anticipated harvest date. A department-approved sampling agent must collect samples of your hemp flower material. You will be responsible for all sampling fees.

Your grower lab test results report must include the following information for every sample tested:

  • Producer’s license or authorization identifier
  • Name of producer
  • Producer’s business address
  • Lot identification number for each sample
  • Lab name and DEA registration
  • Date of test and report
  • Identification of any retests
  • Measurement of uncertainty
  • Test result

Hemp farmers must include signage at every entrance of each grow site that’s one acre or less in size and any grow sites that are visible from public roads. These signs must include the following information:

  • The statement: “Georgia Department of Agriculture Licensed Hemp Grower”
  • Name of the hemp farmer licensee
  • GDA hemp grower license number
  • GDA’s phone number (404) 656-3600

If you’d like your end product to be building materials, food, textiles, etc., then you’ll need to purchase standard industrial hemp seed. If you’d like your end product to be CBD, then you’ll need to find high-quality specialty genetics that has been bred for this purpose. Always check company COAs and find climate-specific CBD seed for your farm.

Georgia CBD Hemp Farming Resources

Read more about region-specific cultivation advice, market updates, and more for your hemp farm:

January 20, 2021
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Common Mold Concerns for Georgia Hemp Farms

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Hemp News Georgia: Hemp Fees Increase

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Since the industry is so new–the regulations on CBD seeds and growing hemp in Georgia and across the US are always shifting. At CBD Seed Co we keep up with these changes and are always happy to answer any questions. To find out more or to inquire about our premium high CBD seeds for your Georgia farm, contact us today!

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