Growing High-CBD Hemp in Michigan

What You Need to Know About Growing CBD Seeds in Michigan

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No matter which state you live in and want to grow hemp in–you will face the challenges of your state’s farming conditions and the changing regulations. So, before you become a hemp farmer in Michigan, you should seek to understand the local regulations. This will help you properly and profitably grow hemp regardless of where you are. Remember to take into account future legalities too. The type of hemp seeds you are allowed to purchase are always being added and testing protocols are always in flux. The good thing is–for farmers in Michigan and across the US there are plenty of resources to find information–especially our experts here at CBD Seed Co. Online resources, hemp associations are fantastic resources too.

Where to Get Licensed to Grow CBD In Michigan

In order to grow hemp commercially, you’ll need to apply for licensing through the Michigan Industrial Hemp Program. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is responsible for overseeing the program and providing licensing for hemp farmers. Since regulations are constantly shifting both federally and locally, it’s best to check this website regularly.

Leading CBD Seed Genetics for Michigan

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, continental climate and hot summers. 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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Michigan Regulations for CBD Growing Clones & Seeds

When you decide to start hemp farming here in Michigan, and after you have begun, you should be aware of and follow hemp laws and regulations. As of now, the state of Michigan is running an Industrial Hemp Pilot program for 2021. If you would are looking to farm hemp in Michigan you can get licensure under PA 641 and apply through The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to participate. Pursuant to federal regulations hemp plants will need to be below .3-percent THC and will be tested by the state for compliance. The cost for a grower’s license is $100 and a processor-handler license is $1,350.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD): The MDARD is responsible for regulating the state’s industrial hemp program. To learn more about specific state regulations, this should be your first resource. They regularly update any changes made to their program. If you have further questions, you can reach the department by phone at 800-292-3939 or via email

Here are some useful links to help get you started:

  • Michigan 2021 Hemp Grower ApplicationFarmers must complete this application and include all of the required information ranging from key participants to a background check. All paperwork must be filled out and physically mailed to the MDARD.
  • Michigan 2021 Hemp Processor Handler ApplicationFor individuals interested in processing or handling hemp biomass, you’ll need to complete this application and send it to the MDARD as well.
  • Michigan Hemp Site Amendment FormIf you need to make any changes or amendments to your previously declared hemp sites, you’ll need to fill out this form and submit it to the MDARD. Make sure all of your hemp sites are up to date in order to stay compliant.
  • Michigan Industrial Hemp Production RegulationsLearn more about all the regulations set forth by the USDA-approved Michigan hemp state program. This is an important read for any farmer that’s interested in growing hemp commercially.
  • Pre-Harvest Sampling Form: Prior to harvest, farmers must have their hemp sampled to ensure a legal THC threshold. This form is filled and submitted online. Make sure you understand the deadline and proper timing required to harvest.

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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Michigan’s Hemp Biomass Transportation Regulations

There are currently no regulations placed on transporting hemp biomass in Michigan. However, we always recommend carrying your hemp grower or processor license when transporting biomass. It’s also a good idea to have your batch COAs showcasing legal THC content with every shipment. Having these items can help prevent misunderstandings if you happen to run into law enforcement during your trip.

Regions of Michigan Where CBD Is Grown

CBD hemp plants can grow well in most states in the US. However, in some states, it is more challenging than in others. Michigan has great farmlands, so growing hemp here should work very well. In terms of revenue generated from crops, Michigan produces about $104.7 billion in crops and stock annually to the state’s economy. Meaning it is extremely hospitable to hemp. Based on where other crops flourish some of the top-performing counties for key Michigan crops are: Corn: Carroll Caroline County, Kent County, Soybeans: Fredrick County, Baltimore County and Wheat: Talbot County, Howard County. However, all areas of Michigan can potentially grow a crop like hemp so farmers in any county will likely be successful.

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Michigan Agricultural Regions for Cultivating CBD Hemp

Michigan offers various agricultural regions for cultivating CBD hemp.

  • Lower Penninsula
  • Saginaw Valley
  • Lake Michigan
  • Wayne
  • Oakland
  • Macomb
  • Cass County
  • Roscommon

When you’re ready to purchase your CBD seed, make sure to talk to your provider about what region you’re farming in. This ensures that you receive the right genetics for your climate.

Michigan Hemp & CBD Seed News

Once you begin hemp farming in Michigan, keeping up with legislation, news and events is very important. Knowing about things like new seed genetics, regulations and emerging harvesting technology will add to your success. There are many ways to get this info, including, hemp industry newsletters, talking to your account manager here at CBD Seed Co, and doing independent research. Here are some important news updates from the past year:

FEBRUARY 25, 2021: New state plan has hemp growers uncertain about the future

With new regulations and fees for reporting hemp samples, local growers feel uncertain about the upcoming 2021 season. Learn more about these new regulations and how they’ll impact you.

OCTOBER 21, 2020: Michigan Receives Federal Approval of Hemp Plan, Causes Changes for Growers

The state’s hemp plan has been federally approved. With the new plan, there are new regulatory requirements that have been established. Read more about the state’s new hemp farming requirements.

JUNE 15, 2020: Chart: Michigan to increase 2020 hemp production, but 53% of 2019 crop is still unsold

The 2020 growing season brought more hemp farming interest despite unsold hemp biomass from the previous year. With an increase in both farmers and processors, the increase in supply chain should hopefully remedy the issues faced in 2019.

JUNE 10, 2020: Report: Michigan grew nearly 4,000 acres of hemp in first year of pilot program

Hemp farmers grew about 4,000 acres across 58 different Michigan counties in 2019. Learn more about the farming efforts and what the first year of hemp farming entailed.

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CBD & Hemp Resources for Michigan Farmers

Learn more about all the different local and federal resources available for hemp farmers on cultivation, CBD regulations, and more. It’s always a good idea for beginner hemp farmers to find a few organizations to join to help network and find the support they need for potential buyers.

Michigan-Based Hemp Organizations

  • Michigan Hemp Farmers AssociationThis association was founded in order to provide comprehensive resources for craft hemp farmers. Members gain access to numerous tools, networking opportunities, and regulatory help. They’re aimed specifically towards local, small, craft hemp farmers.
  • Michigan Industrial Hemp Education and Marketing Project: This nonprofit works to help expand hemp as a natural resource for industrial and private enterprises. They provide a lot of educational resources for local farmers and individuals interested in the hemp industry.

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 Michigan 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 Michigan 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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Michigan CBD Seed & Hemp Farming FAQ

No, there is no limit for licenses issued or the number of acres that can be grown.

Licensing is valid for one year and expires on November 30th of each corresponding year.

Any hemp growing site is required to have clear signage with the following information:

  • Grower name
  • Grower registration number
  • Specific statement: “Hemp registered with Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development”

No, Michigan does not have a certified seed source or a list of seed suppliers. Hemp farmers are responsible for finding compliant CBD seed for their farming efforts.

No, Michigan does not currently have any requirements for the disposal of hemp roots or container media.

Michigan CBD Hemp Farming Resources

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

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Work With Michigan’s Trusted CBD Seed Company

Since the hemp industry is just emerging in the US, hemp industry regulations are always in flux. Getting the proper information and some guidance in your hemp venture is the key to your success. A way to be more profitable in your hemp farming endeavor is by working closely with an account manager here at CBD See Co. We are a great place to start. Our team keeps 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 Michigan farm, contact us today! 

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