Ethics & Compliance: Hemp in Research

AboutTexas A&M AgriLife is committed to complying with all laws and following guidance in performing any research or work with hemp or hemp-related or derived materials. Hemp in research is everchanging and AgriLife will continue to develop guidance to assist our researchers.

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Texas A&M AgriLife will be operating in compliance with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) implementation of research regarding hemp and any other relevant U.S. governmental administrations. AgriLife is committed to the security of hemp seed used in research conducted by the agency including either agricultural or academic research, regardless of the source of funding or whether the research is sponsored.

What should I do if I’d like to start researching with Hemp?

Per Agricultural or Academic Hemp Related Research TAC, Title 4, Part 1, Chapter 24, Subchapter J, Rule 24.50, an applicant for a hemp research license must also submit a research plan to the Associate Director/designee and AgriLife Ethics & Compliance providing the following information:

  • A detailed statement specifying the nature and purpose of the hemp related research to be conducted.
  • All locations where hemp related research will be conducted.
  • The varieties of hemp to be utilized for the research purposes.
  • Other information as may be requested by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Texas A&M AgriLife Hemp Testing Services:

Industrial Hemp Production in Texas:



USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Rule 84 FR 58522, Pages 58522-585564, 7 CFR 990, Doc. No. AMS-SC-19-0042-SC19-990-2 IR, Document 2019-23749

Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill)

Hemp Research Plan Template

Texas Department of Agriculture Hemp Regulatory Programs


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