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Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

UF/IFAS Hemp Pilot Project

Clonally Propagated Hemp Cultivar Approval Program

Testing Information & Submission Guidelines

FAQ's about the UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Approval Program

Overview and need for Compliance with Federal THC Threshold

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida (UF) has an active and permitted Industrial Hemp Pilot Project which includes a clonally propagated cultivar approval program per Florida State Statute (Rule 5E-4.016, Florida Administrative Code (“F.A.C”)). Those seeking to enter cultivars into the UF/IFAS Hemp Cultivar Approval Program must use only propagules that have demonstrated to conform to the 0.3% total THC threshold prior to submission to UF/IFAS. Third-party documentation of measured total available THC levels must accompany material transfer and transportation of hemp cutting submissions to the UF/IFAS Hemp Cultivar Approval Program. Documentation shall also include the name, address, email, and telephone number of both the approved lab and the plant source. All hemp seed, propagules, or plants not reviewed and approved in this manner may be prohibited from sale and use in Florida (Source: s. 581.217(6), F.S., a licensee may only use hemp seeds and cultivars certified by a certifying agency or a university conducting an industrial hemp pilot project pursuant to s. 1004.4473, F.S.).

Acceptable Submission Material

The UF/IFAS Hemp Cultivar Approval Program has been developed to identify quality cultivars (i.e. clonal propagules) originating from a single genetically unique individual (known as the source of a cultivar ‘Lot’). Providers agree that they have selected an individual plant that will be clonally reproduced representing the cultivar submitted for approval. If approved, the provider acknowledges all production of vegetative clones must trace back to the singular mother stock submitted for approval. The Hemp Cultivar Approval Program will not accept cuttings from lots of seedlings; providers must identify singular plants for approval. If submitted cuttings express male flowers the cultivar will not be approved. Photoperiod insensitive (i.e. day neutral, autoflowering) cultivars will not be accepted for approval at this time. Vegetative cuttings that express floral initiation during the rooting or vegetative growth phase of the approval program will not be approved. The UF/IFAS Hemp Cultivar Approval Program is not intended to screen new cultivars for the provider. The provider is strongly encouraged to submit genetic material that has been extensively evaluated and demonstrates total available THC compliance as an acceptable cultivar for production within the State of Florida.

For more information on the UF/IFAS Hemp Cultivar Approval Program, please see: 

We are currently limiting growers to submitting no more than 4 independent cultivars for approval.

* In order to submit your information, please have ALL required paperwork *

Please have the following documents completed before submitting your paperwork. ALL paperwork will be required for a successful submission:

  • Documentation of Ownership of the Cultivar
    • Examples include relevant permissions, licenses, etc.
  • Documentation of Legal Hemp Operation in the State of Origin
    • Examples include business registrations, permits, licenses, etc.
  • Simple Letter Agreement for the Transfer of Materials for Verification and Approval by UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project
  • Certificate of Analysis (COA) for Each Cultivar Submitted for Testing
    • Total Delta-9 THC level for all submissions must be at or below 0.3% on a dry weight basis

After submitting your information, please be sure to look for a confirmation email with further instructions from Dr. Brian Pearson and Dr. Steven Anderson. For assistance or questions, please e-mail and a member of our team will get back with you.

Thank you,

Dr. Brian Pearson & Dr. Steven Anderson

Hemp Cultivar Approval Application

DISCLAIMER: After successfully submitting your paperwork to the UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Approval Program, please DO NOT send any plant material until you receive a confirmation email with a shipping date. Any plant materials received without the appropriate approval and corresponding shipping date are subject to be destroyed.