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339 acres of hemp were grown in Nebraska in 2020, up from 1/2 acre in 2019

On this page you will find Nebraska hemp law along with a history of how Nebraska hemp bills have progressed through the State capitol over the years.  We also provide links to important information concerning Nebraska hemp programs and state agency advisories or opinion letters.

Nebraska Hemp Resources

Nebraska Dept. of Ag. Hemp Program

USDA approved Nebraska Hemp regulatory plan

Nebraska Hemp Statutes

Recent News

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska company chosen to grow hemp

A farming business owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's economic development corporation will start growing hemp this summer...

Ricketts signs Nebraska hemp farming act into law

Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a bill Thursday that will clear the way for farmers to plant hemp as an...

Nebraska Hemp Law and Legislation


LB 657
A BILL FOR AN ACT relating to agriculture; to amend section 28-401, Revised Statutes Cumulative Supplement, 2018; to adopt the Nebraska Hemp Act; to define and redefine terms under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act; to repeal the original section; and to declare an emergency

Position: Support

Status: Signed by Gov. Ricketts on May 30, 2019

LB 617

A BILL FOR AN ACT relating to agricultural promotion; to amend section 2 28-401, Reissue Revised Statutes of Nebraska, and section 2-5701, 3 Revised Statutes Cumulative Supplement, 2016; to adopt the 4 Industrial Hemp Act; to provide an exemption as prescribed; to 5 provide an operative date; and to repeal the original sections.

Position: Neutral – allows for hemp farming but excessive regulation and requires a commission.

LR 573

Interim study to examine the historic and present state of industrial hemp as an alternative crop in Nebraska and its future potential. Introduced 3/29/16

Position: Opposed, study is unneccesary

LB 1001

Allow growth and cultivation of industrial hemp by the Department of Agriculture or a postsecondary institution, exempt industrial hemp from the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Introduced 1/21/2014.

Status: Signed by Governor Heineman on 4/2/2014.
Download the text of LB 1001 here (PDF file 77k).

LB 273

Died in House committee.
Download the text of LB 273 here (PDF file 77k).
Download the text of Amendments to LB 273 here (PDF file 9k).
Download the Committee Statement to LB 273 here (PDF file 16k).
Download the Fiscal Note to LB 273 here (PDF file 12k).