Stanislaus County Industrial Hemp License Bond

Bond Penalty: $2,500 to $9,000 based on acreage

In 2018 hemp cultivation and processing for all legal uses was signed in to law by the President, opening a new opportunity to the agricultural sector. The Office of General Counsel issued a memorandum defining the end of the hemp prohibition. In efforts to accommodate this activity, Stanislaus County promulgated Ordinance 6.85 which creates regulations and standards for industrial hemp production and destruction. The new code requires a Stanislaus County industrial hemp license bond in addition to other agricultural zone specific approvals and the permit application process. The Stanislaus agricultural commissioner reminds potential applicants to familiarize themselves with Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) and the California Industrial Hemp Program. Per 6.85.050(F), "No license shall be issued until the agricultural commissioner issues the applicant a registration under Division 24 of the California Food & Agriculture Code.", so compliance with the state statute is a prerequisite of application to the county.

The Stanislaus County industrial hemp bond is addressed under the local rules established under the agricultural commissioner's authority. Hemp cultivation is limited to a maximum of forty (40) acres and the corresponding hemp surety bond determined by acreage.

  • 0.1 to 10 acres, $2,500 bond
  • >10 acres up to 20 acres, $4,500 bond
  • >20 acres up to 30 acres, $7,000 bond
  • >30 acres up to 40 acres, $9,000 bond

Per the regulations, the commissioner may adjust the hemp bond amount based on area under cultivation, determined at the end of each licensing period. The Stanislaus County industrial hemp license bond is a compliance obligation however it also strictly guarantees the abatement of a crop of hemp that does not meet the requirements for legal harvesting and the costs of destruction if required. Application materials, the surety bond and license fee must be submitted to the Agricultural Commissioner:

Agricultural Commissioner, Stanislaus County
3800 Cornucopia Way, Suite B
Modesto, CA 95358

Hemp operators must also comply with any/all state requirements in order to receive approval from the Stanislaus County.

Application for an industrial hemp license bond should be done through a surety bond underwriter with knowledge and experience in the agricultural sector, and more specifically marijuana and hemp operations. California surety bond leader, Surety One, Inc. offers both the surety and fidelity bonds needed by hemp cultivators and processors in every state where required. Questions about an industrial hemp bond? Call us at (800) 373-2804, email us at Underwriting@SuretyOne.com or click here for live chat. Industrial hemp and CBD product legalization is creating new economic opportunities for farmers and agricultural product intermediaries. We are available to help you understand the Stanislaus County industrial hemp license bond process.

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