Today’s Topic: Industrial hemp being planted under NC’s pilot program

By on June 27, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

North Carolina’s goal of having an industrial hemp crop this year is being achieved. More than 60 farmers have had permits approved by the N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission, and they have begun planting the crop.

Even with state permits approved, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had to grant its approval before any hemp seed could be brought into North Carolina for planting. That process took longer than Commissioner Troxler would have liked.

Hemp could be planted this year on close to 900 acres and in 84,000 square feet of greenhouses. Those numbers could go up as more permits are approved.

The counties where hemp permits have been issued range from Perquimans up in the northeastern part of the state to Haywood out west.

There has been a lot of interest in industrial hemp since the General Assembly passed legislation in 2015 and 2016 to make the research program possible. The pilot program should provide valuable information about the feasibility and marketability of hemp production in North Carolina.

Click on the link below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss the latest on North Carolina’s industrial hemp pilot program.

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