Here are three of the most common questions I am getting from North Carolina farmers right now:
Where can I get hemp seed?
Can I grow hemp now?
How much money will I make growing hemp?
I would like to remind everyone in North Carolina that none of us can legally grow industrial hemp in North Carolina yet!
Late last year, NC Senate Bill 313 authorized the initiation of an industrial hemp pilot program in North Carolina. That bill is reprinted below. The bill explains that before anyone can grow it here legally a commission must be created to establish a program to oversee the growing of hemp in the state. That commission will establish the rules and regulations for growing hemp, issue licenses, and collect fees from growers.
Note, that a minimum of $200,000 of private funds must be raised to support the Commission before any of this will even get started.
CONTRIBUTING MONEY TO AN ORGANIZATION OR ASSOCIATION THAT SAYS THEY ARE HELPING TO RAISE THE $200,000 IN PRIVATE FUNDS TO START THE COMMISSION WILL NOT GUARANTEE YOU A PERMIT TO GROW HEMP. NO ONE CAN MAKE YOU THAT PROMISE.
The North Carolina State University student newspaper just published an article on this subject. It goes into more detail that I won't duplicate. Here is a link to it: Hemp article in The Technician
Here is the bill. I have highlighted some important points in red: