The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting so Commission members may review and approve applications, and discuss comments to the Federal Register regarding the interim final rule issued by USDA.
The public meeting will be conducted via conference call and is open to the public. Join the conference call by computer, telephone, smart phone, or other device on Thursday, December 19, 2019, starting at 10am.
Access the conference call online at go.ncsu.edu/industrialhemp or by phone at either of these US toll numbers:
The meeting ID is 251-246-538. Participants will be prompted to enter their name and email address to enter the meeting via the website, or prompted for a unique participant ID for the call. Press # to access the call.
NC hemp growing is under the agricultural Pilot Project, and farmers may apply to grow as long as they meet the requirements. See more about the state’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Project at www.ncagr.gov/hemp.
The NC General Assembly passed Senate Bill 313 in 2015, allowing the creation of the Industrial Hemp Commission to develop the rules and licensing structure necessary to stay within federal laws. The Industrial Hemp Commission adopted temporary rules in February 2017, setting up the application requirements and process.
Hemp, a “no high” (low THC) cousin of marijuana, and is a plant with thousands of uses including building materials, oils, medicines, food, fiber, and health-and-beauty products. Its use for products such as toilet paper and hemp lumber could save trees/forests.
Source: NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services