Industrial Hemp Commission Meeting Via Conference Call is Jan. 7 at 3pm

Hemp growing on a farm in Bunn NC. Photo: Kay Whatley
Hemp growing on a farm in Bunn NC. Photo: Kay Whatley

The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting to review and approve research pilot program applications.

The conference call may be joined Monday, January 7, 2019, at 3pm. On the agenda is approval of applications for the upcoming season.

Access the conference call at or by phone at either of these US toll numbers:

  • 1.929.205.6099
  • 1.669.900.6833

The meeting ID is 663-550-311. 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.

With meeting questions, contact Kaleb Rathbone at 1.919.707.3236.

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.

NC hemp growing is still under the Pilot Project, and farmers may apply to grow as long as they meet the requirements. Requirements include designation/filing with the IRS as a farmer. See more on the Pilot Project at, which includes a link to the Application and Application FAQs. Although hemp will be legal under the new Farm Bill, in NC growers must have permits, unless and until changes are made to the requirements or law.


Source: Kaleb Rathbone, NCDA&CS

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