The Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting to review and approve research pilot program applications. The next meeting will be available via conference call/computer on Thursday, November 8, 2018, starting at 11am.
Access to the conference call can be made at go.ncsu.edu/industrialhemp or by calling 1-408-638-0968 or 1-646-876-9923 (US toll numbers). The meeting ID is 840-748-948. 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. They should press # to access the call.
With meeting questions, contact Kaleb Rathbone at 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 www.ncagr.gov/hemp, which includes a link to the Application and Application FAQs.
Source: NC Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Ed. Note: An unrelated hemp-education event is coming up in NC, as part of the Carolina Farm Stewardship’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The Conference is November 9-11, 2018 in Durham NC, and information on the pre-conference session on growing hemp may be found via this web page.