USDA to Hold Public Webinar, North Carolina Hemp Program Transition, on Sept. 29

Hemp field under the North Carolina blue sky. Photo: Kay Whatley
Hemp field under the North Carolina blue sky. Photo: Kay Whatley

The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ state Industrial Hemp Pilot Program is going away on January 1, 2022, and hemp growing will be overseen by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). To prepare growers and related businesses, the USDA will hold a webinar on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, noon-2pm, “to help explain the transition for NC hemp growers from the state’s pilot program to the federal program.”

About this USDA webinar, North Carolina Hemp Program Transition:

“In this webinar, USDA AMS Specialty Crops Program MDD Hemp Division will provide North Carolina growers with an overview of the U.S Domestic Hemp Production Program. Specifically covering the licensing, sampling, testing, reporting, and compliance aspects of being a USDA licensed producer. We will also describe the logistics of transitioning from the North Carolina State program. An hour will be allotted to Q&A.”

Attend online Wednesday via this link:

The USDA plans to record this online presentation so it may be watched afterward via the USDA website.

Questions or concerns may be emailed to; or, call 202.720.2491.

Current NC hemp program information may be found at

See program-end article here.

Visit the USDA’s website for Hemp Production information.


Hemp, a no high (low THC) cousin of marijuana, and is a highly-useful plant. It is legal to grow hemp at the Federal level.

Products that can be made from hemp include building materials, oils, medicines, food, fiber, and health-and-beauty products. Use for products such as toilet paper and “lumber” could potentially save trees/forests by reducing logging and destruction. Plants can also be used to “clean” some contaminants/pollutants from soil.

The plant’s medicinal uses are being studied, more since restrictions relaxed and hemp was made legal nationally, with hope for applications/treatment for a wide variety of human and animal health issues/diseases.


Source: North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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