NC Industrial Hemp Commission to Hold First Meeting on Nov. 1

Hemp Oil photo source NCDA&CS.
Hemp Oil photo source NCDA&CS.

Released by Dr. Sandy Stewart and Lori Pfister, NCDA&CS Research Stations Division

The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. This first official commission meeting will be held at 2pm in the Martin Building at the State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raleigh NC.

This meeting is open to the public.

The state General Assembly passed legislation in 2015 to create a pilot program to research hemp production in North Carolina as allowed under federal law. The Industrial Hemp Commission will be responsible for setting up the rules and process for applying for the pilot program.

The commission has nine members representing agricultural research, law enforcement, farming, agricultural consulting, agribusiness and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Nine members were required under the revised law, with these appointees only recently named:

  • Sandy Stewart, Vice Chair (Commissioner’s designee)
  • Pat Short (Ag appointed)
  • Fen Rascoe  (Ag appointed)
  • Billy McLawhorn (Ag appointed)
  • Guy Carpenter (Ag appointed)
  • Chief Tony Godwin, Town of Cary (Senate)
  • Sheriff Sam Page, Rockingham County  (House appointed)
  • Prof. Tom Melton, NCSU  (Governor appointed)
  • Dr. Guochen Yang, NC A&T State University (Governor appointed)

Biographical data is not yet available for these commission members; however, it may be available by the November 1 meeting.

More information about the industrial hemp pilot program is available at www.ncagr.gov/hemp.

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