Hemp Production a Step Closer for NC Growers

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Hemp production was legalized in NC on October 31, 2015.

Hemp is used to make a variety of products. Years ago the plant was used mostly to make rope. Now it is a fiber for clothes, producing 2 to 3 times what cotton will per acre, and will not mildew. It is also used for paper, fiberboard, a plastic substitute, ethanol and the seeds are high in protein and can be used in many foods.

Hemp can be grown on “marginal” land, places where regular field crops do not produce very well. Industrial hemp has very little THC (the psychoactive ingredient found in hashish), so don’t get any ideas of planting this crop and and expect to get a buzz from smoking it.

The NC Industrial Hemp Association (NCIHA) has now passed the second step to hemp production in NC when $200,000 of non-state money, as required by Senate Bill 313, was presented to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Troxler. Through the joint efforts of the NC Industrial Hemp Association and BioRegen Innovations Cooperative, the initial operating expenses of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission have been funded. “We are excited about the possibility of a spring 2017 hemp crop but there is still a lot of work to be accomplished,” said Commissioner Troxler during the meeting.

For more information on hemp, visit the NCIHA website here.