Alert: NC Hemp Grower License Program Ends Dec. 31, 2021

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8/18/2021 – On August 5, the NC Industrial Hemp Commission held a meeting to discuss the future of the NC Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. At that meeting, the decision was made to end the NC Hemp Pilot Program on December 31, 2021. As stated in a letter sent yesterday by Paul Adams, Industrial Hemp Program Manager, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Plant Industry Division, to NC hemp license holders, “Per the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act (Federal Farm Bill) the USDA was tasked with creating a program to govern hemp production nationwide resulting in the Domestic Hemp Production Program, the Final Rule, and the expiration of state Hemp Pilot Programs. States were given a choice to submit a plan to USDA for approval or the option to allow USDA to take over the program. North Carolina has submitted a letter to USDA stating that we intend for USDA to run the hemp program here.” Paraphrasing from the rest of his letter: Thus, NC Hemp grower licenses will not  be valid after December 31, 2021. To continue, or to begin, producing hemp in North Carolina in 2022 you will need to apply to the USDA’s hemp program. The USDA has rolling enrollment and for growers maintaining mother plants, year-round greenhouse grows, indoor grows, or other winter production you will need to be licensed by the USDA prior to January 1, 2022. While you can submit an application now, it may take several weeks for USDA to begin processing NC applications, but you should definitely apply before January 1, 2022. Questions about the USDA’s hemp program can be sent to farmbill.hemp@usda.gov  or call at 202-720-2491  This very helpful checklist was also included with the letter. It will be useful to existing and new North Carolina hemp growers: North Carolina Hemp Producer Checklist for Transitioning to the…

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