North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.
The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program was established in 2015 via the passing of SL2015-299 (NC Senate Bill 313). The 9 member Industrial Hemp Commission was formed who subsequently drafted and passed the rules by which the program would be governed. North Carolina began accepting applications in 2017 and industrial hemp plants went into the ground for the first time in decades that same year.
Over the course of the pilot program the number of licensed industrial hemp producers swelled to over 1,500 with nearly 8 million greenhouse sq. ft. and over 17,000 acres registered for production at its peak.
With the passing of the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act (Federal Farm Bill) the governance of hemp cultivation passed to the United States Department of Agriculture. Beginning January 1st, 2022 any person wishing to cultivate industrial hemp must apply through USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. The official sunset of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission on June 30th, 2022.
Information regarding the NC Industrial Hemp Pilot Progrm, the NC Industrial Hemp Commission, the rules that governed the pilot program, and other historical information can be found on this web page.