SC Dept. of Agriculture Accepting Industrial Hemp Applications

June 26, 2018, 12:33 pm EST | Share:

COLUMBIA, SC (WTAT-TV) — The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is looking for farmers who want to take part in the 2019 Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.

Officials say 40 farmers will be selected to receive industrial hemp permits.

Farmers who receive permits will be allowed to grow up to 40 acres of the crop.

This is an increase from the 2018 program which allowed 20 farmers to grow up to 20 acres of industrial hemp, according to Sally McKay, the communications director for the SC Department of Agriculture.

To qualify for a permit, applicants must:

– Be a South Carolina resident;
– Pass a state and federal background check administered by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division;
– Have a signed letter of intent with an industrial hemp manufacturer/processor;
– Have a signed letter of intent with a qualifying college or university; and
– Submit GPS coordinates for the land where industrial hemp will be grown

All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29th. Those interested can access an application by visiting www.agriculture.sc.gov.