Farmers in South Carolina are now able to apply to grow industrial hemp.
Thanks to the passing of H.3359 by the South Carolina General Assembly this year, the state’s Department of Agriculture will allow up to 20 farmers to grow hemp in 2017.
Industrial hemp is grown as an agricultural crop to be used for rope, clothing, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation and biofuel, among other things.
The number of permit holders could increase to 40 in 2018. Each applicant is also vetted by the Department of Agriculture, SLED and the FBI.
According to chapter 55, title 46 of the bill:
“The permits are to be given to South Carolina residents for the purposes of a pilot program. Each permittee is permitted to grow industrial hemp on up to twenty acres of land the first year and up to forty acres the second year and third year, and every year after, the Department of Agriculture, along with the institutions of higher learning, will evaluate the program to determine the amount of acreage permitted.