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  1. Ron Strider

    Ex-Clemson Coach, State Rep Get South Carolina Hemp Permits

    Former Clemson football coach Danny Ford and ex-Rep. Chip Limehouse are two of the 20 farmers in South Carolina picked to legally grow hemp. The 20 farmers were chosen last week from more than 130 applicants in a hemp-growing pilot program approved by state lawmakers this year. The farmers...
  2. Ron Strider

    Huge South Carolina Demand For Hemp Applications

    Earlier this month we exclusively reported on the birth of the industrial hemp industry in South Carolina. Is this good news? Absolutely. Better late than never ... Unfortunately, the delayed launch of this cash crop — more than three years after it was legalized by the federal...
  3. Ron Strider

    Thieves Fooled By Hemp In Farmer's Field

    Back in September, industrial hemp made the news in eastern North Carolina when five Edgecombe County men were arrested for either stealing or attempting to steal industrial hemp plants from a farmer's field in the county. This illustrates one of the greatest challenges for growing industrial...
  4. Ron Strider

    Dozens Attend South Carolina Compassionate Care Alliance's Medical Cannabis Symposium

    The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act would allow qualifying patients with debilitating medical conditions and a recommendation from their physician to use and access medical cannabis. The act was introduced at the beginning of the year. Sunday, the South Carolina Compassionate Care...
  5. Ron Strider

    Virginia Needs To Act Now To Grow A Hemp Industry

    Here's some market advice: Now might be a good time to invest in hemp. It wasn't that long ago that the mere mention of hemp – a strain of cannabis which looks like marijuana but lacks the "buzz" – produced giggles. Now it produces policy papers. Both the Democratic and Republican...
  6. Ron Strider

    Hemp Pilot Program Application Deadline Extended Due To Irma

    Due to Hurricane Irma's potential impact to the state of South Carolina, the current application deadline to participate in the state's Industrial Hemp Pilot Program is extended until September 22, 2017. All applications and previously required information must be completed and postmarked by...
  7. Ron Strider

    Industrial Hemp Test Plots In North Carolina Harvested

    North Carolina State University Extension researchers harvested seed from their industrial hemp test plots on Friday — and were pleased with the results. Cultivating industrial hemp in North Carolina became legal in late 2015; however planting didn't commence immediately. The supporting law...
  8. Ron Strider

    SC: Want To Grow Hemp? Your Time To Apply Is Now

    South Carolina farmers can now apply to grow industrial hemp in a pilot program approved by the legislature. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture will approve up to 20 applicants this year to grow 20 acres each of industrial hemp, but those approved for permits will have to meet...
  9. Ron Strider

    SC: Farmers Can Now Apply To Grow Industrial Hemp

    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...
  10. Ron Strider

    Growing Hemp Will Soon Be A Reality For Nearly Two Dozen Farmers In South Carolina

    Growing Hemp will soon be a reality for nearly two dozen farmers in South Carolina. Governor Henry McMaster signed the industrial hemp cultivation bill in early 2017 and since then, state lawmakers have been meeting with farmers to discuss how they can get involved with growing it. They...
  11. Ron Strider

    Hemp To Be Next Cash Crop In South Carolina

    Friday farmers interested in growing hemp met with the SC Department of Agriculture to learn how to get involved with a pilot program launching August 1. Governor Henry McMaster signed Bill 3559 into law in May, making it legal for industrial hemp to be grown for research purposes in South...
  12. Ron Strider

    Family Members, Lawmakers Push For Medical Marijuana In South Carolina

    On Thursday night, the group Compassionate South Carolina held a seminar to push for medical cannabis to be legalized in South Carolina. "I believe if you fight hard for anything and reach out and explain things to people you can get anything done," South Carolina Representative Linda Bennet...
  13. Ron Strider

    NC: Can Hemp Take Root As Coastal Cash Crop

    Bertie County farmer Fen Rascoe was late getting his hemp seed in the ground — not so late that it will damage the crop, but he had hoped to have his seed planted by early May. It was almost June before the first 10 acres were planted. There are still more acres to plant. There is seed from...
  14. Ron Strider

    SC: Not Enough Hemp

    We commend South Carolina lawmakers Mike Pitts and Russell Ott for their bipartisan sponsorship of a recently approved industrial hemp bill. We also commend Janel Ralph, an industrial hemp advocate who fought hard for the passage of this legislation. All of them deserve credit ... The new...
  15. Ron Strider

    Wilmington Business First In NC To Legally Import Hemp Seed In 80 Years

    The Hemp Farmacy is the first to import legal certified hemp seed into North Carolina for the first time in eighty years. Hempleton Investment Group says it has been working for two years to establish interest in North Carolina hemp production and to meet all requirements in order to obtain an...
  16. Ron Strider

    NC: Industrial Hemp Arrives In The Mountains

    History was made at the North Carolina-Tennessee border Friday night as the first permitted industrial hemp plants were trucked into the mountains. The plants are part of a state-sanctioned pilot program to bring back a long abandoned industry. The approval process to grow hemp started in...
  17. Ron Strider

    The South Goes Green: South Carolina Just Legalized Growing Hemp

    Very quietly, South Carolina has just legalized the growth of industrial hemp. House Bill 3559, mixed in among a pile of legislation before the General Assembly, was signed into law in mid-May. Lawmakers approved the pilot program to determine what kind of value farmers will get from their...
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    2017 Will See Industrial Hemp Grown In North Carolina

    DUPLIN COUNTY, NC - The rich agriculture in North Carolina has seen major changes in the past few years, and now some farmers will be given the opportunity to grow a crop used in a variety of products but had been previously banned. In the 1800s and early 1900s, farmers across America...
  19. K

    Industrial Hemp May Be Another Cash Crop In South Carolina

    Columbia – Lawmakers say allowing farmers to grow hemp – the cannabis plant – could be a boon to the state's economy. And for a model, they're pointing to the Bluegrass State. Legislation allowing the growth and sale of hemp products in South Carolina is scheduled for an initial hearing in...
  20. K

    South Carolina Legislators Consider Industrial Hemp Program

    Florence, SC — Several state legislators want to legalize a crop they say could help farmers still reeling from flood damage. Supporters say industrial hemp has countless uses and believe its benefits are far-reaching. While it was legalized on the federal level in 2014, industrial hemp faces...