Department of Agriculture Selects Hemp Growers South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Hugh E. Weathers, Commissioner

Media Contact: Sally McKay; 803-734-2196;

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 21, 2017

Department of Agriculture Selects Hemp Growers, 20 farmers to begin pilot program

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) has selected 20 farmers to participate in the 2018 SC Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. The famers represent 15 South Carolina counties.

“The Industrial Hemp Pilot Program creates a new opportunity for South Carolina farmers to increase crop diversity,” said Hugh Weathers, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture. “Interest in the program was strong, and the Department of Agriculture worked diligently to select a broad representation of growers.”

The 20 permit recipients were chosen from 131 applications. Selection was based on several key factors, including:

  • Completed application

  • Agriculture experience

  • Geographic balance across South Carolina

  • Accredited college/university partner

  • Purpose of the crop

  • Processor experience and location

  • Ability to secure needed equipment and financing






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