The S.C. Hemp Farming Act, adopted in March of 2019, allows South Carolina farmers to apply with the Agriculture Department for a license to grow the crop. Since then, farmers are eagerly lining up to grow this lucrative crop.
However, before filing your application, you must know many things. It’s important to dot your “I’s” and cross your “T’s” when filling out the application, and read any supplementary information that the state provides. You’re required to have a state and federal criminal records check. You must prove South Carolina residency. You’ll also need to provide the exact GPS coordinates of your fields where the crop will be planted.
And that’s just the beginning! This license only allows you to grow CBD seeds but not to do any of the actual processing of the plants once harvested. A separate processing permit is required according to the South Carolina State Plan.
To South Carolina, growing hemp is serious business!
South Carolina made major headlines last year when it mowed down ten acres of industrial hemp and arrested the farmer. Apparently, his application was incorrect, specifically as it pertained to the GPS coordinates of one of his fields. This highlights just how seriously the state is taking the growing of CBD seeds in South Carolina.
If you are intrigued by the idea of growing industrial hemp but don’t know much about the crop or the laws involved in growing it, we recommend this useful FAQ by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.
If you’re interested in submitting your application, you can download the application here.
Assistance with growing CBD seeds in South Carolina
The state does not provide any training for growing hemp. Farmers are strongly advised to do as much research as possible before planting; perhaps even before submitting an application for the license. However, Clemson University can provide help with the actual growing of the crop, via their wonderful Clemson Extension program. According to their website, “Clemson Extension is working with growers of varying levels of experience as this new industry develops. Clemson Extension serves hemp growers by sharing information, providing in-field consultations, and diagnosing plant and pest problems.”
We hope South Carolina farmers will feel excited and confident about venturing into this new crop with so much potential! If we can assist with high quality seeds and clones that will be successful in South Carolina’s soil and climate, please feel free to contact us.
Also in this article:
- South Carolina Regulations for CBD Growing Clones & Seeds – Links to government regulators
- Regions of South Carolina where CBD is Grown
- South Carolina Hemp & CBD Seed News
- CBD & Hemp Organizations in South Carolina
- Contact Us To See if We’re a Good Fit For South Carolina CBD Farming
South Carolina Regulations for CBD Growing Clones & Seeds
South Carolina Department of Agriculture: Everything you need to know about growing hemp and CBD clones and seeds can be found on this site. Here are some of the other resources at your disposal:
Apply for a hemp farming license here, through their online portal.
Clemson Extension: Operated through Clemson University, this valuable resource works with growers of varying levels of experience. According to their website: “Clemson Extension serves hemp growers by sharing information, providing in-field consultations, and diagnosing plant and pest problems. Clemson University researchers are conducting field trials on Clemson Research Centers around the state.”
USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) The USDA is charged with creating federal regulations for the growing of industrial hemp and CBD clones and seeds. Any state’s hemp program is required to be approved by the USDA. Their site is a goldmine of useful information that any hemp farmer will want to have.
USDA Email Updates for the Hemp Program: Since the industry is still new and regulations are changing, you can stay on top of that situation by signing up here for USDA hemp policy updates.
FDA (Food and Drug Administration) If you are farming hemp to be sold for CBD oil or other products, you might also be interested in learning about the FDA’s regulations for those products.
Regions of South Carolina where CBD is Grown
Tobacco and cotton have historically been South Carolina’s largest cash crops, but industrial hemp/CBD is coming on strong. With fertile soil, plenty of rain, and a long growing season, this state has the perfect conditions for farmers to be successful with hemp.
Here are some parts of South Caroline that are currently growing hemp, but anywhere there is already farming is the right place!
- Wadmalaw Island is growing hemp.
- Lowcountry Island is growing hemp.
- Sumter County has hemp farming.
- Oconee and Pickens Counties have hemp farms.
- Fairfield County is growing hemp.
- Florence, Horry, and Marion Counties have extensive hemp production.
- Charleston County has some hemp farming as well…
South Carolina Hemp & CBD Seed News
Feb. 2, 2020: No cap on 2020 hemp farming season in SC. The restrictions on how many hemp licenses the state can grant have finally been lifted. Find out more in this WLTX.com article.
Jan. 11, 2020: This farmer had a million-dollar hemp crop — until South Carolina bulldozed it. Read this fascinating article in the Washington Post. It definitely is a cautionary tale!
Jan. 6, 2020: SC tells animal feed, pet treat firms to reformulate products with hemp, CBD: Pet treats and animal food containing hemp derivatives, including CBD, are still not allowed under federal law. South Carolina agriculture officials say they will crack down on companies selling them this month.
Dec. 29, 2019: Hemp Farmers Struggle With Low Returns on Big Investments. This article details how farmers have faced steep learning curves with this new crop, which is why we recommend learning everything you can before taking the plunge into CBD farming.
CBD & Hemp Organizations in South Carolina
This not for profit association’s mission is to protect South Carolina farmers’ interests in growing Industrial Hemp as a commodity.
This newsletter contains a wealth of information for hemp farmers. It features an industry directory and news by state.
This annual conference happens every January and features expert speakers, exhibitors, and the hemp farmers who are eager to learn from them.
Contact Us To See if We’re a Good Fit For South Carolina CBD Farming
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