Hemp in NC

Asked April 16, 2019, 9:31 PM EDT

Hello, I'm Solomon McDonald,and student of UNCA (University of North Carolina Asheville). I'm contacting you with questions the feasibility of planting hemp in the humid subtropical of eastern N.C. I have around 34 acres of arable land, and other finances in order to start some sort of operation. So is this enough land in order for a harvest of hemp crop to be profitable? Also what sort of other outlets would you suggest I go through in terms of purchasing seeds, or starter crops? My last question is what kind of hemp plant is the best for the climate type of eastern N.C. Thank you very much, and have a great evening.

Buncombe County North Carolina field crops hemp production

1 Response

Hello Solomon,

You didn't state what county in North Carolina your land is in. Your county Cooperative Extension is there to help you.

North Carolina recently began an Industrial Hemp Pilot Program (which will continue through the 2019 growing season).

Have you done any research into industrial hemp? What are you thinking about growing Hemp for? Are you growing it for seed or fiber, or are you growing it for flower or extracted oils [CBD]?

Hemp does grow well in NC, but you need to decide a direction before we can advise further. Here are two links for you to investigate. One is NCSU Industrial Hemp website. There are linked resources pages that can assist you find seed or plants if you are licensed to grow Hemp.

The other is NCDA Industrial Hemp commission's webpage. There is a lot of great info on both pages.

https://industrialhemp.ces.ncsu.edu/
https://www.ncagr.gov/hemp/