Update From Paul Adams, Industrial Hemp Program Manager at NCDA&CS

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Below is a letter sent out to all industrial hemp license holders sent out by the Industrial Hemp Program Manager at the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Division of Plant Industries, Paul Adams. We are posting it here in case, for some reason, you do not receive the email or lose it.

Industrial Hemp License Holders,

As harvest season rapidly approaches we at the NCDA&CS would like to send out a few reminders:

  1. As of July 1, 2019, the cost of compliance tests has gone up to $61.
  1. As your plants initiate flowering you are legally obligated to alert us for sampling.
    1. Do NOT wait to let us know. Delays in alerting the NCDA&CS may result in delayed service times which could ultimately result in high test results, especially during peak season.
    2. Please use the following website to request sampling: Sample Request
    3. If the pictures you are uploading into the aforementioned website are too big you will either have to reduce the size of the files by cropping or you can use the Paint software (on all PC’s) to reduce the overall size of the picture. If you cannot make the online system work send your sampling request to industrialhemprequests@ncagr.gov.

3. As of April 1, 2019, if your license is set to expire you will be given the ability to “renew” your license for a 1 year period regardless of whether you have a 1 or 3-year license. You will pay the same fee as if you had a 3-year license and were “renewing”. This will save you time and money over reapplying. There is no advantage to reapplying for a 3-year license. If you do not get a renewal invoice within 1 month of your expiration email industrialhemprequests@ncagr.gov.

4. Here is an updated amendment form that you need to use every time you make an amendment.

 New Industrial Hemp Amendment Form

A. Please fill out both the first and second page even if you are only adding varieties.

B. If you are adding greenhouse sq. ft. or acreage there will be a fee assessed of $2/acre or $2/1,000 greenhouse sq. ft. For fee calculation round UP to the nearest whole acre or even 1,000 sq. ft.

C. If you are adding a variety, MAKE THE AMENDMENT BEFORE YOU PURCHASE. In order to successfully add a variety to your license you have to provide paperwork that shows one of the following:

i. The variety is certified by AOSCA or member organization (NC Crop Improvement Association as an example): This is rare and is typically for grain/fiber and sourced from out of the country

ii. The variety is non-certified: YOU MUST provide the hemp license of the provider & a certificate of analysis showing it is within the 0.3% THC threshold. North Carolina and numerous other states account for THCA converting into delta-9 THC but others do not so be mindful when acquiring new varieties.

5. If you are looking to get a certificate of analysis from the state for clones you are wishing to produce and sell you need to produce a minimum of 8-10 plants for testing. We will NOT test 3 plants for a COA.

6. If you have questions or need more information the following email addresses and websites will be useful to you

a. Industrial Hemp Pilot Program in North Carolina You can find the rules, sample request form, amendment form, processor registration form, processor list, and other information here.

b. Industrial Hemp You can find planting sources, the hemp connections page, and hemp meetings and other information here.

c. industrialhemprequests@ncagr.gov  You can email any questions, concerns, amendments, or other hemp items to this email. It is monitored by 5 people that can help you.